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Johnny Zaro Interview

Posted  April 18, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

JOHNNY ZARO INTERVIEW In 2011 Justin Kudolla sat down with the late Johnny Zaro and his wife Fay in their home in Murrieta, California. Justin talked with Johnny about his Custom Car years in the late 1940′s and early 1950′s.     The Johnny Zaro Interview by Justin Kudolla Then of Maywood, California, Johnny Zaro [...]

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De Rosa Golden Piranha

Posted  April 16, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

GOLDEN PIRANHA De Rosa and Son Customs create an uniquely restyled 1966 Buick Riviera with styling cues from the 50′s and 60′s. The first time I saw a photo of this Custom was in 1983, when Chrome & Flames magazine had one small photo in an announcement for an upcoming show article. I was a [...]

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Installing Spotlights

Posted  April 15, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

INSTALLING SPOTLIGHTS Spotlights have been a popular accessory item on custom cars since the early 1940′s. This article shows an excellent article on how to install them from the October 1954 issue of Speed Mechanics The spotlights used on the customs from the 1940′s and 1950′s were produced by several manufactories. The Appleton and Lorainne [...]

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Larry Watson Flames part 4

Posted  April 6, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

WATSON FLAMES PART 4 In this fourth part of the story on Larry Watson’s flames, we take a look at the flames Larry created on Pinky Richard’s 1957 Corvette. In our first two articles on the Larry Watson Flames, we showed how Larry quickly developed his own style of flames from 1957 up to the 1970′s. [...]

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Cross Country in a Kustom

Posted  April 3, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

CROSS COUNTRY IN A KUSTOM In May 1953 Bob Hirohata drives his Mercillac from California to Indianapolis. An epic Cross Country trip in an award winning custom, that still fascinates people today. Custom Cars in the 1940′s and 1950′s were built as daily users. Unlike most show cars today, these early Customs were actually driven [...]

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Johnny Zaro Interview

JOHNNY ZARO INTERVIEW In 2011 Justin Kudolla sat down with the late Johnny Zaro and his wife Fay in their home in Murrieta, California. Justin talked with Johnny about his Custom Car years in the late 1940′s and early 195...
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De Rosa Golden Piranha

GOLDEN PIRANHA De Rosa and Son Customs create an uniquely restyled 1966 Buick Riviera with styling cues from the 50′s and 60′s. The first time I saw a photo of this Custom was in 1983, when Chrome & Flames magaz...
by Rik Hoving
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Installing Spotlights

INSTALLING SPOTLIGHTS Spotlights have been a popular accessory item on custom cars since the early 1940′s. This article shows an excellent article on how to install them from the October 1954 issue of Speed Mechanics The ...
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Hank Griffith 1942 Ford

IT’S NOT THE AYALA CUSTOM WE’D ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS In 1951 Hank Griffith’s 1942 Ford was one of the two feature cars on the cover of Custom Cars the Trend Book No. 101. Not just any book, Trend Book no. 101 ...
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BARRIS MAGAZINE ADS George Barris started to promote his Barris’s Custom Shop in the early car magazines starting in 1948.   When the car magazines started to bloom in around 1947-48, some of the early Custom Car bui...
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Larry Watson Flames part 4

WATSON FLAMES PART 4 In this fourth part of the story on Larry Watson’s flames, we take a look at the flames Larry created on Pinky Richard’s 1957 Corvette. In our first two articles on the Larry Watson Flames, we ...
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2014 Custom Car Revival

A MUST-GO SHOW A Weekend Exclusively for Traditional Customs. No Hot Rods. No Street Rods. No Muscle Cars. No Rat Rods. No Rat Customs. The Midwest 2014 Custom Car Revival is a traditional custom car show. Paint or primer, if i...
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Cross Country in a Kustom

CROSS COUNTRY IN A KUSTOM In May 1953 Bob Hirohata drives his Mercillac from California to Indianapolis. An epic Cross Country trip in an award winning custom, that still fascinates people today. Custom Cars in the 1940′s...
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Dr Daves 80s Photo Collection

DR DAVES 80S PHOTO COLLECTION David Aka “Dr. Dave” has started to share his 1980′s and 1990′s Custom Car Photo Collection on the Custom Car Photo Archive. This article shows a small collection. David, (A...
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Butler Rugard Westergard Merc

BUTLER RUGARD WESTERGARD MERCURY A very early Westergard customized 1940 Mercury survives several re-stylings over the years, gets restored to 1950′s specs and ends up in Europe. A little while ago we ran a short story on...
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Parking at Watsons part 2

PARKING AT WATSONS PART 2 Second and last part, for now, on Larry Watson painted cars parked in and around the Watson shop. This second article shows another nice selection of photos from Larry’s Personal Collection with ...
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