Hot Rod Shops In Texas - Growing up in a family where your father and grandfather were welders, you will learn skills that will help you when you grow up. In Mike DuSold's case, an early exposure to metalworking bore fruit. DuSold Design in Lewisville, Texas is one of the most diverse shops in the country, dealing in hot rods, custom, motorcycles, AutoCross racing cars and more. Like an airplane or even a SmartCar. Yes, it's a SmartCar, but we'll get to that later.
As much as he had learned at home, Mike knew he needed to know more. Motorcycle painting increased in the early years of his career as customers requested metal modifications to their bikes. So Mike learned to make iron. Later, customers drove to his small shop, which meant he needed the help of machines.
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As more work came out of the door, Mike taught himself other skills: metal fabrication, TIG welding, working with aluminum and then carbon fiber.
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"The carbon fiber workers taught me how to work with it, and I taught their workers how to paint."
The current store is 12,000sq. near Dallas. The facility usually has 15-20 cars at home at any given time, from small mechanical projects to full construction. DuSold's versatile staff handles any automotive task, from sheet metal fabrication to suspension assembly. Thanks to its extensive service menu, DuSold Design can work with its customers to create a tool that meets their expectations.
"I taught people to ask how do you want the car to feel, how do you want it to drive, not how do you want something to look or how much power do you want."
"We've worked hard on our cars and our customers to learn how to create a real experience out of sight."
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"For example, you may think you need a certain type of engine, but that engine may have limitations that you don't want."
This means working with the customer to answer a difficult question: What exactly do you want your car to look like? Queen of the show or really a railroad car? Is it a regular driver?
"If you want to drive in an autocross competition, look good at a show, and go to work a few days a week, what kind of car is that?"
That's why it's common to scratch construction in stages. First off, the car was built and running before it got any cosmetic hacks.
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"Usually we do this so the customer can understand how it feels, and we don't bother with a painted car if they want to change anything."
However, many structures are organic and scope drift can occur. In such situations, Mike sometimes tells the customer that what they want from a used car cannot always be built according to their budget.
DuSold strives to keep the payment process simple. This usually means paying for time and materials, usually in increments of $5,000 or biweekly.
DuSold Design is credited with building high-end cars for events such as Goodguys AutoCross and the Ultimate Street Car Challenge, which the DuSold team won last year. Mike credits the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals with introducing him to AutoCross a few years ago.
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"I put one of our old cars together enough to run the next year and I had a lot of fun."
What started as a passion opened up a new and expanding line of store business. Because of the success of his Camaro, new customers come to hire Mike to build track cars.
"It gives us an advantage over other shops because if you want a car that's fast and has grip, we can make it."
"We know what we're going to use. We can adjust the power steering so it doesn't explode on the track."
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While browsing the DuSold Design website, scammed SmartCar grabs your attention. So are airplanes with custom graphics and custom painted motorcycles. Mike said SmartCar is for the average consumer who wants to do different things.
Custom airplane graphics are the centerpiece of the store. For small aircraft, this usually means removing the wings and towing them to a workshop. In a big plane, Mike heads to an airplane paint shop in south Texas, where he applies graphics after putting down the ground.
Looking ahead, Mike and his team are looking for ways to work closely with clients to match dreams with money. Mike also says that they are thinking about developing complementary products that they see as the next market offering.
Dave Doucette is a longtime Goodguys member with work in the newspaper, magazine and website. He was one of the founding editors of USA TODAY, editor of two daily newspapers, and owner of a magazine printing and sales company. It is owned and operated by Real Auto Media. His first car was a 1947 Ford; He owned Camaros, Firebirds, El Caminos, and a 1956 Chevy that made it to shows from California to Florida before selling it last year. He was one of the Goodguys Rodders Representatives and served as president of two Chevy clubs. Doucette grew up in South Florida, avidly following the tours of local legend Ollie Olsen and, of course, Don Garlits. He remembers riding his bike to Briggs Cunningham's West Palm Beach factory in Sebring and LeMans racers to go through the fence to the top.April 15, 2013Brian Lohnes Galleries, Event Coverage, Gallery, MORE, Shop ToursComments off for Shop Tour: Murpho's Hot Rod. and Culture – Austin, Texas
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(Photos: Charles Wickam) – We've come to the end of Wickam's amazing 2013 Lonestar Round Up photo coverage with this awesome shop tour gallery at Murpho's Hot Rods and Customs in Austin, Texas. Like the few other galleries that have escaped Round Up, this gallery exploded in the evening after the event in the show area had already ended and hot rods roamed the streets of downtown Austin. A lot of shopping malls, parties and open door tours were held during the event, which is really cool. Murpho's looks like a totally BS approved shop with lots of projects being worked on, a large group of old cars parked and waiting for homes, great equipment and an old school feel.
We should also mention that some cool cars came out, including the hard top below. Look at the bad paint on that thing! We'll let Charles' beautiful photos do the talking here. Click the link below to see more!
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