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Inside a Barris Kustom
Barris Kustom Shop

Inside a Barris Kustom

Posted  May 1, 2016  by  Rik Hoving

  Inside a BARRIS KUSTOM   A look inside the 1941 Snooky Janich Ford Barris Customs body-work that normally is hidden behind upholstery and other panels. We all have seen many photos of finished Custom Cars created by the Barris shop in the late 1940’s early 1950’s. And thanks to George Barris’s amazing photo collection and […]

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Richard Aguirre 55 Mercury
Ayala Custom Shop

Richard Aguirre 55 Mercury

Posted  April 28, 2016  by  Rik Hoving

  RICHARD AQUIRRE 55 MERCURY   After failing to buy a famous Barris Custom, Richard Aguirre buys a brand new 1955 Mercury and drives it straight to the Ayala Shop for some Custom work. By Memo Ortega There use to be a Barris car that was in the 1955 movie “Running Wild”. It was a […]

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1950 Oakland Roadster show
Barris Kustom Shop

1950 Oakland Roadster show

Posted  April 26, 2016  by  Rik Hoving

  1950 OAKLAND ROADSTER SHOW In 1950 Al and Mary Slonaker organized the first Annual National Roadster Show. Mostly entered by Hot Rods, but the Custom entries in this show has always been legendary. Lets take a look at the Custom entries at this first Oakland Show. There is something special about the Custom Cars […]

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1982 LEADSLED Roadtrip Part 2

Posted  April 24, 2016  by  Rik Hoving

  1982 LEADSLED ROADTRIP   In 1984 Mike Key created his famous LEADSLEDS book. It made a huge impact on me. Today, in 2016 Phil Waters makes us relive this 1984 book, with his photo collection and story. By Rik Hoving with photos from the Phil Waters Collection This is part TWO of the Road trip to […]

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Ayala Body Shop
Ayala Custom Shop

Ayala Body Shop

Posted  April 22, 2016  by  Rik Hoving

  AYALA BODY SHOP   The Ayala Body Shop on East Olympic Ave opened in 1945. Gil Ayala would keep this shop open for around 40 year, at the same location, crating Custom Car Magic. A closer look at the shop. In this article about Gil Ayala’s Auto Body Works shop I want to highlight the shop itself, […]

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Inside a Barris Kustom

Inside a Barris Kustom

  Inside a BARRIS KUSTOM   A look inside the 1941 Snooky Janich Ford Barris Customs body-work that normally is hidden behind upholstery and other panels. We all have seen many pho...
by Rik Hoving
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Richard Aguirre 55 Mercury

Richard Aguirre 55 Mercury

  RICHARD AQUIRRE 55 MERCURY   After failing to buy a famous Barris Custom, Richard Aguirre buys a brand new 1955 Mercury and drives it straight to the Ayala Shop for some Custom ...
by Rik Hoving
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1950 Oakland Roadster show

1950 Oakland Roadster show

  1950 OAKLAND ROADSTER SHOW In 1950 Al and Mary Slonaker organized the first Annual National Roadster Show. Mostly entered by Hot Rods, but the Custom entries in this show has always ...
by Rik Hoving
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1982 LEADSLED Roadtrip Part 2

  1982 LEADSLED ROADTRIP   In 1984 Mike Key created his famous LEADSLEDS book. It made a huge impact on me. Today, in 2016 Phil Waters makes us relive this 1984 book, with his ph...
by Rik Hoving
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1982 Road Trip to Des Moines

  ROAD TRIP to DES MOINES   In 1982 Phil Waters makes the trip from Manchester, England, to the US, to visit the Lead Sled Spectacular in Des Moines Iowa. By Phil Waters Driving T...
by Rik Hoving
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Ayala Body Shop

Ayala Body Shop

  AYALA BODY SHOP   The Ayala Body Shop on East Olympic Ave opened in 1945. Gil Ayala would keep this shop open for around 40 year, at the same location, crating Custom Car Mag...
by Rik Hoving
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52 Chevy The Lone Star Deluxe

  THE LONE STAR DELUXE   Sam Navarro set out to create his first ever Custom Car. Inspired by the Larry Ernst and Leon Welmas Chevies he created the wonderful 1952 Chevy The Lon...
by Rik Hoving
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Donn Lowe 1940 Ford

  DONN LOWE 1940 FORD   Donn Lowe reshaped the 1940 Ford coupe into a perfectly balanced piece of automotive art. Donn Lowe from Oregon has been building uniquely styled Custom C...
by Rik Hoving
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Gil Ayala on Restyling

Gil Ayala on Restyling

  GIL AYALA on RESTYLING   The April 1950 issue of Motor Trend magazine shared an story on Custom restyling. Part of the article was an unique interview with Gil Ayala… In t...
by Rik Hoving
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Ralph Bush Sports Custom

Ralph Bush Sports Custom

  RALH BUSH SPORTS CUSTOM   Ralph Bush owned this 1941 Chevy based Sports Custom while in Collage in 52-54 in Santa Barbera. It was originally created in Pasadena around 1948-49. ...
by Rik Hoving
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Barris Bell Shop

Barris Bell Shop

  BARRIS BELL SHOP   After establishing a name in the Custom world in the Barris Compton Ave shop in Los Angeles, the shop was relocated in Bell for a short period. Very little is...
by Rik Hoving
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1940 Mercury Stardust

  1940 MERCURY STARDUST   In 1986 John DAgostino hired Bill Reasoner to create his dream radical 40’s style custom based on an 1940 Mercury. The end result, named Stardu...
by Rik Hoving
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50 Merc Goldrush

  3-IN-ONE 50 MERC   Dave Baker was inspired by his wife Lisa to create a 60s inspired Custom for cruising in comfort. He ended up with a Custom, Racer and Hot Rod. – Sponsore...
by Rik Hoving
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Mystery Ayala 40 Mercury

  MYSTERY AYALA 40 MERCURY   This 1940 Mercury chopped convertible was supposedly restyled by the Ayalas in the early 1950s. It was shown in the 80s, but what happened with it a...
by Rik Hoving
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The Shadow

  THE SHADOW   Who knows that evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! By Larry Pointer With these words, delivered in a “hauntingly sibilant quality voice that thrill...
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Carson Top Shop

The Carson Top Shop Part 1

  CARSON TOP SHOP part 1   The birth of the Traditional Custom Car in the late 1930s was influenced by one big event. The design of the Carson padded top by Glen Houser in 1935. T...
by Rik Hoving
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History of the Chopped Top part 1

  CHOP TOP HISTORY part 1   The most transforming of all custom body changes, if not the most beautiful, is lowering of the top. Better known as the Chopped Top. One of the best k...
by Rik Hoving
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Perfectly Restyled 1937 Chevy

  PERFECT RESTYLED 1937 CHEVY   So every now and then you see a Custom Car that looks so good, it makes you wonder why there are not many more done just like it. Keith Goettlich&#...
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