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Canted Quad Lights

Canted Quad Lights

  CANTED QUAD LIGHTS   Canted Quad Headlights on Customs, a trend started in 1957 highlighted in the early 1960’s. By the mid 60s it was all over, time to bring back the st...
by Tom Nielsen
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What’s in a Name?

  WHAT’S IN A NAME?   The trend originated from Motor Boats and WWII airplanes found its way into the Custom Car and Hot Rod scene in the 1950s. It is still going strong ...
by Tom Nielsen
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Hometown Custom

  HOMETOWN CUSTOM   It is unusual now as well as back in the fifties for a custom car to change hands many times, yet remain in the same city where it was originally built. By Tom...
by Tom Nielsen
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Dale Runyon Part two

  DALE RUNYON PART TWO   In this second part of the Dale Runyon story we concentrate on two of Dale’s fine custom Convertibles, of which one survived. By Tom Nielsen.  ...
by Tom Nielsen
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Angel Hair & White Rock

  THREE FOR THE SHOW   Indoor car shows have always been an exciting event for me for as long as I can remember! When I was fourteen I persuaded my parents to bring me to the annu...
by Tom Nielsen
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Bob Tormey Mercury Color Photos

BARRIS BUILT ’41 MERC Tom Nielsen has been sharing some great vintage custom car photos with us in the past. In this article he shows us two nice color photos of Bob Tormey’s 19...
by Rik Hoving
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Every Picture has a Story

EVERY PICTURE HAS A STORY I always wondered about how these two photos of a classic California custom were in with a picture collection of an early Washington State car.   by Tom Ni...
by Tom Nielsen
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Lady in Distress!

THE FAMOUS MADAME FI FI  DISTRESS 1. great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction; trouble. 2. a state of extreme necessity or misfortune. By  Tom Nielse...
by Tom Nielsen
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Favorite Four Doors

4-DOOR CUSTOMS As a teenager I loved looking at the cars in the “small pages” car magazines. After spending so much time looking at the cars in them I developed some favorites. The chal...
by Tom Nielsen
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Delightful De Soto Bumpers

  DELIGHTFUL DE SOTO BUMPERS   Although rarely customized, the De Soto cars have made a huge contribution to the custom car world over the years.   The 1950’s De Soto grilles h...
by Tom Nielsen
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49 Mercury The Sahara

  THE SAHARA   This Mercury was the first chopped ’49-’51 that Tom Nielsen had ever seen in person, so it made quite an impression on him back in 1957.   By Tom Nielsen ...
by Tom Nielsen
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Custom 1933-34 Fords

FORDS MODEL-40 CUSTOMIZED Today almost all of the modified ’33 and ’34 Fords are done up as street rods or traditional hot rods. In the 1940’s and up until the very early 50’s these...
by Tom Nielsen
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Low Profile Deuce

  LOW PROFILE DEUCE   Thirty-two Fords have always been at the forefront of the “hotrod movement” which began in the 1940’s. Here is an example of one of the mor...
by Tom Nielsen
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Dale Runyon part one

  DALE RUNYON PART ONE   Dale Runyon, a young car guy from Everett, Washington. A pioneer in hot rodding and customizing in the mid-late 1940’s. A story by Tom Nielsen. &nbs...
by Tom Nielsen
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Unforgettable 1947 Chevy

UNFORGETTABLE 1947 CHEVY One of the first chopped custom coupes that I saw as a young kid in Everett during the mid-fifties was this custom ’47 Chev.   By Tom Nielsen One of the fir...
by Tom Nielsen
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A wonderful 1947 line up!

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS My favorite era of custom cars is the early times, the 1940’s. The Custom Cars where so original, clean, functional, and well designed back then. I have be...
by Rik Hoving
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