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Old 03-24-2005, 01:43 AM   #1
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Default Custom Car builder Spotlight: AYALA BROTHERS

I thought it was a nice idear to put a spotlight on some of the Great custom car builders of the past and recent years. I would like to do a post so every now and then showing some of the highlights, and perhaps some of the lesser know custom cars that came out of these Custom Builders shops. Wherever I have info I will place it along the photo's and hopefully others will add photo's and or more info.

For the first Spotlight I would like to start with the Ayala Brothers. Gil and Al Ayala have been customizing cars from the beginning of customizing. All of thier customs have beautiful flowing lines, lots of attention to detail. Fadeaway fenders seem to be one of theire trademarks as well as "fast" customs. They raced several of thiere custom cars at the lakes with good result.

Below a very nice ad from a '50 Motor Trend magazine, showing the '40 Mercury with full fadeway front fenders and '49 Caddy rear fenders. A very unussual car... and the more photo's I have seen of it the better I like it. I still would like to see some more photo's of the car beeing finished in very glossy black paint.





One of the greatest magazine covers of all time is this colorized photo of several of Ayal built customs. In the midle work is done to the 40 Merc. Most of the body work is done and here it still has the original headlights. Later it would get some extended molded in headlights (I personally like the first version better)




The second Car is Hank Griffith's 42 Ford with again full fadeaway fenders andagain Caddy rear fenders, this time from a '50 Caddy.



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Old 03-24-2005, 01:56 AM   #2
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Default Re: Custom Car builder Spotlight: AYALA BROTHERS

One more of the Griffith Ford




Don Roach '49 Pontiac convertible is another very graceful custom. Very classic customizing... less is more.
The modified front end, the mild chop and perfect Carson top, slight taildraging stance... perfect




Louie Bettancourt 49 Merc Was first finished in the light shade of gold. Completely customized by the Ayala's. Soon after this it was brought to the Barrisses and customized even further.




Second version. Barris added a wonderfull new grille, and simple but very efective side trim.

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Old 03-24-2005, 01:59 AM   #3
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great photos,5 stars!
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Default Re: Custom Car builder Spotlight: AYALA BROTHERS

Gil built this 46 Ford convertible for Al Garcia. Very gracefull Carson style top with wraparound rear window. One of the more unussual modifications is the widening of the front of the hood. A very nice modifications. giving the 46 Ford a totally different look.




Wally Welsh had the Ayala's built him this 41 Ford convertible with Carson top. The car can also been seen in the colorsized photo in the beginning of this post. Its the maroon car in the back




Much better known is this other Wally Welsh custom the '49 Mercury, seen here in its first lime gold version.

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Old 03-24-2005, 02:11 AM   #5
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This great custom is still around and is undergoing a full restoration.
Joe Eddie owned it for quite some time, and did the first restoration/update. But the current owner Justin Mozart is taking it back to how it looked when it just rolled out of the Barris shop.


When owned by Joe Eddie



Unfinished restoration at the 2009 Mercury Gathering. Owned by Justin Mozart




Similar to the Welsh 41 Ford is this '41 Ford convertible built for D. Holland.
Difference is small details like the front of the hood, grille bumpers and sid trim.




All Glickman's 51 Merc has some unussual rear fender treatment using Olds rear quarters. Wonderfull carson style topped convertible. The grille and much rounded hood corners is so graceful.



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Old 03-24-2005, 02:17 AM   #6
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John Geraghty's 40 Ford is another very subtile custom to roll out of the Ayala custom shop.
mild chopped Carson top. two inch sectioned hood and raised front fenders.
46 Ford bumpers. running boards removed.



Wonderfull taillights.





Smooth hubcaps, smooth sectioned hood... very elegant.

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Old 03-24-2005, 02:41 AM   #7
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Very nice thread, thanks. I remember virtually all of these cars from Petersen's Custom Cars book (ca 1952) and other publications of the day, but it seemed that the Ayala brothers were gone soon thereafter. Anybody know of later work from them, or what became of them?

How about doing the Cernys next?
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Old 03-24-2005, 02:48 AM   #8
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Man, i dont know were you get all these pictures, old magazines i guess? But the pictures and your wealth of knowledge is awesome. This post is really cool. I just checked out your website to see if you got my pictures up and there are so many awesome pics on there. Post your models in Model Car Sunday sometime too. They are nice.

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Great post, and great pics. I drink up whatever I can about the early guys who made things what they are today. Some of the Ayala bros. stuff doesn't really do it for me, but I sure dig those Mercs, and that Carson topped '40 Ford.

What's up with the roof on that '40 Merc from the mag cover. Looks almost like it was grafted on from a later car [Chevy?]. Either way, that chop and hardtop treatment looks sick.
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What's up with the roof on that '40 Merc from the mag cover. Looks almost like it was grafted on from a later car [Chevy?]. Either way, that chop and hardtop treatment looks sick.
Spent. To me it looks like they just used the 40 Merc roof, chopped it several inches more in teh back than the front and in thi sphoto showing it where they cut away the rear portion of the stock roof which has to be on a different angle after the chop.Most likely the rear quarters where hand formed later. The rear of the side window opening looks to me like its from 40 Merc coupe.. which is almost a Hart-top with its chrome window trim anyway. The flow of the rear of the top could have been a bit more like the Matranga merc perhaps but still. I like it the way it is.
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Great idea, great thread. Thanks a lot for sharing the pictures and info.
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Old 03-24-2005, 06:48 AM   #12
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fantastic thread, the craftmanship displayed is awesome
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Old 03-24-2005, 07:39 AM   #13
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Great post Rikster.
Gets the wheels turning.
Looking forward to seeing more of these.
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All I can say is "THANKS !!!!!"
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Thanx for this GREAT post. I have a soft spot in my heart for the Ayala's work. When I was 12 years old, Gil bent the forks of my Schwinn to lower it. I put a crank from a 20" bike because Gil dropped a little too much. 6' risers, ape hangers and the front fender put on the back. Painted at Ayala's on Olympic Blvd, in East L.A. with left over Honduras Maroon. I sure wish I still had it.

Do you have any pix of the T-Bird with the extruded metal fins? It used to be the shop logo in the late fifties. Any shots of the shop?

I can't wait to get back from VLV and see where this thread goes.

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Excellent idea. Thank you for going to these efforts. It will absolutely awsome to have a collection of all of these photos and information in one place. Your efforts are truely appreciated.

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I can totally appreciate the look and style of the Ayala Cars. Their eye for details and style were / are impressive. I would like to know what ever happened to them and their shop.
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you rule rikster. . . thanks for this great post.
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Thanx for this GREAT post. I have a soft spot in my heart for the Ayala's work. When I was 12 years old, Gil bent the forks of my Schwinn to lower it. I put a crank from a 20" bike because Gil dropped a little too much. 6' risers, ape hangers and the front fender put on the back. Painted at Ayala's on Olympic Blvd, in East L.A. with left over Honduras Maroon. I sure wish I still had it.

Do you have any pix of the T-Bird with the extruded metal fins? It used to be the shop logo in the late fifties. Any shots of the shop?

I can't wait to get back from VLV and see where this thread goes.

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Old 03-24-2005, 11:46 AM   #20
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Awesome post....


This should be done at least once a month...



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