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Colorized Flames


For the Rodder’s Journal #35 Rik Hoving colorized a series of black and white Hot Rod photos. The magazine had asked him to do a follow up on the colorized Custom Car photos in the Rodder’s Journal #33, which was a huge success.

One of the photos in the series of Hot Rods was this photo taken by Dean Moon of Bob Brown’s 1940 Ford. The photo shown here is actually a pre production version with much lighter yellow on the flames. I have always liked this version much better than the later more orange fade version, which was adjusted after Greg Sharp found some accurate write ups on Bob’s Ford. I think the final version is more accurate to the real car, but the lighter yellow flames shown here appeal much more to me. Perhaps has a little more custom feel to it over the more traditional Hot Rod flame colors or perhaps I feel that the color fits the shapes of the early style flames just a little better.CCC_BobBrown40Ford_ColorW

Bob’s 1940 Ford was featured in the 1954 issue of Rod & Custom Magazine and according the article the flames on Bob’s Coupe caused quite a stir when he parked the car in front of his service station. The magazine never mentioned who did the flame paint job and wild pin-striping. It only mentioned the flames were done in orange, blended with Chinese red and black over a rich metallic maroon lacquer.

Spread from the Rodder’s Journal issue 35 showing the Bob Brown 1940 Ford Coupe with the final much more orange flames.



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 “Colorized Flames

  • Rikster…..I love everything in this photo, thanks again for this photo of Bob Brown’s awesome 40 Coupe………

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