The Kustomrama Business Card Collection

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Watson's Custom Auto Painting - Two Locations. One of Larry Watson's business cards from the 1960s. Business was booming at the time, and Larry was running one shop in Paramount and one in Van Nuys. This card was donated by Marshall Tripp, who worked for Larry between 1966 and 1967.
Barris Kustom City - The World's Largest Automotive Center. George Barris was a businessman with big ambitions, and in the 1950s and the 1960s he wanted Barris Kustoms to be the place for all your custom needs. A one-stop custom shop offering services such as designing and construction, color and paint perfection, and accessories and speed equipment. But, as you can see on this business card, insurance, stock collision, and paintwork were also important sources of income for the shop.
Jeffries Studio of Style - Color Specialist - Flaming - Striping. This card was donated by Howard Gribble. Howard and his buddies used to cut class and head for Kustomland, visiting cool shops in the area. In the late 1950s, Dean Jeffries saw a demand for his business growing to compete with Barris instead of complementing Barris, and when Howard got this card, Jeffries had left Barris and moved into his own shop at 5807 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
Alexander Bros. Custom Shop - Specialists in Custom Painting and Metalwork. Styling consultants for AMT Corporation and Ford Custom Car Caravan. This card was donated by Lee Bailey, and it was given to him by Mike and Larry Alexander when he did an article on their custom shop for his high school newspaper in 1962.
The Crazy Painters - Baron, Roth and Kelly. 50 years experience pinstriping. A business card that dates back to circa 1958. At the time, the trio operated out of a shop at 9001 Atlantic in Southgate, California. This one was found on eBay.
Forey Wall Custom Cars - 15 Years of Honest Dealing. This card was donated by Howard Gribble. In February of 2021 Howard told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that he remembered driving by there, and several other car lots specializing in customs, in the family car. "But my dad would seldom heed my frantic shouts to stop. Do remember one of the occasions in high school when some of us would cut classes and head for Kustomland. We did stop at Wall's and it was like a candy store. But the prices were very high. As you might expect from a dealer as opposed to a private seller, there had to be a profit for the salesman. Not that I had any money to spend at that point anyway. But that experience kinda turned me off and I never again seriously considered buying a custom off of a dealer's lot."
Ed Martinez, Owner Martinez Auto Interiors. This business card was donated by Howard Gribble. When Howard was in high school, he and his buddies would occasionally pile into a car and ditch school for the rest of the day. "Several times our destination was the famous custom car shops out in the Lynwood and Bellflower area. I remember that the reception for us high schoolers was decidedly cool at most places. They knew we didn't have money. But Eddie Martinez was actually very nice, answered our questions and gave us his business card. I was never a customer but remember his kindness."
Kustom Coachcraft by Bill Hines Kustom Auto Enterprises of Lynwood, California. The King of Lead. According to Dave Ellis, the card is from the mid 1960s. In December of 2020 he told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that the shop location was going North on Long Beach Boulevard in Lynwood, California and was on the East side near Imperial highway. "In that time Bill Hines was doing a lot of Corvair‘s putting hydraulic lifts in them and doing pearl, metalflake, and candy paint jobs. One of my very good friends Dennis Cheney (Chumper) worked there at that time. He drove a 63 Pontiac Grand Prix, it was totally painted in metalflake, he had hydraulic lifts on all four corners. On the back side windows he had it lettered Sugar Bear, that’s what the girls nicknamed him. Dennis went on to painting for Boyd Coddington and Fat Jack. He then went off on his own and started restoring old gas pumps and Coke machines."
Joseph Perez - Perez Kustom Kar Interiors of Los Angeles, California. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson. In the 1960s Joe was known as one of the best custom upholsterers in Southern California, and he did many of Larry Watson's interiors. Marshall, who worked for Larry between 1966 and 1967, remembers Watson once telling him that "you'll never win best interior with black." When Marshall worked for Watson, Joe had a shop at 4819 Nobel Street in Los Angeles, and diamond and pleats were his specialties.
Larry Watson, Manager of Bill's Body Shop No 2 in Bellflower, California. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson.
Custom Car Koloring by Larry Craig. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson. Larry was a contemporary of Watson. He did excellent work, and Marshall remembers that he rented 14903 Lakewood after Watson moved.
Custom Car Koloring by Larry Craig. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this chromed business card comes from the office of Larry Watson.
The Body Shop of Van Nuys, California. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson. In 2018 Marshall recalled that Watson used this body shop up in the valley when he worked for him between 1966 and 1967.
Bill Carter of The House of Custom Color. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson. The shop was located at 14373 Calvert St. in Van Nuys, California. The same address as The Body Shop.
Charles Altizer, Executive Vice President of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth of Maywood, California. Monsters that mean business. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson.
Herb Speck - George Barris Kustom Centre of Paramount, California. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson.
Colormasters of Azusa, California. Donated by Marshall Tripp, this business card comes from the office of Larry Watson.
Ray Soff -East Coast Rod & Custom Historian. The Ray Man. Give this man a call if you have any East Coast rod and custom car questions or if you have any material or stories you would like to share with him.

The Kustomrama Business Card Collection is a growing collection of hot rod and custom car-related business cards and stories. Our mission with the collection is to preserve and document business cards and stories from all decades and parts of the world. Please get in touch with us at mail@kustomrama.com or by mail if you have a hot rod or custom related business cards that you want to sell, trade, or donate to our collection:


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