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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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Colorized Custom Car Photo Posters

  COLORIZED PHOTO POSTERS   NOW finally available from the Custom Car Chron...
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History of the Early Custom Car

History of the Early Custom Car

  HISTORY of the EARLY CUSTOM CAR   For as long as there have been a...
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Ed Sloan 1953 Plymouth

  ED SLOAN 1953 PLYMOUTH   Ed Sloan had his 1953 Plymouth Har...
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Nick Matranga Mercury

  NICK MATRANGA MERCURY   One of the most Iconic Custom Cars o...
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Bob Fairman 36 Ford Restoration

  BOB FAIRMAN FORD RESTORATION   After sitting in...
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1947 Ford Mystery Barris Custom

  1947 Ford MYSTERY BARRIS Custom   Nick Maneri from...
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Joe Bailon Elton Kantor Ford

  ELTON KANTOR FORD   Joe Bailons second major Cust...
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1937 Ford Customs

  1937 FORD CUSTOMS   The 1937 Ford, along with the 1938 models were often conside...
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Customizing with early Cadillac Tail Fins

  CUSTOMIZING CADILLAC TAIL FINS   When the 1948 Cadillac ...
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Joe Bailon Miss Elegance

  BAILON MISS ELEGANCE   Joe Bailon turned this once wr...
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Winfields Jade Idol Sold

  WINFIELDS JADE IDOL SOLD   After having been the caret...
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Early Vanity License Plate

  EARLY VANITY LICENSE PLATE   Chas Haggert used a CHUCK Vanity License P...
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Customs at Milnes Richfield Station

  NORM MILNES RICHFIELD Station   In the mi...
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Larry Watson Line-Up photo

  WATSON LINE-UP Photo   6 wild and brilliant painted...
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Bob Armstrong 1940 Mercury

  BOB ARMSTRONG 1940 MERC   Bob Armstrong from Alhambra California owned t...
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Background Mystery Custom

  BACKGROUND MYSTERY CUSTOM   In the background of 2 early 1950s drag strip p...
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Bob Larson 1940 Mercury

  BOB LARSON 1940 Merc   Inspired by the Nick Matranga Barri...
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1948 Giveaway Teardrop Trailer

  1948 GIVEAWAY TRAILER   Besides being able to win a FREE Hot Rod at the v...
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Johnny Rosier 53 Mercury

  JOHNNY ROSIER 53 MERCURY   Johnny Rosier worked together w...
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Ralph Weflen Sectioned 56 Ford

  RALPH WEFLEN SECTIONED 56 FORD   Ralph Weflen a very skilled Custom ...
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Jesse Lopez 1941 Ford

  JESSE LOPEZ 1941 FORD   Around 1947 innovative car enthusias...
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1952 New York Show Photo

  1952 NEW YORK SHOW Photo   A closer look at an birds eye view photo taken...
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