Meet Our Experts
How long have you been at Chux? - I started at Chux when it was a small store on Noland Road. I have sold truck accessories for the past 20+ years.
What was your first truck? - My first truck was a 76 Chevy that I lifted 18” and had 44” tires on, I miss that old truck. I now drive a 2000 Jeep Cherokee with a 10” lift and 35’s on it….
What do you like about working at Chux? - I like the people I work with at Chux and I like the variety of people I get to help when they come in the store.
- Josh Goddard I first got in to the automotive world when I was young. It started with hot wheels. Then moved in to R/c cars and now here I am working with the real thing. My first car was a 1997 Honda prelude. It had just basic bolt ons and was lowered an inch. My dream car is the Lamborghini Diablo SV. I have love this car since I was very young I would say it's the car that started my automotive interest. Currently I drive a 2007 Nissan Sentra SER spec v. I have done a little bit of cosmetic stuff like LEDs and HIDs but nothing special as of yet. My plan with it is to make it a "go kart" family car but nothing to drastic. Chux is a blast to work at I enjoy creativity of it and being able to see how the work you did changes the look of the customers vehicle.
How did you get your start in automotive?- I started working in the garage with my old man tinkering on his Harley and his old Ford truck. I got a job at the local parts store in high school and pretty much stayed in that line of work until coming to work for Chux.
What was your first vehicle?- My first vehicle was a 1979 Ford F250 with a 390. That old trusty beast never let me down.
What is your dream car?- If I were to build my dream vehicle it would be a ‘56 Ford truck in a blue pearl with flake. I currently drive a 2002 Chevy Blazer Extreme. It sits on 20's and has a TV and stereo system in it. I plan on lowering it some more and upgrading to 22's as well as a new exhaust system.
What do you enjoy most about working at Chux?- I enjoy working at Chux Trux because I get to help people build their dream ride and watch it come to life.
How did you get your start in automotive? -After I graduated I was going to college for computers and was offered an apprenticeship at a restoration shop in between classes. I got to work on anything from a 1940 Buick to a Honda.
What am I driving now? - I have 3 vehicles and each one serves a purpose. Daily driver is a 2002 VW Jetta it has a few small things done- wheels, tint, and wrapped hood/roof. It has just enough to be different. My daughter even at 2 years old claims it as hers. Then there is my 1995 Silverado for hauling. Lastly is the car that rarely leaves the garage… 1990 Nissan 300zx. It has a few mods and needs more turbo!
Dream car? - I have a couple, first would be a 1990 Nissan Skyline any model will do. The 1990 R32 model is usually over looked due to the popularity of R34 (See Fast and Furious lol). Next would be a GT-R… not to be confused with the Skyline GT-R. The GT-R was the first Nissan “Super Car” car shipped to the U.S. Who wouldn’t want 542hp/483tq???
What do you enjoy about working at Chux? It’s always changing new product and changing vehicles. You have to keep up on parts to keep up with awesome customer service. You don’t want to be the deer in the headlights. Knowing your current product can help someone to their dream vehicle.
I've been in the automotive scene since I was about 16 years old. I built my first bagged truck when I was 21 and have driven on air since then.
I went to school for car audio and video. I’m currently building a 2004 crew cab F150 that’s leveled out with 35” Nitto Terra Grapplers. I’ve added a WSI front bumper, nice stereo system, Undercover Flex tonneau cover and a few other toys. I plan on adding fiberglass fenders in the future and a light bar across the windshield and front bumper.
I really enjoy sitting down with customers and figuring out what their ultimate goal is with their vehicle.
Lee Van Pelt
How did you get your start in automotive? - I got started in all this in High School. I took VoTech classes and then went to WyoTech to get some serious training.
What's your favorite vehicle?- I like about everything…Nissan’s, Lifted trucks, lowered cars, you name it.
What are you driving now?- I’m currently driving a 2004 Nissan 350Z that’s lowered with staggered fit 20’s, a body kit, 5 Axis wheels in 8.5” on the front and 10’s on the rear with Falken tires, an intake system, headers, plenum spacer and an exhaust system.
What's your dream car? - I love what I have but if I could drive anything, I’d want a Nissan GTR.
Any advice to customizing newbie's? - My best advice to someone starting out is “Get what you want the 1st time”. Regrets are expensive and you’ll never really be happy with what you drive if you end up “settling” for less.
How did you get your start in automotive? - I was never really into cars growing up. I liked the cool versions of the Hot Wheels cars as a kid, but wasn’t ever too excited about hot rods and custom cars/trucks. When I turned 16 and it was time for my first ride, that’s when it became evident that I would never again be OK with a “plain jane” sedan or base model vehicle.
What was your first vehicle?- My first car was a 1995 Chevy Beretta, which I fought my parents for until they gave in. While it may not be the most exciting car, it was the coolest thing I could find within the budget I was given. I went through several vehicles during the time that my parents were footing the bill. As soon as I was at a spot where I had my first good paying job, and could choose for myself what I was going to drive, I bought a 1998 Mustang V6 5 speed. When I sold it, it was lowered, had tinted windows, custom mounted Piaa’s in the air dam, a removed air silencer, and a stereo system. I did everything myself (with the help of my fellow enthusiast friends)
What are you driving now? - My current ride is a 2005 Chrysler 300C with the 5.7 Hemi which I have owned for 4 years. I have gone through various different wheel and tire combinations, have a modified cold air intake and exhaust, a remote start system, custom fit floor mats, Carbon Fibre vinyl overlay on much the dash, and a custom grille.
What do you enjoy most about working at Chux?- Chux Trux is great because we get the opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of what is new in the industry, and give advice to our customers on what they can do to accomplish whatever goal they are aiming for with regards to customizing their vehicle. We get the chance to sell products we like, and also the opportunity to do the installations, which gives all of us a sense of accomplishment and a greater appreciation of the finished project. We can find parts for many of the cars and trucks on the road, as well as help our customers solve problems they are dealing with on whatever project they themselves are working on.
Customizing is an art form, and everyone that does it has their own vision for what they would like to see done to their ride. We are here to answer questions, and to help make the right decision based on our extensive knowledge and experience. That in itself gives me the greatest sense of accomplishment of anything else we do.
How did you get your start in automotive? - I got my start in auto tech class in high school with a tuned car. I worked my way up and spent 5 years at a job as a Service Writer at a BMW shop, then I got the best job in the world when I joined the Chux Trux team. I just passed the 3 year mark with Chux.
What was your first vehicle?- What really got me hooked on cars was the original “Smokey and the Bandit” movie (true story). I loved every car, any car and one of my talents was being able to tell at a long distance if a Crown Vic was driver or a police car (not that I had any reason to worry if it was a police car).
What are you driving now? - I just started working on an 89 Bronco II that’s going to get a 6” lift kit, 31” rubber, a vinyl wrap in camouflage and an Expedition rack with lights.
Any advice to customers starting out customizing? - My best advice to anyone just starting to build a car, truck, Jeep or whatever, is to research everything and then do it again. Ask questions, and not just on the forums or your buddies. Ask guys like us that actually sell AND install the parts. If you don’t, it’s a great way to waste money by doing it wrong the first time.
How did you get your start in automotive? - My family started my love for cars. I've always enjoyed going over to my uncles house and drooling over the Cobra kit car he has been building since before I was born. My big brother Henry was big into the import scene and it jump started me into the Honda world where I slowly grew into Jeeps and various other import cars.
What was your first vehicle? - My first car was a 1993 Honda Del Sol S. It was a base model manual trans, manual steering only thing it had was Ac and a radio. Did a full audio install a loud fart can muffler and other first car teenage kid in a Honda mods. I still miss it to this day.
What is your dream car? - I have so many dream cars I would take up this whole page discussing them. I can never make up my mind from Ford Festivas to Lamborghini. I will say it has to have a soft top or a sunroof at the least.
What are you driving now? - Currently I'm driving my 1990 Mazda Miata that is built for competitive drifting at our events and other various events around the country. It has a full stripped out interior, Drift legal cage with door bars Sparco bucket seats, Drift Works harnesses and full custom suspension with Danny George extra angle knuckles custom extended rear upper arms and full Megan ez streets coils. It's a blast to drive with the welded diff lightweight flywheel, racing beat intake and custom straight pipe that makes it way to loud to drive on the streets but it gets better gas mileage than my Jeep so I still drive it on a regular basis. I also have a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee that is my daily driver/winter beater/trail beater. It's beat up dented and not the best looking but I'd be lying if it wasn't one of my favorite vehicles I've owned. It has a 2" Budget boost 15x8 Ultra Wheels and 31x.10.50x15s and a custom stinger bumper and light bar it will go anywhere I want it to.
What do you enjoy most about working at Chux? - Everything. If it has something to do with customizing a truck/car/van/scooter it brings a smile to my face and I love to spread the joy with our customers and help build their dreams.
How I got my start in automotive- My father owned a salvage yard while I was growing up, so I was always surrounded by cars and trucks. He would tell me stories of his past, between building hot rods when he was a teenager, to running moonshine out of the Tennessee hills in a powder blue '46 Ford Coupe in the 50's when he got back from Korea. I would work on his projects with him until I was old enough to start my own. He helped me build several custom vehicles before I even graduated high school. He is THE reason I got into customizing, lowering vehicles, and adjustable suspension.
My first vehicle- My first car was a 1972 Datsun 240Z. Followed fairly quickly by a 1982 Camaro Berlinetta, and then a 1972 Cuda.
My dream vehicle- I have two; a 1989 Mazda B2200 truck, airbagged and body dropped with an LS motor conversion, and a 1993 Mazda B2200 Ext cab 4x4, lifted with a solid axle swap and small block Chevy V8 engine. I want the 4x4 lifted up enough to park the bagged truck underneath.
What I am driving now- I currently drive a 1996 GMC Yukon lifted 3" with a custom roof rack and Bushwacker flares. I also have a 1991 Chevy S10 with a small block 350 V8 engine that I plan on airbagging and custom body work.
What I enjoy most about working at Chux- I love working at Chux Trux because of the atmosphere. We are all gearheads. I love seeing everyone that comes in with vastly different vehicles and vastly different ideas about how to make them cooler. I live and breathe custom cars and trucks and I feel honored to help someone make their dream a reality. I think we all want a vehicle that stands out in either a parking lot or a car show.