It's very cool to see so many people recognizing Jason Campbell in here. I WISH he had built my truck, but from what I've seen on other trucks and from what I've heard from anyone who's ever talked about Camburg, they are definitely top-notch. Jason also does (in my opinion) THE prettiest welds out there. H&M Motorsports do some mighty-fine welding, too. Here's my vote though: Dan Huseman (and I'm guessing this would be Greg's vote, too...I'll have to tell him about this thread and then I'm sure he'll agree). He does some innovative and incredibly "smart" stuff, he obviously puts great care into every tiny detail, and his work is just beautiful. Most importantly IT WORKS. One of our IP members, Ryan Rose, is having his second truck built by Huseman and it is seriously one of the nicest trucks I've ever seen.
P.S. I agree...the new Dez People 2.0 rocks! It seems like it's potential just keeps growing and growing!
Wow! I am sure Jason would love to read what you have wrote.
This has to be one of the hardest questions to answer. I don't think there is a best fabricator. I think there is one major factor; technology. As technology grows so does the ability of the good fabricators. I think it also takes great ideas, inovation, and persistance. Always pushing the limits in what you can do in whatever you do.
I have seen and love the work from the guys at H&M, Gessler, the work from Mike Smith, Steve Hatch (Old Baldwin Fabricator), Dave Frugia, Nobu (rod Millen) etc.... This list goes on and on.
I guess my point is push the limits, go big, try something new, be persistant and go for the top. Don't settle for second best, Strive for the best. When you see this in you favorit fabricator then you know you have found YOUR best fabricator.
I don't know enough about the subject to venture a schooled opinion as to the best ever but I did hear that the late Larry Plank did some pretty nice work. I know that his "Drool Factor 10" pre-runner that Dane has sure does give me a woody.
Eric Record...why, yes, I do so happen to have a pic showing some of Dan Huesman's work on Ryan Rose's Ranger!
The steering set-up is incredible...I need to get some more detailed pictures. I can't wait to see what he does with the rear, which is being done now. The truck should be finished by August. Ryan's old truck was build by Huseman, also, and there was (is?) a profile on it on RDC. There's some inf and a couple more pictures on our member profiles page for Ryan on prerunners.com.
i dont think there is a best in this subject, because there is so much fabricated stuff out there that we havent seen.. think of all the other race cars in the world....i think it all comes down to who you prefer with their "style"
Regie Dunlap of dunrite race cars/prep hesperia (built ranger prerunner that nick baldwin now own's that really started the super prerunner craze, builds flawless championship winning 1600 cars, and has a mean 10 car or 1 car that can pack a punch)
Tony Vanillo now of NAOR in hesperia (built baldwin trucks)
and out of all the fab shops that i have seen, they all look like they could hold their own with the big dogs with the right amount of money thrown at them..
When in comes to inovation or first time gigs, id have to mention the Coachella brothers who raced the Code circuit on the lowest of budgets in a 5-1600 bug .Air box on the carburator, olive oil can cut and sealed at bottom. Ump air filter, old electric aluminim cofee pot, warming/bottom end removed, combo spindles, caravan rear spindles welded on stock kingpins....now that's innovation isnt it ???
I see a lot of newer fab guys on this list but some older guys sure are being left out. Nye Frank would be one of them, he designed and built Mickey Thompsons yellow Challenger car (if I'm not mistaken) along with many other cool cars including Rob MacCachrens Pro 4 that DOMINATED CORR for a couple years before being outlawed. Jon Nelson who had been mentioned earlier did some very interesting designs with "Butch" and than revolutionized the "Arnold" platform so people like Porter had a good templet to work off of. Hell, even Robby Gordon should be mentioned because he was the designer of the "Riviera" truck and that thing was built in 94 and is STILL one of the fastest trucks out there, bar none. Johnny Johnson is another, and of course Gil George of Funco and Lynn Chenowth. Than again, anyone that can weld in a stright line is my hero, i can't even use a stick welder.
Rory this thread is three years old, and you beat me by two minutes! I agree Nye Frank never ceases to amaze me. Nor do Geiser Bros, Bill Varnes, Kevin Bunderson, Tony Vanillo, Bobby Neth, Craig Stewart, Regie Dunlap, Mike Smith, Jon Nelson, the guys at PPI (Ivanâ€™s Toyota), and the team that Robby brought along from the Indy Car ranks that built his truck in the mid 90â€™s (I believe they were more engineers than fabricators)
let's not forget dick russell who did PJ's big oly and blazers.
i think donny fair was the lead designer & builder on robby's winning truck. there are so many talented guys out there. not really fair to try to put a "best" imop. some worked in many different times with a varied amount of equiptment compared to what technology has to offer today. once again, just so man talented guys.