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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. Held October 3-5‚ 2014 at the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey, Customs by the Sea will be an exhibit of traditional custom cars from all decades, and we are currently looking for historic custom cars that can be a part of this exhibit!
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Bill Kelly's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Bill Kelly's 1932 Ford 3-window coupe was built in Warminster, New Jersey in 1948. The first version was powered by a flathead V8, but it didn't take long before Bill had installed a more powerful Oldsmobile OHV engine. As new engines and more horsepower found it's way to the engine compartment during the 1950s, the basic appearance of the car stayed the same. The car resurfaced in the 1990s, and in 2001 The Rodder's Journal ran a story on it. Click here for more information and photos
Herb Conway's 1954 Mercury
In January of 1953, Herb Conway bought a mildly restyled 1950 Ford. He sold the car to his little brother, Hersh "Junior" Conway, who turned it into one of the most famous shoebox customs of the 1950s. After selling the Ford, Herb bought a 1954 Mercury in December of 1954 that he decided to give a mild custom treatment.
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Jim Robertson's 1961 Ford - The Graveyard Train
In the 1950s high school parking lots in Southern California were filled with custom cars. From mild to wild, a regular day at the parking lot looked like a good car show today. The trend decreased in the 1960s, and at the end of the decade most of the cool kids drove muscle cars. Jim Robertson of Simi Valley was one of the few white kids that held on to customs, and in 1969 Bill Carter and Walt Prey laid a fadeaway paint job on his 1961 Ford. Click here for more information and photos
Lost: Jack Telnack's 1941 Mercury
Back in 1954, Bob Ashlock of Detroit, Michigan helped his buddy Jack Telnack section and channel his 1941 Mercury, to make it look more like a European influenced 1941 Lincoln Continental. When the build was completed in 1955, Jay took off to California in order to attend the Art Center Design School. The car was sold there, and Jay went on to become head designer at Ford Motor Company. Bob is currently looking for the whereabouts of the Merc they built? Have you seen it? Click here for more information
Lost: Kenneth Kamp's Otter
The Otter is a fiberglass bodied two-seater built by Kenneth Kamp of Norwood, Ohio. When Chevrolet came with their fiberglass bodied Corvette, Ken decided that he wanted to get ahead of the market and produce a fiberglass bodied car too. 9 Otters were built. The first one was completed in 1953. The family of Ken are currently looking for the whereabouts of these cars. Have any of them survived? Click here for more information
Found: Brad and Gale Bez' 1948 Buick Roadmaster Roadster
Another old sport custom has surfaced! Brad and Gale Bez' 1948 Buick Roadmaster roadster was located in Milwaukee some years back. It was then moved to the Chicago area where it was damaged in a garage fire. In 2009 it was purchased by a St. Louis Buick collector. Brad and Gale Bez recently bought the one-off custom from the St. Louis Buick collector, and they plan to restore it back to how it once appeared. If you have any more info on Brad and Gale's sport custom we would love to hear from you. Click here for more information
The Howard Gribble Photo Collection
Howard Gribble is a well known photographer and lowrider and custom car historian from Torrance, California. Having an interest for photography and a lack of magazines covering the early lowrider and 1960s custom scene, Howard took his camera to the shows and photographed the cars for his own personal enjoyment. Howard has his own Flickrpage filled with old photos, but he is also sharing his favorite shots on Kustomrama. Click here to check out The Howard Gribble Photo Collection
The Dave Jenkins Photo Collection
Dave Jenkins of Ypsilanti, Michigan is a founding member of the Ann Arbor Timing Association. Dave and his friends drove some good looking cars, and Dave took some very nice photos back in the late 1950s and 1960s, or as he said it: "All i had was a 35mm slide camera and sometimes i got lucky." Lucky for us, Dave has shared his all color photo collection with Kustomrama.
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The Kustomrama Photo Collection
The Kustomrama Photo Collection contains photos from the private collection of Sondre Kvipt. These photos comes from all over the world, and they are bought and collected from various sources. Sondre started buying what he could afford and find on eBay back in the 2000s. He has also visited flea markets and vintage shops all over the world hunting for hidden treasures, and the collection has grown over time. Click here to check out The Kustomrama Photo Collection
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
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...
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...
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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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 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 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
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/
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/
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/
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.
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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.
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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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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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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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