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1956 Ford F100 Farm Truck with Mild Resto-Mod

The goal for this project was to take a 60 year old Farm Truck and make it into a reliable running pickup, while adding a few hidden updates along the way. This 1956 Ford F100 was extremely solid; it had been repainted in 1981 and looked to have some mechanical repairs along the way. The […]

Custom Aluminum Rolled Pan to Replace Stock Bumper on 1953 Pontiac Chieftain

How to Fabricate a Kustom Rolled Pan aka “Roll Pan” for a 50’s Passenger Car Bumpers are one of those things that everyone sees first when they look at a car. From the factory they stick out a mile and take hours of fabrication and modification to make them fit in a manner that reflects […]

Pancaking the Roof on a 1957 Chevy

For many “chopping the top” is the pinnacle of coolness, and proof that you’ve built a real Hotrod or Kustom. As much as I love a good chop, it’s not always what the car needs, and that’s the key (in my opinion) to a perfect build. You should do what the car needs to be […]

Custom Power Steering Reservoir, Coolant Overflow and Brake Fluid Reservoirs

Whether you’re upgrading the original engine in your Model-A Ford, dropping a big block Chevy in your Deuce Coupe or swapping in a radical modern engine into your 60’s muscle car, if you’re working in the engine compartment, the devil is always in the details. Sure the engine placement and transmission angle are key considerations, […]

Building a Custom “Z’d” Frame for a 1953 Pontiac Chieftain with Camaro Suspension

Blending an original 50’s frame with modern suspension for a low ride height, while maintaining safety and performance – all on a budget! When building any car from the 50’s the first thing you notice is the ride height, these things had the road clearance of a modern day 4×4 and if you could only […]

Hot Rod Rust Repair on a 1953 Pontiac Chieftain

Removing the rotted edge on a ’53 Pontiac hood and repairing with a hand made piece Sheet-metal modifications are the glamorous side of building a custom car. While they usually get the most “ooohs” and “ahhhs” they still account for only a fraction of the metal work involved on a Custom build like this ’53 […]

Awesome Builds: George Poteet’s Barracuda “Blowfish” Built by Troy Trepanier

  Rad Rides by Troy, the Manteno, IL based builder whose simple clean designs and immaculate build execution have earned his team countless, well deserved, awards. Rad Rides builds like “Chicayne”, “Sniper” and “Quadraduce” served as inspiration for much of the industry, including myself. Troy managed to pack cutting edge technology, cool gadgets and power […]

Chop Top Complete

“What’s the chop look like?” and “How’s the ’53 project coming’” have been common questions lately so I thought it’s time to address them. With the roof successfully lowered, and stretched the 2 1/8″ to get the roofline we’re looking for, you can finally see the finished product. The “A”, “B” and “C” pillars have […]

Custom Narrow Fit Dr. Martens 1460 Boots – Narrow Doc Martens

How to get Narrow Doc Martens that Fit for $50 – Even if You Don’t Have Wide Feet So I’m going to categorize this post under “I Make Stuff” or to clarify further, “I Fix Stuff.” As Vanilla Ice said “You got a problem? Yo, I’ll solve it.” So I’ve been rockin’ “Docs” since Nirvana […]

Fabricating the World’s Coolest Fantasy Football Trophy

So, like every other dude on earth I play in a Fantasy Football league, our’s happens to be called the “Outcast League.” We’re just days away from crowning our inaugural champion, and we’ve got no trophy. I couldn’t bring myself to buy a cheap plastic thing on a wooden base, so I headed out to […]