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Valley Custom Shop

Ray Vega 1938 Ford

Posted  December 3, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  RAY VEGA 1938 FORD   Especially because of the 1952 Hop Up Magazine cover, the Ray Vega 1938 Ford sedan Convertible is one of the best known Valley Custom Shop created Custom Cars. The Ray Vega 1938 Ford was created in 1951-52 by the Neil Emory and Clayton Jensen at their Valley Custom Shop. […]

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Colorized Custom Car Photo Posters

Posted  November 29, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  COLORIZED PHOTO POSTERS   NOW finally available from the Custom Car Chronicle. A series of 30 x 20 inch Photo Posters of the famous Colorized Custom Car images. Created by Rik Hoving from old black and white photos, painstakingly digitally colorized to create an unique look into the wonderful Custom Car Colors of days […]

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History of the Early Custom Car
Custom History

History of the Early Custom Car

Posted  November 12, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  HISTORY of the EARLY CUSTOM CAR   For as long as there have been automobiles they have been modified for personal taste. This evolved in the 1930s to a style we now know as Customizing. Part One the History of the Early Custom Car. The 1930s Early Custom Cars An article about the early […]

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Barris Kustom Shop

Ed Sloan 1953 Plymouth

Posted  November 5, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  ED SLOAN 1953 PLYMOUTH   Ed Sloan had his 1953 Plymouth Hard-Top Restyled at and unknown body shop. Later after it was reworked with a chopped top at the Barris Kustom Shop, it became a famous Magazine Cover Custom. Although most people will recognize Ed Sloan‘s beautiful 1953 Plymouth as this unique Barris Restyled […]

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Barris Kustom Shop

Nick Matranga Mercury

Posted  October 29, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  NICK MATRANGA MERCURY   One of the most Iconic Custom Cars of all time the Barris Kustoms Restyled 1940 Mercury Coupe for Nick Matranga was short lived, but made a huge and lasting impact. In the past we have shared the in-depth article on the life of Nick Matranga by Michelle M. Yiatras here […]

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Barris Dick Fowler 38 Ford

Dick Fowler 1938 Coupe

  DICK FOWLER 1938 COUPE   It is miraculous that this very e...
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The first chopped 49-50 Mercury?

  FIRST CHOPPED 49-50 MERCURY   Who was the first one to chop the to...
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Mystery Barris 49 Merc

  MYSTERY BARRIS 49 MERC   This typical 1980’s styled C...
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CCC the first two years

  CUSTOM CAR CHRONICLE the first two years   Early July 2013 we, my wife, our t...
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History of the Chopped Top part 1

  CHOP TOP HISTORY part 1   The most transforming of all custom body chan...
by Rik Hoving
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George Barris Buick

George Barris’ 1941 Buick

  A CAR WORTH FIGHTING FOR   When George Barris moved from Sacramento to Los A...
by Rik Hoving
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Perfect stance

The Perfect Stance

  THE PERFECT STANCE   From the beginning of Custom Restyling cars have been lowe...
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1947 Cadillac Coupe

Digital Restyling 1947 Cadillac Coupe

  PHANTOM 47 CADILLAC COUPE   For the 1946-’47 year C...
by Rik Hoving
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Removed Running boards

  EARLY CUSTOM RESTYLING   Back in the late 1930’s early 1940’...
by Rik Hoving
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Fadeaway fenders

  FADEAWAY FENDERS   One of the more extensive ways to Custom Restyle you car is to...
by Rik Hoving
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Custom Car Maiden Voyage

MAIDEN VOYAGE Rob Radcliffe of King Kustoms has been working on his period loo...
by Rik Hoving
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CLASSIC CADDY

  1941 CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE   In 2012 I came across 3 photos of a very nicely styled 19...
by Rik Hoving
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Vintage Photo Backgrounds

  VINTAGE PHOTO BACKGROUNDS   Adding vintage color photos to recently t...
by Rik Hoving
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47 Chevy Purple Burp

REQUIEM FOR PURPLE BURP The Purple Burp, a story about Jack Bushmaker’s chopped &...
by Larry Pointer
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Memo Ortega

Memo Ortega Stories Part 26

  MEMO’S 51 MERCURY FINISHED   Memo Has been working on his per...
by Rik Hoving
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Sam Barris Chopping Merc Album 1

  CHOPPING MERC ALBUM part 1   Custom Car photograp...
by Rik Hoving
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Larry Ernst Chevy at Cobo Hall

LARRY ERNST CHEVY AT COBO HALL The team at Brothers Custom Automotive has been fres...
by Rik Hoving
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Memo Ortega Stories part 19

PART 19 THE MERCS Back in the late 1980’s Memo owned two Mercury’s, one ...
by Rik Hoving
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Larry Robbins Barris ’48 Merc NOT found

EARLY BARRIS ’48 MERC NOT FOUND In June, 2014 we reported that possebl...
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Ayala 1942 Ford Coupe

Gil Ayala 1942 Ford Coupe

  AYALA 1942 FORD COUPE   1942 Ford coupe full custom restyled by the Ayalas...
by Rik Hoving
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Barris Shop Wall

  BARRIS SHOP WALL   Spence Murray Took a photo in the early 1950&...
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Installing Spotlights

  INSTALLING SPOTLIGHTS   Spotlights have been a popular accessory item on custom...
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