California Shop Expands to Accommodate More Fabrication

Feb 19, 2019

Mick’s Paint is expanding in Pomona, California, to accommodate more fabrication work.

Located in what used to be the SO-CAL Speed Shop compound, Mick’s Paint has expanded its facility by 1,400 square feet for a total of 7,000 square feet.

“With so much fabrication work coming in, it was beginning to crowd the body and paint shop,” said Mick Jenkins, owner of Mick’s Paint. “Thankfully, however, we were able to take on some extra space recently vacated by another tenant and this has given us a comfortable separation for the two sides of the business.

“Since we began collaborating with Troy Ladd’s Hollywood Hot Rods and Steve Strope’s Pure Vision Design, we’ve seen an up-tick in the need for high-level fabrication. And, since we had well-qualified fabricators in-house it seemed only sensible to expand the operation.”

Current projects in the fab department include a 1964 SOHC-powered Galaxie for Bob Matranga, a 1965 GTO for Matt Blackmer, a 1964 Lincoln convertible for Jeff Pont, a 1932 Roadster and a 1951 Merc for Bob Garibay and just in, a 1974 Dodge Power Wagon with a built 440 for Ron Lallo. Plus there’s more on the way.

“The paint shop is equally busy and we were lucky enough to achieve another class award at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with the only surviving 1928 Atcherley-bodied Alfa Romeo,” Jenkins said. “The car was restored by Fast Cars Ltd., Redondo Beach, but Mick’s was chosen to handle some of the body work and the paintwork.”

Jenkins garnered his first America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award in 2000 with Chuck Svatos’ 0032, a deep black concept 1932 Roadster created by Chip Foose. The next win came in 2012 with Bill Lindig’s Indy Special that was initiated by Jackie Howerton and finished at the SO-CAL Speed Shop. His most recent win was in 2017 with Bruce Wanta’s 1936 Packard Mulholland Speedster built by Troy Ladd’s Hollywood Hot Rods. Mick’s Paint has also won awards at many other shows, including the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. All of the award-winning vehicles were painted using PPG materials.