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Bill Peterson's 1932 Ford Roadster 1932 Ford roadster owned by Bill Peterson of Portland, Oregon. Built by Bill and Dee Wescott in 1955, the roadster was given a mild makeover where the purpose was to make the clean lines more visible. Bill Collins' 1939 Ford Convertible Bill Collins lived in the Oak Cliff part of Dallas, Texas, and according to his good friend Karl Knecht he was one of the early hot rodders in the area in the 1950s. Asymmetrical Styling Asymmetrical styling had its peak in the mid-1960s. It is advanced, and it is a daring and distinguished custom technic. Asymmetrical styling gives the car a non-balanced appearance, and it requires imaginative and unconventional thinking to succeed. In 1962 George Barris predicted that asymmetrical styling would be the big design news in 1962!


01.15.2020 - Frank De Rosa has passed away We just received the sad news that legendary Northern California customizer Frank De Rosa passed away today. 92 years old, Frank was a pioneer in the field, starting out customizing cars in Pittsburg, California, in 1943. A driving force and an inspiration for many of us. A sad day in custom car history. 01.10.2020 - The reserve was not met for the Aztec at the Kissimmee 2020 auction Friday, January 10, 2020 the Aztec crossed the block at Mecum Auctions Kissimmee 2020 auction in Kissimmee, Florida. The old Barris Kustom was one of the main attractions during the event, and it was estimated to bring in between $350,000 - $450,000. 11.15.2019 - Forey Wall has passed away We are very sorry to inform you that Forey Wall passed away yesterday morning on the day of his 106th birthday. Born in South Dakota, Glen and Forey started messing around with cars back in the 1920s.

Lost and Found

Found: Leon Kendrick's 1932 Ford Coupe - "Wild Deuce" The Wild Deuce has been FOUND! After sharing a classified ad that Leon Kendrick ran in Hot Rod Magazine March 1964, Brandon Herlong reached out to us to bring the good news that he is the current caretaker of the historic Houston, Texas hot rod. Lost: Darryl Smith's 1960 Ford 1960 Ford Starliner owned by Darryl Smith of San Jose, California. Around 1978-79 the car was advertised for sale in San Jose. Darryl was selling the car for $1,400, and Roger Rennie missed purchasing it, as another buyer actually bought it while he was at the bank withdrawing the funds. Lost: Dick Ceola's 1930 Ford Model A Truck This 1930 Ford Model A truck was Dick Ceola's pride and joy. Dick lived in Springdale, Arkansas. He was a member of the Ozark Drifters Kar Klub, and he set out to build the truck in 1960.

Photo Archive

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. The Charlie Grantham Collection Charlie Grantham grew up in Los Angeles and went to Polytechnic High School. His family moved to San Bernardino, where Charlie became a member of the SCTA Road Runners while he was competing at the dry lakes. Unfortunately, Charlie has passed away, but thanks to his cousin Chuck Edwall, many of his photos have found their way to the Kustomrama Photo Archive. The Willard McPhatter Jr. Collection Willard McPhatter Jr. took these photos at the Charlotte Coliseum Car Show in 1965. Willard is Cory Vaughn's uncle, and the Charlotte Coliseum Car Show is the first show he and his brother ever attended.


For Sale: John North's 1957 Ford - The White Pearl 1957 Ford restyled by Riverside Auto Body for Choppers of Rockville President John North of Rockville, Connecticut. The car is also known as the "White Pearl". For Sale: Bill Carr's 1955 Chevrolet - The Aztec Your chance to own an important piece of custom history. Barry Mazza, who has been the caretaker of what many consider as one of the greatest Barris Kustoms of em all, has decided to part with the iconic custom. For Sale: Ron Maxwell's 1934 Ford Coupe 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe originally owned and built by Ron Maxwell of Salt Lake City, Utah. Ron started the build in 1954. It ran under flathead and later Cadillac power, competing in B/Altered at strips around Utah.

Guides, Reviews & Recommendations

Show & Go - Kustomrama's Guide to the Cragar S/S Wheel BOOM! In 1964 the Cragar S/S rocket thundered off from the headquarters of Bell Auto Parts in Southern California. It was a major blast, and nobody knew back then how long the mission would last. A year, a season, or maybe a decade? How to clean and maintain whitewall tires After purchasing your great-looking whitewall tires, you definitely need to maintain their good looks. Because let’s face it, the biggest downside with a set of whitewall tires is keeping them clean. From Strip to Street - Kustomrama's Guide to American Racing Torq-Thrust Wheels The American Racing Torq-Thrust Mag Wheel is by many considered to be the most famous and recognizable wheel of all time. It started as an idea, and a need for a wheel that would give less weight, with strength and the cooling ability for race cars.

Top Lists

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?

Featured Events

Motorama 75 Motorama 75 was an indoor car show held at Nidarøhallen in Trondheim, Norway. Also known as the Motormesseshow, the show was held April 24-27, 1975. Sacramento Autorama 2020 The 70th annual Sacramento Autorama was held February 14-16, 2020 at the Cal Expo in Sacramento, California. Visitors reported that the show had a great variety of cars, both indoors and out, and the promoter's staff could confirm that the crowd visiting this year's show was larger than usual. Grand National Roadster Show 2020 The 71st annual Grand National Roadster Show was held January 24 - 26, 2020 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. A showcase of recently completed hot rods and customs, the show did also include some important survivor cars such as Jerry Anolik's Moon Rocket and Jim Seaton's 1955 Chevrolet.

Featured Projects

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.

Recommended Reading

What we're reading now: Middletown Pacemakers: The Story of an Ohio Hot Rod Club Author Ron Roberson is a third-generation Middletown Pacemaker member. His father and grandfather were founding members of the club, and Ron has been attending club meetings as long as he can remember. Ron became the youngest member of the club, and he hung around until it disbanded when he was 16. Recommended: GO with MOON! - 1950-2010 GO with MOON! - 1950-2010 is a full-color book filled with photos from the Moon archive. The journey starts in New Richland, Minnesota, and we get a little glimpse of Dean's life prior to moving to California in 1934. Recommended: Iacocca: An Autobiography The father of the Ford Mustang tells us how he changed the automobile industry in the 1960s and how he went on to save Chrysler.


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. Featured Video: AutopiaLA: Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Los Angeles Custom Shawn Davis of AutotopiaLA takes the historic Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Convertible for a spin. Featured Video: Warren Dorrill's Shark - 8MM Home Video 1949 Ford Club Coupe owned and restyled by Warren Dorrill of Gallup, New Mexico. Warren was a well-known bodyman and painter, and his 1949 Ford custom was known as "The Shark." Filmed back in the 1950s, this 8mm video comes from the collection of Warren's family.


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