Raymond E. Farhner (1925 - 10.20.2005) was a legendary custom car builder and show promoter. Ray was born in Deepwater, Missouri, where he grew up, graduated from high school, and served his cuntry in WWII with the 82nd Airborne Division. Ray married Betty Phillips from Clinton, Missouri. They later moved to Raytown, and raised 3 children.
Ray ran and operated a custom body shop in Raytown named Farhner Custom Shop. As a teenager, Tom Davison used to drive out to Ray's shop in the hope of seeing some of his famous cars trough the doorway and perhaps be able to show him the custom model cars they had built. Within the space of a week or two, in exchange for sweeping his floor and fetching him coffee, Ray allowed Tom and his buddies the run of the shop every Saturday. This included the use of his sprayguns and his supply of expensive and exotic paints to use for their models. Tom quickly graduated to painting many of Ray's showcars, such as Ray's 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, named Outer Limits.
In 1959 Ray decided that the best way to promote his custom shop was to build a radical show custom that was one part hot rod and one part custom car. The result was the award winning roaster pickup known as the Eclipse.
Ray owned many car shows all over the country. In the 1960s he started the World of Wheels shows. Cars like The Eclipse, The X-Ray and The Boothill Express were show cars produced for his shows. Ray eventually sold the World of Wheels shows to Promotions, Inc..
Ray Farhner died October 20, 2005. At the time he was living in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2013 Justin Greene of Wild Child's Custom Shop had Ray's old louver press in his shop, and he was still punching out louvers for customers on Ray's old press.
Ray Fahrner's Cars
Ray Farhner's 1932 Ford Pickup - The Eclipse
Ray Farhner's 1940 Ford Pickup
Ray Farhner's X-Ray
Ray Farhner's 1963 Chevrolet Corvette - Outer Limits
Ray Farhner's Boothill Express
Ray Farhner's Boothill Flower Truck
Ray Farhner's Wake Wagon
Ray Farhner's Groovie Ghoulie
Cars Restyled by Ray Farhner
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