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Rounded Corners on Customs

  ROUNDED CORNERS ON CUSTOMS   Molded body lines, fine tuned with rounded corners on the hood, doors and trunk make a Custom really smooth. When did this trend started? Rounded co...
by Rik Hoving
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Sam Barris Custom Stylist

  SAM BARRIS CUSTOM STYLIST   We have all read about how Sam Barris was the metal craftsman at the Barris Shop. But what was his roll when it came to the designs of the Barris Cus...
by Rik Hoving
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Front-end Swap on Early Customs

  FRONT-END SWAPS on EARLY CUSTOMS   In the 1940s and early 1950s quite a few older cars were Custom updated with more modern front-ends. To make them look more modern and above ...
by Rik Hoving
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Custom Car Black Wall Tires

  CUSTOM CAR BLACK WALL TIRES   During WWII rubber tires were rationed, and white wall tires were not produced at all. This all had huge effects on the looks of this era Custom Ca...
by Rik Hoving
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Custom Grilles Vertical

  CUSTOM GRILLES VERTICAL   Since the very early beginnings of Custom Restyling the grille has played a huge part in the overall design. Pioneer Customizers designed their own gri...
by Rik Hoving
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Custom Plastic Details Part 2

  CUSTOM PLASTIC DETAILS   Shortly after WWII Car builders and Customizers started to experiment with the new product Plastic, and see how it could be incorporated in Custom Resty...
by Rik Hoving
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Custom Plastic Details

  CUSTOM PLASTIC DETAILS   Around 1947 Jesse Lopez experimented with the use of clear green Lucite to Custom Restyle the interior of his 1941 Ford Coupe. The start of a new trend ...
by Rik Hoving
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The Carson Top Shop Part 2

  CARSON TOP SHOP part 2   The Carson Top Shop changed the scene in the 1940’s with their Padded Top design. Towards the 1950’s and up they excelled in state of the ...
by Rik Hoving
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Bumper mounted taillights

  BUMPER MOUNTED TAILLIGHTS   Bumper mounted taillights developed in a time when the trend was to shave and mold car bodies into a smooth sculptured piece of Automotive Art. Re...
by Rik Hoving
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Inset License Plates

Inset License Plates

  INSET LICENSE PLATES   A necessary evil, the license plate requires deft placement in order not to distract from the lines of the restyled job. Recessing is one long-used method...
by Rik Hoving
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Inside a Barris Kustom

Inside a Barris Kustom

  Inside a BARRIS KUSTOM   A look inside the 1941 Snooky Janich Ford Barris Customs body-work that normally is hidden behind upholstery and other panels. We all have seen many pho...
by Rik Hoving
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1950 Oakland Roadster show

1950 Oakland Roadster show

  1950 OAKLAND ROADSTER SHOW In 1950 Al and Mary Slonaker organized the first Annual National Roadster Show. Mostly entered by Hot Rods, but the Custom entries in this show has always ...
by Rik Hoving
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Ayala Body Shop

Ayala Body Shop

  AYALA BODY SHOP   The Ayala Body Shop on East Olympic Ave opened in 1945. Gil Ayala would keep this shop open for around 40 year, at the same location, crating Custom Car Mag...
by Rik Hoving
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Gil Ayala on Restyling

Gil Ayala on Restyling

  GIL AYALA on RESTYLING   The April 1950 issue of Motor Trend magazine shared an story on Custom restyling. Part of the article was an unique interview with Gil Ayala… In t...
by Rik Hoving
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Barris Bell Shop

Barris Bell Shop

  BARRIS BELL SHOP   After establishing a name in the Custom world in the Barris Compton Ave shop in Los Angeles, the shop was relocated in Bell for a short period. Very little is...
by Rik Hoving
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Carson Top Shop

The Carson Top Shop Part 1

  CARSON TOP SHOP part 1   The birth of the Traditional Custom Car in the late 1930s was influenced by one big event. The design of the Carson padded top by Glen Houser in 1935. T...
by Rik Hoving
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History of the Chopped Top part 1

  CHOP TOP HISTORY part 1   The most transforming of all custom body changes, if not the most beautiful, is lowering of the top. Better known as the Chopped Top. One of the best k...
by Rik Hoving
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