Wilkenson’s Body Shop
Well known custom builder Von Hunter worked for Jim in his shop the late 1950s. Ron Gerlitz grew up in the area, and he met Von when he worked for Wilkenson. "I was 16," Gerlitz told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2020, "and I had a '49 Chevy. My dad told me don't you be changing anything on that car. First thing I did was to put a '58 Impala steering wheel on it." After the swap, the Impala wheel ended right up in his face. Wilkenson Automotive was about four blocks from Ron's house so he went up there. Von asked Ron what he could do for him. Ron showed him the car, and Von told him he could cut the column for 25 dollars. "That's how I met him. After about three hours he had cut the column and put my steering wheel down where it belonged."
Cars Restyled by Wilkenson's Body Shop
John W. Peterson's 1957 Ford Thunderbird
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