When contemplating the build of a serious frame-off project, it is always best to consult with a rendering expert. Working with a professional visionary mind can process your imaginary dream onto paper. Seeing the image firsthand enables you to make changes on paper, which is much easier than trying to physically fabricate it beforehand, only to find out it won't work. The assistance of a rendering artist will save both time and money during your project's journey.

While attending this year's Goodguys Show at Del Mar, California, I spoke with Keith and Mitch Kaucher from Kaucher Design Werks and Kaucher Kustoms in Santa Monica, California, to find out what makes their services so unique. Their dedicated passion for custom cars and trucks is their main driving force.

His mechanical influence came from his dad, Martin. However, Keith attributes his mother, Elizabeth, with his artistic gift in design and styling. While building 1:1 scale cars, his dad also built 1/24 and 1/25 scale cars and trucks. Keith was mesmerized by his dad's ability to create small-scale models out of a box full of small parts.

Keith wanted to build models by the age of 5, although his mother thought he was a little too young; due to the glue, sharp instruments, and paints. His dad told him he could get his first model on his 9th birthday. When the magical day came, he couldn't wait to purchase his first plastic model. His dad took him down to the local hobby shop, where Keith purchased his first plastic model, an AMT '40 Ford. As they say, the rest is history. After building hundreds of models throughout the years, Keith has achieved a 3-D vision that some artists can't grasp.

Keith began Kaucher Kustoms in 1994 from his house in Santa Monica, while working for Superior Wheel, where he designed wheels from '95-'99. While at Superior, it was his influence and design that implemented the torque-thrust style spoke wheels on the '98-'99 Mustang GT. While attending a design show in Detroit, where his torque-thrust wheel was displayed on a Ford Mustang, Roush Racing saw it and decided to use it on the Mustang that terrorized the streets in the movie Bullet II.

Still pursuing his dream of creating dream cars for customers, Keith met his mentors, Steve Stanford and Thom Taylor, who helped to give him the self-assurance to pursue his dream. The three have developed a constructive and social relationship among the small artist rendering fraternity.

Keith's younger brother, Mitch, joined his brother in 2005. Mitch heads up the marketing and promotional aspects of Kaucher Kustoms, and it has become a win-win for both.

Keith's degree in Industrial Design trained his eye to observe images in correct proportions and dimensions. His exterior renderings are displayed as left and right sides, front, rear, and top views. He also renders the engine compartment and interior. Besides offering a paper rendering, Kaucher Kustoms can also provide the rendering in a computer-generated 3D model, as well as a 3D scale model of the designed rendering. It gives both customer and fabricator everything needed to create that custom dream.

Kaucher Kustoms Design Services Include:
* Conceptual development
* Full color renderings
* 3D computer renderings
* Custom car and truck hot-rod design
* Body shop liason
* Mock-up work for metal fabrication
* Rapid prototype scale models

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