Epstein’s Muffler & Auto Restoration
The final addition to any Chevy Bomb is a split manifold exhaust system that provides the familiar exhaust note and the ability to rap your pipes. If you have a Chevy Bomb from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, it’s a must that you be able to rap your pipes! Many of the Chevy Bomb owners take a ride down to Epstein’s Muffler Service & Auto Restoration in Montebello, California for one of Joe Epstein’s amazing exhaust systems.
Born in the Culver City area of West Los Angeles, California, Joe Epstein had always been enamored by custom cars. When he was 10 years old, he used to hang out at a gas station down the street from his parents’ home. Too young to drive, he started with Mini Bikes and Go Karts. When he was old enough to drive, he bought his first motorcycle. After the motorcycle came Joe’s first car and his first foray into Lowriding. Suffice to say, he has not stopped since.
In March of 1981, Joe and his wife opened Epstein’s Muffler Shop in Montebello, California on Whittier Boulevard. The place was initially opened as a muffler shop. Over time, many of the customers that would come into the shop for muffler work would see the cars Joe was building for himself, and asked for his help in building their cars. One of the shop’s first restoration projects was a customer’s car from West Los Angeles. Joe tore it down completely and restored it. From that point on, cars began coming in on a regular basis.
May of 2006 brought forth a major setback for Epstein, when a natural gas explosion destroyed the Whittier Boulevard shop. Joe and his wife relocated the shop to another location in Montebello and have seen their business thrive in this location. The shop is still putting cars out and building custom exhaust systems to this day.
On the day of the shoot, a few of Joe’s latest restoration projects were on display at the shop. Although each ride was unique in its own way, they were all restored with Joe’s attention to detail and period-correct styling. Any car that he builds, whether it is for himself or for a customer will have nice paint, get from point A to point B, and ride low, very low! He prides himself in the functionality of his work as much as he does his design style
As we poked around the shop, we saw a Chevy truck that Joe was building a custom exhaust system for. It was air-bagged and notched, so the exhaust had to be built, so that it could tuck under the truck when it was laid on the ground. The shop also holds a nice collection of vintage Chevrolet parts, which Joe makes available for his customers.
If you are in need of muffler work or restoration services, you can reach Joe Epstein at 323-724-4110 or stop by the shop Monday through Friday from 8a.m. to 6p.m. The address is 7803 Telegraph Road Unit N, Montebello CA.