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Performance & Hotrod Business - July '15

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46 n Performance & Hotrod Business n July 2015 HOTROD empty for about a year or so. He went to the bank and asked if they'd be willing to make a loan. " They knew there wasn't anything else going to go in this building right off and they thought they may as well give me a chance," he says. "So we set up a payment plan and I opened my shop doors here. It took a little to make that transition, but essen- tially I've been in this same building since 1988." And so The Custom Shop (www.the- customshop.com) was born. It was a pretty ambitious move for a kid right out of high school, but Wargo insists he was sure that's what he wanted to do. He even had an offer to play college football, but didn't think there was a future in football even though he was a good athlete. "It wouldn't be a passion for life; I knew I wanted to build cars." A Little Help Wargo also knew he couldn't do it alone if he wanted to produce the kind of work he aspired to do. So within a year, his dad, who had always tinkered with cars as well, came on board. A year later Rich Lloyd, a friend and body guy, came on—and is still working at the shop. For a while, a few part-timers came and went. Then about 10 years ago, John Variations on a theme: if the challenge is to see how many colors could be painted on one vehicle, these cars score pretty high. "It's really crazy when you're getting into that many colors with overlaps, pinstripes and drop shadows," says Wargo.

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