I had a chance last week to visit FOOSE Designs. For those custom car buffs out there you may be familiar with Hotrod Legend Sam Foose and the new king of customs Chip Foose. Many of you may know Chip Foose from the Velocity TV show “OverHaulin” or perhaps some of his custom designed MHT Foose Wheels. In 1997 Chip was inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame and has been honored to receive the Good Guys Street Rod of the Year Award eight times.
While taking a behind the scenes shop tour I had the chance to see projects like a Retro-Mod 1972 Ford Mustang with the frame and interior of a 2010 Ford Mustang. On the work bench next to the Mustang you could see the hand drawn blueprints helping guide the build. Tape on the fender along with hand written numbers showing the wheelbase adjustments to shorten the nose and make this Pony look more aggressive.
Chip was also working on a full custom build Auburn style roadster at this point a frame along with spot welded metal panels being trimmed and refit to his vision. On the floor next to the project is a wood stump used by Chip to sit on while working on his project. To me it has the feeling of something from nature to ground the soul.
In another part of the shop sitting in front of the Paint Booth is what started its life in 1939 as a four door but now is a two door Convertible. It is inspiring to see Chips original drawing on the wall next to this work in progress. It takes a special mind to visualize, draw, plan and execute at such a high level.
There were also two Sam Foose original designs in the shop. One classic Ford Lowrider style and the other is an out of this world modern car built on a 70’sPantera. You may have seen this car on “Fast N’ Loud” with Richard Rawlings at the Gas Monkey Garage. www.gasmonkeygarage.com
The shop was full of custom builds including Chips F100, a Mod Woody, Push button Pantera and a Model T hotrod. On his showroom floor you will find a modified Ford GT40, a Lincoln Hotrod, Cool collectible bicycles and tons of cool gear. The Dickies Shop jackets are my favorite. Check them all out at http://www.chipfoose.com/ws_display.asp?filter=Shop_Shirts
My favorite is the Lincoln P-32 Hotrod. Or as I like to call it the, “Hot Rod Lincoln”. This project began its life as a Ford but when looking for the right powerplant Chip decided on a Lincoln Flathead. That is when this project took fight (pun intended). Chip wanted to recognize the greatest generation with a Spitfire styled hotrod. With a steel body sprayed with a clearcoat along with an aluminum front end shaped like the front of a vintage fighter plane. The interior of the fuselage is painted in OD green along with fighter style seats. Chip added hand painted Spitfire style graphics on the nose. On the side he painted four bombs (I can imagine adding one for every race you win) with additional details like the Airplane gas filler and blue undercarriage. With th eexahust coming out the sides of the engine compartment you may want to invest in some earplugs but I am sure if you pay the $400,000 asking price Chip may throw in some.
Check out his latest builds at www.chipfoose.com