Tag Archives: kustom

    • How to Repair and Shorten Longbed Chevy C10 Bedsides

      When it comes to classic trucks short beds rule the coop for desirability and resale value. Most enthusiasts turn their nose up to a long bed truck. What's slowly happening though is that nice, clean examples of short beds are becoming few and far between and when they do pop up you're going to pay a premium. Recently some guys have started shortening the bed and chassis of long bed trucks to get the same look but without the price gouge of a short bed truck. Our friend Sean Ramáge of Empire Fabrication recently took on the big job of taking an original-paint set of long bedsides and repairing the damage and shortening them, all while keeping as much original paint and patina as possible. He shared the process with us and gave us an insight into what it takes to tackle a job like this.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
    • Project Pile House- Custom Hidden Hood Hinge Project

      The next part of the project was making the hood open on custom hinges. I was hoping I could find a pre-made hinge kit that allowed me to open the hood from the front like most cars currently have. Unfortunately all I found were kits for wild customs and street rods that opened from the back and tilted forward or to the side. As much as I like custom touches, making my vehicle look like a transformer is not one of the things I want to do this time around. I decided to take a crack at making my own hinges that disappeared behind the dash and share the process.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
    • Project Pile House Shaving and customizing the original dash and glovebox.

      While I had the column out I decided to start cleaning up the dash and sort out my brake pedal dilemma on the truck. In order to get under the dash for fabricating the new brake pedal setup and to shave and smooth the dash I needed to pull it out. ....  Click Here To Read Full Post...
    • 2014 Lonestar Roundup Coverage

      What was once described to me as the “Best Little Show in Texas” has grown into one of the largest traditional hot rod and kustom car shows in the country. 2014 makes the 13th Annual Lonestar Roundup in Austin, TX. For the 4th time I made the 1300 mile round trip from my home in central Kansas straight down I-35 to the Roundup, for the 2nd time I took my own ride. The show has grown considerably since my first trip, it’s quickly finding the limits of the Travis County Expo Grounds.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
    • Leading a Body Panel The Gene Winfield Way.

      Only a few guy from the golden age of kustomizing and hot rodding are still with us, and even less are still working on cars. One of the best is Gene Winfield and even today, well into his 80's he's still traveling the world kustomizing old cars and teaching classes about metal shaping, leading, and anything you want to know about custom cars. I was lucky enough to catch up with him at one of his recent metal working seminars to get the process he uses to apply lead to a panel.  Click Here To Read Full Post...