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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.

Kustomrama Wikipedia is a project that will evolve and grow over time. Join this community today and help Kustomrama become the number one Traditional Rod & Kustom Wiki!!

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Kustomrama Newsletter

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Kustomrama Newsletter
Subscribe to the Kustomrama Newsletter and get emails about new stories, news and events that have been added to the Traditional Rod & Kustom Wikipedia.
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Featured Stories

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Glenn Johnson's 1937 Ford Coupe
In 1947, Glenn Johnson of Las Vegas, Nevada was inspired to customize his coupe after seing a chopped and channeled 1936 Ford his buddy Carl Gratz had bought from California. The coupe was Glenn's first custom job, and before he started the build he studied Carl's Ford thoroughly before he constructed his future dream build on paper.
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Jerry Berg's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe - The Northern Star
A couple of months ago we ran a featured story on Jerry Berg's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe, The Northern Star. Since then we have been able to locate the car, and its current owner Larry Moe of Federal Way, Washington has helped us fill some of the gaps in the history of this great hot rod. If you read part one of this saga, be sure to check out the story again.
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Joe Brienza's 1934 Ford Convertible - The Brienza Special
In 1958 Joe Brienza of West Islip, New York debuted a 1934 Ford Convertible he had spent two years building. Named The Brienza Special, Joe's chopped, channeled and sectioned convertible hit the Eastern show scene as a comet, winning trophies at most of the shows he attended. Joe has shared the full story, and almost 100 photos of the car with Kustomrama.
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Lost and Found

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Found: Josh Haagen's 1950 Buick
In 2012 Josh Haagen of Bangor, Maine bought an old custom built Buick boattail roadster that had been left abandoned behind a building. He was told that the car was originally built in Berwick, Maine. Josh, who is a body shop guy, believes the car was once completed, run on the road, and disassembled for a restoration that never happened. Josh is currently looking for info on his car. Do anyone recognize this one-off creation?
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Lost: Harold Agresti's 1951 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe
Harold Agresti's 1951 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe was restyled in the San Francisco Bay Area around 1956/1957. The look of the car was upgraded by installing a 1954 Cadillac front clip. It was then nosed, decked and shaved for handles. Harold Agresti of Turlock, California bought the car in 1958. After selling the car locally, the Cadillac was eventually sold off to Arizona in the early 1960s. Do anyone know anything about the whereabouts of Harold's Cadillac?
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Lost: Jack Nethercutt's 1952 Oldsmobile
Some new leads on the Jack Nethercutt's 1952 Oldsmobile has come up, as San Jose Rod and Wheelers member Lenny Macchiarella claims he saw the car advertised for sale in the Auto Trader in 2000. It was still located in El Cajon, and it had been painted white. Lenny tried to buy it, but it was already sold. Anyone else remember seing a 4 inches chopped 1952 Oldsmobile in the El Cajon area about 12 years ago?
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Kustomrama Photo Archive

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The Bengt Wennergren Photo Collection - Monaco 1966
This photo from The Bengt Wennergren Photo Collection is taken during a trip to Monaco in 1966. Bengt and his friend Walle drove the car all the way from Sweden, over the alps, in order to catch a boat race in Monaco. On their way over they stopped by Rammstein as well, in order to attend a drag race at the Rammstein Air Base.
Click here to check out The Bengt Wennergren Photo Collection



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The Howard Gribble Photo Collection - 1963 Pontiac Catalina
This photo from The Howard Gribble Photo Collection shows a customized 1963 Pontiac Catalina at a 1970s So Cal indoor car show. Pontiacs were popular to "fix up" according to Howard, though most people preferred the cleaner Grand Prix model. Anyone recognize this Catalina?
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The Håkan Lindell Photo Collection - Bengt Wennergren's 1949 Ford
This photo from The Håkan Lindell Photo Collection shows a rare rear-view shot of Bengt Wennergren's 1949 Ford. Bengt bought the car from Leif "Grillkorven" Rose in the early 1960s. Grillkorven had started to customize the car, but parked it when it was halfway done. It stayed untouched for several years until Bengt bought it.
Click here to check out The Håkan LindellPhoto Collection



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The Joe Brienza Photo Collection
Joe Brienza, a West Islip, New York hot rodding legend and custom upholsterer is the latest contributor in the Kustomrama Photo Archive. Last week we featured around 100 photos of Joe's '34 Ford, The Brienza Special, from Joe's archive. Now we'll show you the cars he built before and after the '34. First out is a photo of Joe with his first hot rod, a stretched and Cadillac powere 1929 Ford Model A Coupe.
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For Sale

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Ray Farhner's X-Ray
The X-Ray, a futuristic show rod built by Missouri customizer Ray Farhner of Farhner Custom Shop, is currently up for sale. The car is located in Kansas City, and it has been painted yellow pearl with modern style graphics in the recesses. The X-Ray is a turnkey car, and it runs great. Asking price is $50,000.00.
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Gene Boucher's 1956 Ford - The Marquis
The Marquis is a radically customized 1956 Ford restyled by Bill Cushenbery of Cushenbery Custom Shop for Gene Boucher. The build took was two and a half year in the works before it made its debut in January of 1962. Gene kept the car until he passed away. After swapping hands a couple times, the old show car ended up with Bud Millard who had restored it back to show condition. Still owned by Bud, the car is currently up for sale.
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Harry Costa's 1941 Ford
Harry Costa is currently selling his 1941 Ford Convertible. Harry bought the car in 1953, and started customizing it shortly after he got it. The body was channeled 7 inches over the frame, the fenders were raised, hood sectioned and much more before Hall's Top Shop in Oakland fit the car with a padded top. The car still looks and runs good, and the asking price is $40 000.
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Featured Events

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The Race of Gentlemen 2012
October 19-20, 2012 an epic event known as The Race of Gentlemen took place at the Loch Arbour and Allenhurst beach front at the Jersey Shore in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The Oilers car club filled the beach with traditional styled hot rods and motorcycles racing agains the clock. 15 cars and 15 motorcycles attended the race. Between 2,500 and 3,000 people came to watch the action.
Click here to see photos from the 2012 The Race of Gentlemen


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Ink-N-Iron 2012
The 9th annual Ink-N-Iron tattoo and kustom kulture festival was held June 8th thru 10th, 2012 aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The Ink-N-Iron Motorama found place the same weekend under the Queen Mary Dome, amongst the attractions at the Motorama was a Lions Dragstrip display, a Barris Kustoms City display, the Long Beach Renegades car club historical wall and the Wall of Legends.
Click here to see photos from the 2012 Ink-N-Iron


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Jokers Car & Bike Show 2012
June 1-2, 2012 the 9th annual Jokers Car & Bike Show was held in Tidaholm, Sweden. As always, the little show in Sweden attracts hot rod, custom and bike enthusiasts from all over the world. As the members of the Jokers car club have been more into motorcycles than cars recent years, more and more bikes are attending this show. Some great cars are always attending anyhow, and the show is still a must if you live in Scandinavia.
Click here to see photos from the 2012 Jokers Car & Bike Show



News

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06.19.2012 - Custom Painter Joe Andersen Has Passed Away
June 18, 2012 legendary custom painter Joe Andersen passed away from diabetic complications. Joe started his striping business on Western Avenue in Los Angeles in the 1950s. He went on to buy his own shop on 1519 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles that he purchased and turned into Custom Auto Painting by Joe Andersen. Many custom painted cars went through Joe's shop in the late 1950s and 1960s, and Joe quickly became one of the most recognized custom painters of that era.
Click here for more information on Joe Andersen


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06.06.2012 - Bastardized Volume 2
The Swedish punks behind the Bastardized DVD is back with their second movie! It's a long way from California to Sweden, but the distance seems shorter after watching this movie. As expected, Bastardized #2 is filled with Swedish customs, hot rods, choppers and punk rock! Money earned from the first DVD has been spent wisely on GoPro cameras, making Bastardized #2 even better than the first one!
Click here for more information and trailer


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01.08.2012 - Church 8
According to Coby Gewertz of Church Magazine, it is far more difficult to capture a great photo of something mundane than it is to take a mundane snapshot of something great. Church 8 is a living proof of Coby's saying. Add a great caption to each photo and you have winning formula named Church Magazine. The latest issue of Church was published in December of 2011, and if you haven't ordered a copy yet you better do it before they are all gone.
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Kustomrama Styling Studio

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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


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Kustomrama Styling Studio no. 6 - 1966 BMW 1600
Scandinavia has always been years behind the current California car trends. Take for instance the early 1960s Boulevard Cruisers, also known as the first lowriders, it took almost 40 years before that style hit the scene over here. I guess things would have looked different if we had the internet back in the 1960s. If we had, the streets of Helsinki might have been filled with Euro-Boulevard cruisers such as Janne's slammed 1966 BMW 1600...Click here for more information and photos


Fred of the Week

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The Polar Beer Lager Wagen
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




Featured Videos

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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



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Bob Li'l Axle Stewart: 1950s Hot Rods, the Dry Lakes, and the Dago Axle
Bob "Li'l Axle" Stewart is the son of the father of the Dago Axle, Ed "Axle" Stewart. Bob was born into the world of hot rods in 1934. 11 years old he turned a 98-mph time at El Mirage. Two years later he was already building his first hot rod, a 1932 Ford Victoria. Randy Johnson of Johnson ArtWorks has made a video interview with Bob filled with great old photos!
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.

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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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