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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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Leroy Carson 36 Ford Survivor

  LEROY CARSON 36 FORD SURVIVOR   Jeff Neppl visited the October 2016 Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield California. One car stood out to him, this 1936 Ford Cabriolet mild custom Sur...
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41 Chevy 4 Door

  41 CHEVY 4 DOOR   Two snapshot of a really nicely done 1941 Chevy 4 door restyled in the mid 1940s. I think it was around 2010 when I bought a few snapshots with some mild earl...
by Rik Hoving
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Hirohata Merc Model

  HIROHATA MERC MODEL   Yoshihiro Hobara built this Barris Kustoms Hirohata Mercury model several years ago. Never really happy with its roofline, he decided to redo it. And now ...
by Rik Hoving
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Harold Larsen 41 Ford

  HAROLD LARSEN 41 FORD   Harold Larsen 41 Ford restyled by the Barris Shop around 1947. Ralph Adams owned it in the early 1950s then it went to the East Coast. Is it still around...
by Rik Hoving
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Custom Car Black Wall Tires

  CUSTOM CAR BLACK WALL TIRES   During WWII rubber tires were rationed, and white wall tires were not produced at all. This all had huge effects on the looks of this era Custom Ca...
by Rik Hoving
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Neferteri Part Three

  NEFERTERI part Three   Larry Pointer, our Forrest Gump of the Conquistadors Car Club, marvels at Europe’s Golden Age of the coach built automobile, and influences that wou...
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Coachcraft 1940 Ford

  COACHCRAFT 1940 FORD   In 1940 Coachcraft LTD created what must be one of the first full custom 1940 Fords for Clarence Salomon. The beautiful Convertible would later be owned b...
by Rik Hoving
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CCC Shop

  CCC-SHOP   Fantastic and unique Custom Car related Merchandise from the Custom Car Chronicle. To help promote and support the Custom Car Chronicle. T-Shirt Shop Check out our su...
by Rik Hoving
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57 Chevy El Capitola

  EL CAPITOLA   1957 Chevy El Capitola restyled by Sam Barris after he moved back to NorCal was the last Custom he created for the Barris Kustom Shop. Don Fletcher, from Del Paso ...
by Rik Hoving
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VJ Parade 41 Custom

  VJ PARADE 41 CUSTOM   August 14, 1945 VJ Parade on 4th Street in Los Angeles shows two mildly restyled 41 FOMOCO Convertible Customs. while browsing the internet searching for ...
by Rik Hoving
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CLASSIC CADDY

  1941 CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE   In 2012 I came across 3 photos of a very nicely styled 1941 Cadillac convertible Custom. These very interesting in 1946 taken photos show a car tha...
by Rik Hoving
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58 Oldsmobile Starfire

  58 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE   Chuck Layman created his Starfire Oldmobile Custom in 1961. He last saw it in 1965, and is now wondering what ever happened to it after 1965. Chuck L...
by Rik Hoving
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55 Chevy Survivor Custom

  55 CHEVY SURVIVOR CUSTOM   Professionally Restyled in 1958 as a Birthday gift for a 16 year old kid. This comfortable family Custom is now ready to find a new Caretaker. Marc M...
by Rik Hoving
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Memo Ortega Stories Part 30

  PASO ROBLES SHOW   Memo Ortega recently came across some more of the photos he took at the late 1980s Paso Robles West Coast Kustoms show. Memo’s Flashback Cruising to E...
by Rik Hoving
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Dan Landon First Car

  DAN LANDON FIRST CAR   A found snapshot of Dan Landon and his 1949 Chevy put more than a huge smile on my face… In the decades that I have been researching the history of...
by Rik Hoving
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Custom Grilles Vertical

  CUSTOM GRILLES VERTICAL   Since the very early beginnings of Custom Restyling the grille has played a huge part in the overall design. Pioneer Customizers designed their own gri...
by Rik Hoving
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Richard Gregg 50 Ford The Capri

50 Ford The Capri Found

  50 FORD THE CAPRI FOUND   Richard Gregg rebuild a 1950 Ford Coupe into a chopped and sectioned pick-up shop truck as a rolling advertising for his Ricks Body shop in Sacramento...
by Rik Hoving
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Hirohata Merc Clone Going West

  HIROHATA MERC CLONE GOING WEST   John DAgostino and his Silent partner acquire the Jack Walker Hirohata Mercury Clone. The story behind the deal as told by John DAgostino. A f...
by Rik Hoving
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Historic Customs USA Road Trip P4

  HISTORIC CUSTOMS USA Road Trip Part 4 After spending some time with Gene Winfield, the guys are now on their way to Hot Rodding Mecca El Mirage, and the Los Angeles Roadster Show. I...
by Rik Hoving
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Bob Lund 50 Mercury

Bob Lund 50 Mercury

  BOB LUND 50 MERCURY   The Bob Lund 1950 Mercury convertible easily fits on the list of some of the best restyled Barris Customs ever created. It sadly never received this reco...
by Rik Hoving
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Hudson Joe Collection Part 4

  HUSDON JOE COLLECTION Part 4   Hudson Joe has been collecting old Hot Rod and Custom Car photos for many year. Great material from the 40’s and 50’s. The Hudson Joe...
by Rik Hoving
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Parking Lot Photo Poster

  PARKING LOT PHOTO POSTER   The famous Colorized 1954 Thrifty Drug Store Parking Lot Show photo is now available as high quality large Photo-Poster.   Originally created as ...
by Rik Hoving
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