The Glen Wall Photo Collection

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A photo of Emil Dietrich with his 1939 Ford custom. Emil bought the car from Jack Runyan. Jack used to hang out at State and Hope Street near Huntington Park. He bought the car brand new at a Ford dealer in South Gate. Photo courtesy of Glen Wall.
The Wall brothers in front of Forey's brand new mildly customized 1939 Chevrolet coupe in 1939. From left to right, Forey, Monte, and Glen Wall. Monte went into the service in 1941, and died two years later, during WWII in the Navy as the USS Suwannee was hit with a Kamikazee pilot. Photo courtesy of Glen Wall.
A row of mildly customized Chevrolets at Wall Custom Cars in the late 1950s. Photo courtesy of Glen Wall.

In 1955 Glen Wall formed Wall Custom Cars with his brother Forey. Located at 3900 Firestone Blvd. in South Gate, the dealership specialized in selling and buying custom cars. Forey started buying and selling cars in 1945 through is own business Forey Wall Used Cars at 10729 Long Beach Blvd,in Lynwood. By 1959 Forey and Glen marketed their business as the "World's Largest Custom Car Dealer", paying top prices for custom cars. As pinstriping became an attraction in every used-car dealership on Firestone Boulevard, Glen and Forey began offering pinstriping as a regular option. Ed "Big Daddy" Roth was one of the pinstripes that used to stripe at Wall Custom Cars.[1]

In 1966 the brothers lost their lease on Firestone Blvd., and they moved their business to the Bellflower on Alondra Blvd. In 2016 Glen moved to Downey, California to live with his brother Forey. At the time Glen was 99 years old, and Forey was 102. When Glen moved to Downey he brought his old photos along, and Forey's son-in-law has been scanning them for us all to enjoy.


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