Avant-Garde

New American techniques mixed with Japanese quality make Dootech Motor Care one of the finest.

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Story: Michael Crenshaw

Photography: Andrew Link

Endo Makoto Shingo considers his work above average. His shop, Dootech Motor Care, or DMC for short, doesn’t focus on one particular style of car; it’s more of a one-stop shop for everything from domestic Japanese drift rockets to foreign American monster SUVs, with a mind-set that allows him to focus on intricate quality with every build, even though they all differ so greatly.

Shingo feels it’s not good to follow trends. Instead he avoids this by working closely with customers to make each car unique in order to achieve the desired effect without overstepping the boundaries Shingo has made for himself and his shop. As you can see by the contrast of the three cars we had the opportunity to shoot while there, they all have a vastly different approach while still maintaining a high level of work.

With eight years of custom modifying behind him, Shingo first worked on racecars as a mechanic, then worked at a body shop for two more years before opening up DMC at age 30. He declares his best attributes as being geared toward body and paint, even taking inspiration and skill sets from famous American painters such as Steve DeMan.

The quality of the work DMC shows is apparent—even the name “Dootech” implies there is more “doing” under the surface. From a crispy orange Toyota HiAce to a clean AF Nissan GT-R and an award-winning Cadillac Escalade, DMC shines like the paint it sprays.

 

Spec The Technique:

Year/Make/Model: 2012 Toyota HiAce

Exterior: Orange pearl paint by DMC; pinstriping by Mac Custom Design; T-STYLE body kit and grille; Trinity original hydraulics with rear 8.7-inch Narrow all installed by TRINITY Custom Restyling

Interior: Dashboard, center console and door panels all custom-made; Auto Meter gauges; 2.5-inch chopped seats

Ice: Diatone Sound premium navigation system; MTX TH650.1 and TH90.4 amplifiers, RTX88 speakers, RTX2BT bullet tweeters, T610-44 subwoofers

Wheels/Tires: 20-inch WORK Durandal wheels; Hankook Ventus V12 evo tires, 235/30/20 front, 275/30/20 rear


 

Spec The Technique:

Year/Make/Model: 2006 Cadillac Escalade

Performance: Stock

Exterior: Lowrider-influenced purple and violet candy paint with Flake and Jewelry line; AccuAir E-Level air suspension; Strut front grille with engraving by Unodes

Interior: Black and purple leather with purple stitching; custom paint; seat installation by Taishou Uchibari; roof & steering installation by Top Bull

Ice: Pioneer Carrozzeria ZH99 head unit; Rockford Fosgate speakers and amps; Alpine video monitors; all installed by Obayashi Factory with engraving by Unodes

Wheels/Tires: 30-inch Lexani Dial wheels with custom paint


 

Spec The Technique:

Year/Make/Model: Nissan GT-R

Performance: StopTech brakes

Exterior: Carbon-fiber hood; matte gray

Interior: Suede and black leather

Ice: Rockford Fosgate Power 1000 amplifier; JL Audio W7 subwoofer

Wheels/Tires: 20-inch Agetro F150 wheels; Nitto Invo tires, 285/25/20