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Old 10-31-2009, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default Old Barris Kustom Found in Sweden

During the 1950s hundreds, or maybe even thousands of cars went through the doors at the Barris Kustoms shop. Some received extensive restyling resulting in several prices at car shows all over the USA, and lots of magazine coverage, while other received minor modifications such as shaving door handles, frenching headlights, installing new taillights, or even a new and more exclusive grille. Last week while browsing through a swedish classified site called www.blocket.se I found an old 1949 Chevrolet Club Coupe listed as an old Barris kustom. I instantly thought yeah right, but decided to take a closer look at the ad due to my curiousness. After deciding that the car looked to be in decent shape considering the price I decided to take a look at the car, and found myself heading for Sweden the next day. Being a fan of 1954 Pontiac grilles, I really dug the look of the car, and after checking over it, and the original receipt from Barris Kustoms (check below), a deal was done, and I was the proud owner of an old survivor mildly kustomized '49 Chevy

According to the documentation I got with the car, the Chevy was owned by a gentleman named Tom Carroll of Culver City, California. At Barris Kustom Automobiles the car received a 1954 Pontiac grille, and had the hood and door handles were shaved. In addition to that the car was fit with a 1950 Oldsmobile windshield and dual spotlights, the deck lid was also shaved. Inside the car received a white Naugahyde interior. The seats were rolled and pleated, while the door sides and roofliner was done in plain white. The carpet is black with white piping. The trim around the windshield, side windows, and rear window were chrome plated. The glovebox compartment door is also chrome plated. The doorhandles inside were also removed and replaced by buttons and solenoids.

Under the hood the stock motor was kept, but hopped up featuring a 3 carburetor offenhauser intanke manifold, 3 chromed single port carbs, offenhauser valve cover, mallory ignition, comp cam, and fenton headers. According to the guy I bought it from the car was driven until 1959. In 1959 the engine blew up, and the owner stuffed the car away. The car was supposedly kept in storage until around 2003. In 2003 the 216 engine was replaced by a 235 engine. But the job was never completed, so the car hasn't been on the road yet. The car came to Sweden 1 month ago, and the owner there hooked the engine up and made the car drivable again. The car was now powered by a stock 235 engine, but all of the old speed equipment followed the car, and the Swedish owner did never install an exhaust on it in case the new owner would like to install the fenton headers with dual exhaust on it.

The car is in a great condition, and it looks like it has been stored in a time capsule since 1959.... ehh a capsule not being buried in Tulsa at least There is no rust on it, and it is easy to spot that the car hasn't been driven or wrenched too much on. Underneath the black paint, there is purple paint, so chances are that the car has been purple once in its life, and the probably during the 50s. The dashboard is painted in dark brown/black. There is no date on the receipt from Barris Kustoms, but since they fit it with a 1954 Pontiac grille it had to be done after 1953/1954. On the receipt the shop is also located in Lynwood, so the job had to be done before 1961. Maybe someone here on the HAMB knows when they used the logo/ad used on this receipt.

I'm really thrilled about finding such a good preserved mild custom. I feel this is a typically high school mild custom kind of car. A custom for the regular man in the street. Finding this car in Sweden, 2 and a half hour away from my hometown in Oslo is even more amazing! It has been a long week waiting to pick up the car, but today the day was finally here Below are some pictures I took today. If anyone know anything about Tom Carrol or ofcourse the car I would love to hear from you. Barris took plenty of photos from the shop, so maybe the car can be spotted in the background of any of these, or maybe even Tom could have sent a letter to one of the little magazines of the day sharing a photo and some info on his car!

I'm planning to preserve the car in its current condition. Maybe lower it some, and install new firestones biases with Cadillac sombreros.















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Old 10-31-2009, 03:52 PM   #2
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Great find. I had a '49 Chevy coupe back in the mid-80s - it was a great car (I had the 6 banger in mine). Congrats
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:52 PM   #3
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You're right. That car is perfect as it sits. Beautiful!
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:56 PM   #4
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So cool!!! I love the car, perfect, and the paperwork is bitchin!! Cheap back then!!
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:56 PM   #5
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Very cool car and a great story. Hope someone here as more info.
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:56 PM   #6
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I WANT IT!Very NICE indeed!

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Old 10-31-2009, 03:59 PM   #7
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Thats a nice car. Good find.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:01 PM   #8
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Very cool find, and LOL @ "buried in Tulsa" too!
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:03 PM   #9
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Very nice find.I'm sure someone here can help you.I was able to find out some of the history of my car thru some fellow Hambers.

Best of luck with it.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:05 PM   #10
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sweet looking car. $14 bux to shave the handles??? nice clean looking car. congratulations!!
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:07 PM   #11
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Nice find SF!!!
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:17 PM   #12
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Awesome story.Almost too good to be true.That's a real nice car.Only can agree,just lower the ass another 2 inches,Stones and nice caps and you're done.The receipt coming with the car is too cool.Enjoy your Barris Kustom !
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:19 PM   #13
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Amazing !
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:24 PM   #14
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What a great find! I would love to have one of those cars
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:32 PM   #15
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Thanks guys! I'm glad you like the car
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:33 PM   #16
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And yeah The FrenZ, a couple of inches in the rear would help a lot. Today the car is already blocked up in the rear, I will put on as high blocks as possible during this winter
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:36 PM   #17
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Awesome. that would be a dream come true to most of us. congratulations.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:38 PM   #18
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Great score, really cool car and story,
lets see, Sweden got a Barris custom and the U.S. got Ann-Marget ,
I am thinking we came out a head on that one
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Congrats on the find. Beautiful car!
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:41 PM   #20
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Great score, really cool car and story,
lets see, Sweden got a Barris custom and the U.S. got Ann-Marget ,
I am thinking we came out a head on that one
Sweden had a Barris Kustom....now Norway has one...haha
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