Carl Tucker's 1961 Ford

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A photo of Carl's Ford taken at his house in Panorama City in 1967 or 1968, just after Walt Prey had striped it. Photo courtesy of Carl Tucker.

1961 Ford owned by Carl Tucker of Panorama City, California.

Pinstriped by Walt Prey

Running on Astro Supreme wheels, Carl's Ford featured a Chocolate Brown paint job. A Metalflak and Lace paint job made the top stand out. In 1967 or 1968, while attending the James Monroe High, Carl brought the car to Bill Carter's Carter Pro Paint to have it pinstriped by Walt Prey. Walt striped the car in cream and white. "Man this guy could lay down some lines," Carl told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2017. "I remember being there. Carter's shop was over by Valley College in the Valley. I pulled in. He walked over. We talked a bit. He walked around the car, got a brush and just started running lines. No layout. No grease pencil. No tape. Just running wild! And they were straight. Beautiful! I was blown away"[1]

Good times

"During that time period it was very popular in the valley to write a saying or a girl's name on the back window," Carl recalled. "Then head down to Van Nuys Blvd. Pass Tommy's en route to Bob's Big Boy. Cruise around across from Otto's Pink Pig (restaurant,) then back up and start all over again." Carl had a sound light bar in the Ford that was tied to a 45 player. "It always amazed me that the records never skipped!"[1]


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