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Sweet & Low

Sweet & Low

My quest for obscure historical cars continues… This time, I bring you Bernie Davenport’s 1953 Ford as featured in the September, 1957 issue of Custom Rodder Magazine. It’s a simple car painted refrigerator white with Merc trim, a straight grille bar, frenched headlights, a clean shave, and ’55 Lincoln taillights. […]

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Gene Ferguson’s ’36 Ford

Gene Ferguson’s ’36 Ford

Another day, another relatively unknown custom. This one comes straight from the pages of the September, 1952 issue of Hop Up Magazine. Gene Ferguson was the owner, but the car was built by Montrose Body Shop. I had never heard of the shop and did a quick google search to […]

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Valley Custom: A Photo Scrapbook

Valley Custom: A Photo Scrapbook

After Ryan’s post on the Lost ’38, I couldn’t help but pour over all the amazing pictures posted on Valley Custom Shop’s Facebook pageĀ (which was kindly linked to by johnk320). If you don’t know much about this shop’s history, you owe it to yourself to read Rikster’s Custom Car builder […]

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Lost ’38

Lost ’38

Almost twenty years ago, Dean Batchelor sent me the above photo along with this little note: “Ryan, I know you’ve been working on a 1938 Ford and thought I would send along this shot for inspiration. It belonged to Bill Faris and was built by Neil Emory in the late […]

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60 Years ago: Something radical came along.

60 Years ago: Something radical came along.

The post-war Detroit automotive community produced so many gorgeous, icon designs throughout the 50s (basically 1949 to 1960) that it gets difficult to point out just a few highest of the high points along the way. Many would argue that General Motors led the way with the largest number of […]

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Hollywood Auto Accessories

Hollywood Auto Accessories

If you’ve ever bought some period or NOS accessories for your custom, it’s quite likely that you’ve seen at least something from the Hollywood Accessories Company of Los Angeles (not to be confused with the Hollywood Wolf Whistle, which was sold by the Yoder Manufacturing Co.). Hollywood sold everything from […]

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The 116 MPH ’58 Chevrolet

The 116 MPH ’58 Chevrolet

Here’s one I bet most of you haven’t seen… It’s Dale Lochmiller’s ’58 Chevrolet. Dale started on the car as soon as he snagged it off the showroom floor in late 1957. He was content on building a clean and simple custom suited for daily driving and started with the […]

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The Order of the Low Buck Custom…

The Order of the Low Buck Custom…

We’ve all done it before: Got too excited on some sweet deal car project and ended up biting off more than we could chew. There is nothing more frustrating than moving two steps forward and four steps back on build, or running out of money with a car that’s painted […]

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Finding the Alexander Brothers’ Alexandria

Finding the Alexander Brothers’ Alexandria

Things are lost. Things are found. Even though everything from pets to teenagers can be tracked via satellite, pesky keys and change continue to slide between seats without fail. An old scientific law states these strays will eventually surface, albeit after days or decades. But this game of lost and […]

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