Custom Painted 2011 Super Duty With An Attitude! –

img_6145_11-640x426Running a successful company can be tough. However, there are a few perks that can make it more enjoyable. In the automotive aftermarket world, to showcase your company’s products, service and abilities, it helps to have a shop truck. In some cases, that ends up a rough and tumble light duty truck that has a few products on it that generally get used and abused while running parts around town. Other times something spectacular is born.

Jake Mitchell, owner of Jake’s Custom Diesel in Norman, Oklahoma didn’t want another beater shop truck.Read More…

Written For: Diesel Army
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: September 9, 2014

The Life Of A Hot Rod Hoarder –

hoarder022-delrayWhen you get as deep into a hobby and lifestyle like we do, it is easy to acquire things. Some of it is junk, that’s for sure, but there are also those things that we cherish. Be it because it was passed down from Grandpa who bought it new in ’59 or it is that one thing we’ve lusted after for years and finally got our hands on, it holds a value to us that can’t be scaled with money. Read More…



Written For: Rod Authority
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Jake Headlee
Published: September 4, 2014

Event Coverage: Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari –

tdsFor the 52nd year the Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club of San Diego, California hosted its annual Desert Safari on March 1-2, 2014 in Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). More commonly known as “TDS,” the Desert Safari is a major date on the off-road event calendar for Southern California. The well-attended event also brings in off-road enthusiasts from many surrounding states. Read More…

Written For: Off Road Xtreme
Written By: Jake Headlee
Photography By: Verne Simmons
Published: March 20, 2014

Iconic Steel: The Barris Built 1951 Hirohata Merc –

Untitled-2In this industry, it’s easy to get caught up in the glitz and glitter of shiny new kustoms that hit the scene. Occasionally though, a car comes along with a backstory that would make Hollywood green with envy. A car so cutting edge for its time, it stands atop the crowd for decades to come. One such car is the Hirohata Merc. Read More…

Written For: Rod Authority
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: March 17, 2014

Off Road Xtreme College 101: An Insider’s Look At Shock Absorbers –


Shock absorbers have been around for nearly a century. The low speeds attained by early motor vehicles didn’t require much from those primitive damping devices to control the motion of the suspensions, and they were certainly crude by today’s standards. Read More…





Off Road Xtreme College 101: An Insider’s Look At Shock Absorbers

Written For: Off Road Xtreme
Written By: Jake Headlee
Published: November 2013