Bass Kustom on Instagram

Currently, the best way to keep up with all the happenings here at Bass Kustom is to follow us on Instagram. I update there on almost a daily basis.

Here is a direct link to my profile page:

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The Rodder’s Journal: Bass Self-Energizing Brake Conversion

I just received an advance copy of The Rodder’s Journal #59, and the good folks over there were nice enough to feature my “Bendix-style” self-energizing brake conversion for ’39-48 Ford brake backing plates.  I have been offering this service for several years now, but up until this point it has been a strictly word-of-mouth operation.

Do you like the look of the original ’39-48 Ford brakes, but would like them to stop much better while keeping that same traditional look?   This is the solution!

The conversion consists of media blasting the original pair of ’39-48 Ford backing plates, filling and metal-finishing the original holes for the wheel cylinder, moving the original shoe link location outboard to clear the star adjuster, re-drilling/machining, and installing the new modern Bendix-style hardware, shoes, and wheel cylinder.  The backing plates are then checked and adjusted for straightness with an original Ford spindle and drum assembly.

The backing plate conversion comes fully assembled with 2″ brake shoes for either Buick or reproduction 12×2 drums, and cad-plated Gr. 5 hardware.  Will fit ’37-48 Ford spindles with no modification, and can be adapted to ’28-36 spindles by slotting the mounting holes and using an adapter ring.  Rear ’39-48 backing plates can also be converted, but no emergency brake hardware is currently available.

Price for the conversion: $475.00 /pair (shipping not included)

Options: a.) 1.75″ shoes for original Ford drums. ($25.00)
b.) Lathe-turned stainless hardware. ($40.00)
c.) Drilled backing plates. (call for pricing)
d.) Chrome plating. (call for pricing)

The Rodder's Journal #59.

The Rodder’s Journal #59.

The brake pictured is one of four on my '29 Roadster.  These have stainless hardware, and are drilled and chromed.  (The scoops shown are currently unavailable.)

The brake pictured is one of four on my ’29 Roadster. These have stainless hardware, and are drilled and chromed. (The scoops shown are currently unavailable.)


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Follow Bass Kustom on Instagram!

Not getting enough updates from the shop?  I hear ya!  With all the social media outlets available to us today, it’s even more difficult to knock the rust off of the ‘ol blog and keep it updated.

So what’s the solution?  Instagram!  Just click that little button over at the top of the column to the right of your screen to go to the webstagram viewer for your PC, or if you are on an Iphone or Ipad click here:


Sample above taken from the @basskustom Instagram!

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Ex-Gasser ’41 Willys Coupe

So a couple of months ago, I got lucky and I was able to buy one of the cars I’d always dreamed of owning, but thought would always be out of my reach…a real steel ’41 Willys Coupe!

The car came from the Mid-West, and I’m currently trying to find out the car’s racing history.  Keep watching the blog, as I intend to post the build-up here as it happens.

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Keith Weesner designed T-shirts NOW AVAILABLE!

Well, they have actually been available for quite a while, but I’ve been just plain too busy to update the ol’ blog for a while.  Keith Weesner did an amazing job on the artwork.  Like Henry’s famous Model T, they come in any color you want…as long as it’s black.

Click on over to the Bass Kustom main site to order yours today!

Weesner designed T-shirts now in stock!


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New T-shirts: Coming Soon!

I just picked up a load of new Bass Kustom T-shirts hot off the presses!  The shirts were designed by talented Southern California based hot rod artist Keith Weesner, and feature the “Wade Coupe,”  which is currently nearing completion here at Bass Kustom.

I’ll have them up for sale here on the website very soon, so check back often!

New T-shirt logo, designed by Keith Weesner. Available April 2012!


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The Devil is in the Details

I’ve been whittling away on the Wade Coupe over the past weeks, and Im finally getting close to finishing the major fab work!  Here are a few detail photos of some of the areas that have gotten attention lately…

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The Wade Coupe. Get Ready.

Progress is being made on Lindsey Wade’s Coupe.  I’ll post some detailed photos here on the blog soon, but for now here’s a “dog’s eye view” shot of the car on the ground:

The Wade Coupe

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Tim’s Knucklehead

I’ve collaborated with Tim O’Keefe on multiple bike projects, and they’ve all turned out really cool.  Earlier this year he brought over this Knuckle that he and Bill Mize from Iowa had started putting together for me to do some fab. work on.

I built the sissy bar, finished the exhaust, and mounted the seat among other things.  A couple months later, Tim had changed the fork over to a VL springer and I made a headlight bracket for him.

I think Tim was going for that “found in an old barn and got it running” look.  In my opinion…he nailed it.

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Take a Ride in The Texas Playboy

George filmed this test drive video back in February as I was checking the clutch linkage adjustment.  From the sound of the grinding gears in the ’39 trans, I’d say it still needed a little more adjustment.

The little Duntov-cammed, high compression 283 runs like a champ!  Enjoy!

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