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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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1989 Oakland Roadster Show

  1989 OAKLAND ROADSTER SHOW   Bob Dzemske and his son visited the 1989 Oakland Roadstershow and captured some of the many Custom Cars that were entered in the 40st Anniversary of...
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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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Early Custom Car Color Photos

  EARLY CUSTOM CAR COLOR PHOTOS   A closer look at the Color photos taken of Custom Cars in the early developing years of the Color Photography. Pre 1950 Early Custom Car Color ph...
by Rik Hoving
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Petersen Motorama 1952

  PETERSEN MOTORAMA 1952   Custom Cars at the third Annual International Motorama show held at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles 1952. The Annual International Motorama he...
by Rik Hoving
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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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Larry Watson Painted Fords

  LARRY WATSON painted FORDS   In his long career Larry Watson has painted numerous Ford based cars. In this article we show you a selection of the Fords he has painted and saved...
by Rik Hoving
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Edison Photo Location

  EDISON Photo Location   In the late 1940’s a series of Color and black and white photos were taken at an Edison Plant or something like that. Unique Color photos of early ...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri Part Six

  NEFERTERI part Six   What are you thinking? Friends and family began to have serious concerns our Forrest Gump was a hoarder headed for the looney bin, as he kept dragging odd a...
by Larry Pointer
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Memo Ortega Stories Part 32

  PASO ROBLES Part 4   More Flashback stories and more photos from the Memo Ortega files from the time Memo went to some of the famous West Coast Kustoms shows in Paso robles. M...
by Rik Hoving
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Buster Litton and Friends

  BUSTER LITTON and FRIENDS   Buster Litton and Ron Roach pay several visits to Rob Radcliffe in Temecula California. They are checking out the progress on the Buster Litton Con...
by Rik Hoving
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Americas Most Beautiful Roadster 2017

  AMBR 2017   Americas Most Beautiful Roadster award for 2017 goes to 1936 Packard named The Mulholland Speedster owned by Bruce Wanta. Designed by Eric Black and wonderfully ha...
by Rik Hoving
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GNRS 2017 Customs

  GNRS 2017 CUSTOMS   The Grand National Roadster Show is now in its 68th year. Once known as the Oakland Roadster Show, it is the longest running indoor car show in the world! A ...
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Saoutchik Plastic Steering Wheel

  SAOUTCHIK PLASTIC STEERING WHEEL   In the late 1940s Custom builders experimented with the use of plastics in Custom Cars. One of their inspiration sources was the lucite steeri...
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A Trip to Custom City

  A TRIP to CUSTOM CITY   In the 1940s and 1950s there were several second hand Hot Rod and Custom Car lots around. Custom City was one of them. John Hellmuth shared some color sl...
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What’s in a Name?

  WHAT’S IN A NAME?   The trend originated from Motor Boats and WWII airplanes found its way into the Custom Car and Hot Rod scene in the 1950s. It is still going strong ...
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Larry Watson Painted Porsches

  WATSON PAINTED PORSCHES   Larry Watson painted a large number of Sports Cars and Foreign Exotics, including a number of Porsches THis article shows a selection of the Larry Wats...
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Sam Barris Chopping Merc Album 3

  CHOPPING MERC ALBUM part 3   Part three in the series on the Chopping the top on Jerry Quesnels 1949 Mercury by Sam Barris. Finishing the Mercury in white primer, and showing...
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Sam Barris Chopping Merc Album 2

  CHOPPING MERC ALBUM part 2   In part one we have showed the full pages of the Photo album that Marcia Campbell put together for Sam Barris. An album showing Sam chopping a 1949...
by Rik Hoving
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Sam Barris Merc License Plate Frame

  SAM BARRIS MERC LICENSE PLATE FRAME   Sam Barris used Dealer License plate frames on his trend setting 1949 Mercury back in 1951. Rather unusual for a Custom Car with all its ex...
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Sam Barris Chopping Merc Album 1

  CHOPPING MERC ALBUM part 1   Custom Car photographer Marcia Campbell and Sam Barris were good friends. When Sam chopped the top on Jerry Quesnels 1949 Mercury Marcia took a seri...
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Neferteri Part Five

  NEFERTERI part Five   A custom car guy is, if anything, an opportunist.  And optimistic. Clinically illogical.  Terminally so, friends and family would say.  As they seriousl...
by Larry Pointer
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41 Merc Fade-Away Convertible

  41 MERC FADE-AWAY Convertible   1941 Mercury Convertible with full fadeaway fenders and chopped padded top. A Mystery Published Custom Car. The first “Published Mystery Cu...
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