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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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Featured Stories


David Rolin's 1957 Ford
After building up four hot rods, David Rolin of Sacramento, California decided late in 1956 that he wanted a custom car. He went out and bought a brand new 1957 Ford that he brought over to talented customizer Dick Bertolucci of Bertolucci Body & Fender Shop. Over the next two years, David's daily driver was slowly transformed into a radical custom called the Tormentor.
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Doug Osterman's 1957 DeSoto
A couple of weeks ago we ran a story on Doug Osterman's 1937 Plymouth coupe. While building the Plymouth, Doug was also busy restyling a 1957 DeSoto. The first version of the DeSoto was just as the Plymouth restyled by Flyers Body Shop in San Jose. Later on, Doug brought the DeSoto to Hayward, to have Joe Bailon alter it's appearance.
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Pete Limpert's 1936 Ford Tudor Sedan
Pete Limpert's 1936 Ford tudor sedan, of Gardena, California, was fit with hydraulic lifts by Dennis "Red" Pierce around 1966 - 1967. At the time, Pete's 36 was older than most of the other cars that utilized hydraulic lifts. A mid 1930s car laying on the ground was almost unheard of at this point.
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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

Lost and Found


Lost: George Patris' 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe
This mildly restyled 1936 Ford was owned by George Patris, of Inglewood, California when he was a senior in 1945. His son, Michael is currently looking for the car. Last rumor he heard, was that the car was located in Glendale. Do you know anyone in Glendale that might own George's old high school ride? Click here for more information


Lost: Rich Vachata's 1936 Ford Convertible - The Breach Comber
The Beach Comber was a 1936 Ford convertible owned and restyled by Bearing Busters of Berwyn car club member Rich Vachata. The first version was completed in 1959. In 1960 the car received a scallop paint job by fellow club member Dave Puhl. Rich sold the car to his buddy Bob Borvansky around 1970. He upgraded the look of the car before he decided to sell it. Do anyone know what happened to this Illinois custom? Click here for more information


Lost: Martin S. Papazian's Cordster
The Cordster was a custom roadster designed and owned by Martin S. Papazian of Worcester, Massachusetts. Martin’s objective in building the Cordster was to produce a “Sports Custom” family car. The build was completed in 1953. In 1960 it was sold out of the Papazian family, and all traces of it ends at the Sunset Trading Post in Sunset, Texas in 1978. Rumor has it that the car was then sold to Mansfield, Texas. Can you help us trace this car? Click here to read more

Kustomrama Photo Archive


The Mickey Ellis Photo Collection
The Ogden, Utah area had a strong car scene in the 1950s and 1960s, and cruising Washington Blvd, the main street of Ogden, was the thing to do every night. Mickey Ellis was one of the local kids that spent much of his time cruising up and down the main street. Mickey was a member of the Stags of Ogden car club, and luckily for us he took some great photos back in the days that he has decided to share with Kustomrama. Click here to check out The Mickey Ellis Photo Collection


The George Contaoi Photo Collection
George Contaoi of the San Bernardino Krankers, California 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 upcomming photos. Click here to check out The George Contaoi Photo Collection


The Fred Austin Photo Collection
Fred Austin was a member of the Chancellors of Van Nuys car club. The club was originally founded in the mid 1950s. Fred became a member of the club around 1961. By then the club had a club house and a dragster, and it consisted of about 30 members. The Chancellors of Van Nuys put on some big car shoe at Devonshire Downs in the San Fernando Valley, something that really helped build up the clubs name and reputation. Click here to check out The Fred Austin Photo Collection

For Sale


Richard Korkes' 1954 Ford Convertible - The Parisienne
The Parisienne is an iconic East Coast Custom restyled by Richard "Korky" Korkes of Korky's Kustom Shop in Whippany, New Jersey in the late 1950s. The car was Korky's first claim to fame, and it received top awards in many shows and a lot of coverage in magazines. Today the car is owned by Korky's best friend Michael Gale Black. It is complete, but in a need of a total restoration.Click here for more info...


Bob Nordskog's 1963 Chevrolet Corvette - The Asteroid
The Asteroid is a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette that Barris Kustoms restyled for dry lakes racer Bob Nordskog in 1963. Bob bought the car brand new with intensions of having Barris restyle it. The Asteroid is still around, and it was recently restored back to how it first appeared in 1963. In January of 2014 the restored version of the car will be offered for sale at the Barret-Jackson Scottsdale auction.More info...


Fred Cain's 1940 Ford
Fred Cain of Wilmington, Massachusetts started racing his chopped and channeled Ford coupe in 1948. In 1953 it gained national recognition when it was featured in Honk! August 1953. The magazine had a hard time defining the car, so they described it as a "Custom-Rod". Fifty years later the definition is still valid and relevant as the restored version of Fred's coupe was advertised for sale on eBay in October of 2013.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.
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04.11.2014 - Original Von Dutch and Dean Jeffries Collaboration Art Piece Discovered
Back in March of 2014 Kustomrama contributor Olav Kvipt bought an old 1955 Ford F-100 truck that Dick Richardson's Custom Shop and Barris Kustoms restyled for San Bernardino Krankers member George Contaoi in the 1950s. Von Dutch and Dean Jeffries painted a wonderful weirdo painting on the tailgate of this in 1956. One year later George sealed it shut, and it has been hidden all these years until now... Click here for more information and photos.


09.11.2013 - Automodello's Timbs Streamliner
In 2010 we ran a featured story on the then newly restored Norman Timbs' Buick Special. Norman Timbs custom creation is these days coming alive as a hand built, resin cast 1:43 scale model by Automodello. It will be available in two versions, a standard Maroon version with a tan interior will be produced in up to 999 pieces, and a white Tribute Edition that will be produced in 148 pieces. The white version is a tribute to the second owner. Click here for more information and photos.


08.11.2013 - Kustomrama Lynwood Division
Olav Kvipt of Kustomrama has settled down in the old Barris Shop, with Masterson Kustoms, at Atlantic Ave. in Lynwood. The historic building is now home of the Kustomrama Lynwood Division, so if you have stories and pictures to share, please stop by. Be sure to follow Olav's blog as well, to stay updated about his journey and adventures in California.
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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


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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George Barris & The Munsters Cars on TV
In a Halloween special episode of the Legends of the Rod & Custom Hall of Fame Jonnie King interviews George Barris about his 1964 appearance in the popluar Munsters TV show. In addition to building a couple of cars for the show, George also drove the Drag-U-La car down the dragstrip in the Hot Rod Herman episode.
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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.
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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!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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