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Invoice number 1 from Trend Automotive. Dated October 1960, it was written out to Robert Dzemske for the work they did on his 1956 Lincoln. Photo courtesy of Bob Dzemske.
Rich Vachata's 1936 Ford Convertible of Berwyn, Illinois. Rich was a member of the Bearing Busters of Berwyn, and the other members in the club helped him build the car. The first version was completed in 1959. In 1960 Dave gave the car a scallop paint job. This version of the car was named the Beach Comber.
Bill Block's 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Known as Brandy's Chariot and Golden Chariot, the car was restyled by Dave Puhl at Trend Customs in the late 1950s and the early 1960s. It was considered by many to be the finest custom rods ever built, and William made a total cash investment of $ 9000 including labor and 300 hours of work to build it.
The Trendero was restyled by Dave and John Malik at Trend Customs. The build was started in 1960 and completed in 1961.
Dick Scully's 1958 Ford Thunderbird was restyled by Trend Customs.

Trend Automotive was a custom body shop in Lyons, Illinois run and operated by Dave Puhl and Johnny Malik. After building a 1955 Ford Thunderbird after hours in the body shop he worked at in Chicago, Dave decided to open up his own shop in the Summer of 1960. Finally, not just evenings and weekends any more, Dave now did custom work on a full time basis. The shop was located at 4501 So. 1st Avenue in Lyons.[1]

During this period such show cars as "Brandy's Chariot" a 1936 Ford chosen one of the Top Ten of 1960; "Trendero" a 1957 Ford Ranchero - AHRA 1961 Custom Sweepstakes; and "Starfire" a 1954 Oldsmobile - 1962 NHRA Custom Sweepstakes, were attesting to Dave's ability as a custom builder and painter.[1]

In mid 1962, Dave decided to close down Trend Automotive, and move to Wichita, Kansas, where he took on the challenging position as Shop Foreman for one of the Country's top customizers, Darryl Starbird at Star Kustom Shop.[1]

Cars Restyled by Trend Automotive

Rich Vachata's 1936 Ford Convertible - The Beach Comber
William "Bill" Block's 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe - Brandy's Chariot
Ralph Ferks' 1954 Oldsmobile - The Startling Starfire
Bob Dzemske's 1956 Lincoln Capri
Dick Scully's 1958 Ford Thunderbird
The Trendero



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