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Early Pictures Tell a Story – Curb Parked

Posted  April 14, 2018  by  Tom Nielsen

  CURB PARKED   As a young “car crazy kid” growing up in the 1950’s, I always kept an eye out for customs or hot rods parked along the road while riding in my parent’s car. When I spotted one it was pretty exciting, kind of like finding a “gem in a pile of stones”! […]

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Channeled 36 Ford

Posted  April 11, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  CHANNELED 36 FORD   Another Mystery Custom is this channeled 36 Ford that probably was restyled by Don Clark. The car has been owned for over 30 years by Doug Hall, and it now in the 3 Dog Museum in Pennsylvania. This is one of those cars they has been on my mind for […]

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Porterville 1950 Mercury

Posted  April 11, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  PORTERVILLE 1950 MERC   Who knows more about this mystery 1950 Mercury that was photographed in 1958 in Porterville California. The car was later found in San Diego. UPDATED April – 11 – 2018 In July 2017 Derby Ahlstone from California send me some photos of an vintage 1950 Custom Mercury that a friend […]

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Jim Street Golden Sahara II

Posted  April 5, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  JIM STREET GOLDEN SAHARA II   Around 1956 Jim Street sets out to improve on the first version of his Iconic Golden Sahara dream Custom. Jim and his team created the legendary Laboratory on Wheels, the Golden Sahara II. Special thanks to Jim Street for his stories on the car and how it was […]

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1950 Sacramento Autorama

Posted  March 27, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  1950 SACRAMENTO AUTORAMA   The Capitol City Auto Club, better known as the Thunderbolts organized a two day Auto Show in 1950. Held at a Sacramento Chevy dealer the show hosted 23 top class Customs and Hot Rods. Special thanks to Lawrence Fears. The title of this article is 1950 Sacramento Autorama, which is […]

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Bailon Ranchero Restored

  BAILON RANCHERO RESTORED   NEWS FLASH… The Davi...
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Photo albums from the 1980’s and 1990’s

KUSTOM CAR PHOTO ALBUMS – PART 3 In our series on Custom Car Photo albums, we have arriv...
by Rik Hoving
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Bill DeCarr Old Body Shop

  DECARR OLD BODY SHOP   After having wor...
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Chuck Layman 40 Ford

  CHUCK LAYMAN 40 FORD   Chuck Layman buys a 40 Ford Coupe in 1977. He rebuilds...
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Spotlights when Where Who

SPOTLIGHTS ON CUSTOMS Spotlights When where who? That has been a subject for many Cust...
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Mid 50’s Outdoor Car Shows part 1

OUTDOOR CAR SHOWS Ina Mae Overman took her Lincoln custom to many outdoor shows. She capt...
by Rik Hoving
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Cats 48 Chevy

  CATS 48 CHEVY   Unexpectedly bumping into my Dream Custom Car on my first American...
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Ralph Bush Sports Custom

Ralph Bush Sports Custom

  RALH BUSH SPORTS CUSTOM   Ralph Bush owned this 1941 Chevy based Sports Cust...
by Rik Hoving
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Art Deco 36 Ford

  ART DECO 36 FORD   Billy Powell’s Amazing Art Deco 1936 Ford Coupe is styled l...
by Rik Hoving
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Bob Lund 50 Mercury

Bob Lund 50 Mercury

  BOB LUND 50 MERCURY   The Bob Lund 1950 Mercury convertible ea...
by Rik Hoving
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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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Jim Street Golden Sahara I

  JIM STREET GOLDEN SAHARA I   The Amazing Golden S...
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Larry Watson Flames Part 1

A FLAMING START Nearly 60 years ago Larry Watson started experimenting wit...
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Steve Stanford at the Petersen Museum

STEVE STANFORD AT THE PETERSEN Automotive illustrator and designer Steve Stanford i...
by Rik Hoving
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Leo Lyons Mercury Progress

LYONS MERCURY PROGRESS Former Car Craft magazine cover car restoration is going well wi...
by Rik Hoving
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Inset License Plates

Inset License Plates

  INSET LICENSE PLATES   A necessary evil, the license plate requires deft plac...
by Rik Hoving
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Jesse Lopez Clone nearly done.

LOPEZ FORD CLONE The clone of the Jesse Lopez 1941 Ford build by Jerry Daman from Te...
by Rik Hoving
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RIP Jerry Devito

RIP JERRY DEVITO Jerry Devito, best know to the Custom Car world for his wild restyled and paint...
by Rik Hoving
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Bill Shank 56 Chevy

  BILL SHANK 56 CHEVY   In late 2015 Dick Swain send us some photos of his old fri...
by Rik Hoving
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55 Chevy Survivor Custom

  55 CHEVY SURVIVOR CUSTOM   Professionally Restyled i...
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Larry Watson in Rodder’s Journal #61

THE SCRAPBOOK OF LARRY WATSON The Custom Car Photo Archive has been sharing the amazing persona...
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Paul Bragg 1949 Mercury

PAUL BRAGG 1949 MERCURY Master Customizer Paul Bragg built this 19...
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