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Robert Ansetta's 1951 Ford 1951 Ford Crestliner owned by Robert Ansetta of Morris Plains, New Jersey. Robert owned the car from the mid 1950s to the early 1960s, and most of the custom work on it was done during those years. Deaner Probst's 1933 Ford - Lil' Dough 1933 Ford Cabriolet owned and built by Dean Probst of Jefferson, Wisconsin. Known as "Lil Dough," Probst found the car in 1957. The body was all screwed up, so he dragged it home and worked on it that winter. The KHJ Surfin' Bird The Surfin' Bird is a 1956 Ford Thunderbird that Bill Cushenbery restyled for 93 KHJ Boss radio's "Big Kahuna" promotion in 1966. It is one of the last known true custom cars to be completed by Cushenbery.
02.26.2022 - Terry Cook is Out With Two New Books Kustomrama Contributor, storyteller, and former editor of Car Craft and Hot Rod Terry Cook is out with two new books. 150 classic short stories and over 200 photos. 01.15.2022 - The Hirohata Merc Sold for $1,950,000 USD On January 15 the Hirohata Mercury crossed the block at the Mecum Kissimmee auction and sold for $1,950,000 USD. The iconic custom was one of the main attractions at the auction. 01.14.2022 - Welcome to the 12th Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza If covid-restrictions allow it, the 12th Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza will be held June 17-19, 2022 at Bruvollen in Blaker, Norway.
Looking for Info: John Corigliano's 1951 Ford Victoria John bought the Ford from Florida early in 2022. It came without any info or history, but according to John, it looks like it was originally done in the late 1950s or the early 1960s, and then later redone. Lost: Ron Volpe's 1957 Ford Convertible 1957 Ford owned by Illinois Valley Mis-Fires member Ron Volpe of La Salle, Illinois. Ron bought the Ford after selling a customized 1951 Mercury that he built while he was a senior in high school. Looking for Info: Bernie Mordawski's 1940 Mercury Convertible Unchopped and channeled! Could this really be an old Barris Kustom? William Day of New Albany, Indiana, came across this channeled 1940 Mercury Convertible back in 1971, when he was in his last year in college.
The Joe "Bud" Simmons Collection Joe "Bud" Simmons was a founding member of the Throttle Benders car club in 1949. According to his grandson, Brian Burnham, it wasn't a big club, "just a bunch of farm kids from the California Central Valley." The Lyle R. Johnson Collection Lyle R. Johnson was a member of the Emperors of Seattle car club, and he was involved in the hot rod shows in the area in 1956 and 1957. Lyle acted as secretary-treasurer of the Emperors in 1956, and thanks to his son, a few of his photos and memorabilia have found their way to Kustomrama. The Janne Lepola Collection Janne Lepola had to travel around the world to find out how special the Suomi kustom tradition really is! "On my first trip to Los Angeles I showed pictures of Suomi Kustoms to my new friends and even though they said "nice," I could see from their faces that something was wrong!"
For Sale: Clyde Wooten's 1958 Pontiac Chieftain Period correct late 1950s custom with many small balanced details. Custom bodywork by Paul Gilbert. Nosed and decked. Shaved door handles. 1960 Oldsmobile grille. For Sale: Mike Young's 1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe The Rodder's Journal cover car. 1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe owned by Mike Young of Austin, Texas. In 2001 Young convinced Lee Pratt that he needed to have a late 1950s early 1960s inspired hot rod built. For Sale: Mike Young's 1948 Buick Special Sedanette Mild custom. Modern Art Morrison frame by Limeworks. Chevrolet ZZ4 383 stroker engine, Custom Matterson radiator and a GM 700R4 automatic transmission. Full custom upholstery by legendary Southern California upholsterer Joe Perez.
Hot Rod and Custom Christmas Gifts for Dad 2021 After the warm welcome last year, we decided to once again compile a list of gifts we recommend for the man of the house. Mexican Blankets for Hot Rods and Custom Cars A Mexican Serape blanket is an affordable, popular, and good-looking alternative to worn-out interiors in hot rods, customs, gassers, daily drivers, and beaters. Bias Ply vs. Radial Tires - Are radials really RADIOACTIVE? Are radials really RADIOACTIVE? Are you rolling around confused? Check out our latest guide, and you'll hopefully end up with more answers than questions.
Matt Townsend ranks the 3 greatest 1949-51 Mercury customs of all time Matt Townsend runs Townsends Customs & Hot Rods, a custom body shop in Riverside, California that specializes in restoration and customization of classic cars. In November of 2017 Matt had 17 1949 - 1951 Mercury customs under his belt, so we asked him what his All-Time Top 3 1949 - 1951 Mercury Customs are. Kevan Sledge ranks the 3 greatest customs of all time Kevan Sledge is a founding member of the So. Cal Shifters car club. Kevan has had a passion for cars since he was a young kid, and began building hot rods and customs as a hobby in the late 1980s. In 2011 he started up Sledge Customs, turning his hobby into a full time profession. Gene Winfield ranks his top 3 favorite builds Gene Winfield is a legendary customizer, painter and hot rod racer. Born June 16, 1927, Gene has been restyling cars since 1945, and he is one of the best known and most recognized builders in the world. They say choosing your favourite build is like choosing your favourite child! We Gene what his top 3 favourite builds are?
Norwalk Motorcade 1957 The 1957 Norwalk Motorcade was an outdoor car show sponsored by the Norwalk Coachmen Car Club. Because of the connection to the Norwalk club, the show is also known as "The Coachman Show." Disneyland Car Club Day and Autocade The Disneyland Car Club Day and Autocade was a car show held on September 5, 1959, by the Road Lords of So. Cal. car club. It was a spectacular one-day event that took place at Holidayland in Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The show was promoted as an annual show but was only held once. Gold Coast Reliability Run 2019 The Gold Coast Reliability Run is an annual event held in Queensland, Australia. The event is open for pre-1940 hot rods. Traditional style only. Most of the cars are Flathead powered, and it is capped at 30.
Lawrence Garrison's 1940 Mercury Convertible In 2011 Birger Meland of Lier, Norway bought Lawrence Garrison’s channeled 1940 Mercury from Pat Orosco in California. For a long time, the history of this old custom has been full of holes and rumors. In June Birger told us that he wanted to restore the car back to how it was originally built. We applauded the initiative and agreed to help him research the history of the car. 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 is a great addition to the Scandinavian custom scene. The restoration. We followed the restoration of the car, and it's trip halfway across the world on Kustomrama. 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.
1950 Ford Custom - Bongo Date 1950 Ford Coupe designed by Howard "The Weird Rembrandt" Gribble. Gribble drew this custom sometime around 1959, as a high school freshman. At the time he was busy restyling his own 1950 Ford, and this design shows what kind of ideas he had planned for the car. Panel Painted 1950 Ford Custom 1950 Ford Coupe designed by Doyle Bidwell. Bidwell drew this custom sometime around 1959, as a high school freshman. At the time he was busy restyling his own 1950 Ford Coupe, and this design shows what kind of ideas he had planned for the car. 1941 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible Custom 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 and a padded top.
Recommended: Peter Sukalac: Photo Journalist Thanks to Peter Sukalac, Northwest hot rods and customs started appearing in national magazines back in the 1950s. Thanks to Albert Drake, the history of the man behind the photos has now finally been documented and preserved. News: Early Kustom Kulture: Kustoms and Hot Rods Photographed by George Barris George Barris is indisputably the "King of the Kustomizers," the most phenomenal kustom car builder ever. This book collects the incredible photos of early hot rods and custom cars taken by George Barris in the 1950s to early '60s. Recommended: The Birth of Hot Rodding 18 years have passed since Kustomrama contributor Robert Genat flabbergasted us with his book The Birth of Hot Rodding. The beautiful photography of Don Cox makes this book a winner.
Featured Video: Car That Ate My Brain 2: Episode 1 Tweedy Pie History Car That Ate My Brain follows filmmaker, hot rod historian and builder Piero De Luca of Mad Fabricators in his quest to build a replica of the car known as "Tweedy Pie" a 1923 Model T Ford roadster made famous by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. Revell and Roth turned the car into a famous model kit and influenced many selling over 11 million units to date. Featured Video: Hirohata Merc: Custom Legend "Hirohata Merc: Custom Legend" is a documentary about the legendary Hirohata Merc made by the Historic Vehicle Association. Made in partnership with Hagerty, Petersen Automotive Museum, and The Rodder's Journal, the 33-minute long documentary was released on YouTube in August of 2020. Featured Video: First Hydraulic Car by LowRidingTV.com "First Hydraulic Car" is a mini-documentary by LowRidingTV.com. Released on YouTube on September 28, 2010, this video shows Ron Aguirre and Emmanuelle Benoit with the remains of the X-Sonic show car.
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