Artistic Customs and Collision

Classic Vehicle Restoration with an Artist's Touch

Jake Kolasinski

Jake grew up working on cars with his father, and remembers prepping, sanding, and painting cars as an 8-year-old. At first, car restoration and repair work was a hobby for him, but when he purchased his own first car at age 17, a '79 Monte Carlo in canary yellow, which he later wrecked and had to fix himself. Later in his life, he discovered the auto collision program at Lane Community College, where Ken was an instructor. Jake also joined the LCC auto instruction staff and worked with Ken at the college during the day. Then with Ken at Artistic Customs and Collision at night. Those 16-hour days became too much, so Jake left LCC to work with Ken full time. "Ken and his wife Jen are a positive and supportive, family oriented business and they really care," says Jake. His favorite car that past through the shop was a Mercedes 300 SL, which they worked on beginning to end. 

"To be involved at every step, from the first primer to the final bodywork, was a lot of fun. I'm also really fond of the '54 Ford Pickup we did. The best part of this job is that we work on so many cool and interesting things."

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