1969 Camaro. Photo courtesy Bones Fab.

1969 Camaro. Photo courtesy Bones Fab.

Photos by Andrew Chen

Southern California is home to some of the coolest hot rods and muscle cars mostly due to the year-round sunny weather, but also because there are talented fabricators like Jim Bassett and his team at Bones Fab.

Dave Crocker's 1956 F-100 "The Crocker Curse"

Dave Crocker’s 1956 F-100 “The Crocker Curse”

I first learned about Bones Fab during this year’s Grand National Roadster Show when I came across Dave Crocker’s 1956 F-100 aka “The Crocker Curse”. They did an amazing job with the truck, adding an Air Ride suspension with Bilstein shocks, a 392 Ford Windsor engine and a ton of other upgrades. The paint was also done in-house; a custom root beer and copper mix.

Bones Fab Chevrolet Silverado

Since my first exposure to Bones Fab was through a truck, it was only fitting that I took our Chevrolet Silverado press truck up to Camarillo, California to visit the crew and see where all the muscle car magic happens.

This full-service shop is housed in a 12,000 sq ft complex, and they can do everything from custom painting to chassis fabrication to dyno tuning. The only thing that’s not performed in-house is interior upholstery.

1970 Barracuda McLeod Racing

Jim and his team are currently working on a 1970 Barracuda that belongs to the owner of McLeod Racing. The car features an Art Morrison chassis and will soon have a 500 ci Vortech blown, all-aluminum Hemi backed by a Tremec TKO 5-speed with a McLeod dual disc clutch. The ‘Cuda is scheduled to debut at SEMA 2014.

On any given day, the parking lot in front of the shop feels like a car show, with various customer cars coming in for tune-ups or refreshers.

Keep up to date with Bones Fab’s projects on their website or Facebook page or just drop by to see the rotating car show.