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Watson painted Lime Gold Model A




Good friends, Larry Watson and Bill DeCarr worked together on many projects. David C. Martin’s model A Roadster is one of those projects.

In 1959 Bill DeCarr takes over Ed Schelhaas his old body shop on 10118 Artesia Blvd. in Belflower. Some time after that Larry Watson will be joining Bill in this shop. Larry will operate his custom painting business from the paint booth in the back. In the past Bill and Larry have already collaborated on many project, and now working in the same building it was making things a lot easier. This article shares some of the photos from the Larry Watson Personal Collection of David C. Martin’s 1929 Model A Roadster. One of the few Hot Rods that were done in the DeCarr/Watson shop.

[box_light]This article shows a selection of photos from the Larry Watson Personal Photo Collection. More on Larry’s personal collection can be found in the Larry Watson section on the CCC-Site. Or on the Custom Car Photo Archive.[/box_light]

CCC-David-C-Martin-A-Watson-01-WBill deCarr can be seen here working on the bottom of the cowl where the extension was made. 

CCC-David-C-Martin-A-Watson-04-WA narrowed 1940 Ford Dash was fitted to the car. The dash was filled and had new round gauge pods grafted in. The steering wheel looks to be a 1960 Imperial Flying Crest boat steering wheel.

CCC-David-C-Martin-A-Watson-03-WParked in front of Bill’s shop, which is on the right and only one small portion and an in progress extension can be seen in this photo. Larry’s paint booth is the the gray building with the two large doors behind the red 1957 Ford.

CCC-David-C-Martin-A-Watson-02-WBill deCarr posing inside the roadster in front of the side doors of his shop.

CCC-David-C-Martin-A-Watson-06-WThe car has now been painted lime gold by Larry and was being put together. The Hot Rod had a Buick engine, chopped windshield and sectioned 32 Ford grille. The doors of larry’s paint booth are open in this photo.

CCC-David-C-Martin-A-Watson-05-WSadly we do not know who the other people are who are posing with the Roadster.


CCC-David-C-Martin-A-Watson-08-WNice high angle shows the custom steering wheel the Oldsmobile taillights and the chrome plated license plate surround.



The Model A which was owned by David C. Martin back in the 1950’s is still around today, now owned by Robert A. Barmore. The photo of the car in yellow with green flames is from the late 1970’s. The red version is how the car looks now.




Rik Hoving

Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)

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