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Featured Stories


The Glen Smith Special
March 25, 1931 one of the first known organized amateur speed trials was held at Muroc. June 14, 1931, at the age of 20, Glen Smith attended the Muroc Roadster Races with his homebuilt Model J Duesenberg inspired sweep panel dual-cowl phaeton! Glen's racer was constructed using various Ford-components, and the young kid from San Fernando, California won the Main Event that day.
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Bill Sharpe's 1955 Chevrolet - Dracula
In 1959 Bill Sharpe of Lynwood, California was a founding member and the first President of the Tridents of Southern California car club. At the time Bill drove a mildly restyled 1955 Chevrolet that was dressed up with an eye-catching scallop paint job. Unfortunately Bill passed away way too young, but thanks to his nephew Brad, the story about Bill and his Chevy has now found its way onto Kustomrama.
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Chris Rusbach's 1941 Ford Coupe
In 1988 Harry Rusbach Jr of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey bought a beaten 1941 Ford coupe that he decided to build into his daily driver. Harry spent the next 11 years restyling and enjoying the car before he sold it off in 1999. 8 years later, Harry's son, Chris, bought his dad's old custom back, and after a 10 year long rebuild, the "Rusbach Coupe" has never looked better than it does right now.
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07.26.2017 - Dave Stuckey Has Passed Away
Monday, July 24, 2017 legendary Wichita, Kansas customizer Dave Stuckey passed away, 79 years old. Dave began restyling and hopping up cars at age 13. 16 years old he began working part time at Darryl Starbird's Star Kustom Shop, after school. While working for Starbird, Dave completed the first version of his famous Lil Coffin' show rod.


06.01.2017 - Bud Unger Has Passed Away
We're sorry to inform that legendary East Coast customizer Herbert "Bud" Unger passed away today, 96 years old. Bud was born in Hancock, Maryland in 1921. He had 7 brothers and sisters, and his family were very poor when he was growing up. Bud's father was a master mechanic, and he taught Bud a lot about the care and respect for using tools.


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.

Lost and Found


Looking for Info: Charles Marshall's 1950 Cadillac Roadster
Back in 2000, when Charles Marshall, of Palo Alto, California, bought this sporty 1950 Cadillac roadster in Los Angeles, he was told that the car was supposedly built in New Jersey in the 1960s. The design of the car is heavily inspired by the 1953 Cadillac LeMans concept car. Charles is currently looking for info on his old custom, so please ket us know if you recognize it.
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Lost: The 1962 Ford Cougar 406
In the early 1970s Mike Nottingham flew from Richmond, Indiana to Southern California to take a look at the Dean Jeffries built 1962 Ford Cougar 406 concept car. The gull-winged two-seater was advertised for sale in Hemmings, and Mike was interested in buying it. The car was in a rough condition from sitting outside for quite a while, so Mike decided to fly back home empty handed. Mike never saw or heard more about the whereabouts of the car again...
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Looking for Info: Kevin Hertfelder's Sport Custom
In 2010 Kevin Hertfelder of Orange County bought the remains of an old Sport Custom. It was said to come from the Mid-West, but Kevin believes it has been around Southern California for a good portion of its life. Kevin is not sure what it started out as, but the best he can tell from the body and the steering wheel is that it started out as 1940 Nash, which was built into a two-seater.
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Kustomrama Photo Archive


The Steve Arnold Photo Collection
Steve Arnold was a member of the Tridents of Southern California from 1969 to 1972. The club was formed April 6th, 1959 with six charter members. The club grew fast, and by 1960 it consisted of 24 active members. Steve's photo collection consists mainly of old Tridents photos. .
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The John Bozio Photo Collection
John Bozio is an East Coast customizer from East Hartford, Connecticut. John bought his first car, a 1939 Buick Century, at age 15 in 1951. The Buick was John's first custom attempt. Several customs followed, mostly Buicks, and luckily for us, John took photos of them all.
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The Bud Unger Photo Collection
Herbert "Bud" Unger of Hancock, Maryland is a legendary East Coast custom car builder. Bud started working on cars at age 15 in 1936. During WWII he learned to shape and form aluminum in the Air Force. He returned from the Air Force in 1946 and started building custom cars shortly thereafter. Bud had an eye for design, and built some very tasteful West Coast styled cars.
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Kustomrama Top Lists


Cole Foster ranks the 3 greatest customs of all time
Custom car and bike builder Cole Foster of Salinas Boys Customs is known for creating cars that are so clean they don’t have lines - they simply flow. We asked Cole what his all Time Top 3 Customs are?
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Featured Projects


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


For Sale: Don Broyles' 1932 Ford Roadster
1932 Ford roadster owned and built by Don Broyles of Dayton, Ohio. Don originally built the roadster in 1951. He wanted the car to sit low, so he Z'd the frame and channeled the body. The grille shell was filled and sectioned before Don installed a wraparound nerf bar. It was powered by a Ford Flathead V-8 engine and it sported a deep purple paint job. Since 1995 Ron Olfers of Austin, Texas has been the caretaker of the roadster. Ron has now decided that it's time to pass the torch.
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For Sale: Joe Wilhelm's 1939 Nash Coupe
Joe Wilhelm of San Jose, California started doing custom work-part time on his own and others cars around 1945, and this 1939 Nash was his first custom. He bought the Nash right after the was in 1946 and immediately started customizing it. Joe went on to open up Wilhelm's Custom Shop in San Jose, and he owned the radically restyled Nash all the way up until the late 1960s or early 1970s. Luckily the car survived, and the historic Northern California custom is now currently up for sale.
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For Sale: Dean Jeffries' 1956 Porsche 356 Carrera
In 1957 Dean Jeffries was a recognized custom painter and pinstriper working out of Barris Kustoms. As he wanted to expand his talents into customizing, he bought an almost brand new Porsche that he gutted inside and out. Once completed, the Carrera gathered 30 first place trophies in car shows throughout the whole country. Jack Walter bought the old custom in 1971. Since then he has restored the car twice. In 2007 he decided to take it all the way, and restore it back to how it looked when it was featured on the cover of Rod & Custom October 1959.
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Featured Events


Ventura Nationals 2017
This 2017 Labor Day weekend the Ventura Nationals celebrated its 16th annual show in Ventura, California at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The show kicked off on September 1, 2017 with a preparty in downtown Ventura at the Majestic Theatre.
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Lonestar Round Up 2017
April 8th and 9th, 2017 the Kontinentals car club held their 16th annual Lonestar Round Up in Austin, Texas. A show with small beginnings, now can only be explained as a sea of cars from all corners of the country and even attracts Hot Rod and Kustom enthusiasts from other countries outside of the states.
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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
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Recommended Reading


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.
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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.
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Featured Videos


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 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.

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