Karl Krumme ran a company called Custom Associates at 1021 East Broadway in Glendale, Califorinia. The company was later known as Kustom Associates and Kustoms Inc.. George Barris called Karl "The Bondo King", as he would use huge amounts of Bondo like modeling clay. In 1961 Karl's sculpted bondo customizing technique was chronicled in Car Craft May 1961. At the time Karl was trying to get Kustoms Inc. business established. Karl had a partner named Clayton Crowe. Clayton had a mother who had some money, and she let the customize her brand new 1959 Oldsmobile. Karl was supposed to build a fiberglass Model T plug for Curt Hamilton and Bud Lang. He was not available to work on that one, but he did later work on the Cal Automotive 1927 Ford Model T bucket plug. Karl was eventually hired by George Barris to work for him at Barris Kustoms.
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