What does it mean to customise a car?

What does it mean to customize a car?  What is a customised car?  Talk to the staff at Full Blown Kustoms to help you find the direction that you are looking for.

Is a customised car an extension of the owner’s personality?

The answer to that lies in the owner’s wish to alter the appearance, stance, style and attitude of the vehicle. high gloss finish professional custom paintThey want to have their car stand out from the rest and be noticed as an outstanding vehicle. It may share a similar body line to others but has subtle changes.  It can be as little as replacing the wheels with an eye-catching set of mags and low profile tyres or adding tint to windows. It could even mean full body modifications that present the vehicle as a completely different car or a new model of vehicle entirely.


Forming panels and shaping metal is a specialty of our workshop.  Full Blown Kustoms take care and spend the time required to massage the shapes required for individual panels with our specialized equipment.

Our experience comes from working on high end vehicles like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porche, Maserati, BMW and Audi to name a few.  Working on these vehicles requires specialized knowledge. We extend our enjoyment of working on these cars to treat every vehicle with the same care. We have produced well presented local vehicles in Alice Springs to customers delight. Holden, Ford, Jaguar, Toyota, Hyundai, Chevrolet are just some of the types of vehicles we have experience customising.

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Customised vehicles can also be referred to as:

Hi-Boy            Low Rider     Gasser           Hot Rod         Rice Muncher            Coupe Muscle Car  Deuce            Vicky              Funny Car     Woody Wagon           Rat Rod T-Bucket    Drag Car        Sprinter         Rail                 Lead Sled                  Roadster

Maybe you have visited a car show? Have you read about customized vehicles? Have you heard or read what seems like a foreign language? Here are some terms and their meanings to help you in the world of customisation:

Bagged Air bag suspension that allows the vehicle to be raised or lowered at the touch of a button.
Banger Usually referring to a smaller motor (4 banger)
Big Block Large capacity motor – 7 litres (7440cc) or more in capacity.
Blown Motor Belt driven compressor – usually sitting on top of motor.
Channeled Body is recessed at floor level and it sits down over the chassis rails. Maintains the original suspension height and ride comfort.
Donk Cars motor 4/6/8 cylinder.
Frenched Recessed part into the cars body-headlights, door handles, aerial, rear lights.
Hopper stopper Multi piston disc brake system for high performance vehicle
Lake Pipes Exhaust pipes fixed to outside underside of vehicle
Quick change A differential that that can have gearing altered quickly.
Rag Top Material roof cover
Sectioning Removing a section of body to give it a more compressed appearance which is visually lower and sleeker than the original body style.
Shot gun scoop Air intake scoop with butterfly plate on top of motor
Slammed A car sitting on the ground when it is parked
Snorkel Air intakes pipes for fuel injection or carburetor
Stacks Exhaust system – usually chrome pipes extending up the rear of the cab.
Stretched Extended chassis, body, guards or bonnet


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This is a common site with cars that are referred to as  having “blown” motors.

It is another way of getting maximum horse power from a motor that has had modifications to take the massive incoming fuel/air mixture.  These motors are quite often found in cars that race at drag strips around the country.



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The gopher with the highly modified engine is not a vehicle you would find on the road or in your local shopping mall.  There are laws that prevent these from being used as personnel transport in public. Even though this is the case it is a work of art and would perform very well.

We hope this helps dispel some of the mystery around the language of customisation!