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 the photos. From the Larry Watson Personal Collection.
The first flame paint jobs Larry did was on Buzzy’s 1950 Ford sedan. Maroon crab-clam style flames in maroon with yellow tips over an off-white base. (Larry only added the flames to the already painted car and did the work at his parents drive way, before he had a shop to work from.)
1940 Ford Pickup owned by Clyde Castleberry from Norwalk, California had Larry Watson paint some really unique and good looking scallops in deep purple over a soft yellow base. The scallops where outlined in white striping, this snapshot was taken late in the day when the sun was setting at the Larry’s Rosecrans Blvd. Shop.
Larry painted this 1949 Ford Sedan peach Pearl with a band of red webbing created with a veiling gun. Mildly customized with shortened side trim at the back, some trim removal and a California rake with thin white wall tired and chrome wheels. with baby moons.
Unidentified 1950 FordCoupe done in blue with outline in silver and white striping. Unique look on a Shoebox Ford. Sadly there is only this single photo of it in Larry’s Collection. I would have loved to take a better look at it.
Around 1957 Larry Watson added some silver and lavender scallops to Ray Moore/Pete Angress 1952 Ford. The scallops on the hood and trunk where free style, with nice round curves, similar to what Larry had done to his own Chevy.
In 1958 Larry completely redid the Ray Moore/Pete Angress 1952 one more time. Larry painted the car in a bright warm gold and masked off panels to highlight the body contours. He then added a deep candy burgundy and outlined everything in white.
Very clean and simple 1953 Ford Convertible was painted by Larry in one of his trademark outline paneled paint jobs. This time in candy red over gold striped with white. The car had been mildly customized with de-chromed and shaved body. Custom hubcaps and an aftermarket tube grille.
Larry Quatrone 1955 Ford Crown Victoria was restyled by Ed Schelhaas and painted a wonderful candy root beer with a pearl lime green top by Larry Watson at his Rosecrans Blvd shop in Bellflower Ca. (More on Larry’s Ford can be seen in the full CCC-Article on this car.)
Another 55 Ford Crown Victory was painted Pearl Pink with Candy Fuchsia over a mildly de-chromed but otherwise stock body. 1959 Dodge hubcaps, lake pipes, spotlights, and a nice slight forward rake make this a very nice cruiser for the late 1950’s, early 1960’s. Sadly we have not been able to find an owners name for this custom so far. (More on this Ford can be seen here.)
Larry Watson photo of Don Loster’s 1959 Ford Galaxy taken around 1964. The car had some nice body work done by the Martinez Brothers which included new front and rear pans. deeply tunneled custom taillights removal of most of the chrome, smoothed body and an integrated lake pipe cover to the lower rocker panels. Don Loster had his own business in hydraulics so he put his own hydraulic system on his car to get it low to the ground. The interior on Don’s Ford was done by Joe Perez in gray leatherette and white “button tufted” fabric. Larry Watson first painted Don’s Ford in a candy Fuchsia over a Platinum Pearl underbase. The top was done in silver with chrome tape on the c -pillars. Finishing touches are the Buick Skylark wire wheels and General Dual 90’s white wall tires. These tires came with three thin white lines, the middle stripe was blacked out to give it a unique two-stripe treatment.
Nice mild Customized 1959 Ford at the Bill DeCarr/Watson Artesia blvd shop for owner mr Holhfos. The car is painted a wonderful dark Candy blue on the main body and a very light blue/silver pearl on the top. Some badges where removed and it looks to have a full custom interior. The car has anice California rake added to it which was the big rage in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.
A really great early evening photo of a beautifully done 1960 Ford Starliner Custom. Mike Perello had Larry Watson do the Pearl Abalone Gold with a Candy Root Beer on the top. The stance on this car is really working well for it making it look like its going fast standing still all this was done using hydraulics on the front. The perfect combination of thin-line white walls and chrome reverse rims.
Front shot of this Candy Teal painted 1961 Ford shows it uses a modified 1960 Mercury grille, and it looks fantastic. The body work and grille installment was done by Bill DeCarr in his Artesia Blvd shop.
Jim Boyd’s 1963 Ford was painted by Larry Watson in candy fuchsia-red, after the body had been smoothed and a studebaker pan was added to the front, below the bumper. It also had Buick wire wheels and hydraulic suspension on the front, and later added to the rear as well.
(This article is made possible by)