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Welcome to 'Make It Kustom'

'ROAD TRIP!!

Planishing Hammer Delivery'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, we're headed on a road trip through beautiful British Columbia, to visit Chris in Prince George. Currently he's working on his chopped 1931 Model A Coupe, and he reached out to us hoping he could buy one of our prototype planishing hammers to smooth out the roof. We decided to hop in the boogie van, and head up there to help Chris out, and demonstrate the hammer!

'Japhands Kustoms

FULL SHOP TOUR!!'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I'm giving you a full tour of my shop Japhands Kustoms, located in beautiful British Columbia, Canada! Check out all my currents builds, my go to machinery that I use daily and all my favourite tools.

'Bought This Cheap 1984 GMC Boogie Van!'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I buy a cheap 1984 GMC Vandura boogie van project and make it run and drive with the parts that came with it and a couple extras. We swap it from propane to gasoline and reassemble an unknown engine as well as build exhaust. Then we take it for a test drive!

'DENT REPAIR:

Using Pro Shaper's Shrinking Disc!'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I try out my new shrinking discs from Wray Schelin's ProShaper Workshop. Along with my planishing hammer and hammer and dolly techniques, the highs and lows "equalize" with shrinking from the disc. This rare Willys hood is officially SAVED!

'How To Pre Stretch a Bead Roll to Prevent Warp'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, my buddy Jerry Clark of Clark Design Works, comes by the shop to get some tips on how to bead roll the rear hatch (galley door) for his incredible, fully hand crafted custom tear drop trailer! He has his own Youtube Channel, documenting the whole build. 

'BODY DROP!!

Channeling a 1960 Cadillac Pt 2'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I fabricate new front body mounts and repair the under rear seat pan area on my wife's 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville for the body drop (channeling). I'm also installing a structural inner rockers ( Z plates) that the main X frame body mounts tie into.

'How I Built My Shop Rod On a Budget!'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I’m giving you a full tour of my Japhands Kustoms 1938 Dodge rat rod shop truck!! It has been an ongoing project for 10 years and I even fully re-built it a long the way. Check out all the parts and features that went in to building this truck ON A BUDGET! Hydraulic suspension, flamethrowers, bead rolled interior, unique hardware, hand made brass details, and parts I’ve collected from friends over the years!

'Hammer & Dolly Techniques:

How to Remove Dents + PLANISHING HAMMER Basics!!'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I show some of the finer details of dent removal, smoothin out this 1940 Willys hood with tree fall damage. I also cover the basics of planishing hammer techniques and die choice.

'Finally Found My DREAM CAR!!! Picking Up the 1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR!! (SUPER RARE)'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I take a trip to Vancouver Island to pick up my 1939 Lincoln Zephyr sedan. I just sold my 1955 Chevy 2 door conversion gasser project to pay for this 4 door sedan Zephyr. I plan on building my dream car by making it in to a chopped 3 window coupe on hydraulic suspension.

'How To Use a Hammer & Dolly to Smooth Dents'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I show you how to use various hammers and dollies to smooth out large dents, caused by a fallen tree, on a 1940 Willys hood.

'Channeling My Wife's 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville'

Body Drop Pt 1

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I'm starting the body drop on Kristina's 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville!! Now that the car is fully braced I remove a 2.5" section between the inner body and the floor, to allow the outer body to lower around the chassis. 

'How I Built This 1955 Chevy Gasser for Under 5k!!'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, you'll hear the story behind this 1955 Chevy Belair 4 door, that I turned into a 2 door gasser! I'm always on the hunt for a good deal and wheeling and dealing is one of my favourite things to do! I break down all the parts I bought and sold to be able to build this project for under 5K and flip it for a profit!

'1955 Chevy Gasser:

2 Door Conversion Pt 2'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I finish this 1955 Chevy gasser 2 door conversion project, and get it ready to go home with it’s new owners!

'1955 Chevy Gasser:

2 Door Conversion Pt 1'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I'm working on my 1955 Chevy 2 door gasser conversion project! We picked up this 4 door car last year from a couple who had it in their family for 38 years!

'The Shape-O-Matic

Power Hammer'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I’m giving you a full rundown on one of my favourite tools at the shop! The ‘Shape-O-Matic’ power hammer from Sosa Metalworks! This helve hammer is amazing for metal shaping and in this video you’ll see a demonstration on a circular piece of sheet metal, as I use various dies to shrink the metal into a dish shape. To help smooth it out, I finish it off on my planishing hammer.

'How To Brace Any Car For Surgery:

Chop Tops & Body Drops'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I’m starting on my wife’s 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville project car. The plan is to drop the car 2 1/2 inches so that it will lay rocker after the hydraulic suspension is installed. A body drop involves cutting the car completely in half horizontally, so the bracing must go in all the right places to keep the car perfectly aligned during the process. This video explains step by step the process and theory behind bracing a vehicle for major automotive surgery.

'Metal Shaping Using These 3 Tools:

Power Hammer, English Wheel & Planishing Hammer'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, it's all about basic metal shaping!! I'm back on the 1931 Model A Roadster building the distributor cove and transmission tunnel. Using a power hammer, english wheel, planishing hammer and bead roller to create the shapes necessary to complete this project step by step!

'Metal Shaping Techniques:

How To Fabricate Wire Bucks'

On this episode of Make It Kustom I'm fabricating a wire form buck that will help shape my template for the transmission tunnel and distributor cove on the 1931 Model A roadster.

'How To Make

Flexible Shape Patterns

Using Tape'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I show you a very useful and easy way to transfer a cut line from one area to another, by making a flexible shape pattern out of masking tape, so that they are an exact match! On this 1971 GMC Jimmy, I had to cut away some of the wheel well to allow for clearance with these larger tires and I want to make sure both sides are identical!

'How To Make Brass Knuckle

Shifter Handles'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, you're going to learn the step by step metal fabrication techniques to carve and shape a set of custom brass knuckle shifter handles from scratch. From designing and constructing a paper pattern, to finishing with a polish so shiny, you'll be able to pick the spinach out of yer teeth!

'How To Make and Install Custom Engine Mounts

(Model A Hot Rod Build Part 1)'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I am working on a 1931 Model A Roadster building custom small block Chevy engine mounts using flat head Ford style rubber pucks. The reason for doing this on a frame that already had mounts was to lift the drivetrain for ground clearance.

'How To Make Easy 3D

Paper Patterns'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I show you the steps I take to make simple paper pattern templates of curved panels for metal shaping! I am using a wire buck I made from a previous video, but this technique applies to any buck.

'Bead Rolling Sheet Metal Floor Pans (Model A Hot Rod Build Part 3)'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I am finishing the floor pan around the transmission tunnel and toe boards. After designing the desired shape, I CNC plasma cut a 10 gauge structure that my sheet metal can be plug welded to. Next, I map out my pattern and transfer it for bead rolling. Once cut and rolled, the panel is bent and fit into place.

'Panel Alignment Tips & Tricks - How to Get Perfect

Panel Gaps'

On this weeks episode of Make It Kustom, we're giving you "Just The Tip!". When fitting stock or aftermarket doors and fenders, the profiles rarely match. In this video I show you how to align the profiles of these panels for a perfect fit.

'How To Fabricate a Custom Firewall Using a Bead Roller'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I'm back on the 1931 Model A Roadster building a custom bead rolled firewall. I use TIG welding as well as BUTT welding to install the panel. Hammers and dollies are used to control distortion before, during and after welding.

'How To Butt Weld Sheet Metal Patch Panels'

On this episode of Make It Kustom I show you how to butt weld thin sheet metal body panels using tig welding. This is a fender repair on a customers Fox body Mustang. Check out these great tips and tricks!

'How To Make & Install Front Body Mounts'

On this episode of Make It Kustom, I am back on the Model A Roadster working on the lower cowl section, building new toe board structures and front body mounts. The toe board is fabricated from 16 gauge steel and the body mounts are 10 gauge brackets cut on my CNC plasma cutter and plug welded to the extended firewall.