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Featured Stories

Ed Biggs' 1959 Chevrolet El Camino 1959 Chevrolet El Camino owned by Davenport Idlers member Ed Biggs of Davenport, Iowa. Ed ran Biggs Automotive Service with his father, and in the Summer of 1959, he decided to turn a brand new El Camino into a shop truck and rolling advertisement for their business. Mike Maurice's 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air - Spill the Wine Mike Maurice wanted to bring back forgotten trends when he set out to restyle his 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air in 2017. Christer Lundberg's 1937 Ford Coupe 1937 Ford Business Coupe originally owned and built by Christer 'Chrille' Lundberg of Stockholm, Sweden. Christer was an early Swedish hot rodder and an active builder in the 1960s. He bought the coupe for 200 SEK in 1960. It was in a poor condition when he got it, but he did a good job restoring it, getting it back on the road again - Fully approved.


01.12.2021 - The 2021 Grand National Roadster Show has been canceled January 12, 2021, after monitoring the current coronavirus outbreak and the government regulations, Rod Shows announced that the 2021 Grand National Roadster Show has been canceled and moved to 2022. 12.28.2020 - Eddie Martinez has passed away Eddie Martinez was a legendary upholsterer from Lynwood, California. He started doing upholstery work while he was in school and worked his way up becoming one of the most sought-after custom upholsterers in Southern California. 10.19.2020 - Stickers to the people! We finally have stickers for sale in the Kustomrama Online Store. Black stickers. Red stickers. Yellow stickers.

Lost and Found

Looking for info: Don Sealy's 1933 Chevrolet Pickup Late 1950s or early 1960s, Don Sealy of Grants Pass, Oregon, received this 1933 Chevrolet truck from a young man who stayed with him and his wife for a time. Lost: Bill Henderson's 1939 Mercury Convertible 1939 Mercury Convertible owned by Bill Henderson of Los Angeles, California. According to his grandson, Chase Henderson, Bill bought the Merc when he was 14 years old. Mystery solved: Von Hunter's 1957 Chevrolet Corvette A week ago, we added Russ Cook's 1957 Chevrolet Corvette custom to the Kustomrama Lost & Found section. A lot has happened since then, and we now know that Russ' Corvette was originally restyled by Von Hunter of Portland, Oregon.

Photo Archive

The Cliff Riehl Collection Cliff Riehl was a member of the Road Lords of So. Cal. car club. He joined the club as a teenager in the 1950s, and helped organize the first, and only, Disneyland Car Club Day and Autocade September 5, 1959. The Greg Palen Collection Greg Palen grew up in Livingston, New Jersey. In the early 1960s, he rode his bike to the local shops to watch them build customs. Korky's Kustoms for example. That was one of the shops on his regular route. The Charlie Grantham Collection Charlie Grantham grew up in Los Angeles and went to Polytechnic High School. His family moved to San Bernardino, where Charlie became a member of the SCTA Road Runners while he was competing at the dry lakes. Unfortunately, Charlie has passed away, but thanks to his cousin Chuck Edwall, many of his photos have found their way to the Kustomrama Photo Archive.


Bob Schoonhoven's 1921 Ford Model T Roadster Pick Up - Lil' Louie Bob Schoonhoven's "Lil' Louie" 1921 Ford Model T Roadster Pick Up was started as a basic neighborhood hot rod in a basement in Vancouver, Washington in 1961. By 1967 it had been turned into a show-stopping sweepstakes winner, and in 1968 it was featured on the cover of Rod & Custom June 1968, who called it "One of America's Top Ten T Buckets Ever Built." For Sale: The Juxtapod The Juxtapod is a 1928 Ford Model AA Truck built by Mattias Andersson of LeBeef Kustom Metal Works for Johan Belin and Ludvig Löfgren of Sweden. Built in a 1960s show rod style, the truck is a rolling art project incorporating Swedish state of the art crystal design by Ludvig Löfgren. SOLD: Don Kilby's 1951 Ford Victoria - The Slick Vic 1951 Ford Victoria owned and restyled by Don Kilby of Kensington, Maryland. While Kilby owned the car, it was featured in Customs Illustrated September 1963, and it became known as the "Slick Vic."

Guides, Reviews & Recommendations

Bias Ply vs. Radial Tires - Are radials really RADIOACTIVE? Are radials really RADIOACTIVE? Are you rolling around confused? Check out our latest guide, and you'll hopefully end up with more answers than questions. Kustomrama Tire Buyer's Guide: Firestone 5.60-15 Tires Much more than just frontrunners for your hot rod. Show & Go - Kustomrama's Guide to the Cragar S/S Wheel BOOM! In 1964 the Cragar S/S rocket thundered off from the headquarters of Bell Auto Parts in Southern California. It was a major blast, and nobody knew back then how long the mission would last. A year, a season, or maybe a decade?

Top Lists

Matt Townsend ranks the 3 greatest 1949-51 Mercury customs of all time Matt Townsend runs Townsends Customs & Hot Rods, a custom body shop in Riverside, California that specializes in restoration and customization of classic cars. In November of 2017 Matt had 17 1949 - 1951 Mercury customs under his belt, so we asked him what his All-Time Top 3 1949 - 1951 Mercury Customs are. Kevan Sledge ranks the 3 greatest customs of all time Kevan Sledge is a founding member of the So. Cal Shifters car club. Kevan has had a passion for cars since he was a young kid, and began building hot rods and customs as a hobby in the late 1980s. In 2011 he started up Sledge Customs, turning his hobby into a full time profession. Gene Winfield ranks his top 3 favorite builds Gene Winfield is a legendary customizer, painter and hot rod racer. Born June 16, 1927, Gene has been restyling cars since 1945, and he is one of the best known and most recognized builders in the world. They say choosing your favourite build is like choosing your favourite child! We Gene what his top 3 favourite builds are?

Featured Events

Norwalk Motorcade 1957 The 1957 Norwalk Motorcade was an outdoor car show sponsored by the Norwalk Coachmen Car Club. Because of the connection to the Norwalk club, the show is also known as "The Coachman Show." Disneyland Car Club Day and Autocade The Disneyland Car Club Day and Autocade was a car show held on September 5, 1959, by the Road Lords of So. Cal. car club. It was a spectacular one-day event that took place at Holidayland in Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The show was promoted as an annual show but was only held once. Gold Coast Reliability Run 2019 The Gold Coast Reliability Run is an annual event held in Queensland, Australia. The event is open for pre-1940 hot rods. Traditional style only. Most of the cars are Flathead powered, and it is capped at 30.

Featured Projects

Lawrence Garrison's 1940 Mercury Convertible In 2011 Birger Meland of Lier, Norway bought Lawrence Garrison’s channeled 1940 Mercury from Pat Orosco in California. For a long time, the history of this old custom has been full of holes and rumors. In June Birger told us that he wanted to restore the car back to how it was originally built. We applauded the initiative and agreed to help him research the history of the car. Gil Ayala's 1955 Ford Thunderbird - The Wild Bird Gil Ayala's personal custom, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird, known as the Wild Bird, has been sold to Scandinavia. Gil's Thunderbird is one of the few known surviving Ayala Customs, and it is a great addition to the Scandinavian custom scene. The restoration. We followed the restoration of the car, and it's trip halfway across the world on Kustomrama. The Kustomrama Dream truck The Kustomrama Dream Truck is a tribute to the custom cars of the late 1950s. Being an admirer of Jerry DeVito's wildly restyled 1957 Ford Fairlane, that we all know as the Maze, Sondre Kvipt decided that he wanted to recreate this car as a Ranchero. The build was started in Oslo, Norway in January of 2014, lead by Sondre's brother Olav.

Kustomrama Styling Studio

1950 Ford Custom - Bongo Date 1950 Ford Coupe designed by Howard "The Weird Rembrandt" Gribble. Gribble drew this custom sometime around 1959, as a high school freshman. At the time he was busy restyling his own 1950 Ford, and this design shows what kind of ideas he had planned for the car. Panel Painted 1950 Ford Custom 1950 Ford Coupe designed by Doyle Bidwell. Bidwell drew this custom sometime around 1959, as a high school freshman. At the time he was busy restyling his own 1950 Ford Coupe, and this design shows what kind of ideas he had planned for the car. 1941 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible Custom Janne Kutja has been down in his archive again and found a design he drew back in 2006. This concept is based on a 1941 Lincoln Zephyr convertible. Main modifications include a chopped and leaned back windshield and a padded top.

Recommended Reading

Recommended: Spokane Hot Rodding Spokane, Washington hot rod and custom car history at its best. In a perfect world, there would be a John Gunsaulis and a book like this covering the hot rod and custom car scene in every little small town of America. News: Reflections in a Spinner Hubcap: Authentic Tales of Hot Rods, Custom Cars & Nostalgia From Albert Drake comes a selection of essays that celebrates the people who made hot rodding an American culture. Rediscover the fun of racing, hanging out, flirting, and driving from the voice of someone who experienced the 1950s and has a passion for telling the story of old metal. Recommended: Middletown Pacemakers: The Story of an Ohio Hot Rod Club Author Ron Roberson is a third-generation Middletown Pacemaker member. His father and grandfather were founding members of the club, and Ron has been attending club meetings as long as he can remember. Ron became the youngest member of the club, and he hung around until it disbanded when he was 16.


Featured Video: First Hydraulic Car by "First Hydraulic Car" is a mini-documentary by Released on YouTube on September 28, 2010, this video shows Ron Aguirre and Emmanuelle Benoit with the remains of the X-Sonic show car. Featured Video: The 1957 Norwalk Motorcade A movie by Bob Stephenson from the 4th annual Norwalk Motorcade, an outdoor car show sponsored by the Norwalk Coachmen car club. Keith Christensen was the first President of the club and a founding member. Featured Video: AutopiaLA: Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Los Angeles Custom Shawn Davis of AutotopiaLA takes the historic Jerry Moffatt's 1939 Ford Convertible for a spin.


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