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Ayala Custom Shop

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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Sam Barris Custom Stylist

  SAM BARRIS CUSTOM STYLIST   We have all read about how Sam Barris was the metal craftsman at the Barris Shop. But what was his roll when it came to the designs of the Barris Cus...
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Gardena Ca Mystery Merc

  GARDENA CA MYSTERY MERC   This great looking 1939 Mercury Convertible with 1939 Buick Grille and Chopped padded top was built in 1947. Who owned it, and where is it now? Don Sch...
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Front-end Swap on Early Customs

  FRONT-END SWAPS on EARLY CUSTOMS   In the 1940s and early 1950s quite a few older cars were Custom updated with more modern front-ends. To make them look more modern and above ...
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Going for a Cruise

  GOING FOR A CRUISE   Iconic Barris Kustoms cruising the streets of Lynwood California in the early 1950s. Lets take a closer look at this unique photo. One of those early photo...
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Chuck Layman 40 Ford

  CHUCK LAYMAN 40 FORD   Chuck Layman buys a 40 Ford Coupe in 1977. He rebuilds the car into a smooth Custom over the next 8 month. Today the car is still around, looking just li...
by Rik Hoving
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Leroy Carson 36 Ford Survivor

  LEROY CARSON 36 FORD SURVIVOR   Jeff Neppl visited the October 2016 Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield California. One car stood out to him, this 1936 Ford Cabriolet mild custom Sur...
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41 Chevy 4 Door

  41 CHEVY 4 DOOR   Two snapshot of a really nicely done 1941 Chevy 4 door restyled in the mid 1940s. I think it was around 2010 when I bought a few snapshots with some mild earl...
by Rik Hoving
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Hirohata Merc Model

  HIROHATA MERC MODEL   Yoshihiro Hobara built this Barris Kustoms Hirohata Mercury model several years ago. Never really happy with its roofline, he decided to redo it. And now ...
by Rik Hoving
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Harold Larsen 41 Ford

  HAROLD LARSEN 41 FORD   Harold Larsen 41 Ford restyled by the Barris Shop around 1947. Ralph Adams owned it in the early 1950s then it went to the East Coast. Is it still around...
by Rik Hoving
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Custom Car Black Wall Tires

  CUSTOM CAR BLACK WALL TIRES   During WWII rubber tires were rationed, and white wall tires were not produced at all. This all had huge effects on the looks of this era Custom Ca...
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Neferteri Part Three

  NEFERTERI part Three   Larry Pointer, our Forrest Gump of the Conquistadors Car Club, marvels at Europe’s Golden Age of the coach built automobile, and influences that wou...
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Coachcraft 1940 Ford

  COACHCRAFT 1940 FORD   In 1940 Coachcraft LTD created what must be one of the first full custom 1940 Fords for Clarence Salomon. The beautiful Convertible would later be owned b...
by Rik Hoving
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CCC Shop

  CCC-SHOP   Fantastic and unique Custom Car related Merchandise from the Custom Car Chronicle. To help promote and support the Custom Car Chronicle. T-Shirt Shop Check out our su...
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57 Chevy El Capitola

  EL CAPITOLA   1957 Chevy El Capitola restyled by Sam Barris after he moved back to NorCal was the last Custom he created for the Barris Kustom Shop. Don Fletcher, from Del Paso ...
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VJ Parade 41 Custom

  VJ PARADE 41 CUSTOM   August 14, 1945 VJ Parade on 4th Street in Los Angeles shows two mildly restyled 41 FOMOCO Convertible Customs. while browsing the internet searching for ...
by Rik Hoving
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CLASSIC CADDY

  1941 CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE   In 2012 I came across 3 photos of a very nicely styled 1941 Cadillac convertible Custom. These very interesting in 1946 taken photos show a car tha...
by Rik Hoving
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58 Oldsmobile Starfire

  58 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE   Chuck Layman created his Starfire Oldmobile Custom in 1961. He last saw it in 1965, and is now wondering what ever happened to it after 1965. Chuck L...
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55 Chevy Survivor Custom

  55 CHEVY SURVIVOR CUSTOM   Professionally Restyled in 1958 as a Birthday gift for a 16 year old kid. This comfortable family Custom is now ready to find a new Caretaker. Marc M...
by Rik Hoving
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Memo Ortega Stories Part 30

  PASO ROBLES SHOW   Memo Ortega recently came across some more of the photos he took at the late 1980s Paso Robles West Coast Kustoms show. Memo’s Flashback Cruising to E...
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Dan Landon First Car

  DAN LANDON FIRST CAR   A found snapshot of Dan Landon and his 1949 Chevy put more than a huge smile on my face… In the decades that I have been researching the history of...
by Rik Hoving
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Custom Grilles Vertical

  CUSTOM GRILLES VERTICAL   Since the very early beginnings of Custom Restyling the grille has played a huge part in the overall design. Pioneer Customizers designed their own gri...
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Richard Gregg 50 Ford The Capri

50 Ford The Capri Found

  50 FORD THE CAPRI FOUND   Richard Gregg rebuild a 1950 Ford Coupe into a chopped and sectioned pick-up shop truck as a rolling advertising for his Ricks Body shop in Sacramento...
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