By age 10, Art was building model cars, customizing and painting their bodies. 13 years old he bought his first car.
First Paint Job
The first car Art painted was a 1936 Ford. In an interview Tim Phelps did with Art for his book "Up in Flames," Art told Tim that he learned some valuable lessons from his early mistakes; "I used a pump garden bug sprayer, which didn't work so well. My second attempt was with spray cans. It took 13 cans of paint to do one fender, so I decided it was time to get a real spray gun and compressor."
Busy working on and striping so he could buy cars and paint, Art ended up owning and customizing a lot of cars. He got a lot of speeding tickets, and his license plate was taken away several times. Art became a member of a club called the East Bay Rods, and he won his first trophy at the Old Kingdom drag strip in Lodi. His youngest brother had a hot rod called the Moon Shiner, that they used to race with the local hot rods. Art also had a BSA motorcycle that he raced.
After school, Art went on to open up his own shop. He was 24 years old, and it was a big gamble to leave a good job.
Art Himsl's Cars
Cars Painted by Art Himsl
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