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Custom History

1945 San Francisco Customs

Posted  November 14, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  1945 SAN FRANCISCO CUSTOMS   Northern California had a very active Custom Car Scene back in the 1940s. Bruce Heather shared some photos of unequally Restyled Nor-Cal Customs from 1945 with us. Bruce Heather shared some really interesting pictures of Early Customs from his Collection with us. The photos was all taken around 1945 […]

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Early Custom Cars

Joe Hocker 1936 Ford

Posted  November 6, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  JOE HOCKER 1936 FORD   The Hocker brothers Joe and Tom from Oakland California were both into Custom Car. Tom had the famous Barris Restyled 1940 Ford, and Joe a DuVall windshield 1936 Ford Phaeton. Of the two Hocker Brothers Joe (Joseph) and Tom we are most familiar with Tom’s 1940 Ford restyled by […]

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Barris Kustom Shop

Frank Sonzogni Mercury

Posted  October 31, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  FRANK SONZOGNI MERCURY   Frank Sonzogni Lynwood Police Officer worked part time at the Barris Kustom Shop. Here he created his ultimate Dream Custom 1950 Mercury. Frank Sonzogni was an Lynwood Police officer of Italian Descent, who was very passionate about cars, and Custom Cars specifically. In general the Hot Rod and Custom Car […]

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Custom History

Marvin Lee 42 Chevy

Posted  October 28, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  MARVIN LEE 42 CHEVY   Marvin Lee of Pasadena California Restyled his 1942 Chevy Fleetline AeroSedan when the car was brand new in 1942. 1942, the last year the major US Car Companies brought out a new car model. Production stopped around February that year, and it would not be until after WWII, in […]

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Custom History

Light Color Early Customs

Posted  October 16, 2018  by  Rik Hoving

  LIGHT COLOR EARLY CUSTOMS   Most of the time we think of dark painted cars when we think Early Style Custom Cars. But there were actually quite a few light color Early Customs. Lets take a closer look. I guess that when somebody asks you to visualize an early Custom, from the late 30’s […]

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Weesner Custom Art

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D and B Auto Sales Part 2

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Antennas on Customs – Beam Me Up Scotty!

  ANTENNAS on CUSTOMS   When building a custom car the radio a...
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Custom Car Art Prints and Wall Photos

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De Rosa Golden Piranha

  GOLDEN PIRANHA   De Rosa and Son Customs create an uniquely restyled 1966 Buic...
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Cliff Rackohn 1948 Mercury

  RACKOHN 1948 Mercury   One of the more elegnat Customs ...
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Tiago Ranchero Clone

  TIAGO RANCHERO CLONE   George Garcia from Bellflower California has been dreamin...
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Ohio Early Custom Cars

  OHIO EARLY CUSTOM CARS   Dayton Ohio has been a huge Custom Car scene from ...
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Channeled 36 Ford

  CHANNELED 36 FORD   Another Mystery Custom is this channeled 36 Ford that probab...
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A short drive in the Hirohata Mercury

  A SPIN IN A CUSTOM CAR ICON   Hirohata Mercury owner Jim McNiel, asked me to jump...
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Golden Sahara Mecum Auction

  GOLDEN SAHARA MECUM AUCTION   Nearly 50 years af...
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Jim Street Golden Sahara I

  JIM STREET GOLDEN SAHARA I   The Amazing Golden S...
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Jim Street Golden Sahara II

  JIM STREET GOLDEN SAHARA II   Around 1956 Jim Street sets out to impro...
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Santa Monica 36 Ford 5 Window

  36 FORD 5 WINDOW   Beautifully styled 1936 Ford 5 window Coupe fr...
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Larry Watson T-Bird Vino Paisano

  LARRY WATSON T-BIRD   Larry Watson Personal c...
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George Barris at Work

  GEORGE BARRIS at WORK   George Barris is known to the public...
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Early Pictures Tell a Story – Curb Parked

  CURB PARKED   As a young “car crazy kid” growi...
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Porterville 1950 Mercury

  PORTERVILLE 1950 MERC   Who knows more about this mys...
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Overman Lincoln to be Restored

  OVERMAN LINCOLN to be RESTORED   The Valley Cu...
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1950 Sacramento Autorama

  1950 SACRAMENTO AUTORAMA   The Capitol City Auto Club, bette...
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Leroy Semas 37 Chevy

  LEROY SEMAS 37 CHEVY   In the late 1940’s Harry W...
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Golden Sahara Hubcaps

  GOLDEN SAHARA HUBCAPS   Jim Street’s Golden Saha...
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