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Ray Russell's Gadabout of Detroit, Michigan. Built largely from aluminum and magnesium, Russell believed his car had post was possibilities. The build was completed in 1944.
Jack Pieknik's 1934 Ford Victoria was supposedly restyled by Downriver Modified member Ray Hosh in the 1950s. Jack Pieknik bought the car in 1971 and got it back on the road again.
Joaquin Arnett's 1934 Ford 3-window coupe of San Diego, California was completed in 1951. Bill Couch of Detroit, Illinois found the coupe for sale in a used car lot in a North Chicago suburb in 1953. He bought it, and brought it back home.
Gene McCrickard's 1937 Lincoln Zephyr of Detroit, Michigan. Restyled in 1953, the car was Gene's first custom and high school ride.
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.
Ray Russell's 1953 Ford convertible of Detroit, Michigan. Restyled in 1953, Ray's Ford featured a 7 inche sectioned body.
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 Dodge Deora is a radical design interpretation of the Dodge A100 forward-control pickup truck. The Deora’s striking lines were penned by California-based designer Harry Bradley. It was built by the Alexander Brothers of Detroit, Michigan. The build was started in 1964 and completed in 1966. Once completed the unique creation was honored with the coveted Ridler Award at the 1967 Detroit Autorama.

Detroit has given us many well known Hot Rod and Kustom car builders during the years. Mike Alexander and Larry Alexander, better known as the Alexander Brothers are two of the best known Kustom car builders from Detroit.

Another legendary Kustom car builder from Detroit is Bill Hines the Leadslinger. Hines moved to Detroit at the age of ten. In 1941 at the age of 19, he quit school, so he could begin building kustom cars. In 1958 Bill left Detroit, and headed down to California, where he began working for legendary George Barris and Barris Kustoms. One year later, he moved back to Detroit, and continued building kustom cars in Detroit. In 1960 Bill Hines left Detroit for good, and opened up Bill Hines Kustom Auto in Lynwood, California.

Hot Rods of Detroit, Michigan

Joaquin Arnett's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Mary Zassadney's 1934 Ford Pickup

Customs Cars of Detroit, Michigan

The Alexander Brothers' 1931 Ford Model A Pickup - The Grasshopper]]
Jack Pieknik's 1934 Ford Victoria
Gene McCrickard's 1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
Jack Telnack's 1941 Mercury Convertible
K. E. Binder Company's 1948 Lincoln Continental
John Jenick's 1950 Buick
Andy Rae's 1952 Chevrolet
Ray Russell's 1953 Ford Convertible
Sy Gregorich's 1955 Ford
Johnny Krzysik's 1955 Oldsmobile - The Vagabond
Bill Whetstone's 1960 Ford Starliner - The Adonis
Mike Budnick's 1960 Pontiac - The Golden Indian
The Dodge Deora

Homebuilt Cars of Detroit, Michigan

Ray Russell's Gadabout

Shops in Detroit, Michigan

Alexander Brothers Custom Shop
Clarkaiser Custom Shop
Dearborn Speed Shop
Ray's Kustom Trim
Styline Customs

Custom Accesory Manufacturers of Detroit, Michigan

Lee Plastic Company

Car Shows in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Autorama
NHRA National Championship Custom Car Show

Citizen of Detroit, Michigan

Andy Rae
Bill Couch
Bill Hines
Bill Whetstone
Gene McCrickard
Jack Pieknik
Jack Telnack
John Jenick
Johnny Krzysik
Larry Alexander
Mike Alexander
Mike Budnick
Ray Hosh
Ray Russell
Sy Gregorich

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