As a third generation classic car enthusiast, Jack Fields has been consumed with building and customizing cars since day one. Most of his early childhood was spent at cruise nights, car shows, and walking miles through the Pomona swap meet with his Dad and Uncle.
While most young kids were into video games, Jack spent endless hours building model cars. And not just building kits to spec, but using the parts to create custom designs with meticulous detail. When he was 14, he turned that passion to his own car, a rough 1964 Nova project. He was told if he wanted a car when he turned 16, he better learn how to build one. So Jack and his dad spent the next two years working tirelessly to bring this Nova back to life. When finished, his new daily driver would ultimately become a recognizable Pro Street car that ran an 11 second quarter mile.
Jack got his official start in the industry at Rodworks in Venice, CA in the late 1990s. In 2003, Jack and a partner started Starlite Rod and Kustom in Torrance, CA where he built many award winning custom cars, several of which were featured in the Rodder’s Journal, Lowrider Magazine, and other popular publications. One of his most iconic builds was his own 1960 Ford Starliner called Agent Orange. This car was on the cover of Rod and Custom Magazine, and was a feature car at the 2013 Mooneyes’ Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan. Being invited to Japan to display his car will always be a career highlight. In mid-2016, Jack left Starlite to start Kraftsman Autoworks, where he continues to master his craft on American customs and hot rods.
While he’s most recognized for his custom paint work, many in the car world have nicknamed him the “Jack-of-all-trades”, because he’s such a well-rounded builder. Jack’s philosophy is to build cars that are meant to be driven – creating a classic look, with modern safety and performance. Jack practices what he preaches, having recently driven his chopped 1954 Chevy Custom from Los Angeles to Austin for a car show.
Jack lives in Torrance, CA, with his wife and two children. When he isn’t building cars you can find him tinkering on his vintage trailer, camping, surfing, riding dirt bikes, or watching his son race BMX and his daughter do gymnastics.