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Pipeworx is a premier fabrication, welding, 3D scanning and design shop located in Austin, Texas. We specialize in metal shaping, TIG welding, and fabrication of anything imaginable, we bring your ideas from concept to reality.


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Welcome to the new Pipeworx site.  We’ve updated our look and added some new features to help you keep up with what we’re working on.  Take a few minutes to have a look around, folks - it only gets better from here..... And be sure to subscribe to the blog's RSS feed to get tasty morsels of Pipeworx goodness delivered straight to your email's inbox.

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The Cockroach

  Last week was the Lonestar Roundup and we had some friends of the shop stop by and visit the morning before the show.  One of these visits was from our friend and hotrod designer Chris Ito and he had the "Cockroach" bringing him along.  I do not know how you all feel about survivor cars folks but when I see an unmolested original car in this good of condition I am at a loss for words. 


    The first time I had the pleasure of meeting Chris and his Cockroach was at the Goodguys Show in Fort Worth last year.  A friend of mine and I were wading through a sea of streetrods when we rounded the corner and saw this beauty gleaming in the mid-day sun. 

My mouth dropped and I was stunned by the chrome and original hand rubbed lacquer paint job this car wears with pride, and the closer we got the better the car looked.  Chris took his time explaining about the car and its story, how he had purchased it, cleaned it up and even uncovered a chrome transmission hiding under all the road grime.  This car was not a trailer queen but a driver....... really?   


When Chris pulled into the shop on Friday it was like getting to see two old friends again.  If you ever have the pleasure of seeing this survivor car in person be sure to take the time to look all over the car to see everything it has to offer..... like the polished stainless floors that can only be seen from below.  Chris has given the Cockroach the proper home it deserves and I do not think the car could have chosen a more deserving owner, can you?   


Getting ready for the Roundup

   Well this is the calm before the storm. Don't have any idea what I am talking about?  The Lonestar Roundup is starting tomorrow and Pipeworx will also be on the garage crawl this year.  For the last three weeks we have been rocking late hours at the shop getting everything in order to welcome you all in for a shop tour as well as meet you in our booth at the show.  We even found a little time to get something of our own patty caked together and think that we achieved the 1960's street driven altered look we were going for...... what do you think? 


Does this Tall T-Coupe look like something you would be seen cruising around town in?  Well..... if it did not have a foam motor in it and you did not have to Flintstone it around, all in due time, remember Rome was not built in a day.  We are turning in early for the night to catch up on some much needed sleep but do come by our booth at the show to introduce yourselves and check out some metal shaping we will be doing at the show.  



Friends of the Shop


This week at the shop we had some friends drop by for a visit.  First was "Mercury" Charlie Runnels, if you could not tell by his name Charlie is crazy about
a Mercury.  He has owned more Mercury's than I have actually ever seen and he owns "Nadine", a 1951 Mercury that is somewhat of a celebrity.  "Nadine" has been in several hotrod publications and has more chrome than a 1950's diner.... an awesome custom. 


    Later in the week the European Connection stopped in to say hello and help thrash on a custom Ducati 998.  On the left is Phil Harris from the UK, in the middle is Dario Russi from Italy and finally on the end is Alex Toni not only from Italy but works in the Ducati factory developing and testing their engines.  There is so much talent in these guys that we took out our pens and pads and took notes on setting up a Ducati the proper way.  Drop us a line sometime and set up a time to come visit the shop, we would like to meet you.


LA Roadster Show

I am new to this idea of keeping a blog and I am slowly getting better at updating one.  So I will now attempt to recreate our trip out to Pomona, California for the LA Roadster Show.  All I can say is wow.... there are high end cars as far as the eye can see and the extravagance is overwhelming.  The show had nine buildings full of cars, not to mention the "drive in" cars parked throughout the show surrounding the buildings and most of them were beautiful.  Don't get me wrong, there were some tastelessly done rides at the show, but not many, it is Southern California folks.



One of my favorite buildings was the one filled with vintage racecars.  I got to see a few cars that really shaped me as a youth, the Stone Woods and Cook Willys, Pure Hell, the Mondello and Matsubara Fiat altered..... you name it, I was overwhelmed. 

There was so much racing heritage and history there along with the old drivers of these cars that I found myself just staring at the cars and listening to some of their stories, nothing short of amazing.  I even got to meet and talk with Art Chrisman, he was kind enough to autograph a rendering of himself for me by Jeff Norwell of Norwell Equipped; stunning resemblance. 


One of the other buildings was one that Street Rodder Magazine had put together, it was some of the magazine’s survivor cover cars from years past.  One of the cars in that building that I fell in love with was Chris Ito's deuce 3 window coupe.  This is a real survivor car that Chris purchased from the original owner and has done nothing but clean up the car and enjoy it, it even sports it's original laquer paint job.  The car is unchopped but is heavily channeled over the deuce rails sporting a blown flathead and a swag of Offenhauser dress up parts but it even has a chrome transmission, yes I said chrome.  This deuce is not a trailer queen either, Chris is often seen running around at shows in Texas and enjoying the car like it should be. 

After the show was over and things were shutting down late Sunday evening Chris Ito asked me to help guide him out of the building.  The passage way in, and out of the building was narrow and Chris needed a spotter so that he could squeeze his '32 out without scuffing her up.  When Chris jumped in the car and it fired right away after sitting all weekend I knew that the car was in the proper hands.  After navigating Chris out of the building he told me to jump in and cruised me around the fairgrounds. The best way I can describe the feeling is like The Beach Boys "Little Deuce Coupe" album cover.  I felt like I was in the 60's with my arm hanging out the passenger door and stooped forward ducking the low roof.  Some memories will stick with me for a lifetime, this being one of them, thanks again Chris!