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1956 Volante The 1956 Volante is a sports custom built by Mr. Enzo Volante of Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Mr. Volante was a race car driver hobbyist, and he built the car between the years 1949 and 1956. Joe Castro's 1955 Ford Thunderbird - The CandyBird 1955 Ford Thunderbird owned by Joe Castro of Hayward, California. Known as "The CandyBird," Castro's Thunderbird was restyled by Joe Bailon at Bailon's Custom Shop in 1957. Bill Collins' 1951 Oldsmobile Loud pipes save lives! Oldsmobiles were popular "hot rods" and street racers back in the 1950s. This 1951 Oldsmobile belonged to Bill Collins of Dallas, Texas.
02.04.2021 - Edelbrock Shuts Down its Torrance Headquarters Early in 2021 Edelbrock announced that they are shutting down their California headquarter in Torrance after being based in the state for more than 80 years. 01.31.2021 - New book from Gene Winfield: Gene Winfield's Racing Days Scrapbook Gene Winfield's Racing Days Scrapbook is a 120-page book that chronicles 75 years of hot rods, land speed racing, drag racing & oval track racing. 01.12.2021 - The 2021 Grand National Roadster Show has been canceled January 12, 2021, after monitoring the current coronavirus outbreak and the government regulations, Rod Shows announced that the 2021 Grand National Roadster Show has been canceled and moved to 2022.
Looking for info: Ray Soff and Buddy Czyzski's 1953 Ford - Temptation Old customs were cheap in the mid-1960s. This is a 1953 Ford custom that Ray Soff and his buddy Buddy Czyzski bought for $50 in 1964-65. Looking for info: Richard Rini's 1951 Mercury Take a good look at those Packard taillights. Richard Rini's 1950 Mercury is rumored to be an older California custom. How old is not known. Looking for info: Don Sealy's 1933 Chevrolet Pickup Late 1950s or early 1960s, Don Sealy of Grants Pass, Oregon, received this 1933 Chevrolet truck from a young man who stayed with him and his wife for a time.
The Roger Lick Collection Roger Lick was a well known Des Plaines, Illinois custom car enthusiast. He had some cool customs himself back in the day, and he often brought his camera when he visited friends, shows, or other places that the hot rod and custom car guys hung out. The Cliff Riehl Collection Cliff Riehl was a member of the Road Lords of So. Cal. car club. He joined the club as a teenager in the 1950s, and helped organize the first, and only, Disneyland Car Club Day and Autocade September 5, 1959. The Greg Palen Collection Greg Palen grew up in Livingston, New Jersey. In the early 1960s, he rode his bike to the local shops to watch them build customs. Korky's Kustoms for example. That was one of the shops on his regular route.
Phil Cool's 1932 Ford Roadster Widely known as the "Phil Cool Roadster" the iconic '32 won the America's Most Beautiful Roadster Award in 1978. Since then, it has also been voted as one of the "Top 20 Trend Setting Rods of All Time," one of "The 75 Most Significant '32 Ford Hot Rods," and one of the "100 Most Influential Hot Rods of All Time." Bob Schoonhoven's 1921 Ford Model T Roadster Pick Up - Lil' Louie Bob Schoonhoven's "Lil' Louie" 1921 Ford Model T Roadster Pick Up was started as a basic neighborhood hot rod in a basement in Vancouver, Washington in 1961. By 1967 it had been turned into a show-stopping sweepstakes winner, and in 1968 it was featured on the cover of Rod & Custom June 1968, who called it "One of America's Top Ten T Buckets Ever Built." For Sale: The Juxtapod The Juxtapod is a 1928 Ford Model AA Truck built by Mattias Andersson of LeBeef Kustom Metal Works for Johan Belin and Ludvig Löfgren of Sweden. Built in a 1960s show rod style, the truck is a rolling art project incorporating Swedish state of the art crystal design by Ludvig Löfgren.
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. Kustomrama Tire Buyer's Guide: Firestone 5.60-15 Tires Much more than just frontrunners for your hot rod.
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: 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. Recommended: Spokane Hot Rodding Spokane, Washington hot rod and custom car history at its best. In a perfect world, there would be a John Gunsaulis and a book like this covering the hot rod and custom car scene in every little small town of America. News: Reflections in a Spinner Hubcap: Authentic Tales of Hot Rods, Custom Cars & Nostalgia From Albert Drake comes a selection of essays that celebrates the people who made hot rodding an American culture. Rediscover the fun of racing, hanging out, flirting, and driving from the voice of someone who experienced the 1950s and has a passion for telling the story of old metal.
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. 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.
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