Welcome to the website for Sussex Customs, a classic car and hot rod restoration shop located in Lewes, Delaware. Sussex Customs offers a wide range of services for classic American and European vehicles such as full-restorations, custom builds, mechanical upgrades (engine, transmission and brakes), rust repair and high-end custom paint work.
Sussex Customs was taken over in 2019 by well-known and long-time car enthusiast Jim Aust. Originally from Southern California, Jim has been deeply involved in the custom and classic car world from a very early age dating back nearly 50 years. Most well-known for his automotive journalistic contributions with publications like Rod & Custom (Senior Editor), Goodguys’ Gazette (Editor), Sport Truck (Associate Editor), Traditional Rod & Kulture (Contributor), The Rodder’s Journal (Contributor) and most recently Hop Up (contributor), Jim has been fondly followed for the last two decades by readers all around the world. Jim also recently spent a number of years as the manager of Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, CA assisting the very talented Troy Ladd in the running of the daily operations of his highly respected hot rod empire world renowned for some of the most well-executed one-off hand built creations ever. Also, Jim began at a very early age assisting his father Pat Aust (Redondo Beach retired Fire Chief) with his large collection of hot rods and classic cars by helping maintain and restore a wide variety of fine automobiles.