Gil's Auto Body Works

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Eddie Dye's 1929 Ford Roadster, was built by the Ayala Brothers in the early 1950s.
Don Holland's 1941 Ford convertible of Lakewood, California. Don's Ford was restyled by Gil's Auto Body Works sometime between 1948 and 1951.
Al Garcia's 1948 Ford, of the East Los Angeles Auto Butchers was restyled by Gil's Auto Body Works in the early 1950s.

Gil's Auto Body Works was a East Los Angeles, California custom body shop. Located at 4074 East Olympic Boulevard, it was run and operated by Gil Ayala. Gil opened the shop in 1945, when he was 20 years old. He operated the business there for the next 45 years. Gil was the front man and painter, while his brother Al was the master fabricator. Gil owned the shop, and Al worked there on and off over the years, sometimes full-time, sometimes part-time. Al did also have a regular job at a Chevrolet dealer, and he would work for Gil when it was slow at the Chevrolet dealer, or at nights. Al worked full-time for Gil in stretches, doing strictly bodywork. Gil's Auto Body Works was a full-service body shop that did a lot of custom metalwork and painting. Gil did also do a lot of insurance repair work, especially on high-end cars, to make ends meet. Gil's speciality, and his love, was mixing and spraying luscious custom colors, especially candies and pearls.[1]

The Ayalas were among the first to make full Fadeaway Fenders.

A small building on the corner of Gil's property housed a separate business called The House of Chrome in the early days. The House of Chrome sold chromed accessories.

In September 1953, Gil married his second wife Lucille. Lucille became the manager/bookkeeper of the shop, and worked there most of the time after 1953.

Gil Ayala is listed in Trend Book 175 Custom Cars 1959 Annual as one of the customizers in the industry doing outstanding work in the art of restyling automobiles. He is listed as a Thunderbird restyling specialist.[2]



Al Ayala
Gil Ayala
Lucille Ayala
Ruben Palazuelas[1]

Cars Restyled by the Ayala Brothers

Eddie Dye's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Kazar Simonian's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Joe Nitti's 1932 Ford Roadster
The House Of Chrome 1940 Ford Pickup
John Geraghty's 1940 Ford Convertible
Gil Ayala's 1940 Mercury Coupe
Don Holland's 1941 Ford Convertible
Jack Stewart's 1941 Ford Coupe
Wally Welch's 1941 Ford Convertible
Gil Ayala's 1942 Ford Coupe
Hank Griffith's 1942 Ford Coupe
Al Garcia's 1948 Ford Convertible
Louie Bettancourt's 1949 Mercury
Don Roach's 1949 Pontiac
Buddy Alcorn's 1950 Mercury
Dave Marquez 1950 Mercury
Wally Welch's 1950 Mercury
Mel Gerrard's 1950 Oldsmobile
Memo Ortega's 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop
Gil Ayala's 1951 GMC Truck
Al Glickman's 1951 Mercury Convertible
Hank Griffith's 1952 Ford
Johnny Rosier's 1953 Mercury
Gil Ayala's 1955 Ford Thunderbird
Richard Aguirre's 1955 Mercury


The American Custom Car
Rik Hoving Custom Car Photo Archive
Rodders Journal Number 39


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Rodder's Journal 40
  2. Trend Book 175 Custom Cars 1959 Annual

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