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Early Custom Cars

Frank Sandoval 36 Ford

Posted  October 31, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

SANDOVAL 36 FORD Howard Gribble shared these photos of Frank Sandoval’s 1936 Ford coupe from the mid 1940’s. A trip back in time.   When I see photos like these of Frank Sandoval’s 1936 Ford mild restyled Coupe, it always makes me wonder, how many of these relatively mildly restyled cars were there in the [...]

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Larry Watson

Outlined 54 Chevy

Posted  October 30, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

OUTLINED 54 CHEVY This nice mildly customized 1954 Chevy is credited with a Larry Watson outline paint job in candy red and white pearl.   A while ago I came across this very nice color slide on eBay. It was an late 1950’s, or perhaps early 1960’s color slide showing a nice model with lavender [...]

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Harry Westergard

Westergard Custom Found

Posted  October 29, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

WESTERGARD CUSTOM FOUND Rick Atterberg posted three photos of a 1939 Ford custom convertible on his facebook. Rick Amado possible id-ed the car as an original Westergard Custom.   Close to midnight on October 28, I was just going to shut down the computer when I spotted three photos of an very interesting late 1940’s [...]

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Ayala T-Bird To be restored

Posted  October 28, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

GIL AYALA T-BIRD After being for sale for many years Gil Ayala’s Personal 1955 T-Bird found the right home in Norway, and will be restored to how it used to look in the late 1950’s   Despite Gil and Al Ayala created many great Custom Cars at their Gil’s Auto Body Works, there are only [...]

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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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Frank Sandoval 36 Ford

SANDOVAL 36 FORD Howard Gribble shared these photos of Frank Sandoval’s 1936 Ford coupe from the mid 1940’s. A trip back in time.   When I see photos like these of Frank Sandoval’s 1936 Ford mild restyled...
by Rik Hoving
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Outlined 54 Chevy

OUTLINED 54 CHEVY This nice mildly customized 1954 Chevy is credited with a Larry Watson outline paint job in candy red and white pearl.   A while ago I came across this very nice color slide on eBay. It was an late 1950&#...
by Rik Hoving
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Westergard Custom Found

WESTERGARD CUSTOM FOUND Rick Atterberg posted three photos of a 1939 Ford custom convertible on his facebook. Rick Amado possible id-ed the car as an original Westergard Custom.   Close to midnight on October 28, I was jus...
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Burned down Hot Rod Shop

BURNED DOWN HOT ROD SHOP On Saturday October 25th Speedon CarWorks in the Netherlands burned down, destroying many cars as well as many dreams. Speedon CarWorks in Emmeloord, the Netherlands was a small, but very productive wor...
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Ayala T-Bird To be restored

GIL AYALA T-BIRD After being for sale for many years Gil Ayala’s Personal 1955 T-Bird found the right home in Norway, and will be restored to how it used to look in the late 1950’s   Despite Gil and Al Ayala cr...
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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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