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The House of Chrome

  THE HOUSE OF CHROME   In the 1940’s and early 1950’s, the House of Chrome shop was supplying chrome plated goodies from their small building,  on their corner, next...
by Rik Hoving
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Ayala T-Bird To be restored

GIL AYALA T-BIRD After being for sale for many years Gil Ayala’s Personal 1955 T-Bird found the right home in Scandinavia, and will be restored to how it used to look in the late 1950...
by Rik Hoving
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Richard Aguirre 55 Mercury

Richard Aguirre 55 Mercury

  RICHARD AQUIRRE 55 MERCURY   After failing to buy a famous Barris Custom, Richard Aguirre buys a brand new 1955 Mercury and drives it straight to the Ayala Shop for some Custom ...
by Rik Hoving
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Dan Landon Chevy Photos

  DAN LANDON CHEVY PHOTOS   For issue #33 of the Rodder’s Journal I did a series of colorized black and white photos. It was also planned to include a photo of Dan Landon&...
by Rik Hoving
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Al Glickman 1949 Mercury

  AL GLICKMAN 1949 MERCURY   Al Glickman 1949 Mercury Hop Up Magazine cover Custom was restyled by Gil and Al Ayala at Gils Auto Body Works. An uniquely restyled full Custom Merc ...
by Rik Hoving
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Ayala Lynn Yakel

Lynn Yakel 1936 Ford

  LYNN YAKEL 1936 FORD   This beautiful 1936 Ford chopped 3-window coupe was restyled by the Ayalas and owned – at one point- by Lynn Yakel. Another Ayala Mystery The Ayala ...
by Rik Hoving
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Reunited Trophies

  REUNITED TROPHIES   Jack Stewart won several trophies with the Ayala-Barris created Jack Stewart 1941 Ford. Jack hold on to a few of those trophies, and wanted them to be reunit...
by Rik Hoving
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The first chopped 49-50 Mercury?

  FIRST CHOPPED 49-50 MERCURY   Who was the first one to chop the top of the 1949-1951 Mercury, the quintessential Custom Car? This is a question that has been on the minds of a l...
by Rik Hoving
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The Slippery Ayala Look

  SLIPPERY AYALA LOOK   Gil and Al Ayala started creating Custom Cars in around 1945. One of their trademark restyling techniques would become the super smooth molded in everythi...
by Rik Hoving
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Gil Ayala 1940 Mercury

  AYALA 1940 MERCURY   Gil Ayala’s 1940 Mercury Coupe Custom started out as Gil’s personal Custom Car. The car showcases all the things the Ayala’s were known fo...
by Rik Hoving
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Mexico Runaway

  MEXICO RUNAWAY   La Puente California resident Tom Hutchinson shared some of his old photos with David Zivot. He also shared an very interesting Ayala story told to him by his f...
by David/Michelle
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Jack Stewart’s original Kustoms Plaque

KUSTOMS OF LOS ANGELES BRASS PLAQUE George Barris came up with the idea to start a car club for Barris-built customs. An early way to promote his business, and have a great time with friend...
by Rik Hoving
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The Louis Bettancourt Mercury Part 2

MILE DEEP TINGIA MAROON Originally built by the Ayala’s and redone by the Barris Kustom Shop with a full one-of-a-kind Carson Top Shop interior this car was and still is one of the Ul...
by Rik Hoving
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Wally Welch 1941 Ford

  WALLY WELCH 1941 FORD   Wally Welch loved everything automotive, he loved his bikes, Hot Rods and his Custom Cars. One of the Custom Cars that meant a lot to him was this 1941 F...
by Rik Hoving
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McClarens Ayala Shoebox

  MCCLARENS AYALA SHOEBOX   Bruce Bartlett share another great photo with us, Jim McClaren’s chopped 1949 Ford Coupe. (Updated on June 07, 2015, with three photos taken at t...
by Rik Hoving
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Don Holland 1941 Ford

  DON HOLLAND 1941 FORD   Gil and Al Ayala created the Purple Pleasure Pursuit 1941 Ford for owner Don Holland around 1950. A stunning Custom we know very little about. The first...
by Rik Hoving
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Wally Welch Mercury 02

  THE BARRIS VERSION   Wally’s 1950 Mercury was among the first customs based on this iconic Mercury model. Originally restyled by the Gil and Al Ayala, this milestone Custom ...
by Rik Hoving
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