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Some Assembly Required - Part 1

By: motoraustin 5/23/2016 8:00:00 AM

Not an Assembly Line.

This article is Part 1 of a 3 part series titled "Some Assembly Required". It chronicles the steps I went through to transform my 1950 Chevy Styleline Coupe from stock to custom.

Have you ever considered owning a custom car?

A car that bears little resemblance to its assembly line shape?

Something happened in 2008 that opened my eyes. More on that later.

The Ultimate Mod is Altered Steel

When most people think of customizing a car, they think of wheels, tires, paint and some engine mods.

But the ultimate mod is altered steel.

To radically alter the shape of a car takes an artist's eye and the precise hand of a metal sculptor.

The result is a one-of-a-kind custom, a rolling sculpture, an original work of art.

So why not build a custom?

Why I Chose a Custom

I have always preferred 60s and 70s muscle cars or late model sports cars such as the Corvette. These were the cars of my youth. The 50s were gone and the 60s were all about muscle.

However, many years later, I attended my first Lonestar Rod and Kustom Round Up car show. My eyes were opened.

It took me several years to finally decide what to build.

I found a bone-stock 1950 Chevrolet Styleline coupe in New Braunfels in 2011 and began the long process of transformation and rebirth.

Here are some reasons why I chose to build a custom.

  • I love the flowing lines of cars from the 40s and 50s.
  • I prefer to focus on the beauty and style of cars.
  • I wanted something that was one-of-a-kind.
  • I wanted a long-term car project.

To me, putting your time and money into a custom feels like it is worthwhile. It's a one-of-a-kind rolling sculpture. It's a beautiful work of art. It's a car you will keep the rest of your life.

That's why.

Where to Start

Go to a Lonestar Rod and Kustom Round Up car show (Usually in April).

Scour the internet for custom cars. Take your time and get a good idea of what you want before talking to a builder.

The sky is the limit on custom cars, so come up with a realistic budget.

I started out looking for cars that were complete. This was a lower cost option. But if you plan on modifying it, get the advice of a builder before you buy.

Ultimately, because I couldn't find exactly what I wanted, I decided to build from scratch.

Thankfully, you live in Austin! That means you have a few quality shops to help build the car of your dreams.

When you are ready, check out our Custom Car Shops in Austin resource page to find a builder that can help you.


Still interested? Check out Part 2 of this series to see what happened next.

Some Assembly Required - Part 2


Looking for a custom car shop in Austin?

Custom Car Shops in Austin


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