Custom car builds are an art form and the best way to learn any trade is by apprenticeship. Several legendary fabricators such as Bill Hines, Sam Foose and Dick Dean were lucky enough to pass their genetic skill set and work ethics onto their sons and grandsons, namely Keith Dean, Chip Foose and Mitch Hines. As the future generation of automotive craftsmen that we admire, Ol Skool Rodz and Car Kulture Deluxe features much of their work in the pages of our magazines.
Currently we are covering "Lady Luck," a custom 1955 Studebaker build project under the direction of Bill "Leadslinger" Hines and his grandson Mitch. At age 93, Bill is still working in the garage alongside his grandson Mitch who is also co-owner (with John Oates) of his own shop, Kustom Automotive in Long Beach, CA.
The Lady Luck project is a tribute to Larry Watson and the good old days of cruising Bellflower Blvd. The Hines Family is conducting installation of frenched headlights, customized 1949 Merc rings, shaved door handles and 1956 Packard taillights. Watch for our upcoming tech features for that because customized Studebakers are few and far between and a challenge to work on too. A big thanks to All Pro Glass, Painless Wiring, Mooneyes and Kool Rides for their sponsorship support.
Here's a sneak peek behind the scenes with Bill Hines Sr., Billy Jr. and Mitch. Stay tuned for a tech update in Ol Skool Rodz Magazine. Photos by Anna Marco (c) 2014.