Dick's Body Shop

From Kustomrama
Jump to: navigation, search
Photos of Ed Cousins' 1932 Ford pickup from Dick's album. Photo courtesy of Jon Farguson.

Dick's Body Shop was a custom body shop in Long Beach, California.The shop was owned and operated by Dick Farguson. Dick was originally from Pawnee, Oklahoma, but he moved to California in 1939. In Oklahoma Dick owned a gas station. When he first settled down in California drove long-haul trucks. After shipbuilding work during World War II[1], Dick opened up Dick's Body Shop at 1749 Santa Fe Avenue.[2]

Bill Loveliss and the Ramblers of Long Beach

Dick did the work on Ramblers of Long Beach member Bill Loveliss' 1941 Ford Coupe when Bill was in high school. Bill worked for Dick part time but went full time after he graduated. In 2019, Bruce Bartlertt, a charter member of the Ramblers told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that Dick Farguson at Dick's Body Shop did work on the majority of their club cars; "He did really nice work and the best part for all us high school kids, he was very reasonable. He did a '47 Cad for me just before I graduated." Bruce also remember that Bill Loveliss eventually wound up with his own body shop in Compton.[3]

Cars Restyled by Dick's Body Shop

Ed Cousins' 1932 Ford Pickup
Bruce Bartlett's 1947 Cadillac
Glenn Springer's 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
Dick Ward's 1949 Chevrolet



Did you enjoy this article?

Kustomrama is an encyclopedia dedicated to preserve, share and protect traditional hot rod and custom car history from all over the world.

Can you help us make this article better?

Please get in touch with us at mail@kustomrama.com if you have additional information or photos to share about Dick's Body Shop.

This article was made possible by:

SunTec Auto Glass - Auto Glass Services on Vintage and Classic Cars
Finding a replacement windshield, back or side glass can be a difficult task when restoring your vintage or custom classic car. It doesn't have to be though now with auto glass specialist companies like www.suntecautoglass.com. They can source OEM or OEM-equivalent glass for older makes/models; which will ensure a proper fit every time. Check them out for more details!

Do you want to see your company here? Click here for more info about how you can advertise your business on Kustomrama.

Personal tools
Help us