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Sebastian Rubbo's 1936 Ford Roadster of Massachusetts. Sabie started working on the roadster at age 23, in 1945. He had just gotten out of the Navy, and was inspired by the cars he saw racing at the dry lakes near where he was stationed in Southern California. The build was completed in 1946, and Sabie drove it all over the country for the next 42 years.
This photo shows a 1940 Hudson Converible that Bud Unger of Rockville, Maryland restyled for an unknown customer in the late 1940s. In 2012, when Kustomrama interviewed Bud about the car, he remembered that he hand made a set of fender skirts for the car, and that he fit it with his own version of a Carson Top. He admitted that the top was no way as good as "the California job". Another photo of the car, taken the same day, shows it wearing a set of New York 1948 license plates. Other modifications included a shaved hood, dual spotlights, a 1946 - 1948 Mercury grille and removed running boards. Ray Giovannoni's 1936 Ford Roadster can be seen across the street. Photo courtesy of Bud Unger.
A 1939 Ford Convertible that Bud Unger of Unger Auto Body Company customized and painted in a light metallic blue in the late 1940s or early 1950s. When this photo was taken, the top had been chopped, and the sidetrim on the hood had been shortened. The hood was shaved for most of its chrome, and a bumper that had been shaved for bumper guards protected the front of the car. Fender skirts and single bar flipper hubcaps had been installed for a true west coast custom look. Photo courtesy of Bud Unger.
Fred Cain's 1940 Ford coupe of Wilmington, Massachusetts. Fred's coupe was originally restyled in 1948.
Don Blake's 1951 Ford 4-Door of Lynhurst, New Jersey. Blake was a member of the Drivin Deuces of Carlstadt car club, and he started restyling the Ford in 1956, while he was in high school.
Nick De Simon's 1940 Ford coupe of Teaneck, New Jersey. Nick worked for his dad at De Simon Auto Body, and he was a very talented body man and fabricator. The build was completed around 1957.
Edward Meritai's 1950 Ford of East Paterson, New Jersey. Restyled by Monego's Body Shop, the build was completed in 1958.

East Coast Hot Rods

Sebastian Rubbo's 1936 Ford Roadster

East Coast Custom Cars

Fred Cain's 1940 Ford Coupe
Nick De Simon's 1940 Ford Coupe
Edward Meritai's 1950 Ford
Don Blake's 1951 Ford 4-Door

East Coast Customizers

Herbert Unger

East Coast Custom, Paint and Body Shops

Monego's Body Shop
Unger Auto Body Company

East Coast Hot Rod and Custom Car Clubs

Adaptors of Hartford
Blue Hills Road Runners
Cams of Connecticut
Carbs of Hartford
Downshifters of Westport
Drivin Deuces of Carlstadt
Headers of West Hartford
Hot Heads of East Hartford
Motor Mounts of Bloomfield


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