Walter Leeman of East Los Angeles, California. Walter was a member of the T-Timers of El Monte, and served as President and Vice-President at different times. The T-Timers had chapter clubs all over Southern California that were sponsored by the Elks Lodges.
Around 1956 Walt started pinstriping. He was self taught, and he picked up the trade after reading some Von Dutch articles in various magazines. At the time Walt had a 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline that he was restyling. During the build, the Fleetline was decorated with primer spots and pinstripes. Walt pinstriped out of House of Chrome, that was located at the Ayalas property in the 1950s. In 2015 he told Kustomrama that he was striping out of the House of Chrome after school and on weekends; "I had met Earl Bruce, who owned a bar on Sunset Blvd, and a 1940 Ford that Valley Custom had done some custom work on. When I was about 18, I pinstriped Gil Ayala's Wild Bird at a Hollywood car show. At the show Earl brought Von Dutch over and introduced me to him. He didn't say much but it sure rattled me for a bit. " After a couple of years House of Chrome moved to a new location, and Walt went with them. He stayed there until he joined the US Air Force.
Walter Leeman's Cars
Walter Leeman's 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Walter Leeman's 1940 Ford Coupe
Walter Leeman's 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline
Walter Leeman's Second 1951 Chevrolet Fleetline
Walter Leeman's 1953 Chevrolet Bel-Air
Walter Leeman's 1960 Pontiac
Walter Leeman's Volvo PV 444
Cars Pinstriped by Walter Leeman
Gil Ayala's 1955 Ford Thunderbird
- Walter Leeman
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