The Kustomrama Business Card Collection

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Ed Martinez, Owner Martinez Auto Interiors. This business card was donated by Howard Gribble. When Howard was in high school, he and his buddies would occasionally pile into a car and ditch school for the rest of the day. "Several times our destination was the famous custom car shops out in the Lynwood and Bellflower area. I remember that the reception for us high schoolers was decidedly cool at most places. They knew we didn't have money. But Eddie Martinez was actually very nice, answered our questions and gave us his business card. I was never a customer but remember his kindness."
Kustom Coachcraft by Bill Hines Kustom Auto Enterprises of Lynwood, California. The King of Lead. According to Dave Ellis, the card is from the mid 1960s. In December of 2020 he told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that the shop location was going North on Long Beach Boulevard in Lynwood, California and was on the East side near Imperial highway. "In that time Bill Hines was doing a lot of Corvair‘s putting hydraulic lifts in them and doing pearl, metalflake, and candy paint jobs. One of my very good friends Dennis Cheney (Chumper) worked there at that time. He drove a 63 Pontiac Grand Prix, it was totally painted in metalflake, he had hydraulic lifts on all four corners. On the back side windows he had it lettered Sugar Bear, that’s what the girls nicknamed him. Dennis went on to painting for Boyd Coddington and Fat Jack. He then went off on his own and started restoring old gas pumps and Coke machines."
Joseph Perez - Perez Kustom Kar Interiors of Los Angeles, California. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson. In the 1960s Joe was known as one of the best custom upholsterers in Southern California, and he did many of Larry Watson's interiors. Marshall, who worked for Larry between 1966 and 1967, remembers Watson once telling him that "you'll never win best interior with black." When Marshall worked for Watson, Joe had a shop at 4819 Nobel Street in Los Angeles, and diamond and pleats were his specialties.
Larry Watson, Manager of Bill's Body Shop No 2 in Bellflower, California. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson.
Custom Car Koloring by Larry Craig. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson. Larry was a contemporary of Watson. He did excellent work, and Marshall remembers that he rented 14903 Lakewood after Watson moved.
Custom Car Koloring by Larry Craig. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this chromed business card comes from the office of Larry Watson.
The Body Shop of Van Nuys, California. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson. In 2018 Marshall recalled that Watson used this body shop up in the valley when he worked for him between 1966 and 1967.
Bill Carter of The House of Custom Color. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson. The shop was located at 14373 Calvert St. in Van Nuys, California. The same address as The Body Shop.
Charles Altizer, Executive Vice President of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth of Maywood, California. Monsters that mean business. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson.
Herb Speck - George Barris Kustom Centre of Paramount, California. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson.
Colormasters of Azusa, California. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson.

The Kustomrama Business Card Collection is a growing collection of hot rod and custom car-related business cards and stories. Our mission with the collection is to preserve and document business cards and stories from all decades and parts of the world. Please get in touch with us at mail@kustomrama.com or by mail if you have a hot rod or custom related business cards that you want to sell, trade, or donate to our collection:


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