A 1963 Pontiac
that Gordy restyled at House of Customs
in the mid 1960s
. The car featured shaved handles and removed emblems. The top and sides were done in Silver Metalflake
overlaid with Diamond Dust, cut glass flake, and topped with Green Cobwebbing
. The hood and trunk were done with Light Green Pearl with Candy Green Highlighting. The brake drums and hubs were painted Dark Candy Green. Hydraulic lifts
front and rear set the car low. Photo courtesy of Gordy Brown
A photo of Kent Lee's 1954 Mercury
taken around 1960
. Kent was a custom body and paint guy, and the Merc showcased his skills. Ken's green Mercury, named "One Step Beyond", featured a gold panel paint job
with a fogged effect. Kent was a friend of Gordy, and he was not a member of and of the Salt Lake City
clubs. He was married and had a family when the photo was taken. Moving into the 1960s
, most of the clubs were gone, only a few remained, and these were not the central focus for the members as it had been in the 1950s
. Photo courtesy of Gordon Brown
A photo of Gary Rasmussen's 1959 Chevrolet
Impala taken around 1960
. Gary was an auto-upholsterer, and he ran his own shop named "Gary Rasmussen". Gary was one of several top quality upholsterers of Salt Lake City, and he did quite a few of the customs in town in the 1950s and 1960s. Gary had a 1959 Chevrolet Impala that he upholstered as a showcase for his business. Gary's speciality was the "Boot" or tarp over the back seat. He had some techniques to get them very tight without sagging. Photo courtesy of Gordon Brown
Gordy Brown's Second 1954 Ford
Skyliner at an outdoor car show. After chopping his first Skyliner, Gordy decided to buy another one he could restyle instead of repainting the first one. Photo from the Gordy Brown
Another early photo of Ron Lerdahl's 1952 Ford Victoria
taken about 1957
. By now the car has been lowered radically and fit with Oldsmobile Fiesta style hubcaps, pinstriping and dual spotlights. Ron had put a tarp over the back seat, and the door handles havd not been shaved yet. The taillights were also stock. Photo courtesy of Gordy Brown
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Gordy Brown of Salt Lake City, Utah has been into hot rods and customs for the most of his life. He started at age 14 in the mid 1950s restyling a 1947 Ford tudor. After building a couple of customized 1954 Ford Skyliner's in Salt Lake City, Gordy packed his bags and moved to Southern California in the early 1960s. He settled down in San Fernando, where he opened his own shop House of Customs. Gordy has had his hands on hundreds of cars since then, and is currently busy customizing a handful of new cars for himself. Trough his long career, Gordy hasn't been so good at taking photos of the cars he has restyled. He took a few though, and luckily for us he has shared these with Kustomrama. On this page I will regularly add new photos from Gordy's collection.
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