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Kustomrama Newsletter
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Featured Stories

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Harold Johnson's 1938 Ford Tudor Sedan
Harold Johnson grew up in Inglewood, California in the 1940s. He had two older brothers-in-law that introduced him to custom cars after WWII. In 1948, when he was old enough to drive, Harold bought a 1938 Ford tudor sedan that he set out to customize. The build was started the same year, and it was a typical mild custom that would roam the streets of Los Angeles at the time.
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Dennis McPhail's 1960 Ford Fairlane
1960 Ford Fairlane owned by Beatniks member Dennis McPhail of Wellington, Kansas. In 2010 Dennis told Kustoms Illustrated that he had been chasing the Fairlane around Wellington for 16 years before he was able to buy it. Being from Kansas, Dennis wanted to restyle the car in an early 1960s Starbird/Wichita style. Darryl Starbird's Predicta was the main inspiration for the build.
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Arthur Lellis' 1939 Ford Convertible
Arthur Lellis ran Art & Jerry Custom Shop together with Jerry Moffatt in Los Angeles, California. In 1946 Art and Jerry built two, almost identical, 1939 Ford convertible customs that they could use as daily drivers. Both cars were chopped, channeled and ran padded tops. Art's 39 ended up on the East Coast in the mid 1950s, where it was damaged, and the front end was replaces with a 1940 Ford DeLuxe front end.Click here for more information and photos



News

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04.04.2017 - The Restored Version of Gil Ayala's Wild Bird Makes its Debut at the 2017 Lonestar Round Up
Early April 2017 Yaril's Customs completed the restoration of Gil Ayala's 1955 Ford Thunderbird for Bjørn Inge Jansson of Oslo, Norway. April 3 Bjørn Inge flew in from Norway to drive the old custom across the country. First stop is the 16th annual Lonestar Round Up in Austin, Texas where the car will make its first public appearance.
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04.01.2017 - Kurt McCormick and Manns Restoration Debuts the Restored Version of Sam Barris' 1950 Buick
April 1, 2017 the restored version of Sam Barris' 1950 Buick Sedanette was unveiled to the public at the Jefferson County Library Benefit Car Show in Barnhardt, Missouri. The restoration was completed a couple of days prior to the event. This is the second time the car has been restored since it was found in Port Jefferson Station, New York in 1969.
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02.22.2017 - Oliver Hine's 1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe Offered For Sale at the Auctions America Fort Lauderdale Auction
April 1, 2017 Oliver Hine's 1933 Ford 5-window coupe will be offered for sale at the Auctions America Fort Lauderdale Auction. Restyled by Oliver Hine of Charlotte, Michigan, the car was raced in 1951 and 1952 before Oliver decided to build it into a show car. The build was completed early in 1955, and it was displayed the same year at the Rotunda Custom Car Show.
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Lost and Found

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Found: Kenny Isaak's 1965 Pontiac Bonneville
Kenny Isaak's 1965 Pontiac Bonneville was restyled by Tom Chafin in 1967. Tom moved from Steubenville, Ohio to South Gate, California sometime around 1964. After building an award winning 1963 Buick Riviera Tom landed a job at Barris Kustoms in Hollywood. We thought the Bonneville, Tom's second build, was long gone, until recent photos of it surfaced in March of 2017.
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Lost: Don Holland's 1941 Ford Convertible - The 1941 Don Holland Special
Don Holland's 1941 Ford convertible was restyled by Gil's Auto Body Works sometime between 1948 and 1951. In 1951 it gained national recognition when it was featured in Trend Book 101 Custom Cars. About the same time Don sold the car, and the family lost track of it. Don has passed away, but his family is currently looking for the whereabouts of the car.
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Found: Dan and Ken Hiramoto's 1941 Buick Century Convertible - Raven
Last week we ran a Featured Story on Dan and Ken Hiramoto's 1941 Buick convertible on Kustomrama. Dan sold the car, known as the Raven, in 1962. Since then the family lost track of it, and last they heard it had been rolled and totaled. The rumor was unconfirmed, but everyone thought it was gone. A couple of days after the story was published rumors about its whereabouts started to appear, and thanks to Joe Koenigsmark we have now located the old Cleveland custom. Click here for more information and photos



Kustomrama Photo Archive

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The Ralphy Morales Photo Collection
Ralphy Morales worked with Gil and Al Ayala at Gil's Auto Body Works. He worked at the shop in 1956 when Gil restyled his 1955 Ford Thunderbird. Ralphy's deal with Gil was that he could take the custom to his High School graduation. A promise that he kept. Ralphy has shared his photo collection with Kustomrama so we all can enjoy it.
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The New England Hot Rod and Kustom Historical Society Photo Collection
The New England Hot Rod and Kustom Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of hot rodding in New England. Founded by Jamie Couture in 2016, the society has a collection of photos and memorabilia that is uploaded to their webpage on a daily basis. In the Kustomrama Photo Archive we will share some highlights from their collection to Kustomrama readers.
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The Chuck Noble Photo Collection
Chuck Noble of Chicago, Illinois came across a collection of indoor car show photos at an estate sale. The photos are dated "Jan 62," so they are taken sometime prior to that. Chuck believes they were taken at a show in Chicago or in the Midwest of the United States. In February of 2017 he shared his photos with Kustomrama so we all can enjoy them.
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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: John Svedberg's 1929 Ford Roadster Pickup
If you had 210000 SEK on you, what would be the smartest thing to invest in? I would used it to buy John Svedberg's 1929 Ford Model A Pickup John Svedberg of Vaggeryd, Sweden did a wonderful job restoring it back to how it was, preserving the paint, using correct parts and update it safety-wise. Built in the 1950s in California, rock solid with all the correct parts you wish your hot rod had!
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Sold: 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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Grand National Roadster Show 2017
The 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show was held January 27 - 29, 2017 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Close to 1,000 cars attended the event. Theme for the 2017 show was "The Magic Happens Here," and cars and vendors were encouraged to decorate with the theme. Featured building 9 exhibited the 60th Anniversary of the Tri-Five Chevy's
Click here to see photos from the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show



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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



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.
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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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Norm Grabowski - Norm in the Movies
Jonnie King and Norm Grabowski got together a few years ago at both Darryl Starbird's Tulsa Rod & Custom Show and the KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina to talk about Norm's remarkable career. Norm was a great story teller, and according to Jonnie he had a perfect and honest way of giving info on any subject he asked him about. In this episode he talks about the "Kookie Car" and how he got into being an actor in Movies and TV Shows. Click here to hear the interview at www.legends.thewwbc.net/



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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/



Featured Videos

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Silhouette II Space Coupe: Jim Roten Interview - January 5, 2017
Barry Gremillion interviews Jim Roten about the Silhouette II Space Coupe. In this movie, Jim who co-created the design for Bill Cushenbery, shares his drawings and thoughts about the historic car. Bill started working on the all aluminum Corvair powered car at his Monterey, California shop in 1963.
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Silhouette II Space Coupe: Jim Roten Interview - January 5, 2017
Barry Gremillion interviews Jim Roten about the Silhouette II Space Coupe. Jim who co-created the design for Bill Cushenbery, and in this movie he share his drawings and thoughts about the historic cars. Bill started working on the all aluminum Corvair powered car at his Monterey, California shop in 1963.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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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