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This section is primarily targeted at motivating and providing a starting stepping stone to the skilled enthusiast whom might have grandiose thoughts of glory in taking their skills to another level. At Kustom Bitz we are straight up fellas, we don’t play games hence we have put our cards on the table, ‘so do ya wanna play or what?’
If you can build stuff for Kustoms, Hot Rods, Dragsters, Pick ups or Restored cars, and have a part or tool you have made or adapted for your project, then we maybe interested in buying stock off you and marketing your product.
We are set up primarily for stocking and on selling Kustom parts on line via mail order.
I have met a lot of skilled people who have had at some time or another the inclination and the romantic thoughts of doing your own thing, by building your own parts or tools at home, or as a sideline business.
Kustom Bitz is interested in evaluating your potential product by putting it up on our web site, and when we think it appropriate, including it in our magazine advertisements and taking it along with us to Hot Rod Shows and Swap Meets to put on display on our trade stand.
What sort of products are we interested in?
Well pretty much anything to do with old cars that no one else is providing for. It could be for example extractors or an engine conversion for an obscure model or a clever adaptation of a late model part to a popular older car to keep them going. It could be reproduction panels or interior parts in steel or fibre glass, electrical, race car parts or restoration tools, the list is endless. It does not necessarily have to be big or clever it just has to be of some use and value to another enthusiast.
For example I am into Fords, I always have been, there are many parts around for old Fords already, but you may have just done a brilliant restoration or modification on an old Pontiac, Buick, Humber, International, Mazda, Toyota, etc, etc. Others and you can benefit from your experience and that is what I am getting at here. It probably won’t make you a fortune but so what, you may only ever build that one part but so what, your friends may laugh at you but so what, it will be fun and interesting for you and us at Kustom Bitz. This is about lifestyle for us, the more like minded people we can pull together the more fun we can all have.
So how would this work for you? Well we could see it working in a number of different ways depending on you, for example;
Ø      The traditional and most common way of we buy a quantity of stock off you to put into our store and we market it and resell it. We get a discount from you because we buy a production quantity from you and you get to concentrate on production and get cash flow each time you build the products. This works well for the people who want to just make things and not have to worry about sales and marketing.
Ø      Alternatively you could put consignment stock into our store and you get paid as we sell it. We typically we offer this to people who have a slow moving product (i.e. low demand for it) and or people who’s product is of a low margin to us on resale. We may also offer this type of arrangement when we have committed cash flow to other vendors stock but are keen to get you on board with us and get you up and going.
Ø      You may have made or designed a product that we can get made or fabricated in quantities some place else and you may want a portion of each sale or you may want to just sell your design to us. Typically this deal would be open to people who have no interest in developing what they have made themselves but have made something that works well and would think other enthusiasts would benefit from it being available somewhere.
Ø      Alternatively you may have another arrangement in mind that carries mutual benefits for us both.
Look we are prepared to work in with you but I will warn you that we have some expectations of our own with regards to you and your product.
Ø      Your product must be proven to work – we are not interested in prototypes. We want to see it, feel it, see it working, check out the workmanship, etc, etc….
Ø      You must be a reliable supplier – we cannot sell what we do not have. If we can shift a product we will stock it on our shelf. If you tell us it takes 4 weeks to send us each stock order, then we will allow for that when we get low. So do it in your nominated time or less consistently. We both look bad when you let us down.
Ø      At all times your business ethics and conduct will be under constant scrutiny – actions speak louder than words and we have been burnt many times before in previous ventures, so we look for poor attitudes and poor business ethics as a warning to us about you. If you are honest, keep to your word and fair then we will get along fine and may even become friends over time. If you are not honest, unreliable, manipulative, greedy, unfair, not of good character, and generally full of it, we will take swift action to cut all ties with you very quickly indeed.
Ø      Be realistic with your expectations – just because we take you on board there are no guarantees to your or our success with your product. Most successful things take a lot of time and effort, there is no such thing as an overnight success, no matter what you may have heard on the television.
What value adding can Kustom Bitz provide your product?
Ø      If needed we can write a technical paper or an installation manual, at our discretion, to support the use and promotion of your product.
Ø      Your product will appear on a rotational basis, at our discretion, with other products in our magazine advertising.
Ø      Kustom Bitz will learn all we need to know about your product to support sales so you can concentrate on other things.
Ø      If you work from home, or it is just a sideline income stream, you get a professional presence in the market with out the ongoing overhead costs.
Ø      Your product is marketed with the utmost of respect for upholding and maintaining your premium brand name should it be applicable.
Ø      We are true enthusiasts with a passion for this stuff; we actively participate and attend various events.
So what do you need to do to sell a product to Kustom Bitz?
1.                  First you need an Australian Business Number “ABN” – we will only deal with legitimate tax entities. [For example a Sole Trader with an ABN is ok & Pty Ltd Companies, etc.]
2.                  Contact us with your offer.
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8:71 Supercharger install on 454ci powered '55 Chevy

by kustombitz on 30 May 2022
You would think a supercharger kit install would be pretty simple .... well no, is the short answer. A wise man once told me a 'kit' is not a solution.  And having worked on a few of these set ups now these words keep ringing in my head and I remember this old man who at the time I didn't think was that wise at all .... now I am older and I see.   In this install I had to port match the heads to the intake as there was a substantial lip into the head port because of the large intake manifold ports. If not corrected would have led to fuel puddling and fouled plugs and drivability problems that would have been hard to diagnose once assembled.  Also the distributor hole at the back of the manifold was off centre and way too big for a standard chevy dizzy and any aftermarket dizzy too. So I had to make a boss to take up the slack and provide a stable boss for the dizzy clamp to work properly.   To add to the woes, the engine assembler failed to pick up that it was a tall deck block and required a longer oil pump drive shaft .... that was hard to diagnose when a new engine loses oil pressure for no reason.   I got there in the end with modded accelerator links, better fuel line route, boost referenced carburettors and a proper harmonic balancer for a blower application.  The install was challenging on this one but the end result was a sweet running engine with monster amounts of torque to hall this heavy full size sedan around the hills .... and cool looks of course.  

41 Willys Coupe Gasser Chassis

by kustombitz on 30 May 2022
41 Willy Coupe chassis fabricated to original dimensions yet extra strength provided in the depth of the chassis and via tubular centre X member and many tubular cross members to take the weight and torque of a big block Ford drive line.  This chassis will have an original steel body fitted to it and the owner wants the whole car to resemble an early 60s drag car, right down to the rear radius rods that look like ladder bars, however it has to have nice street manners and pass ASRF construction guidelines for safe street rod engineering.  Now many may argue a leaf sprung front end and rear end is not the best handling street car and I would agree, but there are always trade offs for the look you want and the right combination of parts installed with the correct geometry can still yield a very nice driver with a really cool look.  When driven responsibly this 41 Willys will provide hours of enjoyment for the owner cruising around.   Chassis by Kustom Bitz [our custom designed rails], Engine Ford Hemi V8, T400 auto, 9" diff installed on leaf springs with diff housing floaters designed by Kustom Bitz for street use [so we have flexibility and suspension give], Super Bell front I beam with disc brakes cleverly mounted to parallel leaf springs without any mods to I beam and not relying on welded parts.   See our section on Hot Rod Chassis construction for more images of our various Willys Coupe chassis that Kustom Bitz has built.  

'67 Toyota Crown Ute - another air ride bagged project

by kustombitz on 01 Apr 2021
The Toyota Crown ute is progressing along, the body is fitting the modified original chassis and this is how it will look when it's dropped ... I think it has the right stance ... The framing you can see is holding the upper body together as the floor and lower sections are rusted away and have been cut out, then to be completely refabbed by us.  The frame allows us to lift the body on and off as we please during this stage.

1940 Ford Coupe chassis BBC 454 L80E 9" and air ride

by kustombitz on 01 Apr 2021
Kustom Bitz just completed a 35-41 chassis, stepped up at the rear and a reversed centre X member allow this chassis to sit 40mm off the deck. It runs a Rod Tech IFS, big block chevy and L80E auto, a 9 inch diff with floating hubs, all on modified original rails. Kustom Bitz has developed our own boxing plates that suit the original rails near on perfectly. Original Ford rails are curved from front to back there are no straight sections, so to get something that fits right we had to jig the chassis up and map them out.  This is what we do, when it just needs to be done right to make it a well engineered car.  This allowed us to make a nice transistion for a high step at the rear. We have designed in 6 inches of travel at the back, so this car can have a normal, almost stock ride height then dumped to the max when parked.

LS Engine swap and custom air bag IFS

by kustombitz on 19 Feb 2020
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Double shear brackets - rear coil overs Hot Rod Chassis

by kustombitz on 30 May 2019
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Diff bump stops custom made

by kustombitz on 08 Mar 2019
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Torana A9X custom made rear pan hard bar 9" Diff

by kustombitz on 08 Mar 2019
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Hot Rod 38 Plymouth custom panel fabrication

by kustombitz on 04 Dec 2018
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Our first wheels up Launch in Vintage Gas drag racing

by kustombitz on 27 Aug 2018
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