Amazon Prime’s ‘Hauk Machines’ to feature Ebensburg man’s work
The paint and body work of Matt Rosmus of Hometown Collision in Ebensburg will be featured in the second season premiere of Hauk Machines Monday to air on social media and Amazon Prime streaming service.
The 1955 Chevy, nicknamed Big Window, is the second of three projects Rosmus has partnered with Hauk Machines of Chambersburg, Pa. The truck has a white front grill, fender and side panels with sky blue roof, hood and truck bed. The tires have white hub caps with blue and white rims. The doors feature a black logo of the truck’s owner, Service Tire Truck Centers, which has 50 locations in the northeast, including one in Chambersburg.
“This season we build two very unique builds for two very different companies and learn about the history of their companies and what makes them unique in their field,” said Kenny Hauk, owner/designer.“We selected Matt from Hometown Collision for his talent and skill in classic car auto body refinishing.”
Rosmus said the Chevy owners plan to take the truck to car shows and to corporate outings, such as a golf tourney at a country club.
The full-functioning restored Chevy sits an inch off the ground while parked. An air bag suspension system lifts the frame 6-to-8 inches for driving.
“It’s a big thing in custom cars,” Rosmus explained. Traditionally, trucks sit on coil suspension. Rosmus said he officially logged 230 hours of work on the body and paint since he started the project in May.
Other outstanding features of the Chevy, he said, is “the overall expanse and look of it. It’s a classic ’50s look and the wooden bedrails on the bed add that little extra touch that you don’t normally see on a hot rod like that.”
Also unique is the truck bed floor made of live edge wood where the bark is left on the wood slab. The wood is sealed with clear acrylic so the wood with a bark edge remains visible.
“Live edge is a big thing now in interior tables. It’s really neat,” Rosmus said. “This is probably the only truck with such a bed … it’s one of a kind.”
Rosmus, who lives in Colver, Cambria County, previously completed paint and body work on a 2012 Jeep rebuild with 44-inch tires that turned it into a mini monster truck with a 1200 horsepower motor for a Hauk client. The third project is repainting a Dodge power wagon for another Hauk customer.
Mirror Staff Writer Patt Keith is at 949-7030.