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Featured Stories


Dan and Ken Hiramoto's 1941 Buick Super Convertible - Raven
1941 Buick Century convertible owned and restyled by Dan and Ken Hiramoto of Cleveland, Ohio. Dan and Ken were brothers, and they bought the Buick from their uncle. The original color on the car was maroon, so they sanded it down and gave it a Robin's Egg Blue paint job. The car went trough several iterations between 1951 and 1961, and in 1962 it gained national recognition when it was featured in Speed and Custom February 1962 Click here for more information and photos


Richard Mikami's 1961 Chevrolet Impala - The Ant Killer
Richard "Froggy" Mikami grew up in Gardena, California looking at dropped 59 Impalas with scavenger pipes, scalloped Bonnevilles, and Oldsmobiles with Candy paint jobs. In 1964 he bought a 1961 Chevrolet Impala that he decided to have restyled. After installing a 1959 Imperial grille, the car received a beautiful black Naugahyde tuck and roll interior by Russ and Bess, a striking Pearl paint job by Joe Andersen, and hydraulic lifts by Bill Hines. Click here for more information and photos


Bob Hagerty's 1931 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan - Jade East
Bob Hagerty's Jade East began as a $60.00 bet in 1963. Bob who had been interested in cars for 6 years had to prove that he was man enough to actually finish a car. During the build he learned how to weld, paint, be a body and fender man, and do mechanical work. Two years of hard work paid of, and in 1965 Car Craft Magazine did a story on the car where they named it one of the wildest sedans ever built.
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01.17.2017 - Kustomrama's 4th annual Customs by the Sea in Wildwood, New Jersey - New Rules and Dates Announced
The 4th annual Customs by the Sea in Wildwood, New Jersey will be held June 10-11, 2017. This year there will be three classes at the show. One for Early Custom Cars, one for Historic and Special Invited Hot Rods and Customs, and one for Pre 1965 Traditional Hot Rods and Custom. The Pre 1965 Traditional Hot Rod and Custom Class is run as a joint-collaboration between Kustomrama and the Oilers car club. Read more...


01.06.2017 - The Restoration of Bo Thalinsson's 1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible Has Started
Bo Thalinsson's 1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible was originally restyled by Bo Thalinsson of Stockholm, Sweden in the 1960s. The build was completed in 1967. In 2015 Simon and Tomas Lindström bought the remains of the car and saved it from an intended original restoration. The father and son duo have started the restoration of the old custom, and we can't wait to see Bo's 1967 version back on the road again. Read more...


01.03.2017 - New Website: U.S. Hot Rod & Custom Magazine Covers 1945 - 1975
Richard Carroll has just launched a history website that contains magazine covers for all major hot rod and custom car magazines from 1945 to 1975! For each magazine, he also have a short description of the magazine's history! After 4 years in the works the site is mostly done, although Richard is still adding some missing magazines and covers. A wealth of information and a great addition, so be sure to add it to your bookmarks. Check it out...

Lost and Found


Found: Dan and Ken Hiramoto's 1941 Buick Century Convertible - Raven
Last week we ran a Featured Story on Dan and Ken Hiramoto's 1941 Buick convertible on Kustomrama. Dan sold the car, known as the Raven, in 1962. Since then the family lost track of it, and last they heard it had been rolled and totaled. The rumor was unconfirmed, but everyone thought it was gone. A couple of days after the story was published rumors about its whereabouts started to appear, and thanks to Joe Koenigsmark we have now located the old Cleveland custom. Click here for more information and photos


Lost: Richard Piscatelli's 1954 Mercury
Fred Williams grew up in West Haven, Connecticut. While he was growing up, there were several Bernardo Bros customs cruising around his hometown. His favorite was Richard Piscatelli's 1954 Mercury, a cover car from Customs Illustrated September 1960. Richard sold the car to Robert L. Fabbri around 1962. Robert kept and drove the custom for a few years before I sold it to a young kid when he started college around 1966. Click here for more information and photos


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

Kustomrama Photo Archive


The Gordy Brown Photo Collection
Gordy Brown is a well known Salt Lake City, Utah customizer. He has been into hot rods and customs for the most of his life, and started out customizing cars at age 14 in the mid 1950s. In the early 1960s Gordy moved to San Fernando in Southern California, where he opened up his own shop House of Customs.
Click here to check out the Gordy Brown Photo Collection


The Marshall Tripp Photo Collection
Marshall Tripp worked for Larry Watson at Watson's Custom Auto Painting between 1966 and 1967. In 1967 he helped Watson clean out of his old office at 14903 Lakewood Blvd, as he had recently moved down to the corner of Lakewood and Artesia. Marshall put hundred of pictures and items in boxes that Larry gave him. Marshall kept on to everything all these years, and he has now scanned and shared the photos in the collection with Kustomrama. Click here to check out the Marshall Tripp Photo Collection


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

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: 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


Dia De Los Kustoms 2016
October 29, 2016 Los Hitters car club held their first Dia De Los Kustoms car show at the Velvet Elvis Lounge in Dallas, Texas. The mission of the show was to bring a true pre '64 traditional hot rod and kustom only car show to Dallas. The good ol' Texas sun shined down on the show, allowing participants and spectators to enjoy the day, making the show a huge success.
Click here to see pictures from the Dia De Los Kustoms 2016


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

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!
Click here to check out the trailer



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.

Click here to check out the third issue of Kustomra'mag

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