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Performance & Hotrod Business May '14

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In the beginning (it was) just as a hobby; but fairly quickly it became appar- ent that I was doing so much side work that my own projects were not a top pri- ority. As the demand grew for my services and my free time dwindled, at age 23, I decided to quit my job and started my own business, Legacy Innovations. I immediately recruited a friend, Travis Coeyman, who worked the body and paint side of the custom industry. Travis and I were a good fit because we both have very high standards. We quickly developed a strong customer base and expanded as quickly as my bank account would allow. How long did it take to start paying off? TS: Working at a cutthroat hourly rate and adding no markup on consumables got us a quick foot in the door with the mediocre custom market, but we soon real- ized that it didn't pay the bills and, frankly, didn't satisfy our desire for perfection. May 2014 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 95 Yes, this is a tilt body 1959 Fiat 500. In addition to building a custom chassis, Legacy installed a Reher-Morrison 427-ci, 724-hp SBC engine, Lenco ST1200 4-speed, stretched out the quarters, and did a long list of other mods. Troy (second from the left) in his shop with his crew. PHBMAY.indd 95 4/2/14 1:59 PM

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