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Barris Kustom Shop

1947 Ford Mystery Barris Custom

Posted  October 11, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  1947 Ford MYSTERY BARRIS Custom   Nick Maneri from New Jersey was the owner of this 1947 Ford Custom for three years. The car was last seen in 1978. He would love to find out where it is today. Nick Maneri from Norther New Jersey owned this 1947 Ford Custom from around 1966 till […]

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Joe Bailon Custom Shop

Joe Bailon Elton Kantor Ford

Posted  October 9, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  ELTON KANTOR FORD   Joe Bailons second major Custom Car was restyled for Elton Kantor based on a 1950 Ford Convertible. It would end up with the prestigious Oakland Roadster Show Elegance Award. Joe Bailon always had his own ideas about styling, about what he thought the ideal Custom Car should look like. With […]

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Custom History

1937 Ford Customs

Posted  October 4, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  1937 FORD CUSTOMS   The 1937 Ford, along with the 1938 models were often considered the Ugly Ducklings from the FoMoCo. Yet they still were Customized, and with great success. The 1937 Fords were introduced on November 6, 1936. Responsible for the designs was not Ford stylist Bob Gregorie, who was busy working on […]

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Custom Car Accessories

Customizing with early Cadillac Tail Fins

Posted  September 29, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  CUSTOMIZING CADILLAC TAIL FINS   When the 1948 Cadillac introduced the all new Streamline rear fender Tail Fin it was quickly adapted by the Custom Car World. Adding Cadillac Tail Fins gave your car an instant Classy look. From the early beginnings of Custom Restyling the high end cars as Packard, La Salle and […]

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Custom History

Customs at Milnes Richfield Station

Posted  September 18, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  NORM MILNES RICHFIELD Station   In the mid 1940’s The Thunderbolts Car Club of Sacramento used the Norm Milnes Richfield Station as their hangout. Some historical important Custom Cars were photographed at this location. The birth of Custom Restyling took place in California, in Southern California to be more precise. Exact dates for when […]

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Fadeaway fenders

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Gil Ayala 1942 Ford Coupe

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