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History Colorized, Staged, and Mysterious

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Ryan
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    Ayala Bros.? Fifties Motor Trend Cover?
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    Pretty sure that is the Ayala brothers and their shop. Check out issue #39 of The Rodders Journal that has the Ayala Brothers story in it.

    The original photo was on the cover of Motor Trend Oct. '51.
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    Yeah I think Bass is right about TRJ issue and Motor Trend issue. I also think that the Burbank Choppers recreated this scene on and issue of Hop Up.
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    It's definitely true what The Rodder's Journal said about the Ayala Bros. They certainly to not get the recognition that they deserved. Those guys were as good as anybody.
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    It is the cover of Motor Trend October 1951. Strangely enought the cars are on the cover, but I believe they are not featured inside! Awesome picture btw
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    Very historical Ayala shot.
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    What Bass said.
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    Well now we know what it would look like if Norman Rockwell had painted hotrods,hell he did paint a harley
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    Old business card,

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    Bass has it...
    It's in The American Custom Car along with either the Southard Custom cars of the 50's or the Barris Customs books...
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    An he's cutting on a 40 Merc. I'd love to have a chop job like that on mine.
    Beautiful. Great picture.
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    The Ayalas.Thats the 40 merc alright and ya can see Wally Welchs 41 in the background.
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    Great Pic, it was deffinatly the inspiration for the HOP UP cover with the Choppers.
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    Gee, how bout that no wire wilder, body filler was just coming around.
    Paint - 2 kinds enamel or lacquerer.
    And wait - no English wheel!
    I could go on but somebody else fill in.
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    Yep they definitely, the Ayalas, were under publicized but their work was as good as anybody's...great old shot
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    I was going to add that part myself.... Volume 5 of Hop Up

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    Thats a photo??? It looks like a painting to me???
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    It's actually both!! :D Someone painted in the color on a black and white photo!
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    That is a great pic, suitable for framing - matter of fact, I think I will :)
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    Whose '40 Mercury is that?

    Gil's car with the Cadillac rear fenders had fadeaways and was in primer, but it wasn't a hardtop (see business card above).
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    I know nothing about the picture, others than its' Damn COOL!

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    Note the "correct" attire and paraphernalia for the job - t-shirt and oxy-acetylene torch. Not shown, but also correct - hacksaw.

    No sawzall, no mig, no tig.
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    I prefer the cars built by Ayala's over most of the other guys (Barris, Starbird, etc.)..... Westergard excluded of course...
    Very under rated......
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    Yes it is Gil's 40 Merc.
    The business card as mentioned by "blacufo" is not a business card but an ad in one of the 50's magazines.

    In this fantastic cover photo the chop was not done yet. And every chopped 1939-40 Merc coupe will look like a HT at a certain stage in chopping. Look at Kent Vikmo's (JB) 40 Merc chopped by TinWolf. Looks like HT when you would view it from a front angle.

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    Gil's 40 Mercury was on one more cover.. then it was finished. This is a rather rare cover since The Mercury appeared only on the California edition of this month Motor Trend magazine. Other states had a different cover

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    Inside...

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    The Strange thing is that the colorized photo of the unfinished car appeared in October 1951, and the finished car on the November 1950 Issue of Motor Trend magazine.

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    And according the Pat Ganahl article in TRJ the photo color photo - that was later colorized to add more flair - was taken at the Ayala shop by Felix Zelenka and the colorizing was done by Don Fell and it was then called "flexichrome"

    The car in the lower right corner is Hank Griffith's 1942 Ford.

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    The lime green car is most likely John Geraghty's 1940 Ford

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    The top right car is like 00MACK already mentioned the Wally Welch 1942 Ford

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    And the car in the lower left corner is Gil's 1942 Ford

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    There is however one strange thing.
    In Pat's Ayala article he showed the photo below and mentioned it was Gil's Mercury with a chopped top and with the fade away fender line chalked on the body sides.
    The top looks to be all done and in primer.
    So that makes the colorized photo with the fade away fenders and the none finished top kind of strange.
    My guess is that Gil took a photo of a chopped unfinished 1940 Mercury - and probably the Ayala's chopped that car - and he chalked the fade away fender line on the car, or possebly direct on the photo. .... another Custom Car Mystery!!!

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    Well shit... that wasn't very mysterious for very long.
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    Rik - you're certain that's his car? That colorized image shows the top rear edge of the door meeting the quarter panel... and it looks finished-out as a hardtop. Do those Mercury window/door frames unbolt from the door?

    (demonstrating my complete lack of knowledge on these beautiful cars :D)

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    You can't be all that suprised :D
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    Take a good look at that oxy/acetylene rig--it looks like an acetylene generator instead of a pressurized bottle. (Carbide + water = acetylene)



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