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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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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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The Slippery Ayala Look

  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 everythi...
by Rik Hoving
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Gil Ayala painted Cars

  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. I...
by Rik Hoving
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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. (Updated on June 07, 2015, with three photos taken at t...
by Rik Hoving
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Don Holland 1941 Ford

  DON HOLLAND 1941 FORD   Gil and Al Ayala created the Purple Pleasure Pursuit 1941 Ford for owner Don Holland around 1950. A stunning Custom we know very little about. The first...
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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Al Glickman 1949 Mercury

  AL GLICKMAN 1949 MERCURY   Al Glickman 1949 Mercury Hop Up Magazine cover Custom was restyled by Gil and Al Ayala at Gils Auto Body Works. An uniquely restyled full Custom Merc ...
by Rik Hoving
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Gil Ayala Ford Scrapbook photos

  GIL AYALA FORD SCRAPBOOK PHOTOS   It is always excited when some early scrapbook material shows up. Especially if they are of the rarely photographed Gil Ayala 1942-46 Ford. arl...
by Rik Hoving
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The Louis Bettancourt Mercury Part 1

  BRILLIANT SCINTILLATING GREEN GOLD   The Louis Bettancourt 1949 Mercury is one of the best known and arguably the best looking 1949-51 Mercury’s. Originally built by the A...
by Rik Hoving
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Ayala Body Shop

Ayala Body Shop

  AYALA BODY SHOP   The Ayala Body Shop on East Olympic Ave opened in 1945. Gil Ayala would keep this shop open for around 40 year, at the same location, crating Custom Car Mag...
by Rik Hoving
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Richard Aguirre 55 Mercury

Richard Aguirre 55 Mercury

  RICHARD AQUIRRE 55 MERCURY   After failing to buy a famous Barris Custom, Richard Aguirre buys a brand new 1955 Mercury and drives it straight to the Ayala Shop for some Custom ...
by Rik Hoving
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Mexico Runaway

  MEXICO RUNAWAY   La Puente California resident Tom Hutchinson shared some of his old photos with David Zivot. He also shared an very interesting Ayala story told to him by his f...
by David/Michelle
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Reunited Trophies

  REUNITED TROPHIES   Jack Stewart won several trophies with the Ayala-Barris created Jack Stewart 1941 Ford. Jack hold on to a few of those trophies, and wanted them to be reunit...
by Rik Hoving
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The Ayala covers

  AYALA COVERS   Gil Ayala’s Auto Body Works never had as much magazine exposure as the Barris shop had. Gil was always hard at work, not spending the time George Barris spe...
by Rik Hoving
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Ayala Lynn Yakel

Lynn Yakel 1936 Ford

  LYNN YAKEL 1936 FORD   This beautiful 1936 Ford chopped 3-window coupe was restyled by the Ayalas and owned – at one point- by Lynn Yakel. Another Ayala Mystery The Ayala ...
by Rik Hoving
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Jack Stewart’s original Kustoms Plaque

KUSTOMS OF LOS ANGELES BRASS PLAQUE George Barris came up with the idea to start a car club for Barris-built customs. An early way to promote his business, and have a great time with friend...
by Rik Hoving
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