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Kustomrama is a Wikipedia dedicated to traditional hot rods and kustom cars. It is an online encyclopedia covering all aspects of our kulture. Everyone is welcome to contribute and start new and interesting topics on the Kustomrama Wikipedia. Write about yourself, your company, your car, your favorite kustom or your all time automotive hero. All entries are welcome as long as they somehow relates to traditional Rods & Kustoms.

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Customs by the Sea - Calling All Early Customs!
Kustomrama are returning to Wildwood, New Jersey with a 2nd annual Customs by the Sea custom car show. The 2015 Customs by the Sea will be held October 3-4‚ at the beach, right next to The Race of Gentlemen. It's a gathering of early customs, and the show is open for 1952 and earlier automobiles, restyled in a pre 1952 style.
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Kustomrama Newsletter
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Featured Stories

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Jerry Drake's 1957 Ford Fairlane - The Candy Cane
Jerry Drake is a legendary Lansing, Michigan custom painter and pinstriper. In the 1950s and the 1960s he operated under the name "Spider the Crazy Painter". Jerry had a passion for customized cars, and in 1959 he bought what would later become the Candy Cane. At the time he drove a customized 1955 Ford known as "India Ivory." One day, while driving down South Cedar street in Lansing he spotted the clean looking '57 on a used car lot, so he decided to pull in and take a look. Click here for more information and photos



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Buzz Pitzen's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster - The Glass Image
In the late 1950s, Buzz Pitzen had a hard time locating a 1923 Ford Model T roadster bucket for sale, so he decided to make his own from aluminum. That project stranded, and one evening as he was reading trough an issue of Hot Rod Magazine, he came across a small print ad for Diablo Speed Shop, who advertised a Fiberglass T-Bucket body for sale. Buzz bought a body and went on to build what is known as the worlds first known Fiberglass T-bucket hot rod. Click here for more information and photos



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Lou Kimzey - The Magazine Man
Lou Kimzey was the first art director for Hop Up Magazine back in 1951. He graduated from Woodbury College in Burbank, California in 1950, with a degree in Art and Design, specifically related to the business world of publishing. He began working as Art Director for Road & Track magazine in 1950. In 1957 Lou left Petersen Publishing for form his own publishing company Teenage Publications. Click here for more information and photos



Lost and Found

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Found: Lake Elsinore 1939 Ford Custom
Matt Marquisee sent me photos of a heavily chopped and partly customized 1939 Ford four-door he spotted in Lake Elsinore, California. It was sitting in a fenced enclosure, and it is hard to see if it is a new or an older build. There was a weathered "For Sale" sign on the fence, with no additional information. The heavily chopped sedan looks like a stranded project. It has an unique headlight treatment, and it looks like the original builder had visioned the car with some sorts of bumperettes. Click here for more information



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Found: Unknown Colorado Junkyard Sport Custom
Unknown Sport Custom located at a junkyard outside Colorado Springs, Colorado. Chris Savaglio and a buddy came across the car, and they told Kustomrama that it was hard to tell what it had started out as. The front of the car features dual canted headlights, indicating that it could have been built, or upgraded, in the late 1950s or the 1960s. The rear of the car features a low trunk, giving the car huge fins. A cut down bumper is placed between the fins. Click here for more information



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Lost: George McLaughlin's Roadster
In the 1940s George McLaughlin of Yakima, Washington built himself a sport custom from salvaged parts. A low-slung body, featuring an enormous grille, was fabricated over an old Ford chassis. Power came from a Ford flathead V8 engine. In the early 1950s George moved to Richland, bringing the roadster along. It was sold locally in the 1960s or early 1970s, and since then George's family has lost track of it. If anyone know what happened to George's roadster we would love to hear from you. Click here for more information



Kustomrama Photo Archive

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The Trend Books Photo Collection
In 2008 Justin Kudolla brought the popular Trend Book back to life. Born in 1975, Justin is a custom car enthusiast from Casper, Wyoming. After researching trademarks & finding the old Trend Books trademark from the 1950s and 1960s available, he registered it under his name and began working on a new edition, the first Custom Cars Annual published since 1962..
Click here to check out the Trend Books Photo Collection



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The Jerry Drake Photo Collection
Jerry Drake of Lansing, Michigan is a legendary pinstriper known as "Spider the Crazy Painter." Among some of Jerry's highlights was scalloping Carl Casper's 1951 Chevrolet, "The Exotic Empress," that went on to win the Nationals in 1961, and David Cassidy's Touring "T", that Carl Casper built for Screen Gems. Jerry was also a Show Director for Carl Casper for over 12 years.
Click here to check out The Jerry Drake Photo Collection



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The Ron Aguirre Photo Collection
Ron Aguirre of Rialto, California was a pioneer in the field of hydraulic lifted cars, and in the late 1950s he built a custom Corvette, known as the X-Sonic. The X-Sonic was for many year acknowledged as the first car ever using hydraulics to raise and lower the front suspension. The X-Sonic was also the first show car featuring a bubble top plastic roof.
Click here to check out The Ron Aguirre Photo Collection



Featured Projects

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The Kustomrama Dream truck
The Kustomrama Dream Truck is a tribute to the custom cars of the late 1950s. Being an admirer of Jerry DeVito's wildly restyled 1957 Ford Fairlane, that we all know as the Maze, Sondre Kvipt decided that he wanted to recreate this car as a Ranchero. The build was started in Oslo, Norway in January of 2014, lead by Sondre's brother Olav.
Click here for more information and photos



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Gil Ayala's 1955 Ford Thunderbird - The Wild Bird
Gil Ayala's personal custom, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, known as the Wild Bird, has been sold to Scandinavia. Gil's Thunderbird is one of the few known surviving Ayala Customs, and it will be a great addition to the Scandinavian custom scene. The restoration will be featured here on Kustomrama, and in order to an as accurate job as possible we need your help! Click here for more information and photos




For Sale

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For Sale: Jim Logue's 1954 Ford Convertible
What might have been the first ever hydraulic lifted car is currently up for sale. The lifted version of Jim Logue's 1954 Ford convertible, was completed in 1958. Jim used hydraulic lifts from aircraft surplus parts to raise and lower the front and rear suspension on his car. We have no exact date documenting when the build was completed, but we know that Jim's Ford had lifts installed when it was featured in Custom Cars February 1959.
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For Sale: Lloyd Myers' 1949 Mercury Convertible
Lloyd Myers' 1949 Mercury convertible is currently up for grabs. Lloyd was a member of the San Jose Rod and Wheelers car club, and his Merc was originally restyled in the late 1950s. Gary Wise of Olympia, Washington bought the car as a project in 1993. After buying it, he spent two decades bringing it back to the condition it appeared in in the custom car magazines of the early 1960s. The restoration was completed in 2014.
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For Sale: Barry Atkins' 1955 Chevrolet
Rumor has it that Barry Atkins' 1955 Chevrolet was first restyled in 1958. In the early 1980s Red McCormick of East Hartford, Connecticut bought the car from Durham, Connecticut. Red sold it to Barry Atkins, who restored it and restyled it further. Today the car is owned by Marc M. of WIttmann, Arizona. Marc have two other projects that he needs to get done, so the Chevrolet is up for grabs.
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Featured Events

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Grand National Roadster Show 2015
The 66th annual Grand National Roadster Show was held January 23 - 25, 2015 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. One building at the show was dedicated to celebrate different aspects of the Southern California Car Culture, while another building was dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of the 1940 Ford.
Click here to see photos from the 2015 Grand National Roadster Show



News

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08.08.2014 - RIP Einar Valsjø
August 5, 2014 was a sad day for Norwegian custom history, as Einar Valsjø passed away. Einar was a pioneer in the field, who completed his first build, a customized 1952 Mercury around 1963. Much of the work on the Mercury was done outside, during the winter. Once completed, the Mercury became one of the first custom cars of Norway. Einar went on to build an paint many cars, for himself and for other. He is best known for his Mako Shark show car, a customized Corvette that hit the show circuit of Norway in three different versions. Click here for more information on Einar Valsjø


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07.25.2014 - Old Kool Magazine
Old Kool Magazine is a new Kustom Life Magazine from the dark woods of Finland. Published by Finish pinstriper Pekka Wizzzard Mannermaa, the magazine is written in both Finish and English. First issue was released in January of 2014. The second issue made it's debut at the 6th annual Coupe Devils Rod & Kustom Bonanza in July, and they are absolutely a great addition to the scene.
Click here for more information on Old Kool Magazine


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07.18.2014 - Mike Alexander Dies at 80
Custom car legend Mike Alexander, of the Alexander Brothers duo passed away July 18, 2014. Born in 1933, Mike was the fourth of four brothers. Mike was the mechanic one of the Alexander Bros duo, and had always tinkered with cars. Larry and Mike opened up their first shop in Detroit in 1957. They had their own style, and during the late 1950s and 1960s they were instrumental in developing new trends in the field of customizing.
Click here for more information on Mike Alexander



Kustomrama Styling Studio

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Kustomrama Styling Studio no. 9 - 1941 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible
Janne Kutja has been down in his archive again, and found a design he drew back in 2006. This concept is based on a 1941 Lincoln Zephyr convertible. Main modifications include a chopped and leaned back windshield amd a padded top. Fanatics will also see the Janne has replaced the original one-piece windshield with a split one.
Click here for more information and photos


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Kustomrama Styling Studio no. 8 - 1940 Mercury Coupe
Janne Kutja is back with another previously unseen design from the Kutja Design Archive. This concept came alive when Janne wondered how a 1940 Mercury custom would look with a roof similar to a 1940 Ford or 1941 Mercury coupe. Puzzled by this, Janne designed something that easily could have rolled out of Barris Kustoms prior to the Matranga Merc...maybe after that as well? Click here for more information and photos


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Kustomrama Styling Studio no. 7 - 1953 Kaiser Hardtop Coupe
Janne Kutja is back with another previously unseen design from the Kutja Design Archive. This one, dated 2008, shows the potential that lies underneath the lines of a big and bulky 1953 Kaiser. You rarely see customized 1950s Kaisers. In fact you don't see too many 1950s Kaisers at all. In 1953 a total of only 29,945 cars were produced. Let's hope this design by Janne can help a car or two survive in a recycled and restyled version. Click here for more information and photos


Fred's Korner

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Pilgrim
Fred Lammers aka "Fred" or "Phred" is a Norwegian artist and illustrator from Oslo, Norway. Cars, kustoms & art: Fred has been involved with that as long as he can remember. He give his older brother credit for his interest in cars. He taught Fred about the makes and models and so on, but when it came to the tech stuff he was more interested in the design and soon started to draw and design stuff. Each week..well at least once in a while... Kustomrama presents a new masterpiece by Fred. Click here for a larger version and more art by Fred




Legends of the Rod & Custom Hall of Fame

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Frank Lviningston's 49 Chevy - Close to a Clone
In 1955 Satan's Angels member Frank Livingston debuted his newly restyled 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline at the National Roadster Show. The car went trough three versions before Frank traded it for a 1953 Oldsmobile in 1959. In 2003 Frank returned to the Grand National Roadster Show with a recreation of his first 1949 Chevrolet. In this interview, Jonnie King talks to Frank about his beautiful recreation.
here to hear the interview at www.legends.thewwbc.net/



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Gene Winfield - Chopping the Jade Idol
Leroy Kemmerer's 1956 Mercury, better known as the Jade Idol, was the car that placed Gene Winfield on the custom car map for real. The build was started in 1958, and it was in fact the first car that Gene ever sectioned. Jonnie King has interviewed Gene about the Jade Idol and how he sectioned it.
Click here to check out the interview at www.legends.thewwbc.net/



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Bo Huff's Cool '56 Chevrolet - The Hustler
Jonnie King interviews Bo Huff about his 1956 Chevrolet custom called "The Hustler". The car is a tribute to Bo's good buddy John Douglas who owned a turquoise 1956 Chevrolet two-door post back in the 1950s. John cruised around Utah with the car, with Bo riding "shotgun" as he didn't have a car himself back then.
Click here to check out the interview at http://www.legends.thewwbc.net/



Featured Videos

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1965 NHRA Winter National Drag Races, Pomona--Redone
Almost 10 minutes of digitized and edited 8mm home videos taken by Mike Tyler at the 1965 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California. Lots of pit area and return road images of many famous and not so famous muscle cars, gassers, and dragsters that "ruled' during the mid 1960s.
Click here to check out the movie


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1958 MHRA Drag Race Lansing MI Featuring Speed Sport Roadster
This seven minute long 8mm home movie was recorded by Richard Cote of Dearborn, Michigan at a MHRA sanctioned drag race in Lansing, Michigan in 1958. Richard helped Larry Carline build the primered small block Chevy powered 1927 Ford Model T truck with the Paxton supercharger that can be seen in the movie.
Click here to check out the movie



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Spritz by Fritz - Chop a Model A Top at Home
The man who gave us the Roswell Rod is out with another great how-to DVD. Fritz' third DVD is aimed at home builders that wants to perform a successful Model A chop at home, in their own garage, using their own tools. Work alongside Fritz in the garage as he chop a 1930 Ford Model A coupe 2 1/4 inches, fill the roof opening with an old Chevy station wagon donor panel, and show you every step of the way how he did it. Chopping a Model A Coupe has never looked easier!
Click here to check out the trailer



Kustomra'mag

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Kustomra'mag 5
Fifth issue of Kustomra'mag is just released. Kustomra'mag 5 features 80 pages of exclusive coverage from the A-Bombers Old Style Weekend 2008.

Click here to check out the fourth issue of Kustomra'mag





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Kustomra'mag 4
Fourth issue of Kustomra'mag is just released. Kustomra'mag 4 features 80 pages coverage from the Jokers Car Show 2008, CKOS Lead Parkin' 2008 and Power Hot Rod Reunion 2008.

Click here to check out the fourth issue of Kustomra'mag





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Kustomra'mag 3 - The Viva Las Vegas Special
Kustomra'mag 3 features 80 pages of exclusive coverage from the Shifters Car Show at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 2008. This is the biggest issue of Kustomra'mag so far.

Click here to check out the third issue of Kustomra'mag






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