Kustomrama Styling Studio no. 11 - 1950 Ford

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One of Gribble's many design proposals for his own 1950 Ford custom. In 1959, as a freshman in high school, Howard met Doyle Bidwell, who was also drawing his dream custom cars on school notebook paper. They quickly became friends and encouraged each other in their automotive art. The result was a sizable archive of those drawings that have survived to this day. Photo courtesy of Howard Gribble.

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1950 Ford Coupe designed by Howard "The Weird Rembrandt" Gribble of Torrance, California. 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. Lowered even all around, maybe with a hint of a forward rake, the deck lid has been shaved for chrome and ornamentation. A 1958 Chevrolet Impala type scoop has been grafted onto the top, while the taillights have been modified to accept a pair of 1959 Cadillac taillights. The door handles and gas filler door is kept, probably for practical reasons. The sidetrim has been shortened and altered by adding an extra strip that goes from the headlight backward. When it comes to the paint job, Howard has given the car a tricked out panel paint job with hints of pinstriping, scallops and flames. The dashboard has also been covered with pinstriping. Rolling on custom hubcaps and wide whitewalls, it has been dressed up with dual spotlights, a rippled rear bumper, a white rolled and pleated interior, and a teardrop gear knob. Named "Bongo Date," a couple of bongo drums can be spotted trough the rear window. Pick me up at seven, Howard!


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