Projects

Listed below are some of the past and present projects going on at Austin Speed Shop.

31 Model A / Paul Sr.TV is peculiar; it definitely creates a world of its own ... But for us it did create the opportunity to make this fun little hot rod. In a crazy amount of time, the guys from the Speed Shop hustled and produced this great early Hemi-powered, channeled, slightly chopped, East Coast-ish style 50s show rod.   Even though the time frame was completely nuts, we didn't hold back and everyone came together with some great ideas. It was a fun build. We look forward to building more hot rods like this in the future.   ** Look for it in Traditional Rod & Kulture Illustrated Issue #33 **
56 Chevy / Jon Michelson Jon brought in a four-door ‘56 Chevy in that has been in the family for a long time. His family owns a Chevrolet dealership that took this car in on trade years ago. Finally, he decided to get it on the road. He initially brought it to us to go over the mechanics of the car, but to leave it pretty much stock. After noticing the rust and other issues, he asked us to take it a bit further. It didn’t end there. It was then decided to fully restore and customize this car. The body is mostly stock aside from body trim, shaved door handles and trunk. The stance was very important to this restoration – lowered on stock suspension, we think it looks perfect. The green paint was laid down by Twomey Auto Works and the white and green interior was stitched by Craig Willits at BTS Customs in Fort Worth. Now Jon drives the hell out of this great-looking car, traveling Texas with his buddies looking for good roads and great BBQ.   ** Look for it in an upcoming issue of Traditional Rod & Kulture Illustrated**
54 Chevy / Jeff Eber Many of our projects have a past, some customized in the 50s and 60s and some stalled out projects from other shops. This one was the latter; Jeff brought this project in already chopped with the frame done. Unfortunately, most of the work done previously had to be re-done. We replaced the Mustang 2 setup in the front and dialed in the suspension, remade the trunk and rear wheel wells, restored all of the rusted out panels on the lower end and then, with the foundation firm, re-did the back of the chop. We made new sail panels and ditched the sunken stock glass for a 51 Plymouth’s. AccuAir eXo Mount will take care of the air ride control. There will be a lot more massaging in store for the body, so check back often.  
49 AD Series Truck / Doug Pool Doug, like many people, wants the best of both worlds. He came to us because he knew we could create a truck for him that had that timeless traditional style but with the solid foundation to start, run, and drive like a new truck. Our design did better than that. We teamed up with Roadster Shop to put into use their new chassis using the iCON front suspension and four-link rear, all fully adjustable. For the powerplant, Turn Key Engine Supply provided the 450hp LS Motor mated to a 4L65E overdrive transmission. With the truck riding low and the hood closed, you will see a mildly modified and refined traditionally styled truck with a look that will still look cool 10-20 years from now. Fit and finish is a must with this project, every inch of this truck is being dialed in with perfect gaps going further than the factory ever did. Not over the top but just the right amount of custom where it counts.
This sweet '51 Mercury was built in the shop by the Speed Shop crew.
We’ve been fabricating the inner fenders for a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what will be surrounding the Lincoln V-12 that is soon to call this engine compartment home.