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The Gas Monkeys on Fast and Loud! went Ape over these. We built them some charcoal ceramic coated Budnik G-Series G10’s with polished outers for their Sonic Drive-In project Camaro. Thanks guys!
Steve Darnell does the Vegas Rat Rods show from his Welder-Up shop and his daily driver is this ratty ’57 with a set our Tungstens coated in titanium ceramic. They are your first clue that this old thing is a little tricker inside than it first appears on the outside. It rides on one of Rick Moore’s R&R chassis with corvette suspension front and rear. Watch for Budnik wheels when the show begins a new season in October.
Dave Kindig and his crew at Bitchin Rides updated this ’73 Cuda with a set of our G10’s with charcoal ceramic coated centers in polished outer’s.
Neil Young’s Lincvolt Project. Grew up a huge fan of his music. Quite a surprise to get a call to make wheels to fit his car and vision. We also made the aluminum buttons in his Sid Chavers interior.
Bell Tech celebrated their 30th Anniversary by building 5 generations of Chevy Sport Trucks and parking them front center at the Sema Show. Budnik wheels on all 5. Beautiful paint and body work by Adam Berg and the Settin’ Trendz group. Thanks again to all the good folks at Bell Tech for including us in this impressive display of truckin’ history.
When GM decided to build a Hot Rod to promote their flex-fuel tech, they gave us a call. We shared our retro Muroc design CAD files with GM design staff (because they are GM after all) and together created the E-85 wheel.
Jack Chisenhall’s ’53 Studebaker ran 219 mph at Bonneville with his Vintage Air blowing cold. Then he decided to put it’s 705 cubic inches to play on some road courses. He had planned this from it’s inception so he had the room for 18 x 9’s on the front and 18 x 12’s on the rear! One of the new wheel designs we were developing seemed like a good fit and thus the Hawk was hatched. He got the first set. It does, after all, have ’56 Golden Hawk quarter panels. If this isn’t cool… What is?
Kenny Wayne Shepard wanted to re-create a refined General Lee. We built him some big, wide and light throwbacks to make those Duke boys proud.
John Mai’s stunning ’33 Willys. He even made all the nuts and bolts. Had his own hex? head shape. We made him these one-offs for the show circuit. No visible lug nuts,welds or valve stems. The air goes out through a spoke into the tire! This car has some history too…
We filmed the first Overhaulin’ Show at our shop. And put in some looong hours to build the car in a week. Our 430 wheel design was created for it (at 4:30 in the morning…). The car turned out really nice!
We got a last minute call before SEMA a while back about doing some one-offs that had a 20’s Bugatti feel.
We had a lot of fun with this Budnik project back in the late 90’s. SEMA. Sport Truck Magazine cover. Hot Rod magazine and the Power Tour, Indy 500… Custom grille and front facia, hide-away headlights (the billet doors roll under the lights), custom cowl panel, hidden wipers, widened rear quarters, rear belly pan, hinged bed cover panels for hauling the Ducati, filled seams, bed moved closer to the cab, Dan Miller interior, Precision Power stereo, Paint by Mick Jenkins…
We followed up with this Red Silverado. It was the 1st generation of truck to use the Vette based LS engines so we used that as our theme to build an all American Sport Truck. Buell supplied the American Sport Bike. Due to a labor strike in Detroit timed around the big roll-out of these new trucks, we only had 7 weeks for the build.
Metal master Jason Burke was over on a walkabout from NZ and we put his skills to work. He re-skinned the tailgate to incorporate the tail lights and spoiler, which we modeled up in clay on one side, then sheet metal on the other until we got the shape we wanted. We even shortened the floor of the bed so the tailgate would transition nicely into the roll pan. We flared the rear fenders and made a hidden storage compartment (in the wasted area of the bed) that conceals the gas cap and the door can be used as a step!
As on our yellow truck we made a steel cowl panel that hides the wipers. We made an aluminum center grill bar that wraps around the sides and tapers off at the front flares. The vette theme was carried into the steel front bumper and door handles. Magnuson supplied one of their excellent supercharger kits.
We’ve built pace car wheels for the Indy 500 and numerous Nascar races, not to mention the drivers. We’ve supplied the prototype wheels for concept cars ranging from GM’s first Hummer and Avalanche to Porsche’s GT3.