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June 19, 2014

Craig Wise Customs Photo Collection

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Written by: Rik Hoving
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CRAIG WISE CUSTOMS PHOTO COLLECTION

Craig wise, a former sign painter loves Hot Rods and Customs and collects, amongst many other things, old photos. Mostly Hot Rod material, but he has a few Custom beauties in his Collection as well.

 

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ost of the Custom car photos in Craig’s collection are dating back to the mid and late 1940’s. These photos originate from Craig’s wife Shirley family. The cars in these photos, the 1941 Ford, 1940 Mercury, 36 Ford convertible, and a 1939 Ford convertible all belonged to an uncle of Craig’s wife. Uncle Tom Dohoyian. The story goes that Tom hung out at the Barris shop a lot in the later part of the 1940’s. And that one of the cars the 1940 Mercury in the hand colorized photo – according to Shirley’s father – was actually built by the Barris Kustom Shop for Tom. But so far we have been unable to confirm this, or find any more info on this or any other other cars in these 1940’s photos. Sadly, uncle Tommy Dohoyian was killed driving a big rig truck in 1950, at the age of 27.

 

Tom Dohoyian Customs

CCC-craig-wise-customs-01This really nice hand-colorized photo shows what was possibly a Barris Custom owned by Tom Dohoyian. Chopped windshield, padded top, mild lowering and single bar flipper hubcaps date this custom to 1946-48.

 

CCC-craig-wise-customs-04Tom also had this 1936 Ford Convertible with chopped windshield, spotlights and 1941 Ford bumpers. Amazing to see the near empty street. Judging the cars in the background this photo was taken around WWII.

 

 

 

CCC-craig-wise-customs-05Enlarged section of the photo above gives us a better look at this nice early Custom.

 

 
CCC-craig-wise-customs-06Uncle Tom posing with his ’39 Ford convertible with chopped windshield and padded top. Tom’s Ford used ’40 headlights, 1937 DeSoto Bumpers and teardrop skirts with 1941 Buick spears.

 

 
CCC-craig-wise-customs-03Another photo of Tom’s ’39 Ford shows the car with the padded top, and the hood open reveals a dual carbed engine. The ribbed DeSoto bumpers, single bar ribbed flipper hubcaps are the perfect combination for any ’39-40 Ford. 

 

 
CCC-craig-wise-customs-021941 Ford with and 1940 Mercury rear bumper, set-in license plate and padded top. The license plate reads 1943. 

 

 

Two 1950’s photos

CCC-craig-wise-customs-07Absolutely wonderful photo of the Barris/Cerny built Panoramic Ford for Buster Litton. The photo was taken at the Santa Ana Drags in 1954.

 

 
CCC-craig-wise-customs-08This photo is special as well. It shows a young Craig Wise posing next to Doug Rice, Washington based 1939 Ford Coupe at the 1954 Bonneville races.

 

 
CCC-craig-wise-customs-09I took this photo of Craig Wise the owner of this collection. He can be seen here with a blow up of the 1954 photo where he posed with the same car as a young kid. This photo was taken at the 2011 GNRS Customs Then & Now exhibit and craigs photo was displayed with the restored Doug Rice ’39 Ford Coupe thru-out the weekend.

 

 
I have come in contact with Craig Wise for the first time when researching the Jack Stewart Ford. Craig is good friends with Jack, and more available on the internet than Jack himself. Over the years we have become good friends. Craig has a wonderful 1940 Ford Pick-up truck which he is building right now. Take a look at his built thread on the CCC-Forum.
 
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Do you know about a Photo Collection that needs to be saved and shared.
Please let us know Email Rik Hoving

 
 
 

 

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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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2 Comments


  1. Great photos and great story. Thanks to Craig Wise for sharing so we all can enjoy.

    Geoff Hacker


  2. Profile photo of Justin Kudolla

    These photos are great. The one of Buster Litton’s Ford is classic.



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