Whitey Clayton

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Whitey handcrafted the track-nose, grille, hood and belly pan for Bill NieKamp's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster.
Whitey hand formed the track nose, hood-sides and hood on Eddie Dye's 1929 Ford Roadster
Whitey fabricated a three-piece hood, a full-length deck lid and a 1935 Miller-Ford inspired dashboard for Bob McGee's 1932 Ford Roadster.
Whitey made the three-piece aluminum, louvered hood on Lynn Yakel's 1932 Ford 5 Window Coupe. He did also fabricate aluminum side moldings for the car that stopped just short of the hood side panel separation. Lynn's Coupe was done about the same time as the Niekamp roadster.[1]

Dwight "Whitey" Clayton was a talented metalsmith from Los Angeles, California. In the late 1940s and early 1950s Whitey crafted parts such as track-noses, hoods and belly pans for memorable and iconic hot rods such as Bill NieKamp's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster and Eddie Dye's 1929 Ford Roadster. Whitey did also craft countless roundy-round racecar bodies, and the body for the famed Marvin Lee, City of Pasadena Streamliner. Solid hood panels were one of Clayton's specialities along with rounded blisters to cover a protruding head or generator. Whitey had a shop called Clayton Metal Shop that was located on the corner of Lakewood and Artesia Boulevards in Bellflower, California from 1949 to perhaps early 1951. He rented the space that was about the size of a three-car garage from a German machinist named Lou Madis.[1]

Cars Restyled by Whitey Clayton

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