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Photo by Don Benjamin The team of Chandra and Jeremiah Proffitt have joined with other crew members to expand their Resurrection Land Cruisers business in Austin. The company does custom work restoring and modifying Toyota Land Cruisers. Each project take

Jeremiah and Chandra Proffitt are back at 21474 Austin Road with an expanded building and the same commitment to service that earned them a national and international reputation for quality vehicle restoration and modification. The Proffitt name has been associated with custom-built vehicles since 1995 and, after experimenting with various business models, the company has returned to its roots under the banner of "Resurrection Land Cruisers."

Jeremiah explains that the term "resurrection" has two meanings. "It stands for the reestablishment of our business and it summarizes our mission of restoring and enhancing Toyota Land Cruisers."

Land Cruiser owners are a special breed of enthusiasts who treasure their vehicles whether these are vintage models that rolled off Japanese assembly lines from 1958 to 1983 or newer versions built from 1984 to the present day. Owners contact Resurrection to enter into custom contracts to transform their Land Cruisers from ordinary to astonishing. Resurrection's team of skilled mechanics and specialized workers perform auto body work, upgrade mechanics, and add custom paint and fabrication.

"We have a reputation for building the best Land Cruisers in the world," said Jeremiah and to prove it he offered a tour of the company's enlarged Austin facility. The original building has been expanded to add offices, a showroom, and a paint shop and every corner of the spacious facility features a work in progress. Next to each vehicle is a set of shelves and bins holding parts for a custom build: everything from fenders to roll-bars to the smallest bolt.

Old, damaged or rusted parts are stripped off and new parts mounted, bolted, and welded in their place. Much of the original vehicle is retained so that each Land Cruiser, whether vintage or modern, maintains its unique look. But braking systems, transmissions, drive trains, mufflers, power steering, dashboards, and a multitude of other upgrades are added to make each vehicle more functional and safer. If the customer desires, old motors are removed and new more powerful and efficient engines are added. The result is a combination of restoration and modification.

"We take a vehicle someone loves and make it safer, more practical, more fun to drive, more quiet to operate, and tighter," Jeremiah said, "Our crew is passionately involved with every vehicle."

Although one of Resurrection's passionate employees commutes from Salt Lake City, the rest are local residents from Delta, Olathe and Montrose. Jeremiah and Chandra live in Powderhorn (the town near Lake City, not the ski area) with their children Lili and Paden. Resurrection started with six employees, now they're up to 11 with plans to add others to their growing team.

Before starting his business, Jeremiah taught school in Delta and Cedaredge. He got interested in restoration and custom building when he began working on his own vintage Land Cruiser. He is a self-taught mechanic who loved his high school auto shop classes.

The company has a website: www.resurrectionland

cruisers.com. For more information call 970-596-7363 or email jeremiah@reurrection landcruisers.com.

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