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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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Hank Griffith’s 1942 Ford Not an all Ayala Custom

HANKS WIFE SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT Hank Griffith 1942 Ford grazed the cover of the Trend book #101 Custom Cars booklet. The first of an annual that would last till 1962. The car also had a...
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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Wally Welch Mercury 02

  THE BARRIS VERSION   Wally’s 1950 Mercury was among the first customs based on this iconic Mercury model. Originally restyled by the Gil and Al Ayala, this milestone Custom ...
by Rik Hoving
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Gil Ayala T-Bird restoration start

AYALA T-BIRD RESTORATION In October 2014 we reported that the old Gil Ayala 1955 T-Bird was sold, and going to be restored. In November 2014 we can report that the restoration at Yaril̵...
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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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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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...
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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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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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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...
by Rik Hoving
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Wally Welch Mercury 01

  THE AYALA VERSION   Wally Welch’s 1950 Mercury was among the first Customs based on this iconic Mercury model. Gil and Al Ayala of Gil’s Auto Body Works, created this Milest...
by Rik Hoving
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Wally Welch and his passion for cars

  WALLY WELCH THE MAN AND HIS MACHINES   Want to know more about the late Wally Welch? You are at the right place. We will be sharing many more stories, background information, an...
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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Hank Griffith 1942 Ford

  HANK GRIFFITH 1942 FORD   In 1951 Hank Griffith’s 1942 Ford was one of the two feature cars on the cover of Custom Cars the Trend Book No. 101. Not just any book, Trend Bo...
by Rik Hoving
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The Louis Bettancourt Mercury Part 2

MILE DEEP TINGIA MAROON Originally built by the Ayala’s and redone by the Barris Kustom Shop with a full one-of-a-kind Carson Top Shop interior this car was and still is one of the Ul...
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...
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