Originally from New Jersey, founder Dave Crouse relocated to Colorado to continue pursuing his passion for building and restoring classic cars. Dave started Custom Auto in 1995, and the shop's restoration of a purple 1932 roadster originally owned by Joe Nitti of the East Los Angeles Vultures Car Club is still talked about today. The car was chosen as one of the 75 most significant 1932 Ford Hot Rods and displayed at the 58th Grand National Roadster Show. The Nitti car also received the Bruce Meyer Hot Rod Preservation Award at the 2000 Grand National Roadster Show.
Several historic restorations followed, such as an impeccably-restored maroon 1948 Norman Timbs' Buick Special which left the shop and went on to win 1st place in the American Sport Customs Class at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2011 and competed again in 2012.
As Custom Auto's reputation for skill and integrity spread, both the shop and the team have grown, attracting skilled craftsmen from across the country who love to make things by hand. We truly appreciate the opportunity to preserve a piece of automotive history, and we take great pride in bringing our clients' dreams to life.
Dave Crouse handed over the keys to owner Mike Detwiler in 2014, and the company became The Forge. Mike believes strongly in the heart and soul of the shop, and the team is proud to be doing business now under the new name, believing it better reflects their dedication to matchless quality and timeless style.