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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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Q and A: the Jack Stewart Ford Book,

  RIK HOVING’S FIRST CUSTOM CAR BOOK Part of 2011 and most of 2012 Rik spent mo...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 1940R...
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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 195...
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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 ...
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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, o...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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Getting Plastered

THE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS OF A CUSTOM CAR HISTORIAN Early 2000, while on a visit to my parents, I de...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 piec...
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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 m...
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Ed Jacques 1942 Ford Exquisite Custom Car Design

  Exquisite Custom Car Design   The customs created by the Valley Custom...
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The Rodder’s Journal SCRAPBOOK

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Overall Review 4 / 5 - Very Good
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Sal Cacciola Westergard Chevy

  SAL CACCIOLA WESTERGARD CHEVY   This great loo...
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Larry Robbins 1948 Mercury

LOOKING FOR A CAR Several Barris books show photos of George Barris working on a 1946-...
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The Fab Moonglow

  A CAR, A SCRAPBOOK AND LOST INTEREST   A new two part article about Duane Stecks Moonglow ha...
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The Jack Stewart Ford

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Overall Review 5 / 5 - Must Have!
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