When people think of modern hot rodding, we sorta feel like it either falls into one of two categories, the huge, big budget Chip Foose/Ridler contestants that are typically owned by bearded, hawaiian shirt-wearing check book hot rodders are a decade past the first year they could’ve qualified for the AARP, or are cuffed jeans-wearing, ink-from-knuckle-to-shoulder, pompadour’ed retro-styled latter-day greasers.
While both schools definitely have their individual merit, there’s still quite a few hot rodders left in between who are deserving of recognition. Although leaning just a little more towards the aforementioned, we’d have to say that this is where we found Brad Masterson Kustoms, thanks to an insightful post over on Jalopy Journal.
The small-and-simple ‘rod shop has been building cool chopped cruisers and smoothed street sleds for years now is just starting to get the press it rightfully earns. Year-after-year Mastersons cranks out some seriously superior metalwork. While all of the details might be too subtle for the masses to pick up on, they don’t escape the watchful eye of the true diehard.
Many car builders are – much like Brad Masterson – returning to core ethics and looking to the hobby’s roots for inspiration by utilizing as much – if not only – original steel bodies, chassis and tools as were available at the time, such as English wheels, lathes and the like. It’s almost like Civil War recreationists. It’s not enough to have the uniform that looks authentic, it has to be woven on the same kind of wood-framed weave as they had in the 1860s.