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Custom History

1945 San Francisco Customs

Posted  November 14, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  1945 SAN FRANCISCO CUSTOMS   Northern California had a very active Custom Car Scene back in the 1940s. Bruce Heather shared some photos of unequally Restyled Nor-Cal Customs from 1945 with us. Bruce Heather shared some really interesting pictures of Early Customs from his Collection with us. The photos was all taken around 1945 […]

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Early Custom Cars

Joe Hocker 1936 Ford

Posted  November 6, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  JOE HOCKER 1936 FORD   The Hocker brothers Joe and Tom from Oakland California were both into Custom Car. Tom had the famous Barris Restyled 1940 Ford, and Joe a DuVall windshield 1936 Ford Phaeton. Of the two Hocker Brothers Joe (Joseph) and Tom we are most familiar with Tom’s 1940 Ford restyled by […]

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Barris Kustom Shop

Frank Sonzogni Mercury

Posted  October 31, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  FRANK SONZOGNI MERCURY   Frank Sonzogni Lynwood Police Officer worked part time at the Barris Kustom Shop. Here he created his ultimate Dream Custom 1950 Mercury. Frank Sonzogni was an Lynwood Police officer of Italian Descent, who was very passionate about cars, and Custom Cars specifically. In general the Hot Rod and Custom Car […]

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Custom History

Marvin Lee 42 Chevy

Posted  October 28, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  MARVIN LEE 42 CHEVY   Marvin Lee of Pasadena California Restyled his 1942 Chevy Fleetline AeroSedan when the car was brand new in 1942. 1942, the last year the major US Car Companies brought out a new car model. Production stopped around February that year, and it would not be until after WWII, in […]

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Custom History

Light Color Early Customs

Posted  October 16, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  LIGHT COLOR EARLY CUSTOMS   Most of the time we think of dark painted cars when we think Early Style Custom Cars. But there were actually quite a few light color Early Customs. Lets take a closer look. I guess that when somebody asks you to visualize an early Custom, from the late 30’s […]

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Fadeaway fenders

  FADEAWAY FENDERS   One of the more extensive ways to Custom Restyle you car is to...
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Curley Tremayne 50 Merc Restoration

  TREMAYNE 50 MERC RESTORATION   Loren Curly Tremayne of Monte...
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Voodoo Sahara almost finished

  VOODOO SAHARA ALMOST FINISHED   On July 27 2016 the VooDoo Sahara is pl...
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57 Chevy Hint of Mint

57 CHEVY HINT OF MINT Originally customized in the early 1960, this 1957 Chevy Bel Air beca...
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Getting Plastered

THE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS OF A CUSTOM CAR HISTORIAN Early 2000, while on a visit to my parents, I de...
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Barris 1956 Lincoln back in the Family

  BARRIS 1956 LINCOLN   Brett Barris recently bought back his father, Ge...
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Sam Climo sectioned Ford

Sam Climo Uncovered Custom

  SAM CLIMO SECTIONED SHOEBOX   Uncovering an old custom and sharing it with...
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Thrifty Parking-lot Show

  TRIFTY PARKING-LOT SHOW   In May 1954 the Lords Car Club org...
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GNRS 2017 Customs

  GNRS 2017 CUSTOMS   The Grand National Roadster Show is now in its 68th year. Once kn...
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Cliff Rackohn 1948 Mercury

  RACKOHN 1948 Mercury   One of the more elegnat Customs ...
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Ina Mae Overman Lincoln Part Three

ANOTHER ROUND OF RESTYLING Ina Mae Overman’s 1952 Lincoln Cap...
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50s Indianapolis Custom Shows

  50s INDIANAPOLIS CUSTOM SHOWS   In 1951 and 1952 the In...
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Red for Passion

VOLVO: SAFETY FIRST…. You’ve got to love the Swedes. The’ve invented beds that ...
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Recreating Lanny Ericksons 56 Chevy

  RECREATING THE VIOLET FANTASY   In early 195...
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Sam Barris 1950 Buick 2

  SAM BARRIS BUICK Part 2   Sam Barris his personal Milesto...
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Manufacturing new curved chopped windshields

SHAPING GLASS I chopped my first roof when I was 17 in the early 70’s and made a real mess of ...
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Rik Hoving Digital Restyling

CUSTOM DESIGN: ARE YOU DAY-DREAMING ABOUT YOUR PERFECT CUSTOM CAR? Do you wond...
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Lowered by the Valley Custom Shop

VALLEY CUSTOM LOWERING KIT In the mid 1950’s the Valley Custo...
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Wally Welch Mercury 01

  THE AYALA VERSION   Wally Welch’s 1950 Mercury was among t...
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1951 Barris Study Trip Part 4

  STUDY TRIP PART 4   George Barris his 1951 Car Desig...
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Coachcraft Ford forgotten years

  BEING 17 YEARS AND DRIVE LIKE THE KING OF THE ROAD   In 1940 Clarence...
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1951 Barris Custom Car Study Trip part 2

  GEORGE BARRIS 1951 EUROPE TRIP   In 1951 ...
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