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CCC the first two years

Posted  July 1, 2015  by  Rik Hoving

  CUSTOM CAR CHRONICLE the first two years   Early July 2013 we, my wife, our technical guy Libsky and myself hit the PUBLISH button for the very first time, the Custom Car Chronicle was ON-LINE.   In June 2013 I announced the Custom Car Chronicle on my Facebook with several images. The first one, […]




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Clarkaiser Customs

53 Ford Historical Custom For Sale

Posted  June 30, 2015  by  Rik Hoving

  53 FORD HISTORICAL CUSTOM FOR SALE   This is your chance to become the new caretaker of this early-mid 1950s built Clarkaiser 1953 Ford Victoria, and perhaps bring it back to it full glory. For Sale on the Custom Car Chronicle Marketplace   Customized when the car was still as good as new by […]




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Barris Kustom Shop

Hirohata Merc Mystery Antenna

Posted  June 30, 2015  by  Rik Hoving

  HIROHATA MERC MYSTERY ANTENNA   For a short time in 1953 Bob Hirohata had a set of futuristic antennas on his famous Barris Kustoms built 1951 Mercury. Ever wondered where those came from?   In the Barris Kustom Techniques of the 50’s book Volume 1, first published in 1996, there is a photo on page […]




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Valley Custom Shop

Dave Peters 1949 Ford

Posted  June 29, 2015  by  Rik Hoving

  DAVE PETERS 1949 FORD   Dave Peters 1949 Ford Sedan. The Valley Custom Shop study in restrained Custom Restyling.   Most of the Custom Shops have developed a style of their own. A certain look for the cars that are created in these shops, or perhaps just some details that will tell which shop was responsible for particular […]




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Nick Matranga 1940 Mercury Barris
Barris Kustom Shop

That Illustrious Sanguine 1940 Merc

Posted  June 23, 2015  by  David/Michelle

  © by Michelle M. Yiatras Timechanic ™ (Nick Matranga – That Illustrious Sanguine ’40 Merc! – original written February, 2014)   David E. Zivot and Michelle M. Yiatras are on a quest to create a truly accurate re-representation of the Nick Matranga Barris-built 1940 Mercury. Important part of this quest is a series of interviews Michelle did […]




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CCC the first two years

  CUSTOM CAR CHRONICLE the first two years   Early July 2013 we, my wife, our technical guy Libsky and myself hit the PUBLISH button for the very first time, the Custom Car Chronicle was ON-LINE.   In June 2013 I...
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53 Ford Historical Custom For Sale

  53 FORD HISTORICAL CUSTOM FOR SALE   This is your chance to become the new caretaker of this early-mid 1950s built Clarkaiser 1953 Ford Victoria, and perhaps bring it back to it full glory. For Sale on the Custom Ca...
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Hirohata Merc Mystery Antenna

  HIROHATA MERC MYSTERY ANTENNA   For a short time in 1953 Bob Hirohata had a set of futuristic antennas on his famous Barris Kustoms built 1951 Mercury. Ever wondered where those came from?   In the Barris Kust...
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Dave Peters 1949 Ford

  DAVE PETERS 1949 FORD   Dave Peters 1949 Ford Sedan. The Valley Custom Shop study in restrained Custom Restyling.   Most of the Custom Shops have developed a style of their own. A certain look for the cars ...
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1954 San Jose Show Photos

  1954 SAN JOSE SHOW PHOTOS   Color photos of the early 1950’s car shows are pretty rare, so it was really great when Joe Hickenbottom shared some never before seen color snapshots on his Facebook, taken by a ...
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Ralph Testa 1950 Mercury

  RALPH TESTA 1950 MERCURY   One of the few original customized 1949-51 Mercury’s, created by the Barris Kustom Shop for owner Ralph Testa. This beautifully restyled Custom Mercury survived and was completely re...
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Al Twitchell Restyled 41 Plymouth

  RESTYLED 41 PLYMOUTH   Al Twitchell’s son shared some really great late 1940’s snapshots his father made of the 1941 Plymouth convertible he customized for Charles Kemp.   About a year ago we did an...
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Nick Matranga 1940 Mercury Barris

That Illustrious Sanguine 1940 Merc

  © by Michelle M. Yiatras Timechanic ™ (Nick Matranga – That Illustrious Sanguine ’40 Merc! – original written February, 2014)   David E. Zivot and Michelle M. Yiatras are on a quest to create a...
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That Illustrious Sanguine 1940 Merc 2

  © by Michelle M. Yiatras Timechanic ™ (Nick Matranga – That Illustrious Sanguine ’40 Merc! – original written February, 2014)   Part two Due to the length of this article from Michelle, we have...
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That Illustrious Sanguine 1940 Merc 3

  © by Michelle M. Yiatras Timechanic ™ (Nick Matranga – That Illustrious Sanguine ’40 Merc! – original written February, 2014)   Part three Due to the length of this article from Michelle, we ha...
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Kustoms Illustrated Award of Excellence 2015

  KI AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 2015   The Kustoms Illustrated Magazine “Award of Excellence” is given out at selected custom car events across the United States. It is meant to honor and recognize the “best of the bes...
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Larry Watson Cadillacs Part Two

  LARRY WATSON CADILLACS Part two   Part two in the series of photos of Cadillacs custom painted by Larry Watson. Very colorful and amazing photos from Larry’s Personal Photo Collection. This is the second par...
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The Golden Sahara Model

  GOLDEN SAHARA MODEL   Japanese Yoshihiro Hobara is on a quest to build a series of his all time favorite famous Barris Kustoms Shop created Custom cars in scale 1/25. For this article we concentrate on the model he...
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Mystery Barris 49 Merc

  MYSTERY BARRIS 49 MERC   This typical 1980’s styled Custom 1949 Mercury convertible is part of the Henry Ford Museum. With its replica Barris crest and typical late 80s custom styling elements it looks very mu...
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Jimmy Summers 1940 Mercury part I

  THE DICK PAGE STORIES   One of my all time favorite custom cars is the Jimmy Summers 1940 Mercury convertible. A car Jimmy built for himself as a daily drive in 1946. Jimmy drove his Mercury all over the place. Toge...
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1951 Barris Study Trip Part 4

  STUDY TRIP PART 4   George Barris his 1951 Car Design Study Trip took him to several European countries. Here he took many snapshots of cars with fresh new ideas. Which inspired him for the Custom Cars to be built ...
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RIP Dick Page

  RIP DICK PAGE   June 12, 2015 the world lost a great guy. Sad for our loss, yet relieved Dick Page has gained his freedom from the body he was trapped in for the past 6 years. Dick Page August 11, 1941 – June ...
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Watson painted 1960 Ford

  WATSON PAINTED 1960 FORD   Larry Watson painted this 1960 Ford in 1962-63 in a striking, yet unusual pearl white with brown outlines fogged in in candy yellow.     Several years before I got access to the...
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Dry lake Greetings

  DRY LAKE GREETINGS   Some time ago I came across this really neat snapshot on ebay. Two cars with a plane parked on the Salt Flats in 1949.   When I was browsing ebay for some old photos, like I do from time t...
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2015 Pebble Beach Mercurys

  2015 PEBBLE BEACH MERCURYS   The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance creates a class of historic 1949-51 Mercury Customs for Sunday, August 16, 2015     Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Once each year...
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