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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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Kustomrama Newsletter
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Featured Stories

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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



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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.
Click here for more information and photos



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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 and Found

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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


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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


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Found: Charles McDonald's 1955 Ford
Charles McDonald's 1955 Ford Thunderbird was restyled by Don Roberts of Bear's Custom Body Shop after he moved his shop to Inglewood in the late 1950s. According to rumors, Don customized more first generation Thunderbirds than anyone else in the Los Angeles area, so it is good to finally see one surface. Charles McDonald's Thunderbird can in fact be the only know surviving Don Roberts custom car.
Click here for more information



Kustomrama Photo Archive

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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 upcoming photos. Click here to check out The George Contaoi Photo Collection



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The Junior Conway Photo Collection
While Olav Kvipt lived in California, he was able to become friends with Junior Conway of Junior's House of Color in Bell. Junior has been in the trade since he began working for Barris Kustoms in 1955, and is currently operating one of the best, high end body shops in the world. Junior shared his photo collection with Kustomrama. A collection were the majority of photos are from 1953 to the late 1960s.
Click here to check out the Junior Conway Photo Collection



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The Clifford Ambrose Photo Collection
Clifford Ambrose of Santa Clara, California was a member of the San Jose Igniters car club. Cliff was very active back in the late 1950s building and racing hot rods. Lucky for us he brought a camera and documented some of the action. Unfortunately, Cliff passed away in 1998, but his son Matt has shared his dad's old photos with Kustomrama. The photos were taken circa 1958 - 1959.
Click here to check out the Clifford Ambrose Photo Collection



Kustomrama Lynwood Division

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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.
Click here to read more


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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..
Click here to read more


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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

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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...



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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...



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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...



Featured Events

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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


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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



News

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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.
Click here for more information on Old Kool Magazine


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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.
Click here for more information on Mike Alexander


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05.28.2014 - New Shirt: Kustomrama Torrance Division
The Kustomrama Torrance Division T-shirt is our tribute to old time Boulevard Cruiser, historian and Kustomrama contributor Howard Gribble. Thanks to Howard, important parts of the history of early lifted cars have found its way to Kustomrama. Howard was there when it happened, and he has dedicated much of his life to preserve and share what he saw! Featured on this shirt is Howard's own lifted 1967 Chevrolet Impala. Click here to visit the Kustomrama Store.



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.
Click here for more information and photos


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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




Legends of the Rod & Custom Hall of Fame

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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/



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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.
Click here to check out the interview at www.legends.thewwbc.net/



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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.
Click here to check out the interview at http://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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