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Olympic Drive In 17″x11″ Fine Art Print Now Available

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

We’re happy to announce our newest offering of our 17″ x 11″  fine art prints, the “Olympic Drive In“.

View this and our other fine art prints below.

‘27 T Wash Job 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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33FIA 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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Ala Crate 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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Apple of My Eye 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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Black Nasty 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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Chop Rod 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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Cryptic Crate 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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Fifty 4 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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Olympic Drive In 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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Snake Eyes 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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SOHC Rod 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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Street Race 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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Surfbird 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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Thor 17″x11″ Fine Art Print

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Kaucher Returns to Pinewood Race to Support SEMA Cares

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Kaucher was recently featured in an article on the SEMA website describing his work with SEMA Cares in designing Pinewood Challenge cars. Read the article on the SEMA website via the following link, or read the content below.
http://www.sema.org/sema-enews/2012/38/kaucher-returns-to-pinewood-race-to-support-sema-cares

Some of the nation’s best custom-car and hot-rod builders recently took part in the third-annual Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Pinewood Builders Challenge. Fifteen well-known builders created one-of-a-kind miniature hot rods in the style of Pinewood derby cars. The cars were raced at the annual SEMA Pinewood Drag Races in Pomona, California, with the car built by Derek White of Street Vizions winning the race. All of these cars will be on display at the annual SEMA Show and then placed on eBay for auction from October 30–November 8. All proceeds from the auction will go to support SEMA Cares and its two children’s charities—Childhelp and Victory Junction.

Describe the inspirations behind the design of your pinewood car.

This year, I used one of the bodies from my new resin model car line—the ’69 Camaro Sport Wagon. The original design was something I had been playing around with one afternoon and ended up contributing the artwork to Camaro Performers magazine for use in their “Camaro Concepts” section. The concept was so well received that when I started my resin model company, it was the first car put into production and has been a great seller. The car’s design is something that Chevrolet should’ve done. Who knows a how many more Camaros would’ve been sold had they offered the Camaro as a wagon?

Describe some of the materials and resources you used to build your car.

The chassis is the original piece of pinewood that SEMA provided me with. The wheels, just as last year’s car, are drawer knobs, and the body is cast resin.

Why is it important for you to participate in the Pinewood Challenge?

For me, it’s exposure, the love of competition and the fact that the sale of the car helps kids and maybe inspires them to get involved in hot rodding as a hobbyist or a professional later in life.

Kaucher Kustoms Featured in Examiner

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012


Kaucher Kustoms was featured in a recent article titled “Styling a Muscle Cars in the Modern World”

The article can be read by following the link here:
http://www.examiner.com/la-in-los-angeles/styling-a-muscle-cars-the-modern-world

The following is the written content from the article.

If you’re a muscle car enthusiast you’ve had to have noticed the husky mid sections of retro styled modern muscle cars like the Camaro, the Challenger and the Mustang. As a custom car and hot rod designer, I sure have.

Every time I see one of these new AmericanV8 powered beasts thundering down the street, I’ve asked myself why contemporary car stylists have become so infatuated with these chubby looking profiles in the last ten years.

Never being one to just leave questions like this unanswered, I decided to do a little research to find out for myself, and after what I found out I must say I have an even greater respect modern car designers for designing cars as good looking as they are with all the issues they have to design around.

Growing up in the Sixties and Seventies and always being fascinated with car design I intently watched the styling trends move to longer lower profiles and wider stances. Cars designed in the Sixties for the most part were designed from the outside in, and the styling department dictated to the engineering department how the car should look, of course that would all change in the succeeding decades as the economics of building cars in this country changed due, government safety standards, fuel economy, smog standards, and competition stiffened from foreign manufactures.

Today the pragmatic concerns of building a modern car demand that the engineering department dictates to the styling department. Now days every square inch of space needs to be occupied by some functional part of the car whether it’s a crumble zone or an air filter box with very little room for form just for forms sake.

However, it’s without a doubt late model safety standards that have had the largest impact on car design in recent years, for example in 1998 Government safety standards mandated that all passenger cars have taller door heights after crash tests done by Mercedes Benz showed that taller door heights turned the doors into more of a structural member with greater frontal energy suppression on front impact resulting in a more safety capsule effect, this coupled with the introduction of side impact air bags which required more door height to work effectively.

Older cars from the Sixties and especially in the Seventies had sexy over hangs in front and back of the wheel arches which added to the long low and lean look, but now a days the overhangs are virtually gone coupled with the shorter wheelbases that are required to achieve lighter more cost and fuel efficient platforms have translated into somewhat stubbier looking cars.

While looking at a new Dodge Challenger this became very apparent, especially when I set a photo of a ’70 in profile right next to a ’10 in profile. Don’t get me wrong I think the new Challengers’ great looking car. I think the designers did a great job on it, even with all those pragmatic concerns they had to design around that I mentioned before, but it’s still has a little of that baby python that just swallowed a cat look to it.

So I had to ask myself what would a ’10 Challenger look like with a section job? You know what if I was able to cut let’s say 2 to 4 inches out of the mid section of body, how much sleeker would the car get?

My Dr. Frankenstein car customizing mentality said I had to do it, so what the hell; I was already in working in Photoshop at the time, so I had to do it, I couldn’t resist, and best of all I got to do it without any of those pesky pragmatic concerns to deal with.

I took approximately three inches out of the mid section, using the ’70 Challengers door as a guild but I couldn’t just stop there, no I had to reshape the wheel arches to look more like the original Challengers, then I lengthened the door to match the ‘70’s, and finished by giving the car much needed longer overhangs in the front and rear.

When I was done, my sectioned ’10 Challenger looked more like the one I couldn’t stop starring at when I attended the Los Angeles Auto Show with my dad way back in the fall of 1969.

Yes my little design exercise got me thinking that the manufacturers when designing their flagship cars should consider going back to the old way they designed cars in the Sixties from the outside in and let the styling department dictate at least; to more of an extent to how the rest of the car will get built.

After all, cars like these should be head and shoulders in styling above the rest of the cars in a manufacture’s line up, keeping within the safety standards of coarse but with sex appeal being a much larger guiding factor.

It seems to me from a safety standard point of view, that more over hang in the front and rear of the cars would only add to the crumple zone, thus making the car even safer, they can take the weight out some- where else by perhaps using lighter materials, of course cost will go up some, but these cars are flagships for God sakes they should demand a premium.

After looking at my Photochopped ‘10 Challenger again I had to wonder would it be worth an extra let’s say $3000- $4000 in cost to have a Challenger, a Camaro, or a Mustang that have profiles truer to the originals? I say most definitely hell yeah.

 

Kaucher Kustoms at the 2012 Grand National Roadster Show

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Kaucher Kustoms will be at the 2012 Grand National Roadster Show at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, CA from January 27-29th in building 4.

Ticket Prices
$20.00 General Admission (13 years and up)
$10.00 Kids (6 – 12 years)
5 & under Free

Discounts
Pre-Sale Tickets Adults $18.00, Kids $8, available soon at participating Southern California O’Reilly Auto Parts Stores. Redeemable at Fairplex Main Gate only

Parking
$10.00 parking is at Gate 9 off of White Avenue. Tram service into the event will be available during show hours and stops ½ hour after the event closes.

Show Times
Friday January 27, 2012 12:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Saturday January 28, 2012 10:00 am until 9:00 pm
Sunday January 29, 2012 10:00 am until 7:00 pm

Locations
Fairplex – Pomona, CA
1101 West McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Fairplex Buildings 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Redwood, Sycamore, Pepper, Elm, and Palm Avenues.

Show Facts

  • The GNRS is now in its 63rd year. Once known as the Oakland Roadster Show, it is the longest running indoor car show in the world! Produced at the Fairplex in Pomona for the 9th consecutive year.
  • Over 500 show vehicles will compete for awards inside all of the Fairplex buildings. Another 400-800 vehicles will join the event Saturday & Sunday for the 7th Annual Grand Daddy Drive-In. Vehicles will park between buildings as part of the show.
  • This year’s show theme is Futuristic. Cars and vendors are encouraged to decorate with the theme.
  • Our featured building celebrates the 1932 Ford, the 80th Anniversary of the “The Deuce”.
  • Watch and bid on artwork created by the best pinstripers in the nation at the Grand National Roadster Show Pinstriper’s event. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to nearby charities.
  • Listen to live music all three days inside Bld 10 and outside and see celebrities throughout the show.
  • The GNRS Awards Ceremony starts at 4:00pm on Sunday night where the 2012 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle will be crowned, along with many other awards.

“Show Car Dreams”
Order a limited edition book detailing the history of the Grand National Roadster Show. Download a flyer or visit www.thehotrodhistory.com.

Kaucher Kustoms Attends West Coast Nationals

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Kaucher Kustoms will be attending the West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, CA on August 26th – 28th. Don’t miss this huge indoor & outdoor car show featuring:

  • Over 3,500 Rods, Customs & Classics thru ’72
  • Vendors & Exhibitors
  • Goodgals Gallery
  • Swap Meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral
  • See the crowning of America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod
  • Model Car Show & Kid’s Play Area
  • Nitro Thunderfest
  • Hot Rod Seminars
  • Nostalgia Stage Shows
  • Huge Mini Engine Display
  • Pinstrippers Brush Bash & Auction

Learn more at the Good Guys Website. http://www.ggwestcoastnats.com/

Keith Kaucher Appears on “Gearz”

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Keith Kaucher will be a featured segment on the TV show “Gearz” hosted by Stacey David on the posted dates listed:

Season V, Episode 6
V8 Interceptor (30 mins.) Saturday Morning 4/2/11 @ 9:00 am NEW
V8 Interceptor (30 mins.) Sunday Morning 4/3/11 @ 7:30 am
V8 Interceptor (30 mins.) Thursday Overnight 4/7/11 @ 3:30 am
V8 Interceptor (30 mins.) Saturday Morning 4/9/11 @ 8:30 am

Rampage

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Keith Kaucher’s “Rampage” Concept Car an open wheel mid engined Sport Rod. Keith envisions this car powered by a GM 572 Ramjet backed by a C6 Corvette trans-axle. This car has a targeted weight of 1900 lbs, with 700 plus horsepower from the venerable Chevy big block would make for a serious trill ride to say the least. This is one of those concepts that you can imagine all the head turns you would get cruising down the boulevard with the throaty rumble bellowing from the exhaust, without a doubt a concept that needs to be built.

Vote for Kaucher’s ’70 Dodge Challenger in the 2012 Good Guys Give Away Car Design Contest

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

With some of the world’s most talented designers and illustrators being members of the hot rodding family, Goodguys has decided to get the industry’s finest artists, Goodguys members and event participants involved in the 2012 Grand Prize Giveaway Car!

The challenge? Submit a colored rendering and theme of the 2012 giveaway car; a 70′ – 72′ Dodge Challenger!

Kaucher Kustoms has submitted our design, and need your help and your vote! If you like my car better then the others, please visit 2012 Good Guys Give Away Car voting website and the take a minute and vote for it.

The Yellow Jacket is based of a concept car that Dodge built in 1970 the car was introduced as a potential Corvette fighter. I saw the original car in 1970 when I attended the Greater Los Angeles Car Show with my dad in 1970, it was the coolest car I saw there, and I never forgot it.

When I started on my concept for Good Guys I used it as my starting point. The deep recessed tail light panel was the only design element, that I chose to use from the original car but I loved the name so I used it for my Good Guys Challenger entry.

My concept as the rear C pillar cut and leaned forward and stretched further back towards the edge of the trunk giving the car a less formal looking roofline. I then designed custom body colored side mirrors, added a custom restyled forward tilting hood like a Corvette, under the hood resides a late model super charged 426 Hemi backed by 6 speed trans.
The front fenders have black anodized billet side vents and the fenders and hood have been extended 3 inches. The stock ’70 grille housing has been reworked to house late model Challenger headlights the hood has been dropped down over the lights with a deeper drop to the center creating a snarled look to the front of the car.
The front lower valance houses Chrysler Penstar shaped driving light housings with a chin spoiler that forces air into a lower grille that cover the intercooler for the super charger.

The rear of the car I recessed the reworked factory tail light housing deeper into the trunk area. The tail light housing also houses a gas door that covers the now centered fuel filler, below the the Chrysler Penstars repeat again only this time as exhaust tips with an integrated diffuser panel below them.

The wheels black satin finished five spoke two piece 20 “ diameter wheels accented with matching pearl yellow paint used on the cars body. The fronts are 11” wide and the rears measure 15”. Black accent striping across the hood and trunk and the lower rocker panels adorn the car along with Yellow Jacket decal badging, giving the car a factory concept feel.

Again, we’re very proud of our design, and appreciate you taking the time to vote for it.
http://www.goodguysgazette.com/contest

Good Guys asks Kaucher Kustoms to design the 2010 Grand prize Giveaway car

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Goodguys is proud to announce the 2010 Grand Prize Giveaway Car – the 1970 Boss Snake.  The Boss Snake is a Retro Boss 429 headed 466 Ford powered super muscle car designed by Kaucher Kustoms being built by RPM Motor Sports of Warrendale, Pennsylvania. RPM Motor Sports is the winner of the 2009 Good Guys Street Machine of the year award for their wicked black ‘69 Firebird convertible .The Boss Snake is a concept based on the “QuarterHorse “A  Ford internal design study based on a’70 Boss 429 Mustang of which two prototypes were built.

The car’s finish will be PPG/Goodguy yellow. It will feature a complete Air Ride suspension system and powered by a Jon Kaase-built 466 Ford hemi motor, making and incredible 771 HP, backed by a Tremec 6 speed transmission, custom one-off Intro Wheels designed by Kaucher Kustoms and many other unique muscle car performance parts and accessories.

Conceived as a possible replacement for both the Boss 429 and Shelby Mustangs, the so-called QuarterHorse Mustangs were built from actual Boss 429 Mustangs by the Kar Kraft company in Brighton, Michigan. Also referred to as the “Composite” Mustang, it contained several different parts and pieces than the original BOSS 429 Mustangs. The body was standard 1970 Boss 429, the front clip was Shelby Mustang, less the hood scoops, and the dash was Cougar. The first Quarterhose, KK 2061, was painted Grabber Blue and was initially fitted with a Boss 429 engine. It was soon replaced with a 429 SCJ and sent to Hollywood to star with Burt Reynolds in a short-lived TV series called “Dan August”. The second Quarterhorse was Candy apple Red and was fitted with a 429 SCJ engine. Amazingly, both Quarterhorses survived the crusher and are in the hands of collectors.

Project sponsors include: Vintage Air, Classic Instrument, Painless Performance, BFGoodrich, Flaming River, Ricks Hot Rods, Dynacorn, Baer Brakes, Tremec, Optima Batteries, Herculiner, PEAK, Grundy Insurance, Flowmaster Exhaust, Comp Cams, Performance Rod & Custom.

Visit the Good Guys website to read more.

’67 Cougar fastback

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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Ever since I laid eyes on the first Cougar in 1967, I wondered why Mercury didn’t offer another body style, besides the notch back. They didn’t even offer a convertable til 1969. But I’m a fastback man all the way, to me nothing is sleeker than the fastbacks.

So I had to see what one would look like. I did a ‘69 Cougar Elminator II with a ‘69 Mustang Sport Roof in 1998, that’s posted on my brother’s Hub garage “Fastlaner Garage”

But I hand rendered that and it took hours so with Photoshop at hand I whipped this out in a short time.
Let me know what you think. I have another variation on this one in mind that I may do at a later date but for this week’s Restyle I give you the XR-70, the alternate body style Cougar they should’ve built.

Korona Airstack

Monday, April 6th, 2009

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(818) 248-2347
4451 Ramsdell Ave. La Crescenta, CA 91214

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  • High polished die cast aluminum manufactured by K & N Products
  • Appearance of open element air stacks, but they are filtered with a K & N Precharger, that filters down to 20 microns
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