By Ashley Reyes
Hammerfab has been named this week’s HRIA council spotlight member.
The SEMA Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) has named Hammerfab as this week’s council spotlight member. In HRIA’s recent interview with company owner Levi Green, Green shares the story of his shop and answers questions about his Chevrolet Design Award-winning ’58 Chevrolet Apache, his notable industry mentors and what exciting projects he foresees in the future.
SEMA: Tell us the story of your shop? How did you start?
Levi Green: I was given the Apache by my late uncle when I was 14. After high school, I attended WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming, and continued to work on my Apache constantly. In 2014, I worked at a shop and worked nights and weekends out of my garage and began to acquire equipment as I progressed. I participated in two Riddler Award-winning builds and had the hunger to do it on my own. I am now selling online—it is amazing to me how many people want dimple dies. I love it.
SEMA: Did you have any mentors along the way?
LG: I had several mentors—Dave Lane, Fast Lane Motorsports; Bill Moore, Chicago executive; and Mark N, Machine Form Design.
SEMA: Tell us about your 2019 SEMA Show build and award winning 1958 Apache.
LG: The Apache was the first vehicle I ever owned and worked on. I was given the Apache by my late uncle and it got me started.
SEMA: What is in your shop this year?
LG: I have a ’33 Roadster, ’48 Diamond T Truck, ’56 and ’57 Trucks, ’59 Ford Ranch Wagon and a ’63 Impala. We are busy.
SEMA: What new and exciting projects do you foresee in the future?
LG: I finally have a full crew and barn full of work. We are talking about starting a Riddler build for 2023. Stay tuned.
SEMA: What advice do you have for young professionals contemplating a career in the automotive aftermarket?
LG: Work hard, there are no handouts. Stay focused; you have to want it.