Strutmasters was founded by Chip Lofton in 1999. Since then, dozens of
dealerships, parts and service chains nationwide, and tens of thousands
of individual drivers like you have installed our kits. Well known
companies that have purchased and used our product are: Midas, Meineke,
Monroe, Ford, Walker Auto Stores, Kirks Management Co., and we have even
done a conversion kit for the C.I.A.!
After leaving a successful career in the corporate world, Strutmasters' founder, Chip Lofton,
purchased a 55 acre goat dairy farm. His farm was soon the largest gourmet cheese operation in North Carolina.
This renaissance background eventually led Chip to success in the suspension kits market. Strutmasters was born
to fill a need providing affordable alternatives to air suspension repairs.
The Lincoln that Started it all!
In 1999, Chip purchased a 1989 Lincoln Continental. It was a beautiful car
but shortly after his purchase, the car required several costly repairs.
While on vacation, the car’s suspension system failed. Determined
to find a way to repair his beloved Lincoln, Chip called salvage yards looking
for used air struts without any luck. To his surprise, Chip found a wrecked
Lincoln with a regular set of struts on it. After figuring out where to
drill holes in the body and make adjustments to the height, he was up and
running. The conversion was complete.
The Word Soon Spread about Suspension System Solutions
The word spread to other people facing the same suspension system problems.
The calls kept coming in. Chip started listing the parts on Ebay. After
great success on Ebay, Chip decided it was time for a Web site. Next the
Web site was expanded to include a few pictures. In just a few months, there
were over 90,000 hits.
From the Barn to Strutmasters' new 556,000 Square Foot Building!
By the end of the first year, the business had grown. The 1,500 square foot
goat barn was not large enough. Chip found a 15,000 square foot building
in town. After adding other automobile models to the line, the business
doubled. Another move brought the business to an old 220,000 square
foot textile mill. Since then the business has grown exponentially and has moved into a 556,000 square foot plant.
Quality Parts for most Makes & Models
This is how we get the right suspension kits to you as fast as possible. So that
we always have what you need when you need it, we maintain an inventory
of all our kits ready to ship. All of out kits are assembled from components
made for us by well known suspension companies. In the photo, you can see
a skid of Gabriel parts waiting to be tested and used in new struts.
Here a new spring is being tested to make sure it meets our specifications before
it is accepted for use in our strut shop.