“Everything is Bigger in Texas,” is a popular colloquialism about the Lone Star State and it certainly applies to the state’s vast and growing car culture. Hack Shack is one of the state’s (and country’s) notable customization shops, known for their extraordinary jobs and superior service. Located in Garland (considered Dallas county), Hack Shack is a one-stop customization shop that literally does it all. “From air suspension to body drops, if your ride needs it, we can do it,” explains owner Jay Ivey. “The Hack Shack has turned out some of the most tricked-out rides in Texas.” That’s quite an accomplishment for the 10,000-square-foot facility that houses about nine employees and has been in business for the past nine years.
When Ivey was barely 21, he decided to follow his dreams and open up a customization shop in 2000, given his reputation for building cars had preceded him, and he needed a place where he could do all the work. “I got more and more people asking me to work on their cars, and I needed a place to do it,” Ivey says. “I was building stuff other shops didn’t want to do or couldn’t do, so I needed the space to fulfill my customers’ needs.” What started out as an aftermarket suspension specialty shop has now turned into a full-blown shop that does everything in-house from its custom suspension work the shop is famous for to its custom performance and stereo/mobile-entertainment installs.
Given automotive culture in Texas is really diverse, according to Ivey, Hack Shack does everything from high-end luxury cars to trucks and even classics. “We never know what a customer will walk in wanting, but we’ll do it all,” Ivey says. “We have a diverse clientele that ranges from average Joes to celebrity clients. No matter who the customer is, we are fair on our prices and never overcharge those with status.” When taking your car to get customized at Hack Shack, you won’t be displeased since Ivey and his team make sure to give each job their best, which means quality results each and every time. “Hack Shack is all about quality of work,” Ivey says. “With our years of experience in the custom automotive market, you can be assured that your vehicle will leave our shop better than when you brought it to us and that it will stand out in a crowd. Customers give us their ideas and we create their visions.”
Right now, Ivey is restoring a couple of classic cars rebuilding them to be true one-offs. “We have a ’75 Caprice in the shop that we are fully rebuilding. We’re doing everything one-off, from the interior to the frame; it’s going to be in a class of its own.” Currently, Hack Shack has seen a lot of requests for Donk-style customizations, as well as custom-painted three-piece wheels.