Rod Shops

There’s a lot more to owning and running a rod shop than working on cars. This section focuses on how to run a business, offering tips and examples from business experts as well as fellow rod shop owners. It also covers the latest innovations in the industry— from cool cars to shop tools.


Shop Profile: Color On Wheels & Masterpiece Hot Rods

Shop Profile: Color On Wheels & Masterpiece Hot Rods

By Kristian Steven Wieber When you show up at Denver, Colo.-based Color On Wheels & Masterpiece Hot Rods, you will find Joe Qualls working. . . He started this business 30+ years back, doing body and paint out of his garage – first on his own cars, and then for friends and neighbors. Today, Color [...]

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Goolsby Customs to Provide Vehicle for 2014 NSRA Show

Goolsby Customs to Provide Vehicle for 2014 NSRA Show

The National Street Rod Association (NSRA) has entered into an agreement with Jonathan Goolsby of Bessemer, Ala.-based Goolsby Customs to give away a completed street rod at the 2014 Street Rod Nationals Plus, according to the NSRA. Goolsby will furnish the NSRA with a 1932 Hi-Boy roadster pickup that will be presented to a hot [...]

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B’z Rods Discovers Hot Rod Niche

B’z Rods Discovers Hot Rod Niche

By Kristian Steven Wieber Photos by Pete “Boomer” Ores B’z Rods is located in the town of Beach Park, Ill., roughly the mid-point between Chicago and Milwaukee. It is known as a hotrod hotspot; with four other shops nearby, each of them is busy enough within their niche that competition is not an issue, according [...]

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Nice Paint Job

“Without the booth and the quality that it is, we wouldn’t be able to turn out the quality paint jobs that we do,” Smith says. “It’s impossible.” (Photo Courtesy of Phoenix Rod & Custom)

By Patricia Kaowthumrong Like a beauty at the school dance without a party dress, a hot rod is practically naked without the perfect paint job. Whether it’s basic black, candy red or chrome yellow, no build is complete without eye-catching color. Although custom fabrication and restoration shops can undeniably gain quality paint jobs from subcontractors, [...]

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Ringbrothers Choose Kahn Media

Ringbrothers Choose Kahn Media

Ringbrothers LLC, a Spring Green, Wis.-based muscle car builder and parts manufacturer, has named Los Angeles-based Kahn Media its agency of record. Kahn Media will be charged with public relations, media outreach, strategic communications and social media marking to help Ringbrothers launch its latest line of vehicle, performance parts and accessories, according to the marketing [...]

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10 Questions for Legendary Trimmer Sid Chavers

10 Questions for Legendary Trimmer Sid Chavers

By Naseem Muaddi, The Hog Ring                   Our quest to bring you exclusive interviews with leaders in the craft of auto upholstery has led us to none other than legendary hot rod interior guru Sid Chavers. With over three decades in the industry, there’s very little that Sid hasn’t already seen, done and mastered. He’s an [...]

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10 Questions for Sue of Fast N’ Loud

10 Questions for Sue of Fast N’ Loud

By Nadeem Muaddi, TheHogRing.com Thanks to a regular appearance on Discovery Channel’s hit TV show Fast N’ Loud, Yu-Lan Haiso Martin – known the world over as “Sue” – has become the most recognizable figure in auto upholstery. Fans of the show tune in each week to revel in her witty humor and relentless bashing [...]

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Painting of “The 69′er” Presented to 2013 Golden Builder Award Winner

Painting of “The 69′er” Presented to 2013 Golden Builder Award Winner

Bruce Tatman of Bruce Tatman Illustrations recently presented a painting of “The 69′er” to its builder, Bill Borneman of Blast From the Past Street Rods. The car took home the Golden Builder Award at the 2013 Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show in March.

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Restorer Profile: How Joey Steckler Went From Drag Racing to Business Owner

The team at Joey's Place did the body and paint work on this street rod.

The story of Joey’s Place, located in Edmonton, Canada, is the story of Joey Steckler, and his is the story of an enthusiast, a painter, a drag racer, but above all and most importantly, it is the story of a business man. Here, Steckler discusses how he transitioned from drag racer to business owner.

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Featured Vehicle: Subtle but Sexy 1955 Chevy Bel Air

Featured Vehicle: Subtle but Sexy 1955 Chevy Bel Air

Although this Shoebox Chevy was kept simple, per its owner’s request, Kindig-It Designs managed to incorporate subtle custom touches that turned this Bel Air into a show-stopper! Here, builder Dave Kindig describes the build of this award-winning car.

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