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Girl Gang Garage may not have invented All-Female Builds, but we have perfected them into a premier training an educational opportunity for women of all ages and experience levels. Our build participants gain first-hand automotive restoration experience through hands-on participation in all phases of automotive restoration.

These builds are all female, not to EXCLUDE men, but instead to create a space that INCLUDES women. 99% of all vehicle builds are done by all male teams. Most women working in the trades have never met, let alone worked-with, another woman. The All Female Builds create a space where we can commiserate, share stories, find support, and create friendships with other like-minded women. Here we find motivation to keep going when times get rough. For the newcomers to the industry, many have been hesitant to explore work or hobbies like this because it can be intimidating and overwhelming. Providing a judgement free space for women to try a plasma cutter or welding, painting, doing body work or mechanical work is an unusual opportunity for most.

Many women have traveled in from all over the country to be involved. Typically, women plan to stay a long weekend or full week if time, jobs, and finances allow. For local women, we have volunteer hours into the evening and weekend to allow for participation around day jobs and life responsibilities. We ask that all volunteers coordinate with our scheduler so we have a balance of new comers and professionals and ensure everyone has the best experience possible.

We have all skill levels participate from never holding a wrench to professionals working in the industry. All are welcome! If you have a specific area of interest or skill we can attempt to coordinate your trip around when we will most likely be doing those tasks. However, we cannot make any promises that you will be able to choose what you will be working on. We always encourage women to try their hand at something new as well. We often have multiple things going on at any given time, so there are typically some options for you to choose from. We do our best to accommodate, but at the end of the day what is needed to be done will dictate what we ALL do on any given day.

This is a volunteer opportunity. We do not charge the vehicle owners for labor, so we are not making money off of these projects. Once they are built we take them to shows and other events to promote women in the trades. We want to get folks talking about the opportunities for women in the automotive industry. Our mission is to promote, connect and empower women in the trades, and invite more women to explore the trades.

Our Latest Build:

Volvo PV544

Girl Gang Garage is ready to tackle a 1961 Volvo PV544, affectionately known to Volvo aficionados as the “family sports car.” Our premiere build that will span two years, ending with a grand unveiling at BASF booth in SEMA 2021. In true Girl Gang Garage style, this will not be your ordinary restoration we plan to amp up this modest coupe and make it’s sporty stance a bit less subtle with some modern refinements and a beefed engine. We anticipate this build to be more audacious than both the Chevy Montage and High Yellow 56, so look out world this will not be one to be missed as a participant or a spectator.

As of October 2020, we are gearing up to continue working on the all-female custom Volvo build, as well as Women’s Car Care Classes and other projects for ladies to get involved with! If you are interested in getting involved, send an email to info @ and let us know what you are most interested in!


Model: 1961 Volvo PV544 Engine Choice: TBD Build Time: Current Build Location: Phoenix, Arizona Unveil: BASF Booth at SEMA 2021

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