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Customs by the Sea - We're Coming to California!
The 2016 Customs by the Sea car show will be held in Wildwood, New Jersey and Pismo, California. Presented in cooperation with the Oilers car club during the Race of Gentlemen, Customs by the Sea is a celebration of the early custom car. The Wildwood show will be held June 4-5, while the Pismo show takes place October 15-16.
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Featured Stories

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Jim Beeson's 1960 Ford Starliner
In 1959 Jim Beeson became a member of the Dutchmen of Paramount car club. At the time he drove a mildly restyled 1953 Plymouth two door. In the spring of 1960, when he was a senior at Paramount High School, Jim decided to buy a brand new 1960 Ford Starliner. He special ordered the Starliner with power windows, seats, steering and brakes and upgraded to the 352 cubic inch 360 horsepower engine and interceptor suspension.
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Ray Giovannoni's 1936 Ford Roadster
Ray Giovannoni's 1936 Ford roadster was restyled by Bud Unger of Hancock, Maryland. Bud began customizing cars in 1947, and Ray's roadster was his second attempt on a custom car build. In 2012 Bud told us that Ray's 36 was the best custom he ever did. It was his pride and joy, and he never put as much into any other custom as he put into Ray's.
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Allan Kipp Winward's 1936 Ford Coupe
One of the greatest customs to come out of Salt Lake City, Utah recent years has to be Allan Kipp Winward's 1936 Ford 5-window coupe. When Kipp began the build in 2010 his plan was to build a late 1940s custom, using as many parts as he could that were 1949 and older. The build was completed early this year, and the result speaks for itself. Mission completed.
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News

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05.20.2016 - Bill Hines Passed Away
May 20, 2016 Bill Hines passed peacefully away at his home. We all know Bill as the Leadslinger. Bill was the real deal! He began customizing cars in Lincoln Park, Michigan in 1941, and he has been an inspiration for generations of aspiring customizers all over the world. 94 years old he was still busy building customs, doing what he loved. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to Bill and his family and friends. Click here for more information on Bill Hines



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Customs by the Sea - We're Coming to California!
The 2016 Customs by the Sea car show will be held in Wildwood, New Jersey and Pismo, California. Presented in cooperation with the Oilers car club during the Race of Gentlemen, Customs by the Sea is a celebration of the early custom car. The Wildwood show will be held June 4-5, while the Pismo show takes place October 15-16.
Click here for more information



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11.11.2015 - Gene Winfield Debuts New Build at the SEMA Show
November 1, 2015 legendary customizer Gene Winfield's latest creation, a 1952 Chevrolet custom named "Desert Sunset", made its debut at the 2015 SEMA Show. "Desert Sunset" featured one of Gene's signature fadaway paint jobs, and it was show in the Eastwood booth. Click here for more information on the Desert Sunset



Lost and Found

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Looking for Info: Delwyn Triska’s 1936 Ford 5-Window Coupe
In 2015 Micke Hedberg of Borlänge, Sweden bought Delwyn Triska’s 1936 Ford 5-Window coupe. Delwyn bought the car in 1948 or 1949, and he had it restyled shortly thereafter. At the time he was living in Kagel Canyon, California. In 2013 Dewlyn passed away, and much of the history of the car went down into the grave with him, such as the name of the Long Beach customizer that chopped the top on the car.
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Looking for Info: Ralph Tyrone Scarfo's 1950 Oldsmobile 88 Hardtop
Ralph Tyrone Scarfo's 1950 Oldsmobile 88 hardtop was supposedly restyled in San Diego, California in the mid 1960s. In 2011 Ralph Tyrone Scarfo of North Bergen, New Jersey bought it from Southern California. The seller had only owned it for a year at the time, and he told Ralph that he had bought it from a friend of his who found it in a barn after about a 40 years hibernation.
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Looking for Info: Mark Mundorff's 1959 Ford Thunderbird - Avancier
In 1967, Mark Mundorff of Lincoln, Nebraska bought a 1959 Ford Thunderbird from a dealer in Omaha. Powered by a Lincoln 430 engine and a 3-speed overdrive transmission, the race-ready Thunderbird had already been customized when Mark bought it, and the name "Avancier" was hand lettered on the driver's side sun visor. Mark still owns the car, and he has spent the last 10 years trying to find out more about it's mysterious past.
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Kustomrama Photo Archive

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The George Contaoi Photo Collection
George Contaoi of the San Bernardino Krankers was born in 1934. In 1949, he graduated from San Bernardino with a custom 1941 Ford Tudor. He later owned several custom cars, and is still active in the car scene. During the late 1940s and up to the late 1950s, he was quite active playing with the camera. George has shared his entire collection with Kustomrama, so keep tuned to see the upcoming photos. Click here to check out The George Contaoi Photo Collection



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The Vern LaCoursiere Photo Collection
Vern LaCoursiere is a member of the legendary Tacoma Toppers car club of Tacoma, Washington. Vern rode the bus to school during high school, and he couldn't wait to buy his first car after graduation so he could join the Toppers. 19 years old, in 1957, he bought his first car, a 1949 Ford that he restyled himself. Tom Tufte has scanned and shared some of Vern's old photos with the Kustomrama Photo Archive.
Click here to check out the Vern LaCoursiere Photo Collection



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The Ron Dragoo Photo Collection
In the mid 1950s Ron Dragoo of Long Beach, California spotted Dick Jackson's 1954 Mercury Monterey on the street! He fell in love with the Merc, and decided that he just had to have it. Bill Layman did the same thing, and in 2005 he completed a 1954 Mercury custom inspired by the Jackson/Dragoo Merc. After reading about Bill's Merc in The Rodder's Journal, Ron decided to share his photo collection with Bill.
Click here to check out the Ron Dragoo 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.
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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: Jack Pieknik's 1934 Ford Victoria
Jack Pieknik's 1934 Ford Victoria was supposedly restyled by Downriver Modified member Ray Hosh of Detroit, Michigan in the 1950s. The headlights were molded to the fenders, a treatment similar to the one Bill Hines gave Marty Ribits' 1934 Ford cabriolet, another Downriver Modified car. According to Jack, Dick Dean supposedly built the fenders for Ernie Szelesi's 1934 Ford; "Ernie didn't like them, so Ray got them for his car."
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For Sale: Joe Roth's 1959 Chevrolet Impala - Little One
Joe Roth's 1959 Chevrolet Impala was restyled by Cudahy Auto Body in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The build was started in 1960, and completed in 1961. It became a hit at the shows, winning several awards. In September of 2015 Marcus Edell of Castro Valley, California bought the old custom. It had spent the last 19 years in storage, and needed some cometic work in order to appear as it did in 1961.
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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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Featured Events

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Sultans Car Show at Millikan High School 1995
Hot rod and custom car show held by the Sultans of Long Beach car club. The show was held on the athletic field at Millikan High School in Long Beach, California. The Sultans have always emphasized the so called "Bellflower Look", and many of the members, past and present, were active in the custom scene in the area during the late 1950s on into the 1960s.
Click here to see pictures from the 1995 Sultans Car Show at Millikan High School



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Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2015
The 24th annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show was held December 6, 2015 at the Pacifico Yokohama International Exhibition Hall in Yokohama, Japan. Show guest cars of the year included John D'Agostino's 1968 Buick Riviera, Tom Foster's 1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe and Ashley Cunningham’s 1950 Ford.
Click here to see pictures from the 2015 Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show



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Customs by the Sea 2015
The 2nd annual Customs by the Sea was held October 10-11, 2015 in Wildwood, New Jersey. The show was planned to take place October 3-4, 2015, but due to hurricane Joaquin, it had to be postponed one week. While the first Customs by the Sea was a celebration of traditional custom cars from all decades, the 2nd Customs by the Sea was a celebration of the early custom car.
Click here to see photos from the 2015 Customs by the Sea



Recommended Reading

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Street Rod & Custom Showtime
Street Rod & Custom Showtime is a hardcover book that documents the history of Britain's indoor hot rod and custom car shows. We all know the history about how hot rodding started in California nearly hundred years ago, and how it spread to become a worldwide phenomenon. What not so many people know, is how and when hot rodding started in the UK. This book tells the story from the humble beginnings in the 1950s, to the victorious 1980s. Click here for more information.



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King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris
After 5 years of hard work, Brett Barris and Douglas Nason's book "King of the Kustomizers: The Art of George Barris" is finally out. A huge release party and book signing was held at Gaslpin Auto Sports September 1, 2015. The hardcover book containing nearly 500 pages jam-packed with never-before-seen photos and design illustrations, illuminating how Barris’ creations helped redefine the automobile’s place in American culture. Click here for more information.



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Inside Hot Rodding: The Tex Smith Autobiography
LeRoi Tex Smith was a passionate builder and racer. He was also a great storyteller, and in addition to publishing several books on the subject, he spent much of his life working for magazines such as Hot Rod Magazine, Street Rodder and Rod Action. Unfortunately, Tex passed away June 11, 2015. Luckily for us, he was able to complete his autobiography before he left us. Published by Graffiti Publications, the 256 pages hardcover book was released August 1, 2015. Click here for more information.



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.
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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




Jonnie King's Legends of the Rod & Custom Hall of Fame

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Bo Huff - The Sam Barris Tribute Build
In 2002 Bo Huff started recreating an old Dragerton custom he remembered from his teenage days. At the time, the car belonged to Stan Robles, a buddy of Bo. Before the car came to Utah, it had belonged to Sam Barris. Sam had restyled the car for hsimelf, and won First Place in the Convertible Class at the 1957 National Roadster Show with it.
Click here to hear the interview at www.legends.thewwbc.net/



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Darryl Starbird - The Hall of Fame Museum
Jonnie King interviews Darryl Starbird about his Hall of Fame Museum, a lifelong dream that came true. Darryl's concept and idea was to build a Museum and a Hall of Fame to showcase his life's work of internationally known vehicles that he had produced, and to honor the work and craftsmanship of his contemporaries.
Click here to hear the interview at www.legends.thewwbc.net/



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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/



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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