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You will receive a reply ASAP.

You can also call us at 323.663.9844

E-mail:
Jack - Owner/Builder

Joe - Project Manager/Builder

News

Keep up to snuff with the projects that we have in the shop, coming up, in the works, and ready to roll!

  • News 1 52 Ford Customline || Read More

    A customer we talked to at the end of last year recently brought his awesome 52 Ford Customline into us for paint.

  • News 2 2002 WRX STI || Read More

    Ready to roll out the door! This fast little whip came in with some serious front end damage but we can fix that.

  • News 3 53 Chevy Pickup || Read More

    Isn't it always something? This realiable daily came into some issues with steering. Guess what we found?

  • News 4 55 Ford F100 || Read More

    This truck is currently on deck for some TLC. Secondary gas tank, brakes, and some wiring? Yeah,we got that.

News

Keep up to snuff with the projects that we have in the shop, coming up, in the works, and ready to roll!

  • 52 Ford Customline || Read Less

    A customer we talked to at the end of last year recently brought his awesome 52 Ford Customline into us for paint. Back in the day this ride served it's time as a Police vehicle for LA county. The owner has kept the inline 6 and kept the interior fairly stock. The body however isn't so stock! With a nice chop and channel, shaved body panels, and airbags all around. Balistek has been tasked with making sure the doors, hood, and trunk areall perfectly aligned before we paint this lead sled a sweet candy gold

  • 2002 WRX STI || Read Less

    This 2002 WRX/STI came in with some serious front end damage do to an accident on the road. Luckily no one was injured but the WRX needed some repairs. The owner brought it into us and after meeting with the insurance company we got to work. Hood, Front fenders, lights, driver wheel, body work, paint, alignment and more. We got her back on the road better than new and the owner was stoked!

  • 53 Chevy Pickup || Read Less

    When you're driving downt the street and learn a loud pop coming from your engine bay you know somethings up. Well that's what happened here and while this is currently getting worked on we found out the problem real quick. The proper bolts weren't used to hold down the steering pump and snap they went. No biggy, we'll drill them out, and get this little 5 grill back on the road soon.

  • 55 Ford F100 || Read Less

    This truck is owned by one of our own brethern. Joe has been working on his 55' for a few years now but it's definitely not his first. This is his 5th personal F100 and knows these trucks inside and out. We call him our F1 and F100 expert! We're fixing a faulty secondary power steering pump located on the frame that dumps the secondary tank into the stock one. Additionally we are going to go through the brakes and tighten things up. We might be hauling her to a show in Vegas in Feburary so stay tuned for updates

Our Company

Balistek Auto works or Balistek Group as we are called specalizes in custom vehicles ranging from imports, classics, bikes, and everything inbetween. If you need a front disc conversion, full restoration, need more power out of that motor, or just need a tune up and oil change we can take care of you. We handle all insurance claims, collision repair and getting that muscle car shiney and on the road for you to peel the tires in. We've worked with celebrities, the Speed Channel, History Channels Top Gear, Discovery's Biker Build Off, and the list is growing. So swing on in to meet the guys, let us look at your ride, and check out some of the classics we have around. Call us at 323.663.9844

Balistek Group is really our family. A team of guys from all different backgrounds who share an insane love of cars and passion for the art of the build. We have a small but dedicated staff of master mechanics, fabricators, painters, body guys, and so on. Simply put, we're just a bunch of gear heads who really love what we do. If you love the roar of an old motor, the smell of gas, and the nostalgic feeling of seeing an old vehicle. You're definitely are part of the family too. Check out what some of our customers have said Click here to go to YELP reviews.

What does Balistek do? Mmmmmm... everything! We specialize in full vehicle restorations, fabrication, custom paint, high performance, suspension work, brake conversions, motorcycles, choppers, motor swaps, import tuners, collision repair, auto maintenence, and the list goes on. Give us a call or send us an email and let us know what you'd like to have done.

Why do we do what we do? Well, we love it. Can there be a better reason than that? Classics, speed, imports, customs, motors, bikes, and the lists goes on. If it has wheels we'll probably like it.

Balistek Auto Works

4727 Melrose Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90029

8am - 6pm Monday-Friday

10am - 3pm appointment only

Sunday - appointment only

Our Team

Meet some of our team of gear heads, motor nerds, bike enthusiasts, vintage lovers, tattoo collectors, and some of the manliest men to swing a wrench within a 1 mile radius.

Our Team

Meet some of our team of gear heads, motor nerds, bike enthusiasts, vintage lovers, tattoo collectors, and some of the manliest men to swing a wrench in a 1 mile radius.

  • Jack Watanaratkul - Owner / Builder / The bike Lover || Less Info

    Jack was first bitten by the tuning bug by the age of 16 when he bought his first car, a 1965 Impala SS for a mere $1,600. He's been a gear head ever since with his passion for classics and Harleys at the forefront.

    With 22 years behind his belt as a customizer, builder, tuner, and fabricator. Starting Balistek was just a natural progression. The shop allows him and the team to do everything from concept to completion of full scale builds, restorations and more.

  • Joe Garcia - Project Manager / Builder / The Ford Lover || Less Info

    For the past 10 years Joe has worked as an Art Director and Designer on big budget accounts in Entertainment. He's also been working on hot rods outside of the office since he was a teen.

    Stepping away from the desk and following his passion of vintage car builds and classic rods. His experience as an Art Director and Project manager is a major asset in overseeing new builds but he turns wrenches here too.

  • Rhys McArthur - Office Manager / Mechanic / The Chevy Guy || Less Info

    Rhys (pronounced Reece. Like the soldier in Terminator) is a whimsical man of many diverse talents. When he's not a 1000 watt rage machine you can find him dodging knifes coming at him from all directions, and thwarting assasination attempts.

    Whilst at the shop Rhys is greeting customers, running the office, and keeping things on point. He is also building a 54 Chevy 3100 from the ground up which you can see on the lot.

  • Sonny Boy - Master Painter / Builder / Rennisance Man || Less Info

    Sonny Boy has been been drawing since he was a kid. Fresh out of high school he put his talents to use and co-founded Road Dog Customs with his father, a motorcycle customizing and custom paint shop.

    He painted and built bikes there until 2011 and is continuing to paint, pinstripe and create art under Sonny Boy Paint. His talents can be seen on motorcycles, custom vehicles, skate decks, and more.

  • Martin Vanegas - Master Painter / Body work / The VW Guy || Less Info

    With over 25 years in the paint and custom body work game. Martin brings a slew of experience to the Balistek team. Having work vehicles of every make, from every decade, classics to imports, custom work to collision repair. Martin can make your damaged car look betterthan new and make your classic metal look flawless as well.

  • Rene Leyba - Master Mechanic / Electrical / The Technician || Less Info

    One of the longest standing members of the Balistek Family, Rene is one of our Master Mechanics. There isn't a motor he hasn't touched, a wiring issue he can't fix, and a vechicle he can't get to run. With technical expertise with Japanese imports, German Imports, and good ole' American Muscle if you are looking for a tune up or to have your car or truck run like a sportscar...he's your man.

  • Alanzo Hamilton - Master Mechanic / Fabrication / The Guru || Less Info

    Alanzo or 'Yadie Zo' hails from Ontario Canada by way of Jamaica. This is where the nickname comes from with 'Yadie' meaning Jamacian and 'Zo' taken from Alanzo. He was an instructor at the Cornwall Automotive Training Institute in Montego Bay and has over a decade of hands on experience on all makes and models of vehicles. There isn't something he can't fabricate to make a project work and like Rene a motor he can't get to run tops!

Upcoming Events

2014 Has some Really exciting things in store of Balistek. As soon as January hit we had a slew of amazing classics roll in that we're getting ready for spring and summer. Check in for updates on what shows we're heading too and what parties we're having at the shop!

  • February 2, 2014
    Sonny Boy Pinstriping Party || More Info

    Pinstripe throwdown! Live pinstriping presentd by Burnout Magazine, Dice Magazine, Us Vs Them and Sonny Boy

  • February 16-19, 2014
    Project Las Vegas || More Info

    One of our friends and partners asked us to participate in the denim convention in Vegas. One of our cars will be on show as well!

  • March 22, 2014
    Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals || More Info

    Get ready Motorheads - Fairplex in Pomona, CA is gearing up for "America's Car Show" - It'll be One Big Horsepower Party - and you're invited!

  • April 17-20, 2014
    Viva Las Vegas || More Info

    Rockailly weekend with Live Music, Hot Rods, Pin Ups, Greasers and hooligans!

Upcoming Events

2014 Has some Really exciting things in store of Balistek. As soon as January hit we had a slew of amazing classics roll in that we're getting ready for spring and summer. Check in for updates on what shows we're heading too and what parties we're having at the shop!

  • Sonny Boy Pinstriping Party || Less Info

    Pinstripe throwdown! Live pinstriping presentd by Burnout Magazine, Dice Magazine, Us Vs Them and Sonny Boy

  • Project Las Vegas || Less Info

    Project Las Vegas is one of the premier and fashionable global trade shows where the attendees come to participate from all around the world. The show has evolved over the years to become the most comprehensive showcase of men and women premium modern and denim brands.

    The event consists of world renowned fashion designers and manufacturers under one roof.

  • Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals || Less Info

    Get ready Motorheads - Fairplex in Pomona, CA is gearing up for "America's Car Show" - It'll be One Big Horsepower Party - and you're invited! Lucas Oil presents the Inaugural O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals, coming March 22 & 23, 2014 to Fairplex in Pomona, CA.

  • Viva Las Vegas || Less Info

    The Biggest Rockabilly Party in the World. For the full lowdown Click here to go to the Viva site.

Past Events

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Photos

Feb 5th Update! We have a load of project pics coming to the site. They are currently getting sorted out, cropped, and will be uploaded soon!.

Welcome to our gallery. While we're busy at the shop we definitely will do our best to keep you up to date on past, present, and future projects. Don't forget to check us out and add us on Instagram @balistekgroup!

  • Photo Gallery 1 1953 Chevy Fleetline Lead Sled

    Custom build, paint, suspension, body work, just see for yourself!

  • Photo Gallery 2 1952 Ford F1

    Complete build and restoration

  • Photo Gallery 3 1964 Buick Skylark

    We tackled some massive body work, paint, and interior on this beast!

  • Photo Gallery 4 1964 Impala SS

    Top to bottom or rather Frame up build.

  • Photo Gallery 4 Various Looks at Custom Bike Paint

    Just a broad Spectrum of some of the work that's been done here!

Videos

Every so often we'll give you an even more intimate view of the shop, the cars, our work, and the grease monkeys here. Videos will be uploaded every week!

  • Lesson 1 Tutorial Videos

    Balistek wants to spread the knowledge so we'll upload videos to share with you.

  • Video Gallery 2 The Team Doing their thing

    Work, work, work and more work!

  • Video Gallery 3 Under Construction

    Current Works in process!

  • Video Gallery 4 The Characters

    A glipse at the greese monkeys here!

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