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Bartlett Collection

Posted  October 24, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

BARTLETT COLLECTION Bruce Bartlett is a member of the Ramblers Car Club formed in 1950. He is currently working on digitally restoration the old Ramblers Club Photo Album that contains some amazing material.   The Ramblers of Long Beach Car Club was formed in 1950, and the club just had its 64 year reunion September 13th. [...]

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Memo Ortega Files

Memo Ortega Stories Part Fifteen

Posted  October 23, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

MEMOS 1954 GMC For this story we will follow Memo’s 1954 GMC truck over a period of years when he was constructing and enjoy ing it. From the early 1970’s till 1990.     By Memo Ortega n part twelve I talked about the 1941 Ford Coupe I had bought… and sold a little later. When I [...]

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Larry Watson 55 Fords

Posted  October 20, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

55 FORD CROWN VICTORIAS Two nearly identical, yet totally different Larry Watson painted ’55 Fords from late 1959, early 1960.   arry watson is known for picking just the right color combinations or paint designs for the right cars. Larry had the skills to create a custom look with nothing but paint. Most of the [...]

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Appleton Spotlight Restoration

Posted  October 10, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

SPOTLIGHT SECRETS The Appleton Spotlights have been used on countless 40’s and 50’s Custom Cars. They are not being produced anymore, so if you find a set they most likely need to be restored. Manual Reyes shows you how to!   By Manuel Reyes The last time I disassembled an Appleton Spotlight, I decided to document every step of [...]

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Wally Welch Mercury 02

Posted  September 30, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

THE BARRIS VERSION Wally’s 1950 Mercury was among the first customs based on this iconic Mercury model. Originally restyled by the Gil and Al Ayala, this milestone Custom was redone by the Barris Kustom Shop in 1952.     n part one of this story we ended when Wally’s girlfriend Jeannie Christman had expressed her dislike for [...]

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Bartlett Collection

BARTLETT COLLECTION Bruce Bartlett is a member of the Ramblers Car Club formed in 1950. He is currently working on digitally restoration the old Ramblers Club Photo Album that contains some amazing material.   The Rambler...
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Memo Ortega Stories Part Fifteen

MEMOS 1954 GMC For this story we will follow Memo’s 1954 GMC truck over a period of years when he was constructing and enjoy ing it. From the early 1970’s till 1990.     By Memo Ortega n part twelve I tal...
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RIP Harold Bagdasarian

RIP HAROLD BAGDASARIAN Sacramento Autorama Car show promotor and Capitol City Auto Club Thunderbolts president Harold “Baggy” Bagdasarian has passed away. Harrold Bagdasarian passed peacefully on October 16th surrou...
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Larry Watson 55 Fords

55 FORD CROWN VICTORIAS Two nearly identical, yet totally different Larry Watson painted ’55 Fords from late 1959, early 1960.   arry watson is known for picking just the right color combinations or paint designs for...
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1951 Barris Study Trip Part 3

GEORGE BARRIS 1951 EUROPE TRIP   In 1951 George Barris visited several European countries for his Barris Study Trip. Italy, Germany and France were visited. And young George was seriously inspired and immersed himself in t...
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1959 Car Show Movie

1959 CAR SHOW MOVIE This 1959 Car Show and Lions Drags and Hill Climbs movie with amazing footage of some late 1950’s Customs and Hot Rods was recently shared on facebook   The video shows a lot of very interesting w...
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Janich Ford Restoration Progress

RESTORATION PROGRESS Brothers Steve and George Mallory have been slowly working to finish the Paul “Snooky” Janich Barris-built 1941 Ford, after they debuted the car in primer at the Customs Then & Now exhibit ...
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Appleton Spotlight Restoration

SPOTLIGHT SECRETS The Appleton Spotlights have been used on countless 40’s and 50’s Custom Cars. They are not being produced anymore, so if you find a set they most likely need to be restored. Manual Reyes shows y...
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Memo Ortega Stories Part Fourteen

1970 and up We are now in 1970 with the Memo Ortega Stories. Memo is hitting the big shows in California with his 1937 Chevy four door sedan.     By Memo Ortega (Sometimes when Memo writes a new story for this seri...
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Custom Cars – Pride and Joy – Part 2

PRIDE AND JOY A collection of snapshots of Customized Cars with their owners or loved ones.   hile I was browsing my collection of old Custom Car photos I noticed that a lot of people back in the 1940’s and 50’s loved ...
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Jim Roten Custom Car Designs

JIM ROTEN DESIGNS Jim Roten was close friends with Riley Collins, who ran a Custom Body show in Chico Ca. This article shows some of Jim Roten’s amazing design sketches he made for Rileys Customs.   (Special thanks...
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