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Barris Kustom Shop

Balboa Beach Rendezvous Ballroom

Posted  April 26, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  BALBOA BEACH Rendezvous Ballroom   From 1948 till 1951 the Kustoms Los Angles Car Club would cruise down to Balboa Beach for Easter Ballweek. Free Custom Car show on the parking lot, and the guys dancing at the Rendezvous Ballroom. In the later part of the 1940’ George Barris started to organize special events for […]

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Custom History

GSII Glow in the Dark Tires

Posted  April 25, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  GSII GLOW in the DARK TIRES   Jim Skonzakes had created his Golden Sahara II around 1958, filled with the latest technology. When Goodyear developed a glow in the dark tire in the 1960s, Jim stepped in and help develop some for his Golden Sahara II. In the late 1950’s Jim Skonzakes (Street) was […]

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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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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...
by Rik Hoving
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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...
by Rik Hoving
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Hirohata Merc Clone Going West

  HIROHATA MERC CLONE GOING WEST   John DAgostino and his Silent partner acquire the Jack Walker Hirohata Mercury Clone. The story behind the deal as told by John DAgostino. A f...
by Rik Hoving
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Historic Customs USA Road Trip P4

  HISTORIC CUSTOMS USA Road Trip Part 4 After spending some time with Gene Winfield, the guys are now on their way to Hot Rodding Mecca El Mirage, and the Los Angeles Roadster Show. I...
by Rik Hoving
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Bob Lund 50 Mercury

Bob Lund 50 Mercury

  BOB LUND 50 MERCURY   The Bob Lund 1950 Mercury convertible easily fits on the list of some of the best restyled Barris Customs ever created. It sadly never received this reco...
by Rik Hoving
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Hudson Joe Collection Part 4

  HUSDON JOE COLLECTION Part 4   Hudson Joe has been collecting old Hot Rod and Custom Car photos for many year. Great material from the 40’s and 50’s. The Hudson Joe...
by Rik Hoving
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Parking Lot Photo Poster

  PARKING LOT PHOTO POSTER   The famous Colorized 1954 Thrifty Drug Store Parking Lot Show photo is now available as high quality large Photo-Poster.   Originally created as ...
by Rik Hoving
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Hudson Joe Collection Part 3

  HUDSON JOE COLLECTION Part 3   Harlan Frazier owned some pretty nice rides in his life. For this article we concentrate on his Model A Pick Up. Thanks to Hudson Joe for sharin...
by Rik Hoving
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RIP Blackie Gejeian

  RIP BLACKIE GEJEIAN   Blackie Gejeian, long Time Fresno Autorama Promoter passed away on the morning of September 2 – 2016. Michael Gejeian (born 1926), nicknamed “...
by Rik Hoving
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Hirohata Merc Clone new Owner

  HIROHATA MERC CLONE NEW OWNER   In August 2016 John D Agostino and parter Woodroe Parker  buy the Doug Thompson built Hirohata Mercury Clone from original owner Jack Walker. Jo...
by Rik Hoving
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Historic Customs USA Road Trip P3

  HISTORIC CUSTOMS USA Road Trip Part 3   By Ronnie Lindblom & Micke Hedberg. With most of the problems on the cars now sorted Ronnie and Micke are ready to get the grand tou...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri Part Two

  NEFERTERI part Two   Larry Pointer, our Forrest Gump of the Conquistadors Car Club, marvels at Europe’s Golden Age of the coach built automobile, and influences that would...
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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52 Chevy The Lone Star Deluxe

  THE LONE STAR DELUXE   Sam Navarro set out to create his first ever Custom Car. Inspired by the Larry Ernst and Leon Welmas Chevies he created the wonderful 1952 Chevy The Lon...
by Rik Hoving
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Historic Customs USA Road Trip P2

  HISTORIC CUSTOMS USA Road Trip Part 2   By Ronnie Lindblom & Micke Hedberg. After 11 days of hard work Ronnie and Micke got their Historic Customs on the road and ready to g...
by Rik Hoving
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Jim Roten 52 Ford

  JIM ROTEN 52 FORD   Jim Roten Acquired his 1952 Ford Convertible in 1954. He started customizing it right away. Over the next few years the car developed in a wonderful styled M...
by Rik Hoving
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Historic Customs USA Road Trip P1

  HISTORIC CUSTOMS USA Road Trip Part 1   How to get two historic stalled Custom Cars back on the road and make a once in a life-time Road Trip. By Ronnie Lindblom & Micke ...
by Rik Hoving
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Hudson Joe Collection Part 2

  HUDSON JOE COLLECTION Part 2   Hudson Joe has been collecting old Hot Rod and Custom Car photos for many year. Great material from the 40’s and 50’s. The Hudson Joe ...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri, Part One

  NEFERTERI part One   A Forrest Gump run through the Art Deco scene of the Streamline machine. Larry Pointer found himself a survivor of Y2K, retired, a widower, and a more or le...
by Larry Pointer
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Mexico Runaway

  MEXICO RUNAWAY   La Puente California resident Tom Hutchinson shared some of his old photos with David Zivot. He also shared an very interesting Ayala story told to him by his f...
by David/Michelle
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VooDoo Sahara Debuts

  VOODOO SAHARA DEBUTS   VooDoo Larry did it.. he made it in time to debut the car at the 2016 Salina KKOA Lead Slead Spectacular. And the car is stunning!     This is ...
by Rik Hoving
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Hudson Joe Collection part 1

  HUSDON JOE COLLECTION Part 1   Hudson Joe has been collecting old Hot Rod and Custom Car photos for many year. Great material from the 40’s and 50’s. The Hudson Joe ...
by Rik Hoving
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