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Neferteri Part Nine

Posted  June 23, 2017  by  Larry Pointer

  NEFERTERI Part Nine   In this, the next to last episode in the Neferteri saga, our Forrest Gump tackles the challenges of scaling down the full figured Cadillac of Trucks. Larry Pointer found himself a survivor of Y2K, retired, a widower, and a more or less empty nester.  He needed a project.  In this […]

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Barris Mystery Parked Car

Posted  June 20, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  BARRIS MYSTERY PARKED CAR   In 1994 I saw a Mystery Car in the background of one photo taken at the Barris Shop. The shape of the top intrigued me, and I wanted to know more about it. 23 years later I have found several more photos of the car, but I still do […]

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Horizontal Custom Grilles

Posted  June 15, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  HORIZONTAL CUSTOM GRILLES From early in the 1940s Custom Restylers started to experiment with new and wider grille designs. These wide custom grilles gave the cars a beautiful modern appearance. This is part two in our series on Custom Car grilles. In the first article we concentrated on the early style vertical grilles. In […]

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The Original Kustoms of America

Posted  June 14, 2017  by  David/Michelle

  ORIGINAL KUSTOMS of AMERICA   1954 the Custom Car business was booming Nation wide. Time for George Barris to take the Custom Car Club to a new level. Kustoms Of America was founded, and would attract members from all over the US. The Original Kustoms of America. by David E. Zivot     George […]

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Chuck DeWitt Ford Clone Debut

Posted  June 10, 2017  by  Rik Hoving

  CHUCK DEWITT FORD CLONE   At the 2017 Custom Car Revival show in Indianapolis the long awaited Chuck DeWitt Convertible Ford Clone made its public debut. Its debut has been rumored for several years, and a few weeks ago Kevin Anderson, on of the organizers of the Custom Car Revival car show in Indianapolis, announced […]

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Vivian Maier, the Mystery Urban Street Life Photographer

A PRECIOUS GIFT In 2007 Vivian Maier’s work was found at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Thanks to the buyer we now know Maier’s work and can be both...
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Hank Griffith’s 1942 Ford Not an all Ayala Custom

HANKS WIFE SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT Hank Griffith 1942 Ford grazed the cover of the Trend book #101 Custom Cars booklet. The first of an annual that would last till 1962. The car also had a...
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Dean ‘Deano’ Jeffries passed away

A MAN WITH A BRUSH One of history’s preeminent automotive sculptors and engineers passed away at home on Sunday, May 5, 2013.  Dean Jeffries, also known as “Deano” began pinstriping ...
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The Custom Car Photo Archive

OVER ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PHOTO’S: THE EVER GROWING CUSTOM CAR PHOTO ARCHIVE The Custom Car Photo Archive has gained quite some attention in the past years. There are stories about cu...
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The Memo Files: an Ayala Coupe, quad headlights and a found photo

THE MEMO FILES PART 2: ABOUT THE AYALA COUPE AND SWEET MEMORIES In the Memo files, Memo Ortega aka Memo Chop  shares his amazing memories from the 1940’s and up. This is his first st...
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The Memo Files: smarty pants and zoot suits

THE MEMO FILES PART 1: ABOUT BEING YOUNG, SHARP AND SMART In the Memo files, Memo Ortega aka Memo Chop  shares his amazing memories from the 1940’s and up. This is his first story. M...
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Red for Passion

VOLVO: SAFETY FIRST…. You’ve got to love the Swedes. The’ve invented beds that fit into a Mini (courtesy of Ikea) and they’re the master of nail-biting crime-series ...
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Q and A: the Jack Stewart Ford Book,

  RIK HOVING’S FIRST CUSTOM CAR BOOK Part of 2011 and most of 2012 Rik spent most of his spare time working on one of his long lasting dreams. Writing his own book about Custom C...
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Pre-war Dry Lakes Hot Rod Racing in 8mm

ONLY THE ROAR IS MISSING Dave Welles of Seabright Hot Rods  posted this wonderful video of pre war Dry Lake racing. Dave is the son of a hot rodder and a dry lake racer and when he raced ...
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Building a 49 Mercury model in the eighties

A 1949 MERCURY SEDAN DELIVERY This model’49 Mercury Sedan Delivery custom was build around 1987. Mercury never produced a Sedan Delivery with the 1949-51 models. They created a Woody ...
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’36 Ford in the Magnificent Thirties – Forties

A DEFINING ERA A special era for custom cars is the late 1930’s till the late 1940’s. In this particular period the custom car style was really developed which ultimately lead t...
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The Jade Idol 1956 Mercury Gene

A VERY FINE GENE WINFIELD CUSTOM A favorite Gene Winfield Custom is the Jade Idol 1956 Mercury Gene built for Leroy Kemmerer from Castro Valley, Ca. This color photo of the first version of...
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The Parking Lot Scene

MADE IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF CUSTOM CARS One of the most incredible out door photos of the Golden Age of Custom cars is this birds eye point of view photo taken at the Custom Car and Hot Rods ...
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1932 Ford Hot Rods with a Custom Feel

LOOKING FOR CUSTOMIZED 32 FORD Yes, it is true the 1932 Ford are primarily seen as Hot Rods, or Street Rods (and of course as a restored stocker, but we’ll leave those for the moment)...
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About Kustom Kar Books Publishing

TURNING CUSTOM CAR PASSION INTO BOOKS Most custom car and hot rod enthousiast spent their time working on their cars. But instead of buying a car, Rik started his own publishing firm. The p...
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Why man built boats: a movie by Kat Gardiner

THE CRAFT AND PHILOSOPHY OF WOODEN BOAT CARPENTRY. A MOVIE BY KAT GARDINER You’ve got to love this short film about the craft and philosophy of wooden boat carpentry. There are so man...
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Charles Eames: If it’s not Functional, it’s not Beautiful

THE STORY OF EAMES FURNITURE BY MARILYN NEUHART Here at Custom Car Chronicle we love Eames. Imagine how happy we were when we found this beautiful book about the history of these iconic cha...
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Getting Plastered

THE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS OF A CUSTOM CAR HISTORIAN Early 2000, while on a visit to my parents, I decided to look for a model I built in the early 1980’s. I still had fond memories of it! I f...
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A wonderful 1947 line up!

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS My favorite era of custom cars is the early times, the 1940’s. The Custom Cars where so original, clean, functional, and well designed back then. I have be...
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Hop Up Magazine in the fifties

WHEN A SUBSCRIPTION FOR 12 ISSUES COSTS $ 2.00 In the July 1952 issue Hop Up magazine featured the Barris built Ralph Testa 1950 Mercury convertible in a three pages article. In that same...
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C. C. Alexander’s 1950 Ford Sports Custom

AT THE ’52 NEW YORK MOTOR SPORTS SHOW These two photos are some of the earlier pieces that became part of the Custom Car Photo Archive. Both photos show the Sports Custom 1950 Ford Sh...
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The Larry Watson signs

SIGN O’ THE TIMES We all know Larry Watson as a Custom Car and Hot Rod painter, and he might possibly be the best Custom painter we ever had. The amount of car’s, bikes, boats a...
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