Fat Man Fabrications Inc. was founded in 1984 by Brent VanDervort. Brent and his older brother restored a 1930 Model A pickup as their first vehicle and they even took their Driver’s Test in that vehicle. Having built over 20 cars for himself and his friends as a side job over the next 17 years building hot rod parts seemed to be a natural progression. A second trip to college after moving to Charlotte netted him a Mechanical Engineering degree that was added to an earlier Business Management degree. The combination of real-world fabrication experience and formal education equipped Fat Man with the knowledge needed to design practical parts for real hot rod enthusiasts.
As the business grew to over 20 employees, a 6-acre plot was purchased to give Fat Man Fabrications a home that would accept expansion. We currently occupy 3 buildings totaling 22,000 square feet. The area is split up into Sales, warehouse, shipping, MII kit, frame stub, tubular product, complete chassis, and prototype/customer installation shops.
The employees here at Fat Mans see very little turnover and that pool of experience is a real asset to the company and our valued customers. The different product and installation areas are set up with a very experienced team leader to ensure quality and continuity of training future leaders.
In September of 2020, Brent sold the business to one of his longtime employees and Operations Manager Tim Tullo, and his wife Maria. Together, with the experienced staff Fat Man Fabrications will continue to develop innovative and high-quality products for the street rod, Muscle car, and classic truck markets. This future planning assures the security of all parties with quality assured by a motivated and knowledgeable staff far into the future.
For 2023 Fatman Fabrications will begin to refocus the business and our product line. We'll be "trimming the fat" by discontinuing some of our products so we can better focus on developing new products and further improving our existing line, we'll be spending more time on our chassis line and working on more bolt-in kits. Some are in development now, so keep an eye out here and on our social media! It's going to be an exciting year!
Feel free to stop by for a shop tour Mon-Thurs 8-5 at 8621-C Fairview Road, Hwy 218 Mint Hill, NC 28227. As well as check us out on social media.
2023 SHOW SCHEDULE
April 21-23 Goodguy's NC Nationals - Raleigh, NC
July 7-9 Goodguy's PPG Nationals - Columbus, OH
August 3-6 NSRA Nationals - Louisville, KY
September 29-Oct. 1 Goodguy's Lone Star Nationals - Ft. Worth,TX
Delivery is NOT available to all shows.
charges for a hub-to-hub kits:
Crossmember kits: +$150.00
Stubs: +$200.00 (no pallet fee)
Add $50.00 for any additional major parts – i.e 4-bar kit