Trend Automotive was a custom body shop in Lyons, Illinois run and operated by Dave Puhl and Johnny Malik. After building a 1955 Ford Thunderbird after hours in the body shop he worked at in Chicago, Dave decided to open up his own shop in the Summer of 1960. Finally, not just evenings and weekends any more, Dave now did custom work on a full time basis. The shop was located at 4501 So. 1st Avenue in Lyons.
During this period such show cars as "Brandy's Chariot" a 1936 Ford chosen one of the Top Ten of 1960; "Trendero" a 1957 Ford Ranchero - AHRA 1961 Custom Sweepstakes; and "Starfire" a 1954 Oldsmobile - 1962 NHRA Custom Sweepstakes, were attesting to Dave's ability as a custom builder and painter.
In mid 1962, Dave decided to close down Trend Automotive, and move to Wichita, Kansas, where he took on the challenging position as Shop Foreman for one of the Country's top customizers, Darryl Starbird at Star Kustom Shop.
Cars Restyled by Trend Automotive
Rich Vachata's 1936 Ford Convertible - The Beach Comber
William Block's 1936 Ford - Brandy's Chariet
Ralph Ferks' 1954 Oldsmobile - The Startling Starfire
Bob Dzemske's 1956 Lincoln Capri
Dick Scully's 1958 Ford Thunderbird
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