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Featured Stories

Manuel Gonzalez's Californian A blown 283 Chevrolet engine, a Candy Apple Red and Pearlescent White paint job by Dean Jeffries and a handmade aluminum body by Bob Sorrell were the main ingredients of Manuel Gonzalez record-breaking dragster. Steve Scott's Uncertain-T What started as a cartoon of a wild hot rod, and a teenage dream in 1960, went on to become one of the most famous, and mysterious show rods of all time. When "The Uncertain-T" first hit the show circuit in 1965, Car Craft Magazine described it as "A real bent out of shape show stopper!" Richard Mikami's 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Split Window After totaling his lifted 1961 Chevrolet Impala in 1965, Richard "Froggie" Mikami of Gardena, California pulled out all the hydraulic parts and installed them in his Corvette.


01.15.2020 - Frank De Rosa has passed away We just received the sad news that legendary Northern California customizer Frank De Rosa passed away today. 92 years old, Frank was a pioneer in the field, starting out customizing cars in Pittsburg, California, in 1943. A driving force and an inspiration for many of us. A sad day in custom car history. 01.10.2020 - The reserve was not met for the Aztec at the Kissimmee 2020 auction Friday, January 10, 2020 the Aztec crossed the block at Mecum Auctions Kissimmee 2020 auction in Kissimmee, Florida. The old Barris Kustom was one of the main attractions during the event, and it was estimated to bring in between $350,000 - $450,000. 11.15.2019 - Forey Wall has passed away We are very sorry to inform you that Forey Wall passed away yesterday morning on the day of his 106th birthday. Born in South Dakota, Glen and Forey started messing around with cars back in the 1920s.

Lost and Found

Lost: The John Toohey Hot Rods "Where are they now? John F. Toohey Sr. of Eugene, Oregon, was an enthusiastic and self-taught Northwest hot rodder that began building show cars in the mid-1960s. Passing away from a fatal heart attack in 1971, John had a short but productive career, turning out almost one hot rod a year. Looking for info: Thomas M. Tetzloff's Sports Custom "I love fixing a vehicle people give up on," Thomas M. Tetzloff told us earlier this month. A couple of weeks ago, he bought an old Sports Custom that he found near Cleveland, Ohio. Mostly based on a 1940 Ford, modifications include 1949 Cadillac taillights and a Chevrolet hood as a rear deck. "Lots of lead!" Lost: Jerry Sarkozi's 1956 Chevrolet Delray Only memories and a handful of photos are left of Jerry Sarkozi's 1956 Chevrolet Delray. Sarkozi, who was a member of the Spark Jumpers of Lincoln Park, bought the Chevy brand new in 1956. After being rear-ended in 1956, he decided to repair and restyled the car.

Photo Archive

The Willard McPhatter Jr. Collection Willard McPhatter Jr. took these photos at the Charlotte Coliseum Car Show in 1965. Willard is Cory Vaughn's uncle, and the Charlotte Coliseum Car Show, is the first show he and his brother ever attended. The Bill Boren Collection Bill Boren was an active member of the Culver City Screwdrivers in the 1940s and the 1950s. He and Jerry Keldrauk were a regular sight at the dry lakes with their track nosed 1932 Ford Sedan. Unfortunately Bill passed away in September of 2014, but his memory lives on on Kustomrama as his daughter Karen has scanned and shared his old albums with us. The Howard Miereanu Collection Howard R. Miereanu is a well known graphic designer. With degrees in industrial design & graphics from the Art Center College of Design, Howard’s experience is wide-ranging; from an exterior automotive designer at General Motors (1959-1963), back to Los Angeles he joined a local furniture manufacturer as head designer and created a line of office furniture, moved on to be Senior Partner at Advertising & Sons (a boutique advertising agency in Beverly Hills), and finally to owner and founder of HRM Graphic Design (a Woodland-Hills-based graphic design studio specializing in packaging, corporate ID).

Top Lists

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?

For Sale

Sold: Dave Jenkins' 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Historic one-owner Alexander Brothers custom. September 19th, 2019 the Dave Jenkins Chevrolet will hit the auctions block. For Sale: Bob Huffman's 1965 Chevrolet Impala 1965 Chevrolet Impala owned and restyled by Bob Huffman of Norwalk, California. Bob bought the Impala brand new from Paramount Chevrolet in Downey, California in September of 1964. He paid $3100.00 for the car, took it home and started restyling it almost immediately. For Sale: Joe Wilhelm's Wild Dream Wild Dream is a show rod designed and built by Joe Wilhelm at Wilhelm's Custom Shop for John Hernandez. Built over a three year period, the wild rod featured a futuristic hand-formed aluminum body that was covered with 20 coats of purple metalflake paint.

Featured Events

Grand National Roadster Show 2020 The 71st annual Grand National Roadster Show was held January 24 - 26, 2020 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. A showcase of recently completed hot rods and customs, the show did also include some important survivor cars such as Jerry Anolik's Moon Rocket and Jim Seaton's 1955 Chevrolet. Midnight Mass 2019 The 16th annual Midnight Mass was held July 27, 2019, at Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland, California. Dave Wallace Jr. attended the show with his pocket camera, and he has been kind enough to share his photos with Kustomrama. Kustom Kills & Hot Rod Thrills 2019 Kustom Kills & Hot Rod Thrills is a pre-1965 hot rod and custom car show held by Rumblers of New York City. The 2019 Kustom Kills & Hot Rod Thrills was held Saturday, September 21st, 2019 under the BQE at Lorimer Street in New York City.

Featured Projects

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.


Featured Video: The 1957 Norwalk Motorcade A movie by Bob Stephenson from the 4th annual Norwalk Motorcade, an outdoor car show sponsored by the Norwalk Coachmen car club. Keith Christensen was the first President of the club and a founding member. Featured Video: AutopiaLA: Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Los Angeles Custom Shawn Davis of AutotopiaLA takes the historic Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Convertible for a spin. Featured Video: Warren Dorrill's Shark - 8MM Home Video 1949 Ford Club Coupe owned and restyled by Warren Dorrill of Gallup, New Mexico. Warren was a well-known bodyman and painter, and his 1949 Ford custom was known as "The Shark." Filmed back in the 1950s, this 8mm video comes from the collection of Warren's family.


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