"We really work well together and the work is exciting every day," she said. "I lead on wiring, interior design and installation, and EJ leads when it comes to the airbrushing, welding and metal fabrication work. Together we fabricate, install and build the mechanicals, body work, paint, assembly, etc., and produce ‘drivers’ that our customers are proud to display and drive across country if they want. We are a two-person shop with no employees, so it is just us each day working together. Sure, we do butt heads now and then, but we both live and breathe this work and enjoy it tremendously. It's not all roses and fun, especially when deadlines are approaching, and some days we work 16 hours straight. We're really blessed because we're equally driven to succeed at this business and take pride in our work."
With a workload of roughly five cars annually and other smaller jobs like occasional motorcycle builds and painting, miscellaneous painting projects and repairs on customs and classics along the way, Cool Hand Customs is currently working on its third SEMA vehicle. Amy has seen more and more women get involved in the show and is excited to see the evolution firsthand.
"When we went to our first SEMA 10 years ago, there were literally no lines for the ladies' bathroom, but it's no longer the case,” she said. “More women are participating, and not just on the marketing side of the industry. They want to be hands-on and we love to network, rely on each other and support each other. Participating in these all-female builds is a great way to achieve that. We're so fortunate to be doing what we do and it's become a huge part of our lives, so we would not trade this for anything else!"