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Welcome to Kustomrama - Traditonal Rod & Kustom Wikipedia

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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Special Announcement


Customs by the Sea - Calling All Customs!
Customs by the Sea is a traditional custom car show presented by Kustomrama in cooperation with the Oilers car club and the Race of Gentlemen. The first Customs by the Sea was held October 3-5‚ 2014 at the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey.
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Featured Stories


Bruce Olson's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe
In 1951 Bruce Olson of Beach, North Dakota decided that he wanted to build a hot rod. He spent two years looking for a roadster project until he came to the conclusion that Ford didn't sell many roadsters in North Dakota. The old timers told him it was too cold. After seeing Lynn Yakel's 1932 Ford 5-Window coupe in Trend Book 102 Hot Rods, Bruce decided to base his build on a coupe instead.
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Dell Chandler's 1960 Pontiac Ventura
In 1960 there were two custom painters in Lansing, Michigan you could go to if you wanted a custom paint job. These two were Jerry "Spider the Crazy Painter" Drake and Gary Glenn. When Dell Chandler wanted to make his brand new 1960 Pontiac Ventura stand out from the rest, he turned to Spider. Today, Spider still considers Dell's Pontiac as one of his best creations.
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Frank Sandoval's 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Frank Sandoval of Wilmington, California was born in 1927. He served in the US Army, and was supposedly in Europe near the end of WWII, so he most likely bought his 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe after he returned from Army service, around 1946 - 1947. Main modifications includes a flipped 1940 Nash grille, smooth hood sides and 1937 DeSoto bumpers. It is not known if Frank bought an already restyled car, or if he had it done after his own likings. Click here for more information and photos

Lost and Found


Lost:Dick Colarossi's 1940 Ford Coupe
1940 Fords were very popular to restyle in Southern California in the mid 1950s. When former USC engineering student Dick Colarossi of Glendale, California decided to customize his coupe, he turned to Neil Emory and Clayton Jensen at Valley Custom Shop. The result was breathtaking, and Dick's coupe copped a 1st place in its class at the 1954 Motorama. He sold the coupe in 1957, and has lost track of the old custom. Dick has been searching for his beloved '40 Ford for years without luck. Do anyone know what happened to Dick's coupe? Click here for more information


Lost: Jack Smario's 1957 Ford
Jack Smario's 1957 Ford 2-door hardtop was restyled by Gene Winfield at Winfield's Custom Shop sometime between 1957 and 1959. Jack, who hauled from Pittsburg, California, had Gene modify the front end by tunneling and frenching the headlights, and by installing a bullet grille. It was painted in black lacquer with gold fogged scallops. Jack died in 1976, and his family have lost track of the old custom. If anyone knows what happened to it we will love to hear from you. Click here for more information


Lost: Merton Peterson's 1950 Ford
In 1953 Carroll "Red Eye" Gentry of Styler's Custom Shop restyled a 1950 Ford for Merton Peterson of San Diego, California. Gentry built the car from verbal instructions given by Pete, who demanded a 5 inch section job, a Ferrari type grille, pancaked hood, and radiused wheel openings. Pete sold the Ford, partially in a trade, to Tony Curtis of Glendale, California on August 9, 1956. Pete's family doesn't know what happened to the car after that, and they are currently trying to locate their dad's old custom. Click here for more information

Kustomrama Photo Archive


The Bill Boren Photo Collection
Bill Boren was an active member of the Culver City Screwdrivers in the 1940s and the 1950s. He and Jerry Keldrauk were a regular sight at the dry lakes with their track nosed 1932 Ford Sedan. Unfortunately Bill passed away in September of 2014, but his memory lives on on Kustomrama as his daughter Karen has scanned and shared his old albums with us.
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The Håkan Lindell Photo Collection
Håkan Lindell, was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1948. Around 1956/1957 he moved to Ventura, California with his mother. He lived there for some years, before moving back to Sweden In June of 1964. Håkan was 16 years old at the time, and he moved in next door to Hans Broberg in Enskedefältet in Stockholm. Hans was an active hot rodder at the time, and he introduced Håkan to many Swedish hot rodders and custom car builders.Click here to check out The Håkan LindellPhoto Collection


The Per Arne Knudsen Photo Collection
Per Arne Knudsen is a Norwegian hot rod pioneer. Per Arne's glowing interest for hot rods was sparked when he found an American hot rod magazine at a newsstand at Koppang station in Østerdalen of Norway in the early 1960s. Per Arne has been kind enough to share some of his old photos and stories with Kustomrama.
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Featured Projects


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

Kustomrama Lynwood Division


Old Daily Driver Got Stolen.. But, I got a new one!
Olav just got himself an old truck, built by Dick Richardson and Barris Kustoms for George Contaoi of San Bernardino, California.
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The Re-Opening of the shop, and the 56th Annual Masterson Fireparty
This Saturday was a night I never will forget. We hosted the Grand Re-Opening of the shop, and the Annual Fireparty to remember the fire that caught the Barris Shop on December 7th, 1957. Bill Hines, George Barris and Jack Stewart made a special guest appearance, and it was really special to see them wonder around in the shop. Those people are artists, they created timeless art, in form of cars. It's something with it that's so unique..
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George Barris' 88th Birthday Party!
Legendary George Barris celebrated his 88th birthday at the Hollywood North shop on sunday. Luckily, half of the Kustomrama crew was there to wish him a happy birthday! Click here to read more

For Sale


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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Cam Snappers of Newburyport's 1930 Ford Model A Roadster
The Cam Snappers of Newburyport, Massachusetts was established in 1952. In 1954 they built this Olds powered channeled 1930 Ford Model A roadster. The car is still around, and in May of 2014 it was advertised for sale on Hemmings. Click here for more info...


Jim Hill's 1921 Dodge Truck
A unique piece of Vallejo hot rod history is currently up for grabs on eBay. Known as the "Barbecued Stovebolt" and the "Hybrid Hot Rod", Jim Hill's 1921 Dodge truck was built between 1946 and 1951. In 1952 the truck won first prize for originality at the Oakland Roadster Show. The car has been in storage for nearly 50 years, and it is in a complete and very good condition. Click here for more info...

Featured Events


Grand National Roadster Show 2014
The 65th annual Grand National Roadster Show was held January 24 - 26, 2014 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. Over 500 vehicles competed for awards inside all of the Fairplex buildings, while another 400-800 vehicles were displayed at the 9th Annual Grand Daddy Drive-In.
Click here to see photos from the 2014 Grand National Roadster Show


Brad Masterson's Barris Fire Party & Open House
December 14, 2013 Brad and his crew held a grand re-opening at the old Barris shop at 11070 Atlantic Ave. The shop had been transformed into a real authentic 1950s shop, with no MIG welder, bondo or fancy tools. The place was filled with people and live music.
Click here to read more about the Brad Masterson's Barris Fire Party



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


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.
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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.
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Kustomrama Styling Studio


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.
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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


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


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


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.
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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.
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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.
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Featured Videos


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


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


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 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


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


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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