Cole Foster's 1954 Chevrolet

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1954 Chevrolet owned and built by legendary car builder Cole Foster of Salinas Boys Customs in Salinas, California.
Photos from a 1991 issue of Custom Rodder Magazine showing some in progress shots of the car.
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Late 1989 or early 1990 Cole and Todd gave the Chevy a flame paint job. Photo by Cole Foster, provided by Jesse Cruz and Curtis Mcgann.
Cole and Jesse Cruz working on the Chevy, getting it ready to paint blue for the Grand National Roadster Show. The photos were taken at Cole's first shop. Photo courtesy of Jesse Cruz, provided by Curtis Mcgann.
Photo courtesy of Jesse Cruz, provided by Curtis Mcgann.
Photo courtesy of Jesse Cruz, provided by Curtis Mcgann.
Photo courtesy of Jesse Cruz, provided by Curtis Mcgann.
Photo courtesy of Jesse Cruz, provided by Curtis Mcgann.
Photo courtesy of Jesse Cruz, provided by Curtis Mcgann.
Cole's Chevy in primer. Photo courtesy of Jesse Cruz, provided by Curtis Mcgann.
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Cole's Chevy at the 2010 Primer Nationals in Ventura. Photo by Raunchero63[1]
Photo by Raunchero63[1]
Photo by Raunchero63[1]
Photo by Raunchero63[1]
Photo by Raunchero63[1]
Photo by Raunchero63[1]

1954 Chevrolet owned and built by legendary car builder Cole Foster of Salinas Boys Customs in Salinas, California. Cole bought the Chevrolet in 1988. Job Stevens, Don Fretwell, and Buck Thomas helped him chop the top on the car.[2]


Featuring a striking blue paint job by Jesse Cruz, Cole believes that the build was shown at the 1991 National Roadster Show. "It was pouring rain and we had an open trailer," Cole told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2020. He recalled that it was freezing and windy in line to get in. The car got the last place in the custom class, "I didn't open trunk, hood, and doors to get show points. I never and still don't like cars opened up at shows for judges," Cole told Kustomrama.[3]


After building the car, Cole's reputation started to grow.


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