Since 1964, Squeeg’s Kustoms has been turning out award winning hot rods and custom cars. Squeeg’s has never resorted to production work to keep its doors open, only one of a kind custom paint that sets trends and yet, remains timeless.
What is Squeeg’s “given” name? Only the taxman knows for sure! To give a little insight as to what Squeeg’s Kustoms is all about, let’s go back to the late fifties in Mansfield, Ohio. A teenaged Squeeg Jerger starting to toy with cars and by 1962 he had finished his first serious effort called the Little Red Wagon. Hot Rog magazine featured the beautiful, candy red, full fendered, ’32 coupe in the May 1962 issue to hungry car fiends everywhere. That initial exposure and his, already growing list of clients dictated that, by 1964, he open his first shop there in Ohio. That was the beginning and he didn’t set his gun down for the next 40 years! Squeeg spent most of the sixties painting customers cars as well as being the “hired shoe” for different drag racing interests.
It was due to a number of winter dirt bike excursions to the Arizona desert that, in 1974, Squeeg decided to hang a sign in Mesa Arizona. 20 years after he first opened for business, Squeeg opened The Hot Rod Connection. A full service, turn-key hot rod fabrication shop and also a large showroom for rod related retail parts. Many more iconic hot rods and customs were born there but, along about 1987, Jerger decided to go back to his roots and make his focus custom paint along with the usual turn-key creations he is known for.
Today, over 50 years later, Squeeg is officially “semi-retired”. However, before hanging up his guns, in 1986 Squeeg taught his eager son Doug who was fresh out of high school all the necessary skills to continue the tradition that is known as Squeeg’s Kustom Paint. Doug has taken the ball (O.K., paint gun) and ran with it. Doug moved the shop to Chandler Arizona in 2010 where the business is still thriving. Rest assured “Pops” Jerger has plenty of faith in his son’s ability.
“Soul is not just a catchy word tossed around by Squeeg’s Kustoms, it’s a word taken very seriously. Doug and every member of the Squeeg’s crew has it. You can see it in every vehicle that comes out of the shop. You can bet every member of the team is a certifiable car nut that thrives on hot rod history, tradition and most importantly, style.
The folks at Squeeg’s understand the beauty of line and the importance of balance and of course, color. You won’t find much in the way of passing fads at the shop. However, you will find Doug and the crew using the latest, state of the art materials and equipment along with all the old world craftsmen’s tools of the trade. From concept to finished reality, Squeeg’s Kustoms has the passion to get it done.