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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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Wally Welch 1951 Pan Pacific winner

  WALLY WELCH TAKES BEST CUSTOM WITH HIS AYALA 1950 MERCURY   The second Petersens Motorama show was held in November 1951. The show was open to the public from November 7 till th...
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...
by Rik Hoving
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Gil Ayala at the 1951 Roadster Show

  GIL AYALA AT THE 1951 ROADSTER SHOW   Lynn Ayala recently share some really great historic Custom Car memorabilia from her dad. Gil Ayala entered the Ayala built 1940 Mercur...
by Rik Hoving
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Wally Welch 1941 Ford

  WALLY WELCH 1941 FORD   Wally Welch loved everything automotive, he loved his bikes, Hot Rods and his Custom Cars. One of the Custom Cars that meant a lot to him was this 1941 F...
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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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 T-Bird To be restored

GIL AYALA T-BIRD After being for sale for many years Gil Ayala’s Personal 1955 T-Bird found the right home in Scandinavia, and will be restored to how it used to look in the late 1950...
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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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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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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Dan Landon Chevy Photos

  DAN LANDON CHEVY PHOTOS   For issue #33 of the Rodder’s Journal I did a series of colorized black and white photos. It was also planned to include a photo of Dan Landon&...
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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Wally Welch Color Photos

  FADING COLORS   The amazing Wally Welch Photo collection consists of mostly “regular” black and white photos. Fortunately Wally also took a few color photos of his f...
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The House of Chrome

  THE HOUSE OF CHROME   In the 1940’s and early 1950’s, the House of Chrome shop was supplying chrome plated goodies from their small building,  on their corner, next...
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