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COOK’S MA­CHINE WORKS OF EAST L.A. SHOP VISIT

Low Rider - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY JOE RAY

Sus­pen­sion al­ter­ations are an in­te­gral part of car cul­ture. From lowriding to off-road, road rac­ing to street rods, we’re all too fa­mil­iar with get­ting our “rears” en­hanced. Those for­tu­nate enough to live in the Los An­ge­les area have al­ready be­come all too fa­mil­iar with Cook’s Ma­chine Works—the rearend short­en­ing and drive­shaft length­en­ing spe­cial­ists.

Since 1946, Cook’s has been cus­tomiz­ing and re­pair­ing driv­e­lines, axles, and hous­ings for some of the bad­dest cus­tom ve­hi­cles out there. As proud man­u­fac­tur­ers of af­ter­mar­ket per­for­mance rearend com­po­nents, their work can also be found used in var­i­ous rac­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

While it had been a minute since I’ve last paid them a visit, I re­cently dropped by and it’s safe to say that much hasn’t changed. Own­ers Jim and Paul are still men of their word and their work, crafts­man­ship and in­ge­nu­ity are still un­matched. Of course, the place is still over­flow­ing with or­ders and it shouldn’t come as a sur­prise since they of­fer a laun­dry list of cus­tom work. In short, Cook’s Ma­chine Works is the crown jewel when it comes to cus­tom mod­i­fi­ca­tions to rear axles.

In ad­di­tion, Cook’s Ma­chine Works also spe­cial­izes in straight­en­ing and re­pair­ing rearends that have bent axles caused by heat warp­ing.

Many lowrider guys also use them for axle sleeve re­in­force­ment and the te­le­scope length­en­ing of drive­shafts. Their main busi­ness cov­ers all '59-'64 Im­pala rearends that per­form un­der hy­draulic-pres­sured sus­pen­sion and they’re mighty fine when it comes to drum to disc brake con­ver­sion—an ab­so­lute must when you’re driv­ing a full­size lowrider that weighs in at a few thou­sand pounds.

As an added stan­dard fea­ture to all of their heavy-duty Pro Tour­ing axle as­sem­blies, Cook’s also pro­vides the up­graded Dutch­man Super Set 20 bear­ing assem­bly. It is de­signed to pro­vide a life­long seal, thus pro­vid­ing the best pro­tec­tion for your axle bear­ings.

The bot­tom line, it just doesn't get any bet­ter than Cook’s. Their com­bi­na­tion of pre­ci­sion work­man­ship, know-how, price, and prompt turn­around time are qual­i­ties that make Cook’s Ma­chine Works the leader in af­ter­mar­ket rearend com­po­nents. In all, they are the “go-to” spot, and the an­swer for your fix, but if that’s not enough to make you take note, re­mem­ber that no lack­lus­ter busi­ness can sur­vive over 70 years of ser­vice without be­ing all that and a bag of chips.

So stop on by and see what’s cookin’, be­cause if I’m ly­ing, I’m dy­ing.

Cook’s Ma­chine Works4845 Tele­graph Rd. Los An­ge­les, CA 90022 (323) 268-6571 www.cooks­ma­chineworks.com

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