A construction photo of Ray Farhner's 1963 Chevrolet
Corvette taken by Grier Lowry
. Known as "Outer Limits," the car had less than 100 miles on it when it fell victim to a high-speed crash in 1963
. It had hit a concrete bridge abutment head-on at high speed. Tom Davison
was there when it was delivered to Ray's shop on a flatbed truck, and he saw the shattered pieces of the car. Tom remembers that Ray paid $950 for the car, and spent 6 weeks creating the custom body and finishing up the repairs from the accident. In 2019
Tom told Sondre Kvipt
that he remembers well when Grier's photo was taken. "At one point, Ray had the body off the chassis, hanging from the ceiling by chains, about head high to the rocker panels. I came into the shop one night, hours after any work had been done, to show it to some friends. I didn’t touch anything, but I itched from the fiberglass in the air I guess.
" Photo by Grier Lowry
, courtesy of Ray Soff
"Grier Lowry was cool,
" Tom Davison
told Sondre. "An older guy, old-time journalist, not into cars at all, just a job to him. Tweed jacket with sleeve patches, smoked a pipe, very sophisticated. He sold Ray to a lot of magazines.
" Ray Soff
got the construction photos of The Outer Limits
from Grier's wife after Grier had passed away. When Grier passed away she threw boxes of old photos in the dumpster. Ray reached out to her a little too late, but he told her to get in touch if she ever came across more car-related photos. She did and sent Ray a few negatives later on. Photo by Grier Lowry
, courtesy of Ray Soff
A photo of Herb Gary
with his sectioned 1949 Plymouth
. The car is also known as The Aztec
. Herb owned and operated Gary's Auto Body
in Sea Cliff
, New York
. Gary learned his trade solely from reading magazines, he learned his craft entirely on his own, and that included a long list of abilities such as hammer-welding and sectioning. He never used any filler of any kind, whether plastic or lead. When a job first called for a specific shape, panels were handmade from sheet stock and hammer-welded in place. He was well known for flawless results. Photo courtesy of Ray Soff
A photo of Ed Meritai
with his 1950 Ford
custom. In the early 1980s Ray Soff
met Ed, and Ed told him that he used to have a 1950 Ford
custom back in the days. Ed lent Ray the photos he had of the car so he could scan them for his huge collection of East Coast
custom car photos. Photo courtesy of Ray Soff
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Raymond Soff of Saddle Brook, New Jersey is often referred to as a walking custom car Encyclopedia. He was born in 1946, and he has spent half of his life tracking down custom cars in the United States, talking to owners of cars that he admired in the magazines when he was a little kid. Ray’s growing collection of East Coast custom history contains thousands of photos and negatives, letters, notes and taped interviews.
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