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Introduction and Project Update Custom Auto Loveland Colorado


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A quick introduction I have been working in the restoration and hot rod field for 16 years and have spent the last ten with Custom Auto. The Marine Corps gave me my start in the sheet metal trade and from their went to school at McPherson College. was fortunate enough to be able to take an apprenticeship with Ron Fournier in Michigan, and then on to Colorado. I am sheet metal shaper by trade and still love my job.

The Custom Auto crew has gotten 2010 off to a great start. Red Lang's "Dead End Kids Dragster," owned by Dave Crouse, underwent some preservation work. This car along with preservation-in-progress the “King and Hansen Belly Tank,” owned by David Duthu, were both able to attend the Grand National Roadster Show.

We were fortunate to be involved in completing the restoration of the “Sorrell Manning Special” SR-100 owned by Dr Mark Brinker. Dave transported the car out to the Petersen Museum for their Fantasy in Fiberglass exhibit.

Congratulations to Gary and Diane Cerveny for the RM Auctions Trophy For the Best Open Car at the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. The “Norman Timbs Special” underwent a long journey from its initial build in 1947 to the completed restoration in 2010. It is great to know that a piece of our automotive history has been restored.

Ed Blais’ 1996 Factory prepped Porsche 993 was in the shop for some minor body work and a fresh coat of paint and is now ready for some track time. Early in March we hosted a Ron Covell metalshaping work shop at Custom Auto.

Eric Lammes’ 1951 Custom Chevy is well on its way to completion. The restoration of Chet Herbert’s “Beast III,” owned by Dr. Mark Brinker, will be making huge strides in progress in the upcoming months to ensure we do not miss our current deadline. The 1932 five-window that Ray Rodman has owned since he was sixteen is now nearing the paint shop.

We are also looking forward to getting a head start on a few other projects in the shop, as well as accepting any new projects coming down the line. Thanks to our great customer base, along with Dave Crouse’s lifetime collection of cars and parts, we can easily accommodate your next project.

Custom Auto prides itself in building investment-quality projects that will fit within your given budget and maintain the automobile’s prestige and heritage.

Please feel free to contact any of our staff, whether it pertains to past Custom Auto built cars, restorations, or future projects. We would be glad to consult with you about plans for your next automotive project to ensure an enjoyable and worthwhile venture.

I would like to say thank you to all the Custom Auto customers and jobbers for your continued support and the opportunity for us to build and work on your cherished vehicles.

We are currently working on upgrading our website and are planning to offer a quarterly newsletter to keep everyone up to date on the happenings at the shop.

To view any of our past or current projects please check them out at www.realhotrods.com

Rex Rogers


Custom Auto

1067 Des Moines Ave.

Loveland, Colorado 80537

(970) 669 - 6691

2166t-dec-3-2009-034.jpgThe Norman Timbs Special built 1948

2167t-february-11-2010-016.jpgThe Sorrell Manning Special built 1953

2168t-peter-harholdt-pics-012.jpgRed Langs Dead end Kids Dragster 1960's

2162t-oct-2-2009-011.jpg Marv Almquist 1936 ford truck

2164t-shop-september-30-2009-023.jpgBeckett Tyler 69 roadrunner

2165t-jan132010-030.jpgLarry Shinoda's Chopstick Special 1950's

2163t-p3070398.jpg303 Bell engine car 1951

2161t-p1250022.jpg404Jr Pat Berardinis roadster 1950's

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