Jimmy is frequently asked how he got nicknamed "Shine.” Certainly there are all kinds of stories, but the simple truth is "Jimmy Shine" is a lot easier to get by on than James Dennis Falschlehner.
At any rate, Jimmy and his hot rod family resided in Temple City, CA during my tenure
with Pete & Jake’s Hot Rod Parts. Little did I know that the guy who was responsible
for a very cool ’34 3-
Jimmy bumped around for a while honing his skills building hot rods, customs and bikes. Then in 1997 I learned of Jimmy through a mutual acquaintance. All in all he had the exact profile I was looking for in a potential fabricator for the car shop. The word was if you can get past his tattoos and cocky attitude he’s your man. Well that was 12 years ago. He’s got more tattoos and his attitude is only mildly tempered but the kid we hired has turned into quite a craftsman.
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And in his "spare time" he built 2 very cool Harley’s and his iconic '34 Ford pickup, a Bonneville race car that put him in the prestigious 200 MPH Club. He is currently in the midst of building a '29 AV8 hiboy roadster for car collector Tom Lieb and prepping a Bonneville car for the 2009 season.
The glue in Jimmy’s life is family, hot rods, bikes and surfing. His wife Nikki, daughters Morgan and Kayla patiently share his time and agree "he’s a pretty cool dad.” Today Shine finds himself in a comfortable and yet challenging position.
Comfortable at home and work, yes, but the future is the unseen challenge especially
since he ventured into TV-
So what’s next? Maybe Kayla and Morgan should have also included that their dad is “pretty much out of his mind.” Shine’s future is wide open and this is the site to keep track of the boy. If nothing else, it is guaranteed good entertainment.
Pete Chapouris, President
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