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Old 10-31-2007, 10:18 AM   #1
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I've said it before... I love Custom Cars Magazine. This clip is from the March 1958 issue and focuses on the 1952 t...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.

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Old 10-31-2007, 10:31 AM   #2
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My favorite thing about the little books, restyling ideas. You can learn some things from this stuff. I wish we still had parts laying around like back then to play around with. Custom Cars was a good magazine. I got all the little ones.Thanks Ryan.
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:14 AM   #3
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One of my favorite magazines as well. If only the original files were intact and an amazing book series could come from that- but sadly the original files were raped and pillaged decades ago, and what was left was said to be thrown away.
The series stands alone as a great spot in time as they didn't try and later reinvent it as a kart magazine or get into show rods or Volkswagens just to keep the title alive.
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:30 AM   #4
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Jim, "Custom Cars" is public domain now - correct? I don't think they were bought... Think they just folded, right?
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:37 AM   #5
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They were part of the Petersen family of mags and thats where the files were decades ago. Don't think anything exists anymore- but from the glimpse I got of the surviving Rod & Custom files still plenty of gems there- and you can see examples of all the old production work- PRE computers, it's amazing!
Also on the old R&C files you can see from hand written notes where they reused the material for the later "Spotlite" books.
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:40 AM   #6
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I hope that stuff survives... I bet it is RAD.
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Old 10-31-2007, 12:21 PM   #7
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Great stuff!
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Old 10-31-2007, 12:21 PM   #8
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Custom Cars was a great one, made my collection complete many years ago.
First class inspiration for the freezing cold winter nights here in the north.
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Old 10-31-2007, 12:27 PM   #9
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It's great to read about specific custom ideas discussed from a theoretical standpoint. Very design oriented. There's nothing "Kool' or "Kultured" in those little books. It's just art. The highest form of art, in my opinion.

I love to geek out over custom mods.
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Old 10-31-2007, 01:10 PM   #10
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The Custom Car are kool but the annuals are priceless, I have 1954 through
1962 and they are full of kool ideas for projects. Even though the parts are
not as accessable as they were, you can still find them out there.
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Old 10-31-2007, 01:12 PM   #11
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Thanks for the post. Functional discussions of styling cues. I like. we could start to preserve these ideas on the HAMB. Where simple pics of custom details are uploaded, discussed, critiqued, etc. I think it would greatly help for newer customizers see whats been done and how it turned out without trying to buy every mag from eb*&.
Just my thoughts. thanks again for the post. I love seeing Packard tail light featurettes.

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Old 10-31-2007, 02:14 PM   #12
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Ryan,youve given me some ideas! Im kustomizen a 54 merc 2dr ht.Thanks Mike
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:54 AM   #13
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Thanks for the post. Functional discussions of styling cues. I like. we could start to preserve these ideas on the HAMB. Where simple pics of custom details are uploaded, discussed, critiqued, etc. I think it would greatly help for newer customizers see whats been done and how it turned out without trying to buy every mag from eb*&.
Just my thoughts. thanks again for the post. I love seeing Packard tail light featurettes.

Jon
I dig this idea. It may open some newer folks minds to other modifications that they havent thought of before. Most of the stuff we want to do has been done before. To have these pics in an archive would be very helpfull.
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Old 11-01-2007, 11:26 AM   #14
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Hands down, my favorite of the little books. Bought most of them at the local drugstore when they first came out. Reacquired the complete set in recent years and when showing them to my brother he was still able to tell me the car that was on the inside of the front and rear covers just by looking at the front cover - guess it left an indelible stamp in his memory as well.
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Old 10-31-2007, 03:22 PM   #15
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I'd love to do a custom someday. Wonder what ideas they had for '57 Plymouths?
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:41 AM   #17
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Can you imagine going to the dealers to snag a '55 Pontiac grill, '55 Buick bullets and '53 Merc grill teeth!?
Some gorgeous work.
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When did "Custom Cars" cease to exist?
I have Sept '57 thru August '60, how many more are there?

While we are on the subject:
How about Customs Illustrated?
I know the 1st issue was July '58.
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Custom Cars - Sept 1957 through August 1960 so you have all the issues

Sorry, I'm not sure when Customs Illustrated ended.

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