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Curley Tremayne 50 Merc Restoration

Posted  May 25, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  TREMAYNE 50 MERC RESTORATION   Loren Curly Tremayne of Monterey California had this 1950 Mercury Custom built in 1977. Rod Powell and Butch Hurley are responsible for most of the work. The car made a huge impact, and inspired many Mercury owners to chop the top on their Mercurys. In 2017 Frank Morawski the new […]

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Neferteri Part Eight

Posted  May 24, 2017  by  Larry Pointer

  NEFERTERI Part Eight   Herein, our Forrest Gump embarks on a quixotic crusade in search of elements from the Golden Age of the Classics. Larry Pointer found himself a survivor of Y2K, retired, a widower, and a more or less empty nester.  He needed a project.  In this series, he shares his passion for […]

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Barris Kustom Shop

LIFE magazine photo shoot at Barris

Posted  May 22, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  LIFE Magazine photo shoot at BARRIS   In the early 1950s several non car related magazines did some magazine features on Custom Cars. One of them was Life Magazine, or at least they sent out Loomis Dean to take some photos for a possible feature to the Barris shop in 1952. A number of years […]

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Johnny Zaro 1941 Ford

Posted  May 11, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  JOHNNY ZARO 1941 FORD   Originally created for John Vara by George Barris. This radical full fade away fendered 1941 Ford padded topped Convertible is best known as the Johnny Zaro 1941 Ford. Johnny Zaro is a well know name in the Custom Car world, his two Barris brothers restyled Custom Cars had a huge impact […]

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Ayala Custom Shop

The Slippery Ayala Look

Posted  May 4, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  SLIPPERY AYALA LOOK   Gil and Al Ayala started creating Custom Cars in around 1945. One of their trademark restyling techniques would become the super smooth molded in everything look. The Slippery Ayala Look. In 1945 Gil Ayala opened his Gil’s Auto Body Works shop on 4074 East Olympic Boulevard in East Los Angeles. Together […]

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Barris Dick Fowler 38 Ford

Dick Fowler 1938 Coupe

DICK FOWLER 1938 COUPE It is miraculous that this very early Barris Custom survived and it in relatively good condition. And the best news is it has been acquired by early Custom Car Colle...
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The first chopped 49-50 Mercury?

  FIRST CHOPPED 49-50 MERCURY   Who was the first one to chop the top of the 1949-1951 Mercury, the quintessential Custom Car? This is a question that has been on the minds of a l...
by Rik Hoving
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CCC the first two years

  CUSTOM CAR CHRONICLE the first two years   Early July 2013 we, my wife, our technical guy Libsky and myself hit the PUBLISH button for the very first time, the Custom Car Chroni...
by Rik Hoving
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Mystery Barris 49 Merc

  MYSTERY BARRIS 49 MERC   This typical 1980’s styled Custom 1949 Mercury convertible is part of the Henry Ford Museum. With its replica Barris crest and typical late 80s cu...
by Rik Hoving
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History of the Chopped Top part 1

  CHOP TOP HISTORY part 1   The most transforming of all custom body changes, if not the most beautiful, is lowering of the top. Better known as the Chopped Top. One of the best k...
by Rik Hoving
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Perfect stance

The Perfect Stance

  THE PERFECT STANCE   From the beginning of Custom Restyling cars have been lowered from stock height to create a more exclusive look. The amount and angle of lowering can chan...
by Rik Hoving
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George Barris Buick

George Barris’ 1941 Buick

  A CAR WORTH FIGHTING FOR   When George Barris moved from Sacramento to Los Angeles he drove a 1936 Ford Cabriolet. A nice custom. But George soon understood that when he wanted ...
by Rik Hoving
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Removed Running boards

  EARLY CUSTOM RESTYLING   Back in the late 1930’s early 1940’s more and more Custom Cars showed up with their running boards removed, for an ultimate slick, sporty, a...
by Rik Hoving
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1947 Cadillac Coupe

Digital Restyling 1947 Cadillac Coupe

  PHANTOM 47 CADILLAC COUPE   For the 1946-’47 year Cadillac did not offer an Coupe model in their line. For this Digital Restyling article I wanted to see how a coupe mod...
by Rik Hoving
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Custom Car Maiden Voyage

MAIDEN VOYAGE Rob Radcliffe of King Kustoms has been working on his period looking 1950 Ford Shoebox Custom for a number of years. The second week of March, 2015 the car was ready for its f...
by Rik Hoving
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Fadeaway fenders

  FADEAWAY FENDERS   One of the more extensive ways to Custom Restyle you car is to reshape the front fenders into full Fade-Away units. Creating a more elegant and exclusive look...
by Rik Hoving
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CLASSIC CADDY

  1941 CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE   In 2012 I came across 3 photos of a very nicely styled 1941 Cadillac convertible Custom. These very interesting in 1946 taken photos show a car tha...
by Rik Hoving
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Memo Ortega Stories part 19

PART 19 THE MERCS Back in the late 1980’s Memo owned two Mercury’s, one from 1950, the other one from 1951, for both he had customizing plans…     Flashback, on...
by Rik Hoving
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47 Chevy Purple Burp

REQUIEM FOR PURPLE BURP The Purple Burp, a story about Jack Bushmaker’s chopped ’47 Chevy coupe, done in 1956, and sadly destroyed in a collision with a tree just a couple of ye...
by Larry Pointer
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Larry Ernst Chevy at Cobo Hall

LARRY ERNST CHEVY AT COBO HALL The team at Brothers Custom Automotive has been freshing up the Barris Kustoms Shop built Larry Ernst 1951 Chevy to be displayed at the 2015 Detroit Autrama. ...
by Rik Hoving
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Memo Ortega

Memo Ortega Stories Part 26

  MEMO’S 51 MERCURY FINISHED   Memo Has been working on his personal 51 Mercury for many years. In the last couple of weeks Memo was finally able to get all the loose ends ...
by Rik Hoving
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Vintage Photo Backgrounds

  VINTAGE PHOTO BACKGROUNDS   Adding vintage color photos to recently taken Custom Car photos gives the image a whole new feel, like they were photographed in the Golden Years of ...
by Rik Hoving
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Ayala 1942 Ford Coupe

Gil Ayala 1942 Ford Coupe

  AYALA 1942 FORD COUPE   1942 Ford coupe full custom restyled by the Ayalas in the late 1940’s to showcase the shops abilities and give shop owner Gil Ayala a unique set ...
by Rik Hoving
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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 ...
by Rik Hoving
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Larry Robbins Barris ’48 Merc NOT found

EARLY BARRIS ’48 MERC NOT FOUND In June, 2014 we reported that possebly the Barris built 1948 Mercury of Larry Robbins was found in ad on eBay. Kustom Car enthustast Kurt McCormick b...
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...
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Barris Shop Wall

  BARRIS SHOP WALL   Spence Murray Took a photo in the early 1950’s of a corner at the Barris Shop that has intrigued me ever since. Its time to do some heavy Custom Car A...
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