2014 Pistons And Paint Part 2

To start my Pistons and Paint trip I took Friday afternoon off and headed south, it was a fairly uneventful trip. I decided that I wanted to get there as fast as possible so I’d just stay on the boring interstate, a route that is usually about a half hour quicker. Thanks to a traffic jam in Oklahoma City, it was a wash except for my elevated road rage. 🙂

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2014 Pistons And Paint Part 1

 

For the 2nd year in a row I headed down to Texas for Pistons And Paint and had a great time! The show had a great turnout this year with weather that was chilly and windy at first but turned into a beautiful day.

 

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Some Kool Kustoms Are On The Way

Its no secret that I take my cars to Jeff Myers at Premier Body & Paint in Arkansas City, KS. Jeff is once again nominated for the KKOA Hall of Fame this year, and since I had some spare time last weekend I figured it was time to pay a visit to Premier. Jeff has a number of kustoms in the shop that are under construction, but his collision work has been so overwhelming that it’s time to bring on some help so that he has more time to work on the kustoms.

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Jeff’s Hell Camino
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Roy’s 41 is back from Fat Lucky’s shop in CA and will soon be on the road to being… well, on the road.
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Roy’s 41 is back from Fat Lucky’s shop in CA and will soon be on the road to being… well, on the road.

The new blood in the shop isn’t exactly new, Voodoo Jim (Jim Allen) will be around the shop to handle mechanical duties, wiring, etc.

 Jimmy
Jimmy’s Buick with it’s new Lincoln tail lights and Jeff holding a future fender addition.
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Jimmy’s Buick
 The 57 project
The 57 project’s 390
 A bobber pickup frame getting dressed up.
A bobber pickup frame getting dressed up.
 The 60 Fairlane door.
The 60 Fairlane door. After a city bus decided that it didn’t like the shape of the door.

 Aircraft strut makes cool openings.
Aircraft strut makes cool openings.

 The 57 project front fender
The 57 project front fender
 Sneak peak of the 57 project.
Sneak peak of the 57 project. The top has been chopped, the body will be getting some attention as well as you can see here.
 Lucas Myers bad ass bug. This was one of Jeff
Lucas Myers bad ass bug. This was one of Jeff’s cars in High School. Lucas has done the majority of the work himself so far.

With the new help, expect to see the 57 and 41 rolling out of the shop over the next year or so, plus Jimmy’s Buick, and some new paint on my Galaxie amongst others!

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See you at a show,

Royboy

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Royboy Feature Video Episode 3: RynoBuilt’s 1961 Ford Unibody

Finally Episode 3 is ready! Changing up the format a bit for this one, I stripped away the intro and just left the feature. Way back in 2012 I shot this video at RynoBuilt’s shop in SW Missouri. Since then the truck was finished, we shot it for a magazine and it was featured as the February 2014 cover on Classic Trucks Magazine (order a copy here).

If you can’t see the video below click here.

Thanks Ryno for letting me shoot the truck for the magazine and for this video! Everyone go follow Ryno on Facebook to keep up to date on what he’s working on.

See Episode 2 on Jeff Myers’ 63 Galaxie here.

See Episode 1 on Jack’s 29 Roadster on 32 frame here.

See you at a show,

Royboy

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Chaotic Customs Shop Visit 11-21-13

On my way to the Hot Rod Revolution (which was being cancelled as I shot these photos) I stopped by my friends’ Chaotic Customs in Mulvane, KS to see what they were up to. The shop was full of projects and folks working on them. Drew Carlson was nice enough to take a few minutes off of working on a project to show me around the shop and explain what they’d been up to recently since finishing the SEMA build on Mike’s 40 Ford Pickup. The photos below should all be captioned and explain what you’re seeing. I will try to stop in a couple of more times over the next few months for more updates on these projects.

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Jack’s 39 Ford Body, Drew Carlson hand fabbed the rear section and replaced all the rusty sections towards the bottom of the body all around.
 The factory antenna holes were patched up as well as some other holes in the body and of course some rusty spots.
The factory antenna holes were patched up as well as some other holes in the body and of course some rusty spots.
 Rear shot of the 39, new floors installed. Drew was working on the car as I got there, later in the day I stopped by Jack
Rear shot of the 39, new floors installed. Drew was working on the car as I got there, later in the day I stopped by Jack’s home shop where he was working on getting the frame painted so it could be reassembled and reunited with the body.
 About an inch was taken out of the meat above the window area of the roof on this pickup. More on it in a few weeks, lots of mods going on here.
About an inch was taken out of the meat above the window area of the roof on this pickup. More on it in a few weeks, lots of mods going on here.
 1940 Chevy Convertible with new floor pans, new suspension and new 4 bar setup in the back.
1940 Chevy Convertible with new floor pans, new suspension and new 4 bar setup in the back.
 The new floor pans in the 1940 Chevy Convertible
The new floor pans in the 1940 Chevy Convertible
 The 1940 Chevy
The 1940 Chevy’s new front suspension.
 A new roll pan for the 40 Chevy Convertible
A new roll pan for the 40 Chevy Convertible
 The owner of this Vette wanted to update the car a bit. Chaotic is exaggerating some of the factory lines a bit more like what a factory dream car might have been like. Vette purists will hate it but, I dig it big time.
The owner of this Vette wanted to update the car a bit. Chaotic is exaggerating some of the factory lines a bit more like what a factory dream car might have been like. Vette purists will hate it but, I dig it big time.
 The rear bumpers were sucked in to the body and reshaped to fit.
The rear bumpers were sucked in to the body and reshaped to fit.
 Here you can see the peak of the passenger side fender has been raised about an inch. The more aggressive big block hood will be added as well.
Here you can see the peak of the passenger side fender has been raised about an inch. The more aggressive big block hood will be added as well.
 Here you can see the difference in the front fenders. The raised peak adds style and aggressiveness that should have been there from the factory.
Here you can see the difference in the front fenders. The raised peak adds style and aggressiveness that should have been there from the factory.
 A recently completed project at Chaotic, back in for a checkup.
A recently completed project at Chaotic, back in for a checkup.
 Chaotic just finished up Mike
Chaotic just finished up Mike’s 40 Ford pickup for SEMA and is now prepping it for the show circuit, starting next week!
 A Mustang fastback in the shop for some major upgrades. EFI 302, 6 speed Tremec, Mustang II style front suspension, removed shock towers, smoothed and flamed inner fenders, are just some of the mods on this car. More photos in a couple of weeks.
A Mustang fastback in the shop for some major upgrades. EFI 302, 6 speed Tremec, Mustang II style front suspension, removed shock towers, smoothed and flamed inner fenders, are just some of the mods on this car. More photos in a couple of weeks.

 

See you at a show,

Royboy

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Road tripping to Texas for Pistons And Paint

For years I’d had to shamefully admit that no I hadn’t been to Pistons & Paint in Denton, TX every time I’d been asked. This year I change that. So for the 46th Royboy gallery in the 2013 folder I headed down to Texas for the PnP.

Friday Nov. 8th 5:30 am  Ugh, 5:30 in the AM… as in morning. Yuck. Already a half an hour behind my meaningless and self imposed schedule. But the bed was so comfy… just 10 more minutes of sleep… No. I have to get up, I have to get on the road. It’s time to kick this mule.

6:10 am  I’m in the daily driver and headed south. The GPS is on, not so much because I need it but the app I use does allow other folks to warn you of potential speed traps. I might as well use it if it helps. There is just the faintest of hints of the impending sunrise on the horizon to my left as I blast south on what can be deer infested two lane country blacktops.

 Heading out at 5:45 for Pistons And Paint
Heading out at 5:45 for Pistons And Paint

 

7:15 am Okay so now I’m 15 minutes behind schedule, must have made up some time on those back roads. Now it’s time for breakfast with the Wichita guys. A group of car guys that I know gathers for breakfast at the same diner 6 days a week. It’s always a good time to join them, so I do just that. The guys liked the calendars that I showed them and they bought a bunch, even some strangers across the joint buy a couple.

8:30am Back on the road headed south to Nostalgia Sid’s in Guthrie, OK for a shop visit. Sid shows me around, I take some photos, learn more about that in an upcoming article right here.

11:40 am Nostalgia Sid’s Shop visit is over and now I’m off to Shoebox Central for a visit. More pics and a story again, coming soon!

 

1:00pm Heading south again this time headed for Atlas Speed & Custom in Denison, TX

4:00pm Hanging out with some old friends who have gathered at Atlas. More pics and a story from there soon as well.

We ended up gathering up a bunch of folks at a fried chicken place called Babe’s in the evening for dinner, it was pretty awesome.

More from the show tomorrow, see you at a show,

Royboy

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Artist Feature: Todd C. Jones

I’ve been blessed to meet a ton of great artists in my travels, many of them do not get the press/credit that they deserve often working full-time day jobs and doing art on the side. One of the guys that I’ve met along the way that’s become a good friend is Todd Jones. Enjoy some of his work, add him on Facebook and get you some art! – Royboy


 

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Artist Feature : Todd C. Jones


1.) Do you remember an “ah-ha” moment that made you know that art was going to be an integral part of your life?
I realized it fairly early in life. I always had a keen interest in art. Junior High/ Middle School was when I began to take art seriously. My mind was like a sponge soaking up every bit of knowledge about the subject. I was like any typical teen that was into cars, sports, music and girls, but was always most comfortable with a pencil or paintbrush in my hand. I was a pretty quiet kid so art really became the great communicator for me. Drawing was a great way to start up conversations with people. To this day, art is largely responsible for the majority of my friendships.

2.) If you could pick 1 piece of your work that would represent the entire body of your work, which one would you choose?
That’s a difficult one! I’d have to say the front-engined dragster piece I title “The Gold Digger” I was really just screwing around when I started that piece. Never truly intended to finish it. I had no plan, no direction, no goal in mind. I just started sketching. I just kept drawing and continually refining the piece. Before long I was digging up old photo references settling on several photos of the Masters & Richter Special and a few photographs of Ed Pink’s digger. The piece continually evolved and I was very pleased with the end result.


3.) Who or what most inspires your work?
My earliest recollection of being inspired was seeing several side view drawings of old hot rods my dad drew back when he was in high school around 1959-1961. Later, my cousin introduced me to CARtoons magazine. I learned a lot from George Trosley, Dave Deal, Shawn Kerri, and Dennis Ellefson. Later influence came from Thom Taylor, Charlie Smith, Darrell Mayabb and Chip Foose. I am constantly looking for inspiration. I get a lot of motivation from friends in the business. Ed Tillrock, Brian Stupski, Jeff Norwell, Max Grundy, Chad Lampert and Scott Fisk to name a few. Another artist that I get inspired by is Josh Welton, welder and metal sculptor extraordinaire. He’s an amazing welder and seems to have a knack for bringing his work to life.

4.) Is there an artistic style or process that you haven’t tried yet that you want to try?
There are so many styles and processes I’d love to try. I want to explore with oil painting, both metal and clay sculpture, and I’d love to get back into watercolor painting.

5.) What’s 1 piece of advice you’d give an artist that’s just starting out today?
Don’t expect to get wealthy doing art. Do it for the passion and love of art. Never stop working to improve your skills and remember to try processes that are outside your comfort zone. Be persistent, make lots of contacts and maintain them. Never give up.

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Royboy’s Weekend Update!

Premier Paint & Body 4-23-11

On Thursday this week I announced that I’ll be giving an award away at the 2013 KKOA Leadsled Spectacular. Included in that announcement was the initial list of sponsors that are kind enough to add to the prize pack that will accompany the award.

Award Sponsors:
RJay’s Speed Shop : 15% discount on any RJay’s built items like these. RJay’s has also been kind enough to offer 10% off of most everything else that they carry. Let’s hear a big round of applause for RJay’s being the first sponsor. Thanks brother!

Devilles Barbershop: A traditional barbershop in Wichita, KS Devilles understands that you need to look as good as your ride so they’ve offered up 2 free hair cut and shaves. A $26 value. Thanks!

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Premier Body & Paint: My friend Jeff Myers of Premier Body & Paint in Arkansas City, KS has been generous to extend a 15% off to the award winner. Jeff has had a hand in some of the koolest kustoms to come out of Kansas in the last 20 years. Give Jeff a call at (620) 441-0820
Examples of Jeff’s work:
Jeff Myers of Premier Body & Paint in Arkansas City KS 57 Caddy Seville at the Stray Kat Kustoms Starliner show in Wichita, KS
Here’s Jeff’s personal 57 Caddy.
2011 Lonestar Roundup - Austin, TX 
Shea’s killer shoebox
2011 Lonestar Roundup - Austin, TX
60 Fairlane that was formerly McPhail’s

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Jeff’s 63 Galaxie Kustom

There are more examples of Jeff’s work and I just don’t have time to list them all. Check out Premier Body & Paint for all of your kustom body & paint work needs. He was also responsible for the new kustom paint on my own personal 63 Galaxie seen here.

Thanks Jeff for helping out the cause!

See you at a show,

Travis

Flames: The Good, The Bad and the What Where You Thinking? Part 1 2006-2009

Flame Jobs From 2006-2009
These are some the flames I’ve captured at car shows, this first post is 2006-2009, starting with the very first show of the Royboy Galleries all the way to the end of 2009.

Pinstripe flames

Body colored flames faded into off-color tips

full yellow flames

Another variation on the pinstriped flames

The color of these kinda set them in the 90’s to me, what do you think?

Crazy airbrush flames

Red House painted surf board

Long long flames (always gave me the idea that the vehicle was in motion)

There is a great story behind these flames, but Don tells it best so if you see him at a show, ask him.

Fadeaway yellow to red with body color flames on top.

Basic flames on a shoebox, I like the style where the tips cros each other.

White fade into yellow flamed Cadillac

Flames as an accent

Multi-color seaweed flames

Airbrushed “real-fire” style flames

I’ve dug this flamejob since I first saw it.

Another white fadeaway flame job

After an accident on the streets this one time “rat” was redone to this finished state.

Got wood?

All over flames

Embossed flames on the bottom side of the bed cover match the painted flames on the body

More RedHouse Custom Paint work

Fade-in flames

Classic white into yellow into orange with 2nd layer of body color flames

“Real-Fire” style airbrushed flames coming out of the engine compartment

Long narrow licks on this surfboard

Iconic, long narrow flames with white-yellow-orange fade.

The Yellow to Orange fade flames with the white outlines look great on this Ford pickup

More of the airbrush “real-fire” style

Looks racey doesn’t it?

Historic flames.

Short seaweed style

Body color flames with highlights and outline

Long narrow flames with a seaweed style repetition.

Hot Rod Dan’s flamed Ford

Jetter Flames

Outline Flames

Comment below and tell me your favorite style.

That’s it for part 1, next time we’ll do 2010-2011!

See you at a show,

Royboy


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Shop Visit: Jeff Myers Premier Body & Paint

The second stop on my trip to the Texas Thaw (part 1, part 2, part 3) was at Premier Body & Paint in Arkansas City, KS the shop of Jeff Myers. Jeff’s been a buddy of mine for a couple of years, and always has something kool in the works.

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For the last couple of years Jeff has been working on a 41 Ford. The car originally came in for a chop and paint job, but under some inspection Jeff found that the frame was shot, and a bunch of work was needed on the car so it became a complete frame up job. Earlier visits (here and here) to Jeff’s shows photos of the car under various states of build.

Here’s what I saw this trip. Jeff has the car primed and was prepping to paint the jambs and some other areas before pinstriper Clint Rowe came by to pull some lines on some areas that are more easily accessible now. The car will soon be off to Fat Lucky’s to get an interior done before coming back to Premier for final paint and assembly.
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Jason’s Merc is in house for some new kustom work, new bumpers and some other mods if I remember right.
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The 60 Fairlane that McPhail did was in the back, waiting to have the damage of a bus sideswipe repaired. The new owner in NJ had the unfortunate incident and sent the car back to Jeff to get it fixed.

The majority of the metal work is roughed in now.

That’s it for this stop at Premier Body & Paint. If you need kustom work done, go to Jeff, he’s the one that did the paint on my Galaxie this winter.

See you at a show,

Travis

Shop Visit: Chaotic Customs

Often when I’m traveling I take some slight detours to stop at some shops that I know. On the way to the Texas Thaw I made a few of these stops. First at Chaotic Customs in Mulvane, KS.

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Chaotic is busy at work with this beautiful 40 Ford pickup for Mike Young. The truck’s body is being massaged in every way imaginable for what will in the end be a subtle custom look to the untrained eye. The cab has been chopped, lengthened, sectioned, channelled, but when finished you’ll have to have a stock one sitting next to it to see the full extent of the differences.
 

Another project currently underway at Chaotic is a 1950 Oldsmobile Delivery. Well it started life as a Chevy Delivery, then it was chopped, an olds front clip was grafted on and the customizing began. The custom hood’s underside is being finished now.

Spy pic of Jack’s 51 Ford, more on this to come when the car is done.

This 1982 Chevy Malibu wagon may not be a car you normally see customized but it’s turning out pretty kool.




The 34 Ford awaits another polish job before heading off to the Detroit Autorama (they are loaded in the building now for the show there this weekend.)

That’s some of what Chaotic is working on, stop by their facebook and say hi.

See you at a show,

Travis

New Kustom Paint, Old Kustom Flavor

I’ve had my 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 since 2004. When she first entered my life she looked like a 70’s cruiser. Stock body, dark tinted windows (80’s probably), Cragar S/S wheels and some fairly large raised white letter tires.

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Royboy Features Episode 2 Jeff Myers’ 63 Galaxie

I’ve been blessed to meet some great folks in my travels around the midwest attending car shows from Austin to Chicago. So about a year back I decided that I wanted to feature some of the great people and their vehicles in a way that photographs alone couldn’t do. So in August the first video was released of Yblock292’s 29 Roadster. A bit behind schedule here is the 2nd video, this time of Finkd (Jeff Myers) beautiful mild custom 63 Ford Galaxie.

Jeff has become a great friend and was nice enough to take me and the camera for a ride to explain all about the car. I hope you enjoy it!

Jeff’s Arkansas City, KS based shop Premier Body & Paint is a H.A.M.B. Alliance Vendor so if you need some work done, make sure to join and let him know you’re a member! Music in this one was provided by my buddies The Rumblejetts, make sure to support them as well.

See you at a show,

Travis