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Dick Dean's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Dick Dean's 1930 Ford Model A Roadster
Dick Dean's 1931 Ford Model A Victoria
Al and Dave Tarkanyi's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe. Al and Dave were members of the Downriver Modified car club of Michigan.
Lew Wolff's 1932 Ford Roadster was built by Downriver Modified member Lew Wolff in the mid to late 1950s.
Jack Telnack's 1941 Mercury Convertible of Detroit, Michigan. The build was started in 1954 and completed in 1955. After the build was completed, Jay moved to California, attending the Art Center Design School. He sold the car in California in the latter part of the 1950s. Jay went on to become head designer at Ford Motor Company where he is credited for the Taurus and the Sable.
William D. Kennedy's 1949 Ford, of Detroit, Michigan was a Ford Motor Co experimental car, with cloth covered steel top and continental kit.
Larry Ernst's 1952 Ford Convertible of Toledo, Ohio. Restyled by Clarkaiser Custom Shop, the first version of the car, named "Pharaoh's Pacer", was completed in 1955. Larry was a Roman Catholic priest who later became a monsignor. Owning a radical and famous custom car put him at some odds with senior members of the church, so he showed the car under the fake name Grant Macklin. Spike McMurtrie of Jackson, Michigan bought the car in the 1990s.
Ken Foress' 1952 Mercury Convertible of Lansing, Michigan. In 1959 local pinstriper and custom painter Jerry Drake, aka Spider the Crazy Painter, gave the car a flame paint job at Cooper Body Shop.
Jerry Drake's 1955 Ford Fairlane of Lansing, Michigan was restyled by Ed Blaisdell of Blaisdell Body Shop. Jerry is a well known Michigan pinstriper that operated under the name "Spider the Crazy Painter." He bought the Ford, known as "India Ivory" in 1957, and it went through several modifications between 1957 and 1959.
Sy Gregorich's 1955 Ford Crown Victoria - The Victorian of Detroit, Michigan was restyled by the Alexander Brothers, and was first completed in 1959.
The Shifters of Pontiac auto club was founded in 1955. The club is one of seven clubs that made up the Michigan Hot Rod Association. Photo courtesy of Bill Bryan.
Adrienne Hooper's 1956 Mercury convertible of Saginaw, Michigan. Adrienne's Mercury, named the Wild One, was featured on the cover of Custom Cars April 1960.
Jerry Drake's 1957 Ford Fairlane of Lansing, Michigan. Jerry was a custom painter and pinstriper, operating under the name "Spider the Crazy Painter". He was also the President of the Injectors of Lyons car club. Jerry's Ford, known as the Candy Cane, received a custom paint job by Jerry and his buddy Dave Edmonds in July of 1960.
Dell Chandler's 1960 Pontiac Ventura of a Lansing, Michigan. Dell's Pontiac received a scallop and panel paint job by Jerry Drake and Larry Cooper in 1960.
George Barris' 1956 Continental Mark II was restyled by Barris Kustoms in 1956. The Lincoln was George's personal driver, and he owned it for about a year. Robert Jones of Michigan owned the car from 2000 to 2006.


Hot Rods of Michigan

Terry McFarlane's 1927 Ford Model-T Sedan
Walt Pasternak's 1928 Ford Model A Pickup
Dick Dean's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Dick Dean's 1930 Ford Model A Roadster
The Alexander Brothers' 1931 Ford Model A Pickup - The Grasshopper
Dick Dean's 1931 FordModel A Victoria
Al and Dave Tarkanyi's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Bill Waddill and Ken Draper's 1932 Ford
Clarence Catallo's 1932 Ford - The Silver Sapphire
Dick Dean's 1932 Ford Sedan
Lew Wolff's 1932 Ford Roadster
Lew Wolff's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Mary Zassadney's 1934 Ford Pickup

Customs Cars of Michigan

John Patterson's 1934 Ford Convertible
Arthur Lellis' 1939 Ford Convertible
Jack Telnack's 1941 Mercury Convertible
K. E. Binder Company's 1948 Lincoln Continental
William D. Kennedy's 1949 Ford John Jenick's 1950 Buick
Ed Matusek's 1950 Cadillac
Dave Jenkins' 1950 Chevrolet
Alan Reason's 1950 Ford
Keith Ashley's 1951 Chevrolet - The Bel Air Royal Clone
Larry Ernst's 1951 Chevrolet - The Bel Air Royal
Andy Rae's 1952 Chevrolet
Larry Ernst's 1952 Ford Convertible - Pharaoh's Pacer
Ken Foress' 1952 Mercury Convertible
Ted Fear's 1952 Mercury Montery
Dick Dean's 1953 Ford Shop Truck
Frank and Charles Gilardone's 1953 Ford
Teddy Zgrzemski's 1954 Ford
Rodney Rice's 1955 Chevrolet - The Astrian
Jerry Drake's 1955 Ford Fairlane - India Ivory
Sy Gregorich's 1955 Ford
Johnny Krzysik's 1955 Oldsmobile - The Vagabond
Dick Dean's 1956 Chevrolet
George Barris' 1956 Continental Mark II
Adrienne Hooper's 1956 Mercury Converible - The Wild One
Dave Jenkins' 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air
Jerry Drake's 1957 Ford Fairlane - Candy Cane
John Osborn's 1957 Oldsmobile
Jerry Yatch's 1959 Chevrolet - The Xcidian
Bill Whetstone's 1960 Ford Starliner - The Adonis
Calvin Wilkes' 1960 Ford - The Candy Cane
Geno Janokowski's 1960 Ford - The Black Jack
Dell Chandler's 1960 Pontiac Ventura
Mike Budnick's 1960 Pontiac - The Golden Indian
The Dodge Deora

Custom Car and Hot Rod Clubs of Michigan

Ann Arbor Timing Association
Dearborn Custom Auto Club
Dearborn Roadmasters
Downriver Modified
Injectors of Lyons
Shifters of Pontiac

Shops in Michigan

Al's Collision
Al's Custom Shop
Alexander Brothers Custom Shop
Clarkaiser Custom Shop
Cooper's Body Shop
Dearborn Speed Shop
Holland Trim Shop
Ray's Kustom Trim
South End Kustom
Styline Customs

Custom Painters and Pinstripers of Michigan

Bill Pierce
Jerry Drake - Spider the Crazy Painter
Paul Hatton

Custom Accesory Manufacturers in Michigan

Lee Plastic Company

Car Shows in Michigan

Detroit Autorama
NHRA National Championship Custom Car Show

Citizens of Michigan

Adrienne Hooper
Al Tarkanyi
Alan Reason
Andy Rae
Bill Dreist
Bill Hines
Bill Waddill
Bill Whetstone
Burns Berryman
Dave Jenkins
Calvin Wilkes
Dave Tarkanyi
Dick Dean
Ed Matusek
Fred Janz
Harry Westergard
Jack Telnack
Jerry Yatch
Jim Hooper
John Jenick
John Osborn
John Patterson
Johnny Krzysik
Karl Gilewicz
Keith Ashley
Keith Landrigan
Ken Draper
Ken Foress
Larry Alexander
Mike Alexander
Mike Budnick
Nick Gorno
Robert Jones
Rodney Rice
Spike McMurtrie
Sy Gregorich
Ted Fear
Teddy Zgrzemski
Terry McFarland
Walt Pasternak
William D. Kennedy

Video - Michigan's First Legal Drag Racing Event

Customs by the Sea is a traditional custom car show in Wildwood, New Jersey. Presented by Kustomrama, the show is open for pre 1952 automobiles, restyled in a pre 1952 style. Click here for more info...


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