Wisconsin’s Custom Rigs
I love being on the road doing stories and videos for Custom Rigs. Earlier this week I was hanging around T/A Truck Painting & Graphics in Pewaukie, Wisconsin, doing just that. Editors learn a lot from such outings. At least I do.
Jeff Zimmermann and his business partner, John Schwartz, couldn’t have been more hospitable. Here they are, bays filled with rigs getting body repairs made and others custom paint/graphics, and they still set aside one bay so Jeff Battler (12ga Custom’s owner) could do a couple custom upgrades on Vinnie Diorio’s Rollin’ truck while I shot pictures and video to put in the next issue of the magazine and post on our new web site.
During the three days Battler and I worked on getting a new model slam air kit on Vinnie’s truck (and a new style twin-stick shifter kit) customers came in to see how their rigs were coming along.
During conversations I learned Wisconsin is a real hot bed of custom rigs. (And here I thought cheese heads only thought about football.)And I also learned at least a few of the custom truck guys own custom street rods and classics.
Which got me thinking: Maybe we should have a section on the web site where you guys can send us a snapshot of your truck–and your classic or street rod! That’d be sweet.
Zimmermann also arranged to have a friend/customer of his bring a ’72 Pete daycab over for me to see. This rig is flat-out stellar. Never been in a show. In fact it’s been 11 years in the restoration and customizing process and was finished just weeks before I showed up. Our Custom Rigs’ web video you’ll see in a few days tells the whole story.
I also spent time with Homer Schultz III and shot his show-winning wrecker, which is used every day in their towing service. Homer says it’s not unusual for him to have a rig on the hook for a 1,000-mile tow.
Anyway, that’s where I’ve been hiding all this week. And next week I’ll be in the Denver area at Outlaw Customs, Colorado Custom Chrome, and a couple other shops doing more of the same.
Maybe I’ll see you along the way…..