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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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2015 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 2015 Custom Car Revival is a traditional ...
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George Barris in Europe

  GEORGE BARRIS IN EUROPE   In August 1951 George Barris went on an important trip to Europe. He set out to study the European Body Shops and get new inspiration to create more an...
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Q and A: the Jack Stewart Ford Book,

  RIK HOVING’S FIRST CUSTOM CAR BOOK Part of 2011 and most of 2012 Rik spent most of his spare time working on one of his long lasting dreams. Writing his own book about Custom C...
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Ayala Bob Lomax Chevy

Bob Lomax 53 Chevy by Ayala

  BOB LOMAX 53 CHEVY   1953 Chevy Convertible created by Gil and Al Ayala form Robert Lomax in the mid 1950s Bob Lomax’s ’53 Chevy was one of the “few” Aya...
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LIFE magazine photo shoot at Barris

  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 ...
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40s NorCal Hot Rod Photos part 2

40s NORCAL HOT ROD PHOTOS Ed Jensen’s Collection shows an series of unique Custom Car and Hot Rod photos from the ’40’s Nor-Cal scene in his collection. This is part 2 of ...
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2007 Barris Exhibit NHRA

2007 BARRIS EXHIBIT In the summer of 2007 the NHRA Wally Parks Museum in Pomona organized an exhibition about the history of the Barris Kustom Chop titled; A Salute to George Barris, The Ki...
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Gil Ayala wild bird

Gil Ayala Wild Bird Restored

  AYALA WILDBIRD RESTORED   Gil Ayalas 1955 Ford TBird aka Wild Bird has been completely restored by Yarils Customs in Florida. New owner Bjorn Jansson takes it on a Kross Kountr...
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Posies 1936 Ford

POSIES 1936 FORD This classic looking outside and all modern street rod underneath 1936 Ford built by Posies, was trend setting crowd pleaser in the early 1980’s.   en Fenical...
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Santa Maria 2014 Photo Thread

SANTA MARIA 2014 The 2014 Santa Maria West Coast Kustoms Cruising show was a spectacular edition. An amazing collection of new and old Custom Cars.   The West Coast Kustoms organized ...
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Larry Watson Cadillacs Part one

  LARRY WATSON CADILLACS Part one   Cadillac’s always have had something special about them. And if you then ad a wonderful paint-job by the master of custom-paint, Larry Wa...
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The Stoustrup Lincoln

  THE STOUSTRUP LINCOLN   Poul Haakan Stoustrup wanted a 1939 Lincoln Convertible so bad, that he had a 4-door sedan rebuilt into a convertible by a Danish Coachbuilder. When Pal...
by Rik Hoving
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VooDoo Sahara Debuts

  VOODOO SAHARA DEBUTS   VooDoo Larry did it.. he made it in time to debut the car at the 2016 Salina KKOA Lead Slead Spectacular. And the car is stunning!     This is ...
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Unforgettable 1947 Chevy

UNFORGETTABLE 1947 CHEVY One of the first chopped custom coupes that I saw as a young kid in Everett during the mid-fifties was this custom ’47 Chev.   By Tom Nielsen One of the fir...
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Dave Kyte’s Watson Painted 1955 Mercury

WATSONS WILDEST CUSTOM PAINT JOB Larry Watson was known for his incredible paint jobs. From wild flames, lace or scallops, to super straight, single tone pearls, and candies. But I think th...
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Front-end Swap on Early Customs

  FRONT-END SWAPS on EARLY CUSTOMS   In the 1940s and early 1950s quite a few older cars were Custom updated with more modern front-ends. To make them look more modern and above ...
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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...
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Memo Ortega Stories Part Two

CUSTOMS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Memo Ortega, the Uncrowned Champ, remembers his childhood years in La Verne Ca during the 1940’s. Custom Cars from his neighborhood that changed his live ...
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Watson Painted 49-52 Chevies

  WATSON PAINTED 49-52 CHEVIES   Larry Watson painted quite a few 1949-52 Chevies in his career, including of course his own person Grapevine Chevy. Its time to highlight some of ...
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Larry Watson Space Age Pick Up

  LARRY WATSON SPACE AGE PICK UP   Besides having his 1961 Ford Econoline, named Wire-O, Larry also had plans for a much wilder Econoline, named Space Age. Sadly this show truc...
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Dick Carter’s Essential ’41 Ford Convertible

  DICK CARTER 41 FORD   Dick Carter padded topped Ford, the very quintessence of the 1946-48 Restyled 1941 Ford Convertibles. By David E. Zivot 1941 Ford ragtops have been a consi...
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Rounded Corners on Customs

  ROUNDED CORNERS ON CUSTOMS   Molded body lines, fine tuned with rounded corners on the hood, doors and trunk make a Custom really smooth. When did this trend started? Rounded co...
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