Jonathan and Vonda Goolsby decided to open Goolsby Customs together in 2004. The shop does a lot of work for other shops including paint, body and fabrication.
Jonathan has been customizing as many vehicles as he can for more than 20 years. He started at home in the garage. He then worked as the head painter for a Chevrolet dealership for more than 12 years.
Soon after being established, Goolsby Customs was able to foster the collaboration of many high-profile builds. The shop appeared in many magazine features and covers as well as several SEMA show builds.
Autobody News reached out to Jonathan for more information about his shop.
"Some people come to us with cars, sometimes we find the car for them,” he said. “It's a wide range of customers, including corporations or individuals wanting their dream car."
Goolsby Customs is a dealer for some of the best parts on the market, such as C&R radiators, Roadster Shop chassis, Baer Brakes, Vintage Air, Classic Instruments, Wilwood brakes, Lokar Performance Products, Detroit Speed, American Autowire, Dakota Digital, Ididit, Billet Specialties, B Forged Wheels,
Pace Performance, Borla Exhaust, Ultimate Headers, Bowler Transmissions, Performance Electronics and many more.
Goolsby Customs travels to shows across the country to showcase its customers’ cars as well as keep up on the current trends in build styles.
Some of these trips include the Goodguys car show events. Goolsby Customs sponsors the "Goolsby Customs YoungGuys Award" at every Goodguys event.
At the Goodguys Rod & Custom Nashville Nationals show on May 16, Goolsby Customs announced that the winner of the "Goolsby Customs YoungGuys Award" was Blaine Goitia.
Autobody News followed up with Jonathan for more information about the Goodguys contest.
"At every Goodguys event, Goodguys has a section for young guys/girls [ages] 25 and under,” he said. “Goolsby picks two of the best ones. We are interested in the story behind the vehicle. It doesn’t have to be the best car. Some of the winners have been painted only with primer. We like to learn about what drives the young people and get details about their work on the vehicles."
The winner is determined by which contestant gets more likes on Facebook or Instagram.
"It’s our way of helping out and keeping the industry going with the next generation of kids," Jonathan said.
Autobody News followed up with Jonathan for more information about the paint used by Goolsby Customs. He stated the shop primarily uses BASF's Glasurit.
"The support behind BASF's Glasurit brand is great. The basecoats and clears are superior to any other brand we have dealt with. We are able to produce award-winning vehicles with BASF Glasurit,” he said.
A Goolsby Customs build, a 1940 Ford Convertible called “Lucille,” was awarded the 2018 Street Rod D’Elegance at the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals on April 8.
"Lucille" is coated with BASF Glasurit 55 Line in a custom color called “Glasurit Cabernet, Goolsby Edition” that Jonathan developed through BASF Color Ideation.
See the Autobody News article for more information.