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C. A. Hall Tops

C. A. Hall Tops

  HALL TOPS   When you lived in Northern California, and wanted a custom upholstery job or padded top created for your car, then you most likely ended up having the work done at C...
by Rik Hoving
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That Illustrious Sanguine 1940 Merc 3

  © by Michelle M. Yiatras Timechanic ™ (Nick Matranga – That Illustrious Sanguine ’40 Merc! – original written February, 2014)   Part three Due to the lengt...
by David/Michelle
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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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Sharing Custom Car Memories

  An Appeal To You!   Share with us! Your Custom Car Memories. We aren’t looking for letter-perfect. Photos, or not. Just help us preserve the past and grow the future of the be...
by Larry Pointer
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Custom Plastic Details Part 2

  CUSTOM PLASTIC DETAILS   Shortly after WWII Car builders and Customizers started to experiment with the new product Plastic, and see how it could be incorporated in Custom Resty...
by Rik Hoving
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Bistagne Bros

Bistagne Bros Auto Shop

  Bistagne Brothers   Brothers George and Tom Bistagne operated Bistagne Bros Custom Auto Body in Glendale Ca from 1946. It is of those shops that shaped the history of the Custo...
by Rik Hoving
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Identifying the Barris Crests

IDENTIFYING THE BARRIS CRESTS Preliminary Examination and Detailed Comparison Study of the Barris Kustom Coat of Arms Badge.     By David E. Zivot   I think it is important ...
by David/Michelle
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Shaved Door Handles

  SHAVED DOOR HANDLES   Shaving the door handles of your car for that Ultra Smooth Custom Look was one of the major trends in the early to mid 1950s. The history of Shaved Door Ha...
by Rik Hoving
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Inset License Plates

Inset License Plates

  INSET LICENSE PLATES   A necessary evil, the license plate requires deft placement in order not to distract from the lines of the restyled job. Recessing is one long-used method...
by Rik Hoving
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The Moonglow Part 2

  DUANE STECK THE MOONGLOW part 2   Duane Steck has created a Classic Custom Car out of his 1954 Chevy Bel Air, he named it the Moonglow. Over a period of 5 years the car underwe...
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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LIFE magazine photo shoot at Barris

  LIFE Magazine photo shoot at BARRIS   In the early 1950s several none car related magazines did some magazine features on Custom Cars. One of them was Life Magazine, or at least...
by Rik Hoving
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Choosing White Wall Tires 2

  CHOOSING WHITE WALL TIRES   Since the early days of Custom cars, back in the 1930’s and 1940’s, the number one choice for tires to use was a White Wall tire, they wo...
by Rik Hoving
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Ultimate Custom Car Library

  CUSTOM CAR LIBRARY   We often get the question here at the CCC what kind of Custom Car related books we recommend. Time to create a complete list of Custom Car related books, th...
by Rik Hoving
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Fadeaway fenders

  FADEAWAY FENDERS   One of the more extensive ways to Custom Restyle you car is to reshape the front fenders into full Fade-Away units. Creating a more elegant and exclusive look...
by Rik Hoving
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The Jimmy Summers 1940 Mercury part III

  SUMMERS MERC CURRENT CONDITION   This is the third and last part of the series on the Jimmy Summers 1940 Mercury. In this last article we will show you how the car looked when D...
by Rik Hoving
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Removed Running boards

  EARLY CUSTOM RESTYLING   Back in the late 1930’s early 1940’s more and more Custom Cars showed up with their running boards removed, for an ultimate slick, sporty, a...
by Rik Hoving
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