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Memo Ortega Stories # 18

Posted  December 19, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

PART 18 In the mid 1980’s Memo finds out about Teen Angle and ends up having some of his drawings and stories published in his magazine.     Teen Angel Flashback day in the mid 1980’s I went to this store and I stopped at the magazine section where I saw this Teen Angel Magazine. I had never seen that before and […]

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Bertolucci 1948 Mercury

Posted  December 17, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

BERTOLUCCI 1948 MERCURY Jim Roten’s photos of his friend’s Ron Zimmerman’s 1948 Mercury identified as the Dick Bertolucci built Johnny Lehman 1948 Mercury.   In 2008 I came across the amazing Jim Roten Photo Collection. A collection of mostly mid to late 1950’s custom Car photos. Amongst all these photos there where a couple of photos […]

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Watson Jerry Preston 59 El Camino

Posted  December 10, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

JERRY PRESTON 59 EL CAMINO Besides having one of Larry Watson’s first panel job on his 1954 Ford, Jerry Preston also owned a 1959 Chevy El-Camino that he had customized by Bill Ortega and painted several times by Larry Watson.   For issue #21 of Kustoms Illustrated I wrote an article about four late 1950’s […]

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Pierson 36 Resto update

Posted  December 4, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

PIERSON 36 RESTO The Bob Pierson 1936 Ford is currently being put back together at South City Rod & Custom for current owner Jim Bobowski. The car been completely restored to its late 1940’s looks.   After having been disguised as street rod, the original Bob Pierson 1936 Ford coupe was acquired by Jim Bobowski in late […]

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McClarens Ayala Shoebox

Posted  November 24, 2014  by  Rik Hoving

MCCLARENS AYALA SHOEBOX Bruce Bartlett share another great photo with us, Jim McClaren’s chopped 1949 Ford Coupe. One thing I like about old photo collections is that most of the time they contain some amazing custom cars that I have never heard about, or seen before. Some of those cars are really beautiful and I […]

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Memo Ortega Stories # 18

PART 18 In the mid 1980’s Memo finds out about Teen Angle and ends up having some of his drawings and stories published in his magazine.     Teen Angel Flashback day in the mid 1980’s I went to this stor...
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Bertolucci 1948 Mercury

BERTOLUCCI 1948 MERCURY Jim Roten’s photos of his friend’s Ron Zimmerman’s 1948 Mercury identified as the Dick Bertolucci built Johnny Lehman 1948 Mercury.   In 2008 I came across the amazing Jim Roten P...
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Memo Ortega stories part 17

PART 17 In the early 1980’s Memo customized Greg Perez’s his Camaro Low Rider to become a show stopper. Sadly the car was never finished.       Early 50’s Flashback  remember when we went cruzi...
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Watson Jerry Preston 59 El Camino

JERRY PRESTON 59 EL CAMINO Besides having one of Larry Watson’s first panel job on his 1954 Ford, Jerry Preston also owned a 1959 Chevy El-Camino that he had customized by Bill Ortega and painted several times by Larry Wa...
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RIP Ray Erickson

RIP RAY ERICKSON Ray “Radical Ray” Erickson, passed away Saturday December 6, 2014, aged 86. Ray was a fantastic car customizer a real legend in the Kansas area.   By Steve Mallory I don’t like to be the bearer...
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Rolling Bones Movie

ROLLING BONES MOVIE Press Release: Brian Darwas releases short film on The Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop Film maker Brian Darwas currently produces feature length documentaries on Hot Rod and Motorcycle Culture. All of which have ...
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Pierson 36 Resto update

PIERSON 36 RESTO The Bob Pierson 1936 Ford is currently being put back together at South City Rod & Custom for current owner Jim Bobowski. The car been completely restored to its late 1940’s looks.   After having...
by Rik Hoving
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Baroque Custom Dreams

BAROQUE CUSTOM DREAMS On a recent cruise in Europe I attended an art history lecture. The presenter started going through all the different periods of artwork and artistic styles. I perked up when she began talking about the ...
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Ohanesian Merc – details

OHANESIAN MERC DETAILS One of my personal all time favorite custom cars, The Harry Westergard/Less Crane/Dick Bertolucci-built 1940 Mercury Convertible Sedan. Lets take a look at the details that make this car so special.  ...
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Ron Dunn Finished paint

RON DUNN FINISHED PAINT November 26, 2014, The Team at Steve’s Auto Restoration in Oregon have completely finished the paint work on the Valley Custom Shop-built Ron Dunn Ford. Next up is final assembly.   Over the ...
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Billy Powell 39 Mercury

BILLY POWELL 39 MERCURY David Martinez at Martinez Industries Co. creates another period perfect padded top, and much more for Billy Powell’s 40’s style 1939 Mercury Convertible.   I have been following the pr...
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Radcliffe Shoebox sees light of day

RADCLIFFE SHOEBOX Rob Radcliffe from King Kustoms in Temecula, California, has been working on his personal Custom Shoebox for many years. Today Rob took the car outside for the first time   Rob Radcliffe send us these tea...
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McClarens Ayala Shoebox

MCCLARENS AYALA SHOEBOX Bruce Bartlett share another great photo with us, Jim McClaren’s chopped 1949 Ford Coupe. One thing I like about old photo collections is that most of the time they contain some amazing custom cars...
by Rik Hoving
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