Shop Visit: Auto Artistry 3-8-14

For a few months I’ve been wanting to get out to Russell, KS to visit Auto Artistry. I first found out about this shop from Doug Reed who’s Toad (49 Oldsmobile Kustom) had been reworked at Auto Artistry. Finally last Saturday I got the chance to make the trip out to Russell.

From the Auto Artistry website: “Our business was started in 1989.We did custom and restoration work and were primarily a collision repair shop known as Auto Body Specialists. In 2003 we decided to go primarily street rod and custom, so the name was changed to reflect that.We do all chassis, custom fabricating, bodywork, and paint all in house.”

Auto Artistry has a range of projects in progress and on display finished.

That’s one kool remote control valve cover.
With a new grandkid freshly arrived, Auto Artistry’s boss Mike Schoech brought on a new project to start working on.
This beautiful ride was in the shop to be swapped from air ride back to static suspension. Here’s the project gallery on the car.
The 57 Ford Pickup project and the 66 Chevelle project.
This custom aluminum radiator setup was ready for duty in the 57 Ford pickup project.
See the progress pics so far on this 66 Chevelle here
New K Member and 6.1 Hemi are on the list for this Cuda project.

Watching this Chevy come together will be fun. Keep tabs on it here.
The shop truck is getting the full on treatment, expect to see 1 bad Mopar 4×4 in a couple of months! See the progress so far here.
This beautiful 37 Ford was originally in for a factory restoration, after awhile of driving it that way the customer decided they wanted a bit of an update.

Visit Auto Artistry on their website here
Or on Facebook here

See you at a show,



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Shop Visit: Premier Body and Paint

A couple of weeks ago when my weekend plans were changed due to a show being cancelled due to an impending ice storm I looked for alternate places to cover on the site. One of my favorites is my good buddy Jeff Myers’ Premier Body and Paint in Arkansas City, KS, so I decided to head down to AC and see what Jeff was up to. A couple of months ago Jeff bought out a former partner in the business and has been making some changes since then. Things are starting to look different around the shop and I see a new gleam in Jeff’s eye that’s telling me he’s got a renewed energy. I’m looking forward to seeing what Premier turns out in 2014. For those that don’t know Jeff took my car from stock to wild paint last winter, read more about that here, and it may be going back for a couple more kustom touches this winter if the timing works out:).

 1957 Ford under construction. The car was Jeff
1957 Ford under construction. The car was Jeff’s Dad’s back in the old days and now Jeff and his son are working on it for a customer.
This beauty is owned by a fellow Beatnik and is at Premier for a chop. Jeff says it\’s one of the nicest cars that he\’s had in for a chop yet.
Formerly this 1960 Ford Fairlane was owned by McPhail. Shortly after going to it\’s new home in NJ the car was sideswiped by a city bus. After being stored at Premier for awhile the body work has now been redone and the car is ready for the kustom fadeaway paint job.


Voodoo Jim\’s Corn Cobb Coupe is in for a freshened Nailhead. While the engine is out it\’s time to dress up the frame and firewall a bit.
This fastback Mustang is in the shop for a bit of frame straightening and is waiting it\’s turn on the rack.
The back shop at Premier is going to be transformed from storage to the Kustom Shop. The front shop will continue to be the collision shop and pay the bills allowing Jeff to do the kustom work back here. Pictured are a couple of cars that are in for some kustom touches.


Jeff’s own 63 Ford Kustom hanging out in the back shop. I’m partial to 63 Galaxie’s and this one is one of my favorites.

See you at a show,

Shop Visit: Nostalgia Sid’s Dropped Axles

On the way to Pistons and Paint (see coverage here), I stopped in at my buddy Nostalgia Sid’s shop in Guthrie, OK. Nostalgia Sid’s is your source for drop axles for whole bunch of vehicles. If you go to their site here you can get a rundown of what all they do. I happened to show up just in time to watch them heat up and drop an axle.

Nostalgia Sid’s Shop Truck with car front end. Dang kool look if you ask me.


The axle is set up in the jig, water is run through the kingpin area to keep it cool through the process.


Some of the stock of axles waiting for their time in the jig, making your ride lower, cooler and handle better.


The heating process is a simple one. Hit the axle with some BTU’s to get it red hot and let the jig keep it all straight as the axle is stretched to it’s new dimensions.

Heat is re-added through the process to keep the steel pliable.
After allowing the axle to cool slightly it’s fitted with a couple of attachments to check it for straightness and ensure it’s exactly the way it’s supposed to be.
After the car was side swiped by a hit and run semi on the side of the interstate, this kustom was brought back home and fixed up, and now is awaiting it’s next road adventure.
Sid has been collecting for a long time, and his collection includes some very interesting rides.

Unique business card holder.

The collection includes some great items like this advertisement for HaDees Car Heater.

Non-Skid tires.

So if you need a drop axle, you need to head over and check out Nostalgia Sid’s site, tell Sid that Royboy sent ya. Spend a little time on their site with the tech articles and lots of photos here. Enjoy!

See you at a show,


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