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Featured Stories

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Richard Mikami's 1961 Chevrolet Impala - The Ant Killer
Richard "Froggy" Mikami grew up in Gardena, California looking at dropped 59 Impalas with scavenger pipes, scalloped Bonnevilles, and Oldsmobiles with Candy paint jobs. In 1964 he bought a 1961 Chevrolet Impala that he decided to have restyled. After installing a 1959 Imperial grille, the car received a beautiful black Naugahyde tuck and roll interior by Russ and Bess, a striking Pearl paint job by Joe Andersen, and hydraulic lifts by Bill Hines. Click here for more information and photos



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Bob Hagerty's 1931 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan - Jade East
Bob Hagerty's Jade East began as a $60.00 bet in 1963. Bob who had been interested in cars for 6 years had to prove that he was man enough to actually finish a car. During the build he learned how to weld, paint, be a body and fender man, and do mechanical work. Two years of hard work paid of, and in 1965 Car Craft Magazine did a story on the car where they named it one of the wildest sedans ever built.
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Dick Owens' 1940 Mercury Convertible - Another Early Barris Kustom Identified
Dick Owens involvement with custom cars goes back to post-war Los Angeles. At the time Dick was going steady with a girl named Betty. Betty had a sister named Helen, who was dating Jim Kierstead, a fellow from Inglewood. Jim was a buddy of Sam Barris, and he had a 1939 Mercury coupe that Sam helped him chop and restyle. Dick was also in the possession of a Mercury, a 1940 convertible, so it didn't take long time before he approached Sam about helping him restyle his car as well. Click here for more information and photos



News

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11.18.2016 - The Restoration of Henry Contreras' 1955 Chevrolet Custom Has Started
Earlier this year the remains of Henry Contreras' 1955 Chevrolet custom swapped hands, and Sam Freeman and Richard Mann at Freeman Automotive Design in Santa Barbara, California are now undertaking a restoration of the historic Norwalk custom. Henry's 55 gained national recognition when it was featured on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine January 1957. It has been through several versions since that, and we can't wait to see how it will turn out this time. Read more...



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11.04.2016 - Kustomrama California Division - Limited Edition T-Shirt - Now Available in the Kustomrama Online Store
Today we added a brand new T-Shirt design to the Kustomrama Online Store. The Kustomrama California Division is a Limited Edition T-Shirt, so only 50 will be made and sold. Available in black, it has a huge print on the back, and a small print on the chest. Get it while it's hot. If you snooze you might loose! Check it out



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09.03.2016 - Blackie Gejeian Passed Away
Michael "Blackie" Gejeian was born in Easton, California in 1926. 19 years old he built his first hot rod, named "Blackie". After a crash in 1948 he rebuilt it into the "Shish Kebob". Featuring a chromed undercarriage, the Shish Kebob and Blackie drove into the history books when he won the prestigious America's Most Beautiful Roadster award with the car. In June we all celebrated his 90 year birthday, and today we woke up to the sad news that Blackie has left us. Read more...



Lost and Found

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Lost: Richard Piscatelli's 1954 Mercury
Fred Williams grew up in West Haven, Connecticut. While he was growing up, there were several Bernardo Bros customs cruising around his hometown. His favorite was Richard Piscatelli's 1954 Mercury, a cover car from Customs Illustrated September 1960. Richard sold the car to Robert L. Fabbri around 1962. Robert kept and drove the custom for a few years before I sold it to a young kid when he started college around 1966. Click here for more information and photos



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Found: Richard Gregg's 1950 Ford Pickup - The Capri
In June of 2016 Richard Gregg's 1950 Ford pickup, known as "The Capri", was found in San Ramon, California. The car had been in storage for 40 years plus, and it was buried in mud when Tony Gomes of San Ramon, California bought it. The car was originally built by Richard Gregg of Sacramento, California in the late 1950s, and it received a lot of magazine ink when it was completed. Tony, who runs Tri -Valley Auto Glass plans to restore the car back to how it looked when it was first done. Click here for more information and photos



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Found: Ed Roth's 1956 Ford F-100
Another long lost Ed Roth custom has resurfaced and is back in the spotlight again. Ed bought this F-100 truck in 1957. He gave it a flame paint job and used it as advertising for his business. He sold the car in the late 1950s, and it ended up as a farm truck in Oklahoma. It was never licensed in Oklahoma, and spent most of its time around the farm. The car has now returned to California, and it is scheduled for a restored debut at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show. Click here for more information and photos



Kustomrama Photo Archive

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The Jamco Parts Photo Collection
Jim Genty of Miles City, Montana was a founding member of the Kingsmen of Miles City car club. In 1966 he left Montana and moved West to sunny Culver City in California. Having a passion for ground scraping cars, Jim worked on developing suspension components that would drop the car several inches without reducing the suspension's travel. Jim's work eventually became the basis of Jamco Suspension.
Click here to check out the Jamco Parts Photo Collection



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The Junior Conway Photo Collection
While Olav Kvipt lived in California, he was able to become friends with Junior Conway of Junior's House of Color in Bell. Junior has been in the trade since he began working for Barris Kustoms in 1955, and is currently operating one of the best, high end body shops in the world. Junior shared his photo collection with Kustomrama. A collection were the majority of photos are from 1953 to the late 1960s.
Click here to check out the Junior Conway Photo Collection



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The Bengt Wennergren Photo Collection
Bengt Wennergren is an early Swedish hot rodder, customizer and a drag racing pioneer. Bengt has been into hot rods and customs since the late 1950s. He has been around the world, and he brought his camera along on the journey. Bengt has an extensive collection of old photos that he has shared with Kustomrama.
Click here to check out The Bengt Wennergren Photo Collection



Featured Projects

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The Kustomrama Dream truck
The Kustomrama Dream Truck is a tribute to the custom cars of the late 1950s. Being an admirer of Jerry DeVito's wildly restyled 1957 Ford Fairlane, that we all know as the Maze, Sondre Kvipt decided that he wanted to recreate this car as a Ranchero. The build was started in Oslo, Norway in January of 2014, lead by Sondre's brother Olav.
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Gil Ayala's 1955 Ford Thunderbird - The Wild Bird
Gil Ayala's personal custom, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, known as the Wild Bird, has been sold to Scandinavia. Gil's Thunderbird is one of the few known surviving Ayala Customs, and it will be a great addition to the Scandinavian custom scene. The restoration will be featured here on Kustomrama, and in order to an as accurate job as possible we need your help! Click here for more information and photos




For Sale

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For Sale: Ron Courtney's 1951 Ford - The X-51
Ron Courtney of McMinnville, Oregon began restyling the X-51 in 1954. The build was completed two years later, and the radically restyled Ford hit the streets of McMinnville in 1956. After winning a lot of awards, and being featured in several magazines, Ron sold the car in 1959. It was involved in a traffic accident, and disappeared from the scene for a long time.
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For Sale: Jack Pieknik's 1934 Ford Victoria
Jack Pieknik's 1934 Ford Victoria was supposedly restyled by Downriver Modified member Ray Hosh of Detroit, Michigan in the 1950s. The headlights were molded to the fenders, a treatment similar to the one Bill Hines gave Marty Ribits' 1934 Ford cabriolet, another Downriver Modified car. According to Jack, Dick Dean supposedly built the fenders for Ernie Szelesi's 1934 Ford; "Ernie didn't like them, so Ray got them for his car."
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Featured Events

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Dia De Los Kustoms 2016
October 29, 2016 Los Hitters car club held their first Dia De Los Kustoms car show at the Velvet Elvis Lounge in Dallas, Texas. The mission of the show was to bring a true pre '64 traditional hot rod and kustom only car show to Dallas. The good ol' Texas sun shined down on the show, allowing participants and spectators to enjoy the day, making the show a huge success.
Click here to see pictures from the Dia De Los Kustoms 2016



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Sultans Car Show at Millikan High School 1995
Hot rod and custom car show held by the Sultans of Long Beach car club. The show was held on the athletic field at Millikan High School in Long Beach, California. The Sultans have always emphasized the so called "Bellflower Look", and many of the members, past and present, were active in the custom scene in the area during the late 1950s on into the 1960s.
Click here to see pictures from the 1995 Sultans Car Show at Millikan High School



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Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2015
The 24th annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show was held December 6, 2015 at the Pacifico Yokohama International Exhibition Hall in Yokohama, Japan. Show guest cars of the year included John D'Agostino's 1968 Buick Riviera, Tom Foster's 1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe and Ashley Cunningham’s 1950 Ford.
Click here to see pictures from the 2015 Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show



Recommended Reading

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Hot Rod Gallery II
Throughout his 40-plus year career, Pat Ganahl has accumulated more than 30,000 images. 350 of "some" of the most interesting and best photos from Pat's collection have found their way to Hot Rod Gallery II. Published by CarTech, the book was released August 18, 2016, and according to the publisher, the book contains more great photos and stories from hot rodding's golden years. Click here for more information.



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Street Rod & Custom Showtime
Street Rod & Custom Showtime is a hardcover book that documents the history of Britain's indoor hot rod and custom car shows. We all know the history about how hot rodding started in California nearly hundred years ago, and how it spread to become a worldwide phenomenon. What not so many people know, is how and when hot rodding started in the UK. This book tells the story from the humble beginnings in the 1950s, to the victorious 1980s. Click here for more information.



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King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris
After 5 years of hard work, Brett Barris and Douglas Nason's book "King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris" is finally out. A huge release party and book signing was held at Gaslpin Auto Sports September 1, 2015. The hardcover book containing nearly 500 pages jam-packed with never-before-seen photos and design illustrations, illuminating how Barris’ creations helped redefine the automobile’s place in American culture. Click here for more information.



Kustomrama Styling Studio

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Kustomrama Styling Studio no. 9 - 1941 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible
Janne Kutja has been down in his archive again, and found a design he drew back in 2006. This concept is based on a 1941 Lincoln Zephyr convertible. Main modifications include a chopped and leaned back windshield amd a padded top. Fanatics will also see the Janne has replaced the original one-piece windshield with a split one.
Click here for more information and photos


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Kustomrama Styling Studio no. 8 - 1940 Mercury Coupe
Janne Kutja is back with another previously unseen design from the Kutja Design Archive. This concept came alive when Janne wondered how a 1940 Mercury custom would look with a roof similar to a 1940 Ford or 1941 Mercury coupe. Puzzled by this, Janne designed something that easily could have rolled out of Barris Kustoms prior to the Matranga Merc...maybe after that as well? Click here for more information and photos


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Kustomrama Styling Studio no. 7 - 1953 Kaiser Hardtop Coupe
Janne Kutja is back with another previously unseen design from the Kutja Design Archive. This one, dated 2008, shows the potential that lies underneath the lines of a big and bulky 1953 Kaiser. You rarely see customized 1950s Kaisers. In fact you don't see too many 1950s Kaisers at all. In 1953 a total of only 29,945 cars were produced. Let's hope this design by Janne can help a car or two survive in a recycled and restyled version. Click here for more information and photos


Fred's Korner

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Pilgrim
Fred Lammers aka "Fred" or "Phred" is a Norwegian artist and illustrator from Oslo, Norway. Cars, kustoms & art: Fred has been involved with that as long as he can remember. He give his older brother credit for his interest in cars. He taught Fred about the makes and models and so on, but when it came to the tech stuff he was more interested in the design and soon started to draw and design stuff. Each week..well at least once in a while... Kustomrama presents a new masterpiece by Fred. Click here for a larger version and more art by Fred




Jonnie King's Legends of the Rod & Custom Hall of Fame

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Bo Huff - The Sam Barris Tribute Build
In 2002 Bo Huff started recreating an old Dragerton custom he remembered from his teenage days. At the time, the car belonged to Stan Robles, a buddy of Bo. Before the car came to Utah, it had belonged to Sam Barris. Sam had restyled the car for hsimelf, and won First Place in the Convertible Class at the 1957 National Roadster Show with it.
Click here to hear the interview at www.legends.thewwbc.net/



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Darryl Starbird - The Hall of Fame Museum
Jonnie King interviews Darryl Starbird about his Hall of Fame Museum, a lifelong dream that came true. Darryl's concept and idea was to build a Museum and a Hall of Fame to showcase his life's work of internationally known vehicles that he had produced, and to honor the work and craftsmanship of his contemporaries.
Click here to hear the interview at www.legends.thewwbc.net/



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Frank Lviningston's 49 Chevy - Close to a Clone
In 1955 Satan's Angels member Frank Livingston debuted his newly restyled 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline at the National Roadster Show. The car went trough three versions before Frank traded it for a 1953 Oldsmobile in 1959. In 2003 Frank returned to the Grand National Roadster Show with a recreation of his first 1949 Chevrolet. In this interview, Jonnie King talks to Frank about his beautiful recreation.
here to hear the interview at www.legends.thewwbc.net/



Featured Videos

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1965 NHRA Winter National Drag Races, Pomona--Redone
Almost 10 minutes of digitized and edited 8mm home videos taken by Mike Tyler at the 1965 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California. Lots of pit area and return road images of many famous and not so famous muscle cars, gassers, and dragsters that "ruled' during the mid 1960s.
Click here to check out the movie


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1958 MHRA Drag Race Lansing MI Featuring Speed Sport Roadster
This seven minute long 8mm home movie was recorded by Richard Cote of Dearborn, Michigan at a MHRA sanctioned drag race in Lansing, Michigan in 1958. Richard helped Larry Carline build the primered small block Chevy powered 1927 Ford Model T truck with the Paxton supercharger that can be seen in the movie.
Click here to check out the movie



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Spritz by Fritz - Chop a Model A Top at Home
The man who gave us the Roswell Rod is out with another great how-to DVD. Fritz' third DVD is aimed at home builders that wants to perform a successful Model A chop at home, in their own garage, using their own tools. Work alongside Fritz in the garage as he chop a 1930 Ford Model A coupe 2 1/4 inches, fill the roof opening with an old Chevy station wagon donor panel, and show you every step of the way how he did it. Chopping a Model A Coupe has never looked easier!
Click here to check out the trailer



Kustomra'mag

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Kustomra'mag 5
Fifth issue of Kustomra'mag is just released. Kustomra'mag 5 features 80 pages of exclusive coverage from the A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2008.

Click here to check out the fourth issue of Kustomra'mag





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Kustomra'mag 4
Fourth issue of Kustomra'mag is just released. Kustomra'mag 4 features 80 pages coverage from the Jokers Car Show 2008, CKOS Lead Parkin' 2008 and Power Hot Rod Reunion 2008.

Click here to check out the fourth issue of Kustomra'mag





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Kustomra'mag 3 - The Viva Las Vegas Special
Kustomra'mag 3 features 80 pages of exclusive coverage from the Shifters Car Show at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 2008. This is the biggest issue of Kustomra'mag so far.

Click here to check out the third issue of Kustomra'mag






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