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Custom Car Pioneer Willy Wilde is at it again


Willie Wilde, now lives and works in Florida, but he used to have a Custom Shop in Gonzales California. Well know Customizer Rod Powell named him the original “Devil with a hammer”.

Back in the 1950’s Willie Wilde had his shop in Gonzales California.

Willy Wilde Custom Car Chronicle member Cousin Eric has started a thread on the CCC-Forum about Willie Wilde customizing his 1949 Ford Sedan.The work has been done a little while ago, but Eric had never shared the process shots until now with the Custom Car Chronicle.


Willie has done the initial work including a lot of rust removal and a really well balanced chop on Eric’s car.
Check it out on the CCC-Forum



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)

One thought on “Custom Car Pioneer Willy Wilde is at it again

  • The shoebox by Willie has a perfect loft going down to the truck area. We have so many great custom guys from California, Florida gain and a big loss for California.

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