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In 1996 Dave Crouse started Custom Auto as full-time venture after his lifelong passion for restoring and building vintage hot rods lead him to Colorado. He has established a shop that is dedicated to preserving and restoring the history of the hot rod community, as well as creating vintage-style hot rods with the utmost consideration into the period correct details and functionality that our customers demand. Dave started out by restoring the Joe Nitti Roadster and was awarded the Bruce Meyer Preservation Award, which is a great accomplishment for any shop. Over the years Dave has put together a team that fits well into the company's goal of building and restoring some of the automotive community's most valued cars. Each crew member is dedicated to their skill set and continues to utilize their knowledge, experience, and versatility as well as adjust their overlapping skills that compliment the others. Custom Auto has been privileged enough to receive the RM Auctions Best Open Car at the 15th Amelia Isle 2010 with the Norman Timbs Special; the Dean Bachelor Award at Pebble Beach in 2007 with the Berardini Brothers 404Jr; Won the Bruce Meyer Preservation Award twice, as well as many other notable awards and accomplishment. Custom Auto prides itself on accurately resurrecting these pieces of our past and letting the history of the cars and the men that built them live on and not let their original accomplishments fade. We continue to seek out new projects to welcome into our shop.


Dave Crouse
He was born and raised on a dairy farm in N.W. New Jersey. His father built a race track in the early 60's (5/8 dirt oval and a 1/8 mile drag strip) and spent early years hanging out with racers and helping at the track working on the cars. Dave Worked at Stone Barn in the 80's on big classic cars but still played with hot rods and race cars on the side. In 1989 he moved out to Colorado and in 1996 opened up Custom Auto and has been involved in restoring some of our industryís most notable hot rods and racecars. Dave has a lifelong passion in preserving our automotive heritage.

Jake Yenny
He was born and raised in Nebraska and has been tinkering with anything mechanical from a young age. Jake bought his first car, a 1970 Chevelle 454 SS, when he was 13. After high school he attended McPherson College and received his Associates Degree. Shortly after graduating Jake moved to the beautiful state of Colorado and started working for Custom Auto. He has been employed with Custom Auto for nine years and specializes in chassis fabrication, engine and drive train, and final assembly.

Rex Rogers
He was raised in the Texas panhandle, and through an outstanding high school shop he was able to build a 1962 Chevy Apache 1/2 ton as his first vehicle. From there, Rex joined the United States Marines Corps as an auto body repairman and sheet metal fabricator. When the time came for him to leave the Marines he found his calling and was off to McPherson College for their Automotive Restoration program. While at McPherson, Rex decided that the metal shaping end of our industry was what he wanted to work in and he was fortunate enough to be able to take an apprenticeship with Ron Fournier in Michigan for a year. He has been With Custom Auto in Colorado for nine years and has been in the metal shaping community for 16 years. Rex has been given the opportunity to work on some outstanding cars and help preserve our automotive history over the course of his career and will continue to help preserve and build more cars for many years to come.

Dustin Nere
He grew up in southern Minnesota and was introduced to the car scene as a boy by his father. In high school he and his father restored a 1962 Chevy Impala together. He also participated in an internship program throughout high school, which allowed him to work in a collision shop in the afternoons. After high school Dustin enrolled at Wyoming Technical Institute where he learned about collision, refinishing, and fabrication for 18 months. Following graduation Dustin was offered a job at Custom Auto and has been there for almost eight years. He enjoys working at Custom Auto where he gets to perform some sheet metal work and fabrication, but specializes in paint and body work.

Fred Frank
He was born and raised in Colorado and grew up along the Front Range. He has always been interested in cars and is currently working on projects of his own. Fredís training in this field includes classes from Fay Butler, Ron Covell, Gene Winfield, and instruction from Rex Rogers, Dustin Nere, Jake Yenny and Dave Crouse. Fred is currently twenty-one years old and has worked for Custom Auto for four years. He does sheet metal repair and fabrication, body and paint, assembly, and any other tasks he is asked to perform.



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Thanks for the edit i should have read the guidlines a little closer.
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