About us

Cutworm Specialties, Inc. was established in 2006 in the small town of Hayesville, NC. The shop started primarily as a motorcycle repair and custom paint shop looking to provide service's for bike enthusiasts. Cutworm Specialties, Inc. has gradually evolved into a shop driven by the passion to design and manufacture custom hot rods and the challenge of custom fabrication projects.

Along the way, Jeb realized the time had come to fulfill a dream that he had carried for over ten years - build a 1930 chop top Model A few years after opening the shop, while looking to obtain more experience in fabrication to compliment the invaluable knowledge gained in engine service and repair, Cutworm Specialties, Inc. owner, Jeb Greenstone, started building custom motorcycles with an emphasis on retro-styling coupled with simplistic functionality.

Along the way, Jeb realized the time had come to fulfill a dream that he had carried for over ten years - build a 1930 chop top Model A.This dream of a custom Model A quickly hit the wall of reality when Jeb started shopping around for bodies and realized that the bodies were either in poor condition or too expensive. Instead of giving up on the dream, Jeb accepted this as a challenge and decided to take on the project from a different approach. If the bodies were not available to purchase reasonably, why not fabricate the bodies from scratch?

"Close Enough," a hand crafted, totally custom, fully functioning hot rod built from the ground-up.

 

That inspiration then lead to the design, fabrication, and creation of "Close Enough," a hand crafted, totally custom, fully functioning hot rod built from the ground-up. "Close Enough" incorporates the characteristics of retro-styling and simplistic functionality that has driven Cutworm Specialties, Inc. from its inception, while at the same time, makes a dream reasonably achievable.

All hot rods built by Cutworm Specialties are custom scratch built .

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Why "Cutworm"?

Cutworm is the nickname of Jeb's grandfather.

 

"Cutworm" Phillips loved early Fords

There are a couple of stories about how Jeb's grandfather acquired the nickname of Cutworm. When Jeb was very young he asked his grandfather how he landed such an unusual name. His grandfather told him about the time he played football in school and how he had the ability to cut in and out of his opponents to run the football down field. So his teammates started calling him Cutworm.

 

Dale Phillips, Jeb's grandmother.

There is another story that has been passed around town. Cutworm was a very frugal man. He liked to hang on to his cabbage. Cutworm is another name for Cabbage Worm. Since cutworms eat a lot of cabbage, he earned the nickname of Cutworm.

 

Cutworm owned a general store in the city square of Hayesville. He sold all kinds of items. Since Cutworm was so frugal, he didn't throw anything away. The general store today is closed, but it is still full of all of the items from the early 1900.

 

Cutworm loved  Model T and Model A Fords.   Also pictured here is Cutworms wife Dale, posing with another of Cutworms Cars .

 

When Jeb was growing up he liked and drove early Fords then. He had a 5 horse power Model T Ford fun car to drive at age six. Little did he know then that he would one day be building custom hot rods similar to these cars.