Millennium Custom Auto - Auto body, Collision Repair, Hot Rod Customs, Restorations, Custom Limousine Builders and Corvette Specialists in Deer Park, Long Island

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  • Corvette & ReplicaNumbers matching to Mongoose Replicas

CustomsThe term hot rod became popular in the 1940s. But the first examples—called gow jobs or soup-ups—were built during the Depression by young enthusiasts, usually with little or no money, who were eager to tinker with what then was still a novel piece of machinery. Many of those early hot rodders also wanted to show-up their wealthier cohorts; to prove to them that money wasn't the only way to gain automotive status. So, despite its emphasis on power and performance, a hot rod has also always been a social statement, having to do with self-reliance, ingenuity and ultimately independence. Enthusiast magazines like Hot Rod and organizations like the Southern California Timing Association and the National Hot Rod Association led in defusing the image of hot rodding as a national menace by fostering civic-mindedness and cooperation between hot rodders and police, and by creating organized drag strips to replace illegal street racing. Many enthusiasts turned to building cars exclusively for drag racing. Others continued to build so-called street rods—hopped up cars that could be raced (illegally) at traffic lights but that usually served chiefly as stylish transportation—and still others broke new ground by modifying cars primarily for looks rather than performance.

Customs The new appearance-oriented cars were called customs. Like early hot rods, they evolved from lower-priced production automobiles—Fords, Chevrolets, Mercurys—but unlike the soup-ups they were relatively late-model cars, and seldom came from junkyards. Customizing did for bodywork what hot rodding did for engine performance. Favorite techniques involved severe top-chopping, lowering, or channeling, the entire frame to within inches of the ground (raking the front end forward was out for early customizers; if a car was tilted at all, the direction of slope was toward the rear), seams were filled, or frenched, to smooth them, and streamlined fender panels called skirts were added to cover the rear wheel openings. Chromed parts were much in abundance, from spare wheel covers—called continental kits—to side-mounted exhaust pipes, called lakes pipes and no expense was spared on fancy paintwork. As the era progressed, details like pin striping, scallops and flames were brought to the level of high art, and custom cars became striking and yet, still to some people disturbing expressions of individuality.

If you have a vehicle that you want customized or hot rodded, you have arrived at one of the premier shops on Long Island. From small detailing to full blown custom jobs, our quality is unsurpassed. To this day we still utilize many of the same ideas and techniques that have been in the customizers arsenal since its inception. From subtle changes like frenched headlights or taillights to chopped tops and full tube chassis with 1,000 horsepower pump gas engines, we have the technology and the ability to produce a top notch custom. If you have a numbers matching car that you want restored, you can feel confident that we can do it. With our in house rotisserie we can address the underside of your vehicle as if it was able to be seen by everyone, paying attention to every detail.

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