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Custom History

Exported Historic US Customs

Posted  July 26, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  EXPORTED HISTORIC US CUSTOMS   In the last decade or so several American Historic Custom Cars have been bought by new overseas owners. Exported Historic US Customs. Recently (July 2017), an early 1940’s Custom Restyled 1941 Cadillac from the California Bay area was sold to a new owner in Australia. The historic Custom Car […]

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Custom History

Bob Sorrell Custom Roadster

Posted  July 24, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  BOB SORRELL Custom Roadster   Around 1948 Bob Sorrell sets out to create an unique Custom Roadster using 1941 Mercury and 1940 Lincoln body parts. Bob Sorrel was a well known designer/engineer and craftsman who is best know for his Aluminum and Fiberglass Sports Cars, which were popular in the early and mid 1950’s. […]

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Customs For Sale

Brian Holden 1936 Ford

Posted  July 22, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  Brian Holden 1936 Ford   Brian Holden rescued a Street Rodded 1936 Ford and restyled it into this gorgeous  vintage looking Custom. The Holy Grail of tail dragging Customs. Sponsored Article Brian Holden is a 67 year old (2017) car-guy from Vancouver, British Columbia and has been interested in Hot Rods & Custom Cars […]

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Larry Pointer Files

Neferteri Part Ten

Posted  July 20, 2017  by  Larry Pointer

  NEFERTERI Part Ten   For our Forrest Gump, it has been a long and dedicated mission. Now, in this final episode, Neferteri… his Queen of Egyptian Revival… receives her Majesty’s regal raiment. Larry Pointer found himself a survivor of Y2K, retired, a widower, and a more or less empty nester.  He needed a project. […]

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Bob Larson 1940 Mercury

Posted  July 12, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  BOB LARSON 1940 Merc   Inspired by the Nick Matranga Barris Restyled 1940 Mercury Bob Larson from Vancouver BC set out to create his own ultimate Dream Custom 1940 Mercury Coupe. (Sponsored Article) Bob Larson from Vancouver, B.C. Canada has been into cars for as long as he can remember. As a kid he […]

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Melford Robbins 39 Tub

  MELFORD ROBBINS 39 TUB   Oilers Club Member Melford Robbins owned this beautiful dark maroon Carson Topped 1939 Ford Sedan Convertible in the late 1940s. The Custom is still aro...
by Rik Hoving
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Victoria Custom Stories

  VICTORIA CUSTOM STORIES   The stories that go along with the old pictures of early custom cars are sometimes just as interesting as the cars themselves. By Tom Nielsen I have tr...
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Curley Tremayne 50 Merc Restoration

  TREMAYNE 50 MERC RESTORATION   Loren Curly Tremayne of Monterey California had this 1950 Mercury Custom built in 1977. Rod Powell and Butch Hurley are responsible for most of th...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri Part Eight

  NEFERTERI Part Eight   Herein, our Forrest Gump embarks on a quixotic crusade in search of elements from the Golden Age of the Classics. Larry Pointer found himself a survivor o...
by Larry Pointer
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LIFE magazine photo shoot at Barris

  LIFE Magazine photo shoot at BARRIS   In the early 1950s several non car related magazines did some magazine features on Custom Cars. One of them was Life Magazine, or at least ...
by Rik Hoving
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Johnny Zaro 1941 Ford

  JOHNNY ZARO 1941 FORD   Originally created for John Vara by George Barris. This radical full fade away fendered 1941 Ford padded topped Convertible is best known as the Johnny Z...
by Rik Hoving
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Joe Brenner 41 Merc

  JOE BRENNER 41 MERC   The Valley Custom Shop restyles the perfect mild custom 1941 Mercury 4-door Sedan for Joe Brenner. This article was originally created in November, 2015, ...
by Rik Hoving
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The Slippery Ayala Look

  SLIPPERY AYALA LOOK   Gil and Al Ayala started creating Custom Cars in around 1945. One of their trademark restyling techniques would become the super smooth molded in everythi...
by Rik Hoving
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Balboa Beach Rendezvous Ballroom

  BALBOA BEACH Rendezvous Ballroom   From 1948 till 1951 the Kustoms Los Angles Car Club would cruise down to Balboa Beach for Easter Ballweek. Free Custom Car show on the parkin...
by Rik Hoving
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GSII Glow in the Dark Tires

  GSII GLOW in the DARK TIRES   Jim Skonzakes had created his Golden Sahara II around 1958, filled with the latest technology. When Goodyear developed a glow in the dark tire in t...
by Rik Hoving
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Gil Ayala painted Cars

  GIL AYALA PAINTED CARS   Gil Ayala loved to mix Custom Paint Colors, he loved to experiment with toners, with different base coats, to create the ultimate Custom Paint finish. I...
by Rik Hoving
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Barter Collection 36 Ford Cabrio

  36 FORD CABRIOLET   Jamie Barter has shared a few more photo from his early photo collection with us. This time he shared 3 photos of a heavily restyled 1936 Ford Cabriolet ta...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri Part Seven

  NEFERTERI part Seven   Inspiration. Where does it come from? For our Forrest Gump, the pages of National Geographic became the siren song of Neferteri, his Queen of the byroads....
by Larry Pointer
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Ayala John Geraghty 40 Ford

John Geraghty 1940 Ford

  JOHN GERAGHTY 1940 FORD   John Geraghty had the Ayala brothers create this subtile brilliant irridescent green painted 1940 Ford convertible Custom in the late 1940s. Brothers ...
by Rik Hoving
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Ayala Bob Lomax Chevy

Bob Lomax 53 Chevy by Ayala

  BOB LOMAX 53 CHEVY   1953 Chevy Convertible created by Gil and Al Ayala form Robert Lomax in the mid 1950s Bob Lomax’s ’53 Chevy was one of the “few” Aya...
by Rik Hoving
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Barris Kustoms

Dzemske Collection Barris Photos

  DZEMSKE BARRIS PHOTOS   TIntro text. In the late 1950’s and 1960’s Bob visited many Mid West shows. Most of these shows were filed with the more local Hot Rods and C...
by Rik Hoving
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Gil Ayala wild bird

Gil Ayala Wild Bird Restored

  AYALA WILDBIRD RESTORED   Gil Ayalas 1955 Ford TBird aka Wild Bird has been completely restored by Yarils Customs in Florida. New owner Bjorn Jansson takes it on a Kross Kountr...
by Rik Hoving
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Memo Ortega Stories Part 33

  SoCal SHOWS Part 5   More Flashback stories and more photos from the Memo Ortega files from the time Memo went to some of the famous West Coast Kustoms shows in Los Banos. Me...
by Rik Hoving
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Sam Barris Buick Restoration Finished

  SAM BARRIS BUICK FINISHED   The full restoration on the Sam Barris 1950 Buick has been finished. The Iconic Custom looks breathtaking, just as how Sam Barris finished it in late...
by Rik Hoving
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1941 Ford Mystery Convertible

  1941 FORD MYESTERY CONVERTIBLE   1941 Ford Convertible with chopped padded top, solid grille insert used in Eastern Auto Supply advertising. A Mystery Published Custom Car. 194...
by Rik Hoving
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Al Glickman 1949 Mercury

  AL GLICKMAN 1949 MERCURY   Al Glickman 1949 Mercury Hop Up Magazine cover Custom was restyled by Gil and Al Ayala at Gils Auto Body Works. An uniquely restyled full Custom Merc ...
by Rik Hoving
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Carson Style 36 Ford

Carson Style 36 Ford

  CARSON STYLE 36 FORD   David E Zivot wanted a California Top 1936 Ford Roadster Custom. Restyled in line with how the cars were built shortly after WWII. He was able to create...
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