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Wild, Weird and Far Out Customs: Ian Roussel | Episode 20

10/4/2021
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Ian Roussel of MotorTrend's Full Custom Garage grew up mashing together every Monogram kit he could dig out of the local garage sale. Years later, he graduated to tricking out his grandmother’s VW Bug with elbow grease and a J.C. Whitley catalog. He learned templating from a friend of the family, moved onto casting bronze for artists in New York, and then hit the West Coast seeking glory. He found it in the form of a hot rod, and his life hasn’t been the same since.

We talk to Ian about his inspiration in Ed Roth, tearing apart Space Junkie, the trials and travails of bubble top cars, building custom hot rods on a production schedule and advice he’d give to anyone who wants to build cars. In short, if you want to learn, Ian says, just start.

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