If you’re looking for that one stop custom shop in Dallas, then look no further than Status, just a few miles from the big city in Rockwall. The shop offers everything from bolt-on lifts and lowering, frame and suspension fabrication, body and custom paint work, as well as custom audio installs. Whether you have a hot rod, muscle car or a flat-on-the-ground custom truck, Status is your stop for all things custom. While a relatively new shop, its history is long. Before Status, owners Rich and Julie Stokes owned Stoked Out Specialties, which specialized in hot rod and muscle car builds, along with the occasional custom truck complete with hot rod styling and stances that were flat on the ground. Recently, they decided to venture in a different direction and focus on trucks and muscle cars, while still maintaining their roots in the hot rod market. Enter Status. Text by Jason Mulligan
Photos by Jason Mulligan and John Jackson
Reviving the shop under the Status name brought together Spot as the shop manager, Kris Birtciel, who put his welding talents to work on fabrication, and Brian Vastine, who handles bodywork and paint. Justin and Aaron Stokes handle the installs and fabrication, with Jake Moore filling out the custom audio and fiberglass needs at the shop. Mitch Henderson of Mitch Henderson Designs was brought on for marketing and to design several of the builds, including the car that made one of the largest splashes at the SEMA 2009 show and kicked Status off in the right gear.
The crew took home a GM Design Award for Best Exterior for their “RedRum” 2010 Camaro that debuted at the SEMA show in the Kinetik booth. The less than two-month-long build was not your normal new vehicle bolt-on extravaganza. Every corner of the Camaro was cut and modified. The first goal was to get the body of the muscle car on the ground tucking 22- and 24-inch bonspeed wheels and Toyo tires. To accomplish this, Kris recreated the front and rear suspension setups to accommodate the wheel travel. The body was shaved clean, and an audio system from Memphis Audio was installed in the trunk.
After coming home from a successful SEMA show, the crew at the shop was motivated to keep high quality builds pumping through the shop’s veins. The 20,000-square-foot facility has a full body shop, paint booth and fabrication shop, as well as a wood and audio shop, ensuring that all builds can be totally managed and completed in-house. We can’t wait to see what innovative creations roll out of
Rich and Julie Stokes—Owners
Jake Moore—Install Tech
Aaron Stokes—Install Tech
Justin Stokes—Install Tech
Lift and Lowering Suspension
Custom Paint and Body
Audio/Video Sales and Fabrication
Wheels and Tires
777 Riding Club Rd.
Rockwall, TX 75087