TMCP #543: New Show Debut – The “Factoryish” Podcast – The Real Life, Times, and Cars Inside a Hot Rod Shop!
This week, I have the outstanding privilege of of introducing a brand new podcast on The MuscleCar Place Network. It’s called “Factorish” and is hosted by my great friends Kirk Hansen and Zip Simons. This new show is an all new concept for us, and one that Kirk has pioneered, with Zip providing the insight that only a hot rod shop owner can. It’s a full talk show, built for YouTube and audio podcast release but featuring automotive reviews and drives as well. Think of it like The MuscleCar Place, combined with My Classic Car, combined with Entrepreneur magazine.
You can plan to watch and listen to two new episodes of Factoryish each month. Be sure to visit their website often and bookmark ALL of the platforms below!
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TMCP #505: Chasing the Dream with Zip Simons – 10 Years of Building Elite Rides at Street Metal Concepts!
Many years ago I was in the middle of a surreal experience of realizing the dream of building my parents car, that I grew up in, into an auto-cross machine that was made better than I ever imagined. I met lifetime friends that donated time to make the dream happen. Street Metal Concepts turned the metal handiwork of Jeff Allison, into the gleaming, flawless paint, perfectly gapped, SEMA Show car that it became.
Almost 10 years later my Chevelle is back at Street Metal Concepts for a few tweaks and updates so I wanted to check in with Street Metal Concepts to see how things are going, what life lessons they have learned, and to catch up with my buddy Zip Simons!
TMCP #388: 5 Years And Counting of Building Hot Rods at Street Metal Concepts – March Pro-Touring Update with Larry Callahan
In this episode I talked once again to my dear friend Zip Simons, co-owner of Street Metal Concepts in Orlando Florida. Zip and Don Endonino put the paint and finishing touches on my Chevelle in 2016. It is hard to believe that it has been that long since they have been on the show even though I talk to them often since then.
Street Metal Concepts Humdinger on Diesel Power Magazine cover
Zip and Don have been working on cars for a very long time now and I wanted to get some behind the scenes info. He said that one of SMC’s biggest features is it’s record keeping. Every “valuable” hour is documented with what work was done and what decisions were made. This information is then provided back to the customer so they are comfortable with what is being done to their treasured vehicle. Zip says a lot of time is spent on project planning and documentation but in the long run it is all worth it. They also provide photo documentation on an ongoing basis and many customers look forward to the pictures of how the process is going. It keeps them involved and interested instead of becoming a drop it off and forget it relationship. Zip wants them to understand what is going on and what is involved.
Butch Poes ’63 Chevy II by Street Metal Concepts
Creating a custom vehicle is an emotional roller coaster and the guys want the customers to know this right up front. Quite often they get unfinished projects from other shops and this is usually due to the lack of a relationship. These vehicles are not a necessity and emotionally driven and the emotions run out before the project gets finished. Zip and Don want the customer to be comfortable and know the ball is in their court.
This weeks show marks the 300th show in the history of The Muscle Car Place! The show has come a long way since I started creating them on my own in my basement back in May of 2009. I had no idea that the thing I was going as a promotional tool for my website would actually become the biggest business connector I’d ever have, and introduce me to some of the most incredible people I could ever hope to meet! To mark to occasion I have assembled some clips of previous episodes, complete with a full blown introduction of them by the one and only Santa Claus. Seriously – he came on early this year just for this! (Don’t worry – he’ll still be back in just a few weeks for our annual Christmas show.)
TMCP #275: Zip Simons with the Chevelle Repair Update at Street Metal Concepts, Larry Callahan with the Pro-Touring update
Zip Simons with the Chevelle Repair Update at Street Metal Concepts Update, Larry Callahan with the Pro-Touring update
Where Are They Now: The Ongoing Success Story of Street Metal Concepts!
TMCP #189: The World’s Biggest Father-Son-Chevelle Road Trip: 5500 Miles, Puked in Dallas, and Three Weeks to SEMA!
The World’s Biggest Father-Son-Chevelle Road Trip: 5500 Miles, Puked in Dallas, and Three Weeks to SEMA!
TMCP #187: Live from Cars and Coffee at Karl Performance, and the Chevelle is Off to the Paint Booth!
TMCP #187 – Live from Cars and Coffee at Karl Performance, and the Chevelle is Off to the Paint Booth!