Michigan is widely known as the center of the U.S. auto industry. In 1903 Henry Ford founded Ford Motor Company in Detroit. 10 year later he introduced the assembly line, an innovation that reduced the Model T’s chassis assembly line from 12.5 to 1.5 hours. Ford Motor Company could now produce affordable cars at a faster pace than anyone else. In 1914 Henry doubled the pay rate for the factory workers, and he reduced their workday from nine to eight hours. The day after the “$5 Day” was announced, an estimated 10,000 people lined up outside Ford’s employment office hoping to be hired. Henry eventually filled Detroit with automotive workers, and in the 1930s his River Rogue Complex employed over 100,000 hard-working men and women. Even though Detroit and Michigan boomed with automotive workers, it took almost half a decade before Ron Clark and Bob Kaiser would open up what is known as the first custom shop of Michigan. Clarkaiser Customs Shop was established in 1948, the same year as Robert Petersen’s first issue of Hot Rod Magazine went into print. As the hot rod and custom scene spread across the country, the Motor City would breed several talented builders such as Mike and Larry Alexander of the Alexander Brothers fame. The capital of Michigan, Lansing, is located 100 miles West of Detroit. While Detroit had Henry Ford and his Ford Motor Company, Lansing was the home of Ransom E. Olds and his Olds Motor Vehicle Company. By the mid 1950s the hot rod and custom craze had also reached the state Capital.
- 1 Hot Rods of Michigan
- 2 Customs Cars of Michigan
- 3 Hydraulic Lifted Cars of Michigan
- 4 Homebuilt Cars of Michigan
- 5 Custom Car and Hot Rod Clubs of Michigan
- 6 Shops in Michigan
- 7 Speed Shops of Michigan
- 8 Custom Painters and Pinstripers of Michigan
- 9 Custom Accesory Manufacturers in Michigan
- 10 Car Shows in Michigan
- 11 Citizens of Michigan
Hot Rods of Michigan
Terry McFarlane's 1927 Ford Model-T Sedan
Walt Pasternak's 1928 Ford Model A Pickup
Dick Dean's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Dick Dean's 1930 Ford Model A Roadster
George Wiegand's 1930 Ford Model A Roadster Pick Up - The Barracuda
The Alexander Brothers' 1931 Ford Model A Coupe
The Alexander Brothers' 1931 Ford Model A Pickup - The Grasshopper
Dick Dean's 1931 FordModel A Victoria
Al and Dave Tarkanyi's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Bill Waddill and Ken Draper's 1932 Ford
Clarence Catallo's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe - Silver Sapphire/Little Deuce Coupe
Dick Dean's 1932 Ford Sedan<be> Lars Erik Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford Roadster
Lew Wolff's 1932 Ford Roadster
Lew Wolff's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Mary Zassadney's 1934 Ford Pickup
Customs Cars of Michigan
Jack Pieknik's 1934 Ford Victoria
John Patterson's 1934 Ford Convertible
The Phantom Corsair
Gene McCrickard's 1937 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe
Arthur Lellis' 1939 Ford Convertible
Jack Telnack's 1941 Mercury Convertible
Fred Thomas' 1947 Chevrolet Four-Door Sedan
K. E. Binder Company's 1948 Lincoln Continental
William D. Kennedy's 1949 Ford John Jenick's 1950 Buick
Ed Matusek's 1950 Cadillac
Dave Jenkins' 1950 Chevrolet
Alan Reason's 1950 Ford
Fred Thomas' 1950 Ford Two-Door
Keith Ashley's 1951 Chevrolet - The Bel Air Royal Clone
Larry Ernst's 1951 Chevrolet - The Bel Air Royal
Roy Hewitt's 1951 Mercury
Andy Rae's 1952 Chevrolet
Larry Ernst's 1952 Ford Convertible - Pharaoh's Pacer
Ken Foress' 1952 Mercury Convertible
Ted Fear's 1952 Mercury Montery
Dick Dean's 1953 Ford Shop Truck
Frank and Charles Gilardone's 1953 Ford
Ray Russell's 1953 Ford Convertible
Rudy Rodriguez’s 1954 Ford
Teddy Zgrzemski's 1954 Ford
Terry Smith's 1954 Ford
Wally Knoch's 1954 Ford Convertible
Emory Ashpaugh's 1955 Chevrolet - The Krimson Kart
Gary Oliver's 1955 Chevrolet - "El Prado"
Gary Oliver's 1955 Chevrolet - "El Prado II"
Rodney Rice's 1955 Chevrolet - The Astorian
Jerry Drake's 1955 Ford Fairlane - India Ivory
Lee Bailey's 1955 Ford Convertible
Sy Gregorich's 1955 Ford
Johnny Krzysik's 1955 Oldsmobile - The Vagabond
Dick Dean's 1956 Chevrolet
Jerry Sarkozi's 1956 Chevrolet Delray
George Barris' 1956 Continental Mark II
Adrienne Hooper's 1956 Mercury Converible - The Wild One
Dave Jenkins' 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air
Jerry Drake's 1957 Ford Fairlane - Candy Cane
Russ Edgers' 1957 Ford Convertible
John Osborn's 1957 Oldsmobile
Dick Rothfuss' 1959 Chevrolet Impala - "Poopsie"
Jerry Yatch's 1959 Chevrolet - The Xcidian
Bill Whetstone's 1960 Ford Starliner - The Adonis
Calvin Wilkes' 1960 Ford - The Candy Cane
Geno Janokowski's 1960 Ford - The Black Jack
Dell Chandler's 1960 Pontiac Ventura
Mike Budnick's 1960 Pontiac - The Golden Indian
The Dodge Deora
Hydraulic Lifted Cars of Michigan
Homebuilt Cars of Michigan
Custom Car and Hot Rod Clubs of Michigan
Ann Arbor Timing Association
Automotive Engineers of Battle Creek
Cereal City Rod and Custom Club
Dearborn Custom Auto Club
Injectors of Lyons
Shifters of Pontiac
Spark Jumpers of Lincoln Park
Strokers of Saginaw
Shops in Michigan
Speed Shops of Michigan
Custom Painters and Pinstripers of Michigan
Custom Accesory Manufacturers in Michigan
Car Shows in Michigan
Citizens of Michigan
Paul E Wirrick Sr.
William D. Kennedy
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