Customs by Ripper

Customs by Ripper
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Serving NYC/LI since 1978

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Full Throttle Hot Rod Magazine

2003 Matrix - Full Throttle Hot Rod Magazine 2003 Matrix - Full Throttle Hot Rod Magazine

I made the cover of the August 2008 issue with the 2003 Matrix I customized and painted. The car has 4 Lambo doors (usually, only the front 2 get done) and a sick paint job......
The magazine has since gone out of business.

Hot Rod Hotline pictures from the 2008 Long Island Custom Car and Bike Show

Biker Hotline pictures from the 2008 Long Island Custom Car and Bike Show

Hot Rod Hotline pictures from the 2007 Long Island Custom Car and Bike Show

Here's a picture of my shop in 1992:
Old Shop
And one before I took over the whole building:
Old Island Park Shop
Many of the custom paint jobs and custom body work jobs shown on this website were done at this location for many years. At one point, I had this entire corner. After I moved out, it got broken up into 2 shops and 2 storefronts. The neighborhood just couldn't support custom work anymore. I moved to a different town. The economy took a turn for the worse and really hasn't gotten any better since.

I have received numerous trophies and awards over the 40 years I've been in business, including, but not limited to "Best Paint", "Best in Class", "Best of Show" and "People's Choice".

The shop was featured on a local television news (News12 Long Island) show about custom cars in 1992. Several customers and some of the staff were interviewed during a national car show on Long Island, run by Universal Custom Car Shows at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (I had nearly a dozen cars in that show, all won trophies, some won best in class, one won "Best Paint" for the entire show). I have been interviewed by Hofstra University's Television Department for a feature on the shop which was broadcast by the school's TV station.

My work has been featured in several magazines, including:

  • LI Rides Magazine
  • Full Throttle Hotrods Magazine
  • Full Throttle Autos Magazine
  • Hot Rod Bikes

I've also written a "How To" article in The Horse about painting your own motorcycle...

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