The only constant is change.

Back in April we had to make a very hard and life changing decision and were forced to leave our home of about 5 years. We were given 72 hours to pack and make our way out. To say the least I was in shock but sometimes that’s the way it works. We made a call to stop the onslaught of rent and try to get our own place. We happened to be chasing a place for a year and it came to us the same day we were asked to leave our building. so t say it was a whirlwind is an understatement. I tried everything possible to correct and save what we had built for 13+ years and it just wasn’t to be. Sometimes throwing money at an issue is not the answer and a hard change went down. I tried really hard to handle everything the best I could. Some things I did and some I simply failed. No other way to word it. the whole emphasis to handle the task was dumped in my lap and I did the best I could. If I upset anyone you have my heart felt and deepest apologizes.  Hurtful things were said by many people including myself. I am sorry. I am very proud of the guys who I have worked with over the past few years and I truly wish them the best of luck.


But with change comes opportunity. And that’s what is happening now.There’s many new things on the horizon and I am going for it full throttle. I feel really good as of late and I am going to keep the positivity up and I hope you guys are still with me as I move on.


Please follow me at Keith Strong Designs on InstaGram, Facebook, here thru word press and @_mastercylinder on Twitter. There are still some great guys working with me and now I will be very selective about the projects I take on. I am finishing the cars I’ve been committed to and then you will see the change in my creative outlet. Please come with me for the ride!


Big changes for us!

It’s true. Sadly we are no longer in the building on Macomb Industrial. While we worked very hard to make that place our long time home it just did’t make sense to stay there any longer with the amount of rent we were paying. It was like we were never getting ahead.So instead of throwing any more money at the problem we decided to fix it… and we did BIG time!

We have now purchased our own shop! Man I can’t tell you guys what a relief it is. We have signed the contracts and should have the mortgage done this week. A fresh coat of paint and we are back to work!

I will fill everyone in on the details as soon as I can. To all our followers, thanks for your support! To all of our vendors, thanks for your patience!! To all of our clients, we wouldn’t be where we are today without your allowing us to work on such important cars as yours, Thanks! And to our friends and family…I love you guys!

The biggest thing to expect from all this is a very happy crew and faster and more efficient turn around time for your projects!

Stay tuned!

Nice cameo from the SS Chevelle

Remember the beautiful blue and white SS Chevelle we painted a couple years ago? Well it got used in a commercial for OnStar! We are going to try to post up a link for the video soon!



Video Here

Live broadcast today from the shop!


Sorry for the time change but there is a TON of activity on the car right now so stay tuned for the broadcast shortly…



Hey everyone! We are going to do a live Periscope broadcast from the shop around 11am today. Be sure to log into and follow @_mastercylinder (Keith) to watch. We will be talking about the Shelby GT350R we are doing for the Cattle Baron’s Ball event.

Another beautiful GT350R here in the shop

We have been asked to do a bunch of upgrades to a very special GT350R.

Read about it here:GT350R Cattle Baron’s Ball


Cattle CB01

Website and Shop Update

Hey everyone! We have been really cranking at the shop as usual and I know we haven’t updated the site in a while. I am going to do a better job refreshing the content here at least every few days. Our Facebook page of course gets the most traffic and InstaGram has really blown up as well. I know not everyone has Facebook…or wants it for that matter…

We have been doing a lot of broadcasts via Periscope. It is a live podcast type of app that is run through Twitter. We have been doing a weekly show every Wednesday and also doing live shows from the events we go to and also for the unveilings of the cars we build. I am quite shocked at how well it’s taken off. We have had viewers from all over the world. If you have a Twitter account you can follow me @_mastercylinder to see all of the stuff we’re up too. If you don’t have an account…well get with it! It’s free and can be a great was to interact with a bunch of people.

Yeah it’s that time again and we are building a 2015 EcoBoost Mustang for the show this year. The car is already confirmed for a magazine shoot and will be on display in the Ford booth. We can’t show you the images of the car yet but it’s really gonna be cool. We have a bunch of amazing sponsors helping us and I can’t say thanks enough to them for their support and especially their believing in us. The list looks like this:

BASF Refinish, Cobb Tuning, DeadHook Motorsports, Turbo by Garrett, Vortech Superchargers, Corsa Exhaust, Watson Racing, The Wrap Mafia, W2 Graphics, Brembo Brakes, Nitto Tire and even Vaughn Gittin Jr and his RTR brand are on board! We have gotten some very unexpected yet amazing support from Ford this year. Our car is going to be one of one and I can’t wait to show you guys what we’re up to.

AUTORAMA!! We have a huge build in process for the 2016 Detroit AutoRama. I have wondered how I would be able to top our 2014 Shelby GT500 Widebody and I think this car is going to get the job done. We are going for the big award this year and per the rules we are not allowed to show anything or get into any detail but rest assured me and the boys are putting everything we have into this build. On top of that we are going to have a big display and bring all of our SEMA cars and a selection of our clients cars that we have built over the past few years. Be sure to come check it out…..

GO LIONS!! Remember last year when we built a custom 2015 Mustang for the Lions? Well we did it again this year but this time we built a pretty bad ass F150! They wanted a Raptor styled F150 so with the help of The Wrap Mafia and W2 Graphics we came up with a sick flat black and blue wrap.  Corsa Exhaust hooked us up with the very first custom system and BushWacker sent us a set of their pocket style flares for the truck. It sounds and looks great! You can enter to win the truck this year by going out to the Lions and the SouthEast Michigan Ford dealers websites. Last year we absolutely crushed their expectations by having over 70,000 entries in one month! It was such a major success that even the NFL took notice. Could we build something cool for all the teams? We’re up for it!TV SPOT

Thank you for your continued support! Without amazing clients and our followers from all over the world we couldn’t do what we do.



Everyone asks “When are you guys getting a show?”

Well that question is about to be answered….

We are building two very special cars, one for SEMA and one for AutoRama.

We have a producer and some funding to film a documentary we will call “The Road to SEMA”. We are going to show case the full build from day one thru the time the car hits the stage at SEMA. We will release small clips on our YouTube Channel and you will find out more details over the next few days. Please subscribe to our channel. There is no cost and it should be a fun watch!!

Thanks for all your support!


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