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Radcliffe Shoebox sees light of day


Rob Radcliffe from King Kustoms in Temecula, California, has been working on his personal Custom Shoebox for many years. Today Rob took the car outside for the first time

Rob Radcliffe send us these teaser photos of his Personal Custom Shoebox. After spending many years on the car today November 24, 2014 was the first time that the car was taken outside to have a good look at it. The car is not finished yet, it still needs some more finishing and detailing. But all we can see is that Rob did an absolutely stunning job on this car. Most of the work was done by Rob at his King Kustoms Shop, with final body work by Octavio Shavez.

We will do a much more in depth article when the car is all done, but want to show you Rob’s snapshots of his car right now… since it is so breathtakingly stunning.











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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)

10 thoughts on “Radcliffe Shoebox sees light of day

  • Supernice shoebox, doesn’t get much better than this. Love the whole appearance of the car and in particular how well the tail lights and the bumper guard goes together.

    • Thanks, guys! Been a long time coming. I’d like to thank my friend Octavio Chavez for all of the bodywork and suggesting the Chuck DeWitt tail lights- I knew I wanted to do something from a historical kustom, particularly a Barris car, but couldn’t land on a specific tail light choice, and Octavio was the one who suggested it. They were not easy to do, especially trying to copy the original car from grainy old pictures, but I could not be happier today. Zbest in Lake Elsinore, California did the dark metallic plum last February.

      Jeff, your Merc deserves a shiny paint job! πŸ˜€

      Thank you for the kind words, guys

  • Thanks Rob, my current project of a house restoration/remodel delayed my plans a little. πŸ™ It might have to just get shot in some white primer.

  • jeff, i would sure like to see a picture of your car the way it is memo, an rob sure like your car it came out awesome,

  • Clean!!!!! And Oh that side trim! The width of the step down seems to mimic the C pillar thickness, and the top sloping edge of that side trim step down simulates the back window angle. You have a winner for sure, destined to be a classic! I can’t wait to read the finished spec sheet.

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