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Ray Furgal and Ron Seaver's 1941 Ford Convertible of Tokyo, Japan. Built from a wrecked convertible, Ray and Ron were stationed in Tokyo, Japan when they built the car. The completed build was featured in the "Letters" section of Car Craft January 1955.
Junichi Shimodaira's 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan of Nagoya, Japan. The car, known as Rod Riguez was built by Junichi at his shop Paradise Road. The first version of Rod Riguez was completed in December of 2002.
George Hara's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup
Wheels Unlimited's 1965 Buick LeSabre of Japan. Restyled by Winfield's Custom Shop, the build was completed in 2017, featuring one of Gene Winfield's signature fadeaway paint jobs. The car made its debut at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show.


In 1968 Dean Moon was contacted by Don Nichols to build engines for the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan which was planning to install them in their R381 Grand-Prix Cars. Dean put Fred Larsen to work and had him build 5.5 liters small-block engines. The whole team flew over to Tokyo to attend the race and help out in the pits. Nissan and the Moon-tuned Chevrolet engines won the Grand-Prix that year, turning Moon into a famous brand in Japan.[1]

Shige Suganum

According to Shige Suganum, "Moon was pretty famous in Japan in the sixties," and he and many other kids knew the logo well as they were growing up. Moon was present in Japan from 1968 and well into the 1970s. In 1983 Shige becomes friends with Dean Moon, and he starts importing and selling Moon discs, t-shirts, and other Moon merchandise in Japan. In 1986 he opens up his first shop in Yokohama. "MOON wasn't popular anymore back then," he told Laurent Bagnard in 2009 when he interviewed Shige for the book GO with MOON! - 1950-2010. "Back in '68 it was pretty popular in Japan. in '72/'73 it disappeared, so everyone thought it was gone, there was no more MOON in the market in Japan at all." A year later Dean Moon passes away. His wife Shirley took over the business, running it until she passed away in 1990. After Shirley passed away, Shige ends up buying Moon, and he continues running the business both in California and Japan.[1]

Hot Rods of Japan

Junichi Shimodaira's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster - The Galaxian
Junichi Shimodaira's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster Pickup - La Cucuaracha
George Hara's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup
Junichi Shimodaira's 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan - Rod Riguez

Customs Cars of Japan

Yoshikazu Ito's 1939 Dodge
Seiji Namai's 1940 Lincoln Zephyr
Ray Furgal and Ron Seaver's 1941 Ford Convertible
Wheels Unlimited's 1965 Buick LeSabre

Hot Rod and Custom Shows of Japan

Local Funktion
Street Car Nats Suzuka
Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show

Custom Shops of Japan

Paradise Road

Car Clubs of Japan

Kool Grease

Citizen of Japan

Junichi Shimodaira
Seiji Namai
Shige Suganum



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