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Custom History

Exported Historic US Customs

Posted  July 26, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  EXPORTED HISTORIC US CUSTOMS   In the last decade or so several American Historic Custom Cars have been bought by new overseas owners. Exported Historic US Customs. Recently (July 2017), an early 1940’s Custom Restyled 1941 Cadillac from the California Bay area was sold to a new owner in Australia. The historic Custom Car […]

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Custom History

Bob Sorrell Custom Roadster

Posted  July 24, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  BOB SORRELL Custom Roadster   Around 1948 Bob Sorrell sets out to create an unique Custom Roadster using 1941 Mercury and 1940 Lincoln body parts. Bob Sorrel was a well known designer/engineer and craftsman who is best know for his Aluminum and Fiberglass Sports Cars, which were popular in the early and mid 1950’s. […]

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Brian Holden 1936 Ford

Posted  July 22, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  Brian Holden 1936 Ford   Brian Holden rescued a Street Rodded 1936 Ford and restyled it into this gorgeous  vintage looking Custom. The Holy Grail of tail dragging Customs. Sponsored Article Brian Holden is a 67 year old (2017) car-guy from Vancouver, British Columbia and has been interested in Hot Rods & Custom Cars […]

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Larry Pointer Files

Neferteri Part Ten

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Larry Pointer

  NEFERTERI Part Ten   For our Forrest Gump, it has been a long and dedicated mission. Now, in this final episode, Neferteri… his Queen of Egyptian Revival… receives her Majesty’s regal raiment. Larry Pointer found himself a survivor of Y2K, retired, a widower, and a more or less empty nester.  He needed a project. […]

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Bob Larson 1940 Mercury

Posted  July 12, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  BOB LARSON 1940 Merc   Inspired by the Nick Matranga Barris Restyled 1940 Mercury Bob Larson from Vancouver BC set out to create his own ultimate Dream Custom 1940 Mercury Coupe. (Sponsored Article) Bob Larson from Vancouver, B.C. Canada has been into cars for as long as he can remember. As a kid he […]

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Exported Historic US Customs

  EXPORTED HISTORIC US CUSTOMS   In the last decade or so several American Historic Custom Cars have been bought by new overseas owners. Exported Historic US Customs. Recently (Ju...
by Rik Hoving
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Bob Sorrell Custom Roadster

  BOB SORRELL Custom Roadster   Around 1948 Bob Sorrell sets out to create an unique Custom Roadster using 1941 Mercury and 1940 Lincoln body parts. Bob Sorrel was a well known de...
by Rik Hoving
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Brian Holden 1936 Ford

  Brian Holden 1936 Ford   Brian Holden rescued a Street Rodded 1936 Ford and restyled it into this gorgeous  vintage looking Custom. The Holy Grail of tail dragging Customs. Spo...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri Part Ten

  NEFERTERI Part Ten   For our Forrest Gump, it has been a long and dedicated mission. Now, in this final episode, Neferteri… his Queen of Egyptian Revival… receives her Majes...
by Larry Pointer
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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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Remembering the Gil Ayala 1942 Ford

  REMEMBERING the Gil Ayala 1942 Ford   In 1959 Memo Ortega buys the Gil Ayala 1942 Ford. Memo finished the car, paints it blue and enjoyed it for a few years. Here are some of hi...
by Rik Hoving
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1957 Sears Parking Lot Show

  1957 Sears PARKING Lot SHOW   The parking lot at Show Arena. Started in the early 1950s, gathering some of the most beautiful Customs. A closer look at the 1957 Sears Parking Lo...
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Bob Larson 1940 Mercury

  BOB LARSON 1940 Merc   Inspired by the Nick Matranga Barris Restyled 1940 Mercury Bob Larson from Vancouver BC set out to create his own ultimate Dream Custom 1940 Mercury Coupe...
by Rik Hoving
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Tony Rando 1939 Ford

  Tony Rando 1939 Ford   Tony Rando showed his channeled and chopped 1939 Ford at the 1952 Oakland Roadster show. That is about the only thing we really know about this stylish Cu...
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LAPL Photo Collection

  LAPL Photo Collection   Browsing thru the publicly accessible online photo archives from News Papers, School or Librarys can result in some amazing finds. In the last couple of ...
by Rik Hoving
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Tommy Thornburgh 1947 Studebaker

  TOMMY THORNBURGH 1947 Studebaker   George and Sam Barris started with an highly unusual car for a full Custom Restyling job, yet they were still able to create an stunning Custo...
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Art and Jerry Custom Shop

  ART and JERRY CUSTOM SHOP   Art Lellis and Jerry Moffatt created some outstanding Restyled Cars at their Olive Hill Garage in Los Angeles. We know very little about this mysteri...
by Rik Hoving
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Gils Auto Body Works GMC

  GILS AUTO BODY WORKS GMC   In 1952 Gil and Al Ayala create a stunning looking 1951 GMC Pick Up to be used as the Gils Auto Body Works Shop Truck. The Pick Up is still around tod...
by Rik Hoving
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Jack Butler Pinhole Camera Project

  JACK BUTLER Pinhole Camera Jack Butler started capturing the Hot Rod and Kustom Culture with a back to basics Pinhole Camera in 2003. Unique photo-captures The first time I found out...
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Bob Dzemske Photo Collection P1

  BOB DZEMSKE Photo Collection Part 1   Bob Dzemske has been taking photos from Customs Cars since the later part of the 1950’s. This article shows a selection of these phot...
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Neferteri Part Nine

  NEFERTERI Part Nine   In this, the next to last episode in the Neferteri saga, our Forrest Gump tackles the challenges of scaling down the full figured Cadillac of Trucks. Larry...
by Larry Pointer
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Barris Mystery Parked Car

  BARRIS MYSTERY PARKED CAR   In 1994 I saw a Mystery Car in the background of one photo taken at the Barris Shop. The shape of the top intrigued me, and I wanted to know more abo...
by Rik Hoving
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Horizontal Custom Grilles

  HORIZONTAL CUSTOM GRILLES From early in the 1940s Custom Restylers started to experiment with new and wider grille designs. These wide custom grilles gave the cars a beautiful modern...
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The Original Kustoms of America

  ORIGINAL KUSTOMS of AMERICA   1954 the Custom Car business was booming Nation wide. Time for George Barris to take the Custom Car Club to a new level. Kustoms Of America was fou...
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Chuck DeWitt Ford Clone Debut

  CHUCK DEWITT FORD CLONE   At the 2017 Custom Car Revival show in Indianapolis the long awaited Chuck DeWitt Convertible Ford Clone made its public debut. Its debut has been rumo...
by Rik Hoving
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Horns Used Car 36 Ford

  HORNS Used Car 36 FORD   In 1941 Willis Horn from Marysville California purchased a Custom 1936 Ford Chopped Coupe from and Hot Rod Shop. Since 1973 it is owned by grandson Jeff...
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Barris Crest Keychain

  BARRIS CREST KEYCHAIN   In the spring of 2017 Marcus Edell becomes the new caretaker of the Harry Costa 1941 Ford. The car comes with a shipload of history, trophies, photos, a...
by Rik Hoving
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