Barris Kustom City
- The World's Largest Automotive Center
. George Barris
was a businessman with big ambitions, and in the 1950s
and the 1960s
he wanted Barris Kustoms
to be the place for all your custom needs. A one-stop custom shop offering services such as designing and construction, color and paint perfection, and accessories and speed equipment. But, as you can see on this business card, insurance, stock collision, and paintwork were also important sources of income for the shop.
Forey Wall Custom Cars
- 15 Years of Honest Dealing.
This card was donated by Howard Gribble
. In February of 2021
Howard told Sondre Kvipt
that he remembered driving by there, and several other car lots specializing in customs, in the family car. "But my dad would seldom heed my frantic shouts to stop. Do remember one of the occasions in high school when some of us would cut classes and head for Kustomland. We did stop at Wall's and it was like a candy store. But the prices were very high. As you might expect from a dealer as opposed to a private seller, there had to be a profit for the salesman. Not that I had any money to spend at that point anyway. But that experience kinda turned me off and I never again seriously considered buying a custom off of a dealer's lot.
, 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.
Mr. M's Custom Chrome Center
. This card was donated by Howard Gribble
. "Guess I was driving past Mr. M's for about a year before I went in. That was because I needed chrome rims for my new 1967 Impala.
" Howard believes Mike put him in touch with Red
to install the hydraulic lifts
too. "And later, he got Steve Feinberg involved in doing a professional show sign for me. The wheels took a long time to be delivered, and they weren't on the car until Red was already working on the lifts. I remember going by the shop to take the wheels and tires to have the rubber mounted on the new chrome wheels. Red's dad was the only one there, and he wouldn't let me take them because he didn't know me.
" According to Howard, Mike had most of the custom accessories available at the time. "In a roundabout way, he introduced me to the guy who supplied 5 Buick Skylark wheels that eventually made up the 4 I needed for my Rivie. And he invited me to show my Impala in San Diego along with three other cars that Anderson painted, including the Lemon Drop Rivie that he owned by then. For whatever the reason, Mr. M's shop was gone by the very early 1970s.
-East Coast Rod & Custom Historian. The Ray Man. Give this man a call if you have any East Coast rod and custom car questions or if you have any material or stories you would like to share with him.
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