Upon closer inspection we found the badge of renowned builder, Oz Welch of Oz Kustoms adorning the fender panel of Brent’s ’54–this was the one car that had us stopping and staring during the Temecula Rod Run, and we certainly weren’t alone amongst the droves of event attendees flocking and inspecting every detail. From custom Lincoln taillights and a convertible conversion to the pearl white interior and smoothed body–this vehicle embodies the spirit and potential that lies within every kustom project.
It wasn’t until a few months later that we got into contact with Brent. To our joy and distinct pleasure, he was more than willing to get together, talk shop, and let us shoot and film his ’54. With a kustom as finely crafted as his, we knew that we needed to do our part–after some brainstorming the Rod Authority team came up with the perfect setting to compliment the aesthetics of the ’54.
Rod Authority: What do you do for a living?
Brent Rothweiler: “I’m a project manager for a construction firm.”
RA: If we were to ask those close to you, “What’s Brent like at a glance?” What do you think they would say?
Rothweiler: “I’m the type of guy who doesn’t sit still very well. I’m always moving or doing something. I’m either working, in the gym, or in my garage tinkering with some type of project.”
RA: What would you say is your first car-related memory?
Rothweiler: “I have several memories of cars from when I was a kid. Especially the times I shared watching or helping my father with his. My first own experience was when I got my 1972 Chevy pickup at the swap meet when I was 15. It had a built 327 ci motor and I couldn’t wait to get it home to wrench on it.”
RA: What is the most important car-related lesson you’ve learned?
Rothweiler: “I’ve learned that cars take time and patience. One may think you can install something in just minutes–hours later you realize your still thinking of a way to finish it.”
RA: What motivates you to build?
Rothweiler: “A finished product is what motivates me the most–to stand back and look at the outcome of the hard work and sweat you put into projects is priceless. At times, when you’re wrenching it can become tedious. Once you see it complete and enjoy it you’re right back out there looking for that next project.”
RA: Do you have any other automotive passions or interests aside from kustoms?
Rothweiler: “Yes, I’m also into car racing. My pops, uncle, friends, and I have a few cars–Corvettes and Mustangs with roll cages and performance modifications done to them–that we race at the local road course tracks. Some of the spots that we frequent are Fontana Speedway, Willow Springs, and Button Willow. It’s like most sports, you have to have focus and have to practice in order to get good at it as well as maintain consistent lap times–mentally, it drains you turn after turn for 15-20 laps.”
- Owner: Brent Rothweiler
- Owner Occupation: Construction Management
- Builder: Oz Kustoms, Oroville, California
- Year: 1954
- Make: Buick Special
- Chop: Hardtop roof removed, chopped four-inches
- Body Modifications: Frenched headlights and antennas, shaved doors handles and rear deck, removed side trim, filled and smoothed dash
- Taillights: Custom 1955 Lincoln taillights, two pairs each side
- Paint Color: House of Kolor Kandy Tangerine over Gamma Gold base coat
- Graphics: Scallops
- Engine: 1985 Chevy 350 ci
- Transmission: TH350
- Rearend: Camaro
- Suspension Front: Camaro front clip
- Suspension Rear: Camaro rearend with disc brakes
- Wheels/Tires: 15-inch wheels, Coker wide white tires
- Upholstery: Pearl white by Elegance Auto Interiors, Upland, California
- Steering Wheel: Restored original Buick
- Stereo: Custom stereo system, two subwoofers with speakers by Art of Sound, Upland, California
- Club Affiliation: Sled Kings