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Barris Kustom Shop

Balboa Beach Rendezvous Ballroom

Posted  April 26, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  BALBOA BEACH Rendezvous Ballroom   From 1948 till 1951 the Kustoms Los Angles Car Club would cruise down to Balboa Beach for Easter Ballweek. Free Custom Car show on the parking lot, and the guys dancing at the Rendezvous Ballroom. In the later part of the 1940’ George Barris started to organize special events for […]

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Custom History

GSII Glow in the Dark Tires

Posted  April 25, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  GSII GLOW in the DARK TIRES   Jim Skonzakes had created his Golden Sahara II around 1958, filled with the latest technology. When Goodyear developed a glow in the dark tire in the 1960s, Jim stepped in and help develop some for his Golden Sahara II. In the late 1950’s Jim Skonzakes (Street) was […]

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Ayala Custom Shop

Gil Ayala painted Cars

Posted  April 21, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  GIL AYALA PAINTED CARS   Gil Ayala loved to mix Custom Paint Colors, he loved to experiment with toners, with different base coats, to create the ultimate Custom Paint finish. In 1945 Gil and two year older brother Al Ayala opened Gil’s Auto Body Shop on Olympic Blvd in East Los Angeles. The team […]

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Early Custom Cars

Barter Collection 36 Ford Cabrio

Posted  April 14, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  36 FORD CABRIOLET   Jamie Barter has shared a few more photo from his early photo collection with us. This time he shared 3 photos of a heavily restyled 1936 Ford Cabriolet taken around 1948. Jamie found these three photos at an recent (autumn 2017) eBay auction. The three photos all appear to have been taken in the […]

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Larry Pointer Files

Neferteri Part Seven

Posted  April 13, 2017  by  Larry Pointer

  NEFERTERI part Seven   Inspiration. Where does it come from? For our Forrest Gump, the pages of National Geographic became the siren song of Neferteri, his Queen of the byroads. Larry Pointer found himself a survivor of Y2K, retired, a widower, and a more or less empty nester.  He needed a project.  In this […]

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Matranga Mercury Show Photo

MATRANGA MERCURY SHOW PHOTO Identifying the display photos on the wall behind the Matranga Merc at the 1951 Oakland Roadster Show   2001 Pat Ganahl published his book The American Cus...
by Rik Hoving
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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 m...
by Rik Hoving
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The Oriental Buick to be restored

THE ORIENTAL BUICK UPDATED: I have always like the wonderfully restyled 1955 Buick of  Wes Gaunce, so it was really great news to hear the car was “found” and is going to be re...
by Rik Hoving
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Gil Ayala 1940 Mercury

  AYALA 1940 MERCURY   Gil Ayala’s 1940 Mercury Coupe Custom started out as Gil’s personal Custom Car. The car showcases all the things the Ayala’s were known fo...
by Rik Hoving
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The Memo Files: an Ayala Coupe, quad headlights and a found photo

THE MEMO FILES PART 2: ABOUT THE AYALA COUPE AND SWEET MEMORIES In the Memo files, Memo Ortega aka Memo Chop  shares his amazing memories from the 1940’s and up. This is his first st...
by Rik Hoving
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Anthony White Collection

  ANTHONY WHITE COLLECTION   Anthony White, Pin-striper extraordinary, historic Custom Merc owner, collector of vintage photos and walking Custom Car encyclopedia, an introduction...
by Rik Hoving
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John D’Agostino 58 Packard

  JOHN D’AGOSTINO 58 PACKARD   John D’Agostino unveiled his latest Custom Car at the 2016 Fathers-day Concours on Rodeo in Beverly Hill’s California. Another Oz ...
by Rik Hoving
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What’s in a Name?

  WHAT’S IN A NAME?   The trend originated from Motor Boats and WWII airplanes found its way into the Custom Car and Hot Rod scene in the 1950s. It is still going strong ...
by Tom Nielsen
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Your Custom Car in Rodder’s Journal #61!

YOUR CHANCE TO GET YOUR CAR IN THE RODDERS JOURNAL The Rodder’s Journal just announced that they will try something new. Time to get some more Custom Cars in the best magazine out the...
by Rik Hoving
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Motorama Vérité

    MOTORAMA VÉRITÉ   Jim Skonzakes (aka Jim Street) displayed his award winning 1949 Buick at the 1950 Petersen Motorama show, and was captured in a great photo by the c...
by David/Michelle
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57 Chevy Hint of Mint

57 CHEVY HINT OF MINT Originally customized in the early 1960, this 1957 Chevy Bel Air became famous in the mid 1960’s when it was redone as a show car named “Hint of Mint”...
by Rik Hoving
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Mid 50’s Outdoor Car Shows part 3

OUTDOOR CAR SHOWS 3 Part three in the series of Ina Mae Overman’s mid-late 1950’s outdoor car shows. This time we take a closer look at the Car Show photos taken at Hollywood P...
by Rik Hoving
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40s NorCal Hot Rod Photos part 1

40s NORCAL HOT ROD PHOTOS Besides Custom Car photos, Ed Jensen also had a series of Hot Rod photos from the ’40’s Nor-Cal scene in his collection. Amazing material, we will crea...
by Rik Hoving
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Spotlights when Where Who

SPOTLIGHTS ON CUSTOMS Spotlights When where who? That has been a subject for many Custom Car Enthusiasts conversations. We know these mostly Appleton Spotlights were near mandatory in the ...
by Rik Hoving
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Ayala John Geraghty 40 Ford

John Geraghty 1940 Ford

  JOHN GERAGHTY 1940 FORD   John Geraghty had the Ayala brothers create this subtile brilliant irridescent green painted 1940 Ford convertible Custom in the late 1940s. Brothers ...
by Rik Hoving
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Custom Interior Tags

INTERIOR TAGS In the 1940’s and 1950’s some of the better know upholstery shop used small tags with their name or logo and address information mounted in the cars they upholster...
by Rik Hoving
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Larry Watson 1958 Pontiac

WATSON 1958 PONTIAC Brilliant off-white Pearl with ice blue outlines on a huge 1858 Pontiac Bonneville. A 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Sports Coupe is a huge car, people called cars like this a ...
by Rik Hoving
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Confessions of a Conquistador Part Two

  CONFESSION OF A CONQUISTADOR part two   Color always has held a big fascination for me. The metallics in lacquer especially were attractive. I loved to sit down and just page th...
by Larry Pointer
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Panoramic Ford Convertible

CUTTING THE TOP In the Works is an convertible version of the famous Buster Litton “Panoramic” Ford. Owner Octavio Chavez is teaming up with King Kustoms, Rob Radcliffe to creat...
by Rik Hoving
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Historic Customs USA Road Trip P3

  HISTORIC CUSTOMS USA Road Trip Part 3   By Ronnie Lindblom & Micke Hedberg. With most of the problems on the cars now sorted Ronnie and Micke are ready to get the grand tou...
by Rik Hoving
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A wonderful 1947 line up!

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS My favorite era of custom cars is the early times, the 1940’s. The Custom Cars where so original, clean, functional, and well designed back then. I have be...
by Rik Hoving
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Gil Ayala on Restyling

Gil Ayala on Restyling

  GIL AYALA on RESTYLING   The April 1950 issue of Motor Trend magazine shared an story on Custom restyling. Part of the article was an unique interview with Gil Ayala… In t...
by Rik Hoving
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