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Gil Ayala painted Cars

Posted  April 21, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  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. In 1945 Gil and two year older brother Al Ayala opened Gil’s Auto Body Shop on Olympic Blvd in East Los Angeles. The team […]

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Early Custom Cars

Barter Collection 36 Ford Cabrio

Posted  April 14, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  36 FORD CABRIOLET   Jamie Barter has shared a few more photo from his early photo collection with us. This time he shared 3 photos of a heavily restyled 1936 Ford Cabriolet taken around 1948. Jamie found these three photos at an recent (autumn 2017) eBay auction. The three photos all appear to have been taken in the […]

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Larry Pointer Files

Neferteri Part Seven

Posted  April 13, 2017  by  Larry Pointer

  NEFERTERI part Seven   Inspiration. Where does it come from? For our Forrest Gump, the pages of National Geographic became the siren song of Neferteri, his Queen of the byroads. Larry Pointer found himself a survivor of Y2K, retired, a widower, and a more or less empty nester.  He needed a project.  In this […]

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Ayala John Geraghty 40 Ford
Ayala Custom Shop

John Geraghty 1940 Ford

Posted  April 11, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  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 Gil and Al Ayala are usually known for their very slippery and super smooth Customs with a lot of body modifications all moulded-in to create truly one of […]

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Ayala Bob Lomax Chevy
Ayala Custom Shop

Bob Lomax 53 Chevy by Ayala

Posted  April 10, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  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” Ayala Custom cars that ever made it on the cover of a magazine. The car was part of our Ayala Magazine Cover story we […]

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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 ...
by Rik Hoving
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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...
by Rik Hoving
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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...
by Rik Hoving
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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 ...
by Tom Nielsen
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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...
by Rik Hoving
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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...
by Rik Hoving
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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...
by Rik Hoving
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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...
by Rik Hoving
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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...
by Rik Hoving
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Jerry Preston 54 Ford Victoria by Watson

  JERRY PRESTON 54 FORD   Jerry Preston 1954 Ford Victoria was one of the first panel paint jobs with faded panels done by Custom Car painter Larry Watson. in 2006 I came across 4...
by Rik Hoving
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Early Flipper Hubcaps

  EARLY FLIPPER HUBCAPS   In the mid and late part of the 1930s the industry started to create the first Custom Car accessory parts. Lets take a closer look at an very early Flipp...
by Rik Hoving
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Bob Fairman 1936 Ford Coupe

  BOB FAIRMAN 1936 FORD   Around 1941 Jimmy Summers and Bob Fairman create this full Custom 1936 Ford Coupe with fade away fenders. A trend setting Custom Car Icon. The first time...
by Rik Hoving
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Memo Ortega Stories Part 31

  PASO ROBLES Part 3   Back in the 1980s when Memo Ortega owned his full Custom GMC pick up truck, he went to several of the famous Paso Robles WCK shows. Once again rock & r...
by Rik Hoving
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Rounded Corners on Customs

  ROUNDED CORNERS ON CUSTOMS   Molded body lines, fine tuned with rounded corners on the hood, doors and trunk make a Custom really smooth. When did this trend started? Rounded co...
by Rik Hoving
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Merry Christmas 2016

  MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016   Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Custom Car Chronicle. We hope you have enjoyed  the 2016 CCC year as much as we have. I would like to thank ...
by Rik Hoving
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Paul Barrow 31 Ford Sedan

  PAUL BARROW 31 FORD SEDAN   Paul Barrow created his 1931 Ford Sedan with a Custom Restyling approach resulting in an perfectly proportioned Rod. (Sponsored Article) Paul is a ...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri Part Four

  NEFERTERI part Four   Larry Pointer, our Forrest Gump of the Conquistador Car Club, carries us along in his journey through the era of streamline moderne styling.  These were t...
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Eldred Nelson 39 Ford

  ELDRED NELSON 39 FORD   This unusual full size padded topped 1939 Ford Convertible was built by a young Campbell Ca student in 1949. He did all the work himself after school at...
by Rik Hoving
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