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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


Alf Rasmussen's 1936 Ford
After WWII you needed a special permit to buy cars in Norway, as the Norwegian government wanted to reduce consumption of imported goods. Alf Rasmussen of Bergen was a secretary for the Norwegian Civil Defence, so he got a special permit to buy a car as he needed it for work purpose. Around 1951-1952 he bought a chopped, channeled and sectioned 1936 Ford from a British or American pilot that had worked in the Independent Norwegian Brigade Group in Germany after WWII, and was now returning home to his girlfriend! Click here for more information and photos


Jim Genty's 1952 Ford Victoria - Nugget
1952 Ford Victoria owned and restyled by Kingsmen of Miles City member Jim Genty of Miles City, Montana. Named "Nugget", the Victoria was Jim's high school cruiser. With the help of his friends, Jim started restyling the car in Leo Gruba's father garage in 1957. They began by shaving the door handles, emblems and trims, nosing and decking the car. The headlights were frenched, and a 1954 Ford grille lip was added before Jim installed a 1955 Plymouth grille... Click here for more information and photos


Martin Oja's 1931 Ford Model A Coupe
In 1960, after finishing high school, Martin Oja of Sault Ste, Marie, Ontario, Canada decided to build Hot Rod Model A. The build was completed in 1962, and it went trough three owners before it was parked in 1970. It stayed 44 years in storage before Jeremy Callahan finally got the car back on the road. Jeremy has done a great job preserving the car, and it looks exactly like it did in 1962.
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09.03.2016 - Blackie Gejeian Passed Away
Michael "Blackie" Gejeian was born in Easton, California in 1926. 19 years old he built his first hot rod, named "Blackie". After a crash in 1948 he rebuilt it into the "Shish Kebob". Featuring a chromed undercarriage, the Shish Kebob and Blackie drove into the history books when he won the prestigious America's Most Beautiful Roadster award with the car. In June we all celebrated his 90 year birthday, and today we woke up to the sad news that Blackie has left us. Read more...


08.08.2016 - The Krimson Kart Restoration Has Started
Earlier this year the remains of the once so glorious Krimson Kart was advertised for sale on eBay. The last decade, the car has been trough several hands, and when it appeared on eBay it was in need of a full restoration. A week ago we got an email from Cody Burghdorf of Marshall, Michigan. Cody is the current owner of the old custom, and he told us that he has started to strip the car down to bare metal. Read more...


07.30.2016 - VooDoo Larry Debuts the VooDoo Sahara
We are blown away by VooDoo Larry's tribute to the Barris Kustoms built Golden Sahara! Larry's version, named the VooDoo Sahara, made it's big debut at the KKOA Salina Leadsled Spectacular this weekend, and It didn't take many minutes before the one of a kind custom hit the web like a virus. Read more...

Lost and Found


Found: Richard Gregg's 1950 Ford Pickup - The Capri
In June of 2016 Richard Gregg's 1950 Ford pickup, known as "The Capri", was found in San Ramon, California. The car had been in storage for 40 years plus, and it was buried in mud when Tony Gomes of San Ramon, California bought it. The car was originally built by Richard Gregg of Sacramento, California in the late 1950s, and it received a lot of magazine ink when it was completed. Tony, who runs Tri -Valley Auto Glass plans to restore the car back to how it looked when it was first done. Click here for more information and photos


Found: Ed Roth's 1956 Ford F-100
Another long lost Ed Roth custom has resurfaced and is back in the spotlight again. Ed bought this F-100 truck in 1957. He gave it a flame paint job and used it as advertising for his business. He sold the car in the late 1950s, and it ended up as a farm truck in Oklahoma. It was never licensed in Oklahoma, and spent most of its time around the farm. The car has now returned to California, and it is scheduled for a restored debut at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show. Click here for more information and photos


Lost: Frank Layman's 1948 Packard Convertible
In the early 1950s Frank Layman ran a body shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania named Frank's Garage. Frank specialized in custom car building, and one of his creations was a 1948 Packard convertible that he restyled for his own pleasure in 1953. The car was sold some years later, and Frank's son, Bill, is currently trying to find out what happened to his fathers old custom.
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Kustomrama Photo Archive


The John Bozio Photo Collection
John Bozio is an East Coast customizer from East Hartford, Connecticut. John bought his first car, a 1939 Buick Century, at age 15 in 1951. The Buick was John's first custom attempt. Several customs followed, mostly Buicks, and luckily for us, John took photos of them all.
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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..
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The Börje "Böcka" Linderström Photo Collection
Börje "Böcka" Linderström of Sweden was very active in the Swedish hot rod and custom scene in the 1960s. Being a talented builder and painter, Linderström had his hands on many of the creations we all know from the legendary Hot Rod Shows in Marmorhallarna in Stockholm. Unfportunately "Böcka" has passed away, but his son Sonny has scanned and shared his father's photo collection with Kustomrama.
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Featured Projects


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


For Sale: Ron Courtney's 1951 Ford - The X-51
Ron Courtney of McMinnville, Oregon began restyling the X-51 in 1954. The build was completed two years later, and the radically restyled Ford hit the streets of McMinnville in 1956. After winning a lot of awards, and being featured in several magazines, Ron sold the car in 1959. It was involved in a traffic accident, and disappeared from the scene for a long time.
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For Sale: John Svedberg's 1929 Ford Roadster Pickup
If you had 210000 SEK on you, what would be the smartest thing to invest in? I would used it to buy John Svedberg's 1929 Ford Model A Pickup John Svedberg of Vaggeryd, Sweden did a wonderful job restoring it back to how it was, preserving the paint, using correct parts and update it safety-wise. Built in the 1950s in California, rock solid with all the correct parts you wish your hot rod had!
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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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Featured Events


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


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


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


Hot Rod Gallery II
Throughout his 40-plus year career, Pat Ganahl has accumulated more than 30,000 images. 350 of "some" of the most interesting and best photos from Pat's collection have found their way to Hot Rod Gallery II. Published by CarTech, the book was released August 18, 2016, and according to the publisher, the book contains more great photos and stories from hot rodding's golden years. Click here for more information.


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.


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.

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

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


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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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