Nestled in the backstreets of Brunswick, this small but efficient workshop retains that old school feel about it. There’s a flathead in the corner, weird contraptions and metal art adorning the walls, while classic and custom rides reside awaiting their turn for maintenance and modifications. Aiming to be the one stop kustom & restoration shop, Andy undertakes nearly all work in house. He works with the moto “oldskool style – new ideas”. So what mods are done in the motherland? “Mk1 and Mk2 Escort front ends, jag rear ends and rover V8 conversions, depending on what was available. The American stuff is either very expensive or very hard to come by” explains British born Andy, owner of Bad to the Bone Kustoms.
What brought you over here? The whole scene over here (Australia) just appealed to me, one of my best friends moved over here and got a job in Melbourne and told me all about the kustom scene.” Andy moved over here 4 years ago and opened up the business in Melbourne a year and a half ago.
While photographing this “back to the good ol days” style of workshop, I met the club Andy is a member of. The Gas Axes is a small club consisting of Andy and Elle, Justin and Alison, Gareth and Kylie and Bart Verducci. Justin explains how the club came about. “A year and a half ago we started a burger night once a week in winter, everyone hibernates from the cold weather so we decided to do something about it and have a night out and that evolved into the Gas Axes. We’re all like-minded people and Wednesdays and Thursdays is about the cars and we all get together. It’s a great midweek break.” These cool cats can also be found hanging out at most rockabilly festivals with their rides.