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Gil Ayala painted Cars

Posted  April 21, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  GIL AYALA PAINTED CARS   Gil Ayala loved to mix Custom Paint Colors, he loved to experiment with toners, with different base coats, to create the ultimate Custom Paint finish. In 1945 Gil and two year older brother Al Ayala opened Gil’s Auto Body Shop on Olympic Blvd in East Los Angeles. The team […]

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Early Custom Cars

Barter Collection 36 Ford Cabrio

Posted  April 14, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  36 FORD CABRIOLET   Jamie Barter has shared a few more photo from his early photo collection with us. This time he shared 3 photos of a heavily restyled 1936 Ford Cabriolet taken around 1948. Jamie found these three photos at an recent (autumn 2017) eBay auction. The three photos all appear to have been taken in the […]

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Larry Pointer Files

Neferteri Part Seven

Posted  April 13, 2017  by  Larry Pointer

  NEFERTERI part Seven   Inspiration. Where does it come from? For our Forrest Gump, the pages of National Geographic became the siren song of Neferteri, his Queen of the byroads. Larry Pointer found himself a survivor of Y2K, retired, a widower, and a more or less empty nester.  He needed a project.  In this […]

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Ayala John Geraghty 40 Ford
Ayala Custom Shop

John Geraghty 1940 Ford

Posted  April 11, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  JOHN GERAGHTY 1940 FORD   John Geraghty had the Ayala brothers create this subtile brilliant irridescent green painted 1940 Ford convertible Custom in the late 1940s. Brothers Gil and Al Ayala are usually known for their very slippery and super smooth Customs with a lot of body modifications all moulded-in to create truly one of […]

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Ayala Bob Lomax Chevy
Ayala Custom Shop

Bob Lomax 53 Chevy by Ayala

Posted  April 10, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  BOB LOMAX 53 CHEVY   1953 Chevy Convertible created by Gil and Al Ayala form Robert Lomax in the mid 1950s Bob Lomax’s ’53 Chevy was one of the “few” Ayala Custom cars that ever made it on the cover of a magazine. The car was part of our Ayala Magazine Cover story we […]

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Gil Ayala painted Cars

  GIL AYALA PAINTED CARS   Gil Ayala loved to mix Custom Paint Colors, he loved to experiment with toners, with different base coats, to create the ultimate Custom Paint finish. I...
by Rik Hoving
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Barter Collection 36 Ford Cabrio

  36 FORD CABRIOLET   Jamie Barter has shared a few more photo from his early photo collection with us. This time he shared 3 photos of a heavily restyled 1936 Ford Cabriolet ta...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri Part Seven

  NEFERTERI part Seven   Inspiration. Where does it come from? For our Forrest Gump, the pages of National Geographic became the siren song of Neferteri, his Queen of the byroads....
by Larry Pointer
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Ayala John Geraghty 40 Ford

John Geraghty 1940 Ford

  JOHN GERAGHTY 1940 FORD   John Geraghty had the Ayala brothers create this subtile brilliant irridescent green painted 1940 Ford convertible Custom in the late 1940s. Brothers ...
by Rik Hoving
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Ayala Bob Lomax Chevy

Bob Lomax 53 Chevy by Ayala

  BOB LOMAX 53 CHEVY   1953 Chevy Convertible created by Gil and Al Ayala form Robert Lomax in the mid 1950s Bob Lomax’s ’53 Chevy was one of the “few” Aya...
by Rik Hoving
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Barris Kustoms

Dzemske Collection Barris Photos

  DZEMSKE BARRIS PHOTOS   TIntro text. In the late 1950’s and 1960’s Bob visited many Mid West shows. Most of these shows were filed with the more local Hot Rods and C...
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Gil Ayala wild bird

Gil Ayala Wild Bird Restored

  AYALA WILDBIRD RESTORED   Gil Ayalas 1955 Ford TBird aka Wild Bird has been completely restored by Yarils Customs in Florida. New owner Bjorn Jansson takes it on a Kross Kountr...
by Rik Hoving
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Memo Ortega Stories Part 33

  SoCal SHOWS Part 5   More Flashback stories and more photos from the Memo Ortega files from the time Memo went to some of the famous West Coast Kustoms shows in Los Banos. Me...
by Rik Hoving
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Sam Barris Buick Restoration Finished

  SAM BARRIS BUICK FINISHED   The full restoration on the Sam Barris 1950 Buick has been finished. The Iconic Custom looks breathtaking, just as how Sam Barris finished it in late...
by Rik Hoving
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1941 Ford Mystery Convertible

  1941 FORD MYESTERY CONVERTIBLE   1941 Ford Convertible with chopped padded top, solid grille insert used in Eastern Auto Supply advertising. A Mystery Published Custom Car. 194...
by Rik Hoving
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Al Glickman 1949 Mercury

  AL GLICKMAN 1949 MERCURY   Al Glickman 1949 Mercury Hop Up Magazine cover Custom was restyled by Gil and Al Ayala at Gils Auto Body Works. An uniquely restyled full Custom Merc ...
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Carson Style 36 Ford

Carson Style 36 Ford

  CARSON STYLE 36 FORD   David E Zivot wanted a California Top 1936 Ford Roadster Custom. Restyled in line with how the cars were built shortly after WWII. He was able to create...
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ANNOUNCING Customs & Kustoms Show 2017

  KUSTOMS SHOW 2017   The Second Annual Customs & Kustoms – A meet for you that have a traditional custom car that will be held at Ellos Park , Sweden July 14-15-2017. ...
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1989 Oakland Roadster Show

  1989 OAKLAND ROADSTER SHOW   Bob Dzemske and his son visited the 1989 Oakland Roadstershow and captured some of the many Custom Cars that were entered in the 40st Anniversary of...
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Don Holland 1941 Ford

  DON HOLLAND 1941 FORD   Gil and Al Ayala created the Purple Pleasure Pursuit 1941 Ford for owner Don Holland around 1950. A stunning Custom we know very little about. The first...
by Rik Hoving
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Early Custom Car Color Photos

  EARLY CUSTOM CAR COLOR PHOTOS   A closer look at the Color photos taken of Custom Cars in the early developing years of the Color Photography. Pre 1950 Early Custom Car Color ph...
by Rik Hoving
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Petersen Motorama 1952

  PETERSEN MOTORAMA 1952   Custom Cars at the third Annual International Motorama show held at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles 1952. The Annual International Motorama he...
by Rik Hoving
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Shaved Door Handles

  SHAVED DOOR HANDLES   Shaving the door handles of your car for that Ultra Smooth Custom Look was one of the major trends in the early to mid 1950s. The history of Shaved Door Ha...
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Larry Watson Painted Fords

  LARRY WATSON painted FORDS   In his long career Larry Watson has painted numerous Ford based cars. In this article we show you a selection of the Fords he has painted and saved...
by Rik Hoving
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Edison Photo Location

  EDISON Photo Location   In the late 1940’s a series of Color and black and white photos were taken at an Edison Plant or something like that. Unique Color photos of early ...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri Part Six

  NEFERTERI part Six   What are you thinking? Friends and family began to have serious concerns our Forrest Gump was a hoarder headed for the looney bin, as he kept dragging odd a...
by Larry Pointer
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Memo Ortega Stories Part 32

  PASO ROBLES Part 4   More Flashback stories and more photos from the Memo Ortega files from the time Memo went to some of the famous West Coast Kustoms shows in Paso robles. M...
by Rik Hoving
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