The Chuck Edwall Photo Collection

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A photo of Chuck with his latest hot rod, a 1927 Ford Model T Roadster, in 2022. Running a 1941 Ford Flathead with a Mercury crank, the car was originally built in 1947 in El Centro, California. Photo courtesy of Chuck Edwall.
A photo of Charlie Grantham's 1935 Ford pick up taken in 1948. Charlie was Chuck's cousin. He was 10 years older than Chuck, and he was one of the people that got him interested in cars. Photo from The Charlie Grantham Photo Collection.
A photo of George Sein's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe taken at the San Gabriel Drags in late 1957. Known as "The Flamer," the famous coupe was built by Barris and pinstriped by Von Dutch. "I used to walk by it at a chrome shop in Monterey Park on my way to and from Mark Keppel High School. They used to kick me out of there until I brought my 22 rifle to have chromed so I could stay at the shop to see George's coupe." Photo courtesy of Chuck Edwall.
"Exhibit of Honour - National Roadster Show - Oakland 1956." A detail shot of the Dean Jeffries striped Moon-tank in George Sein's 1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe. Photo courtesy of Chuck Edwall.
A chopped Henry J that Chuck photographed at the San Gabriel Drags late in 1957. Photo courtesy of Chuck Edwall.

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Chuck Edwall grew up in Monterey Park, California. He had a cousin, Charlie Grantham, who was 10 years older. "He is one of the people who got me interested in cars," Chuck told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in April of 2020. Chuck went to high school at Mark Keppel High in Monterey Park, a suburb of Los Angeles. "Me and my cruising friends formed a small car club and we named it The Dukes. Cast plaques in my metal shop class. There were only five or six of us, and we would go as a group to all the local drive-ins and cruising spots." On Saturday and Sunday, they would go to the drag races at the local strips.[1]

In his Junior year, Chuck moved with his family to San Diego, California, where he attended Grossmont High School. "I joined the Globe Pacers car club there. As a club we built a 1939 Chevrolet coupe with a 383 cubic inch, 15 to one, Oldmobile engine, 1941 Cadillac 3-speed transmission, and a 1940 Pontiac differential with 4:10 gears." Having his 49 Olds coupe, Chuck fit right in.

Later, Chuck joined the San Diego Roadster Club, where he in 2016 acted as secretary. Chuck has started scanning and sharing photos from his collection that we will add to this page, so be sure to tune in every now and then.

  1. Chuck Edwall


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