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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by 00 MACK, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. UnIOnViLLEHauNT
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    Hey Anthony! I just called Art Riporti and have to go down to his place this week for a roof, Ill ask if he has any old pics around and tell him that the '57 Ford of his surfaced overseas on here a few months back.
     
  2. On my"Tailfins and Drive Ins" video there is part about "Adventure" they talk to Steve and Marian Kamins who met there (she was a car hop).They may have photos.Anyone know them?On the video they show thier 49 Merc with dual square headlights.
     
  3. The last time I saw Steve(I believe his last name is spelled Kamens) he was the East Coast(or New England)director of Customs.He used to run a hobby shop in Lynn(on Lynnfield Street if I recall correctly)back in the 70's complete with slot car track.I have one of his cards around somewhere;I'll see if I can dig it out and if the number is valid.I believe he is a member of the North Shore Old Car Club as well.
     
  4. anton
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    some more pictures
     

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  5. jerseymike
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    does ray soff belong to the hamb or does anyone have pictures of his connecticut yankee? i met ray about 25 years ago when i was a teenager (i'm sure he wouldn't remember me) but i've never forgotten that car, i think it is the perfect shoebox. now all these years later i'm building a 50 i just chopped (not a convertible) and started grafting on 54 packard taillights like his. would love to see pictures again.
     
  6. thesupersized
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    no, he is not on the hamb, he does not have a computer...ill look for more pictures of his car, i believe i have at least one magezine with his car in it...
     
  7. twochops
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    Here's a couple photos that I took of Ray's Ford at an old Lead
    east.---------------TwoChops
     

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  8. merc-o-madness
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    its too bad he doesnt have a computer and scanner. hes got loads of pictures of custom cars from the 50s
     
  9. merc-o-madness
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    I believe he contributes to Kustoms Illustrated
     
  10. jerseymike
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    thanks for the pictures, i still think that car is perfect! i hope to get to lead east next year to see it again. thanks, mike
     
  11. jerseymike
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    i just went on kustoms illustrated's website and found a feature of ray's car with some great pictures. thanks for the info. mike
     
  12. llegere66
    Joined: Dec 14, 2008
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    Hi im len legere and i figured i post pictures of my cars
     

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    2many projects likes this.
  13. RodP
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    Welcome Len
    It's good to see you on here. That is a very impressive first post.
    RodP
     
  14. Welcome.Tell us and show us more!
     
  15. hi len did you have a javilen show car
     
  16. Guitar Guy
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    is that a 56 bel air in the very first picture??? or is it a 57, i though 57 had more chrome. does anyone know what year that is
     
  17. thesupersized
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    awesome! best thread on the hamb...
     
  18. 00 MACK
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    Its a 57.I believe the owner was Ed Hynchinski
     
  19. Been drooling over that lower right pic for a long time, Welcome and thanks for joining the HAMB
     
  20. Rags To Richs
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    Ok here ya go.... This is for the OLD KUSTOM GUYS....

    Here is a bit of history......
    The following photos were time approx 1957 to 1960
    The Car was built and owned by Richard Korkes "Korky's Kustoms" various locations Whippany, Parsippany, Wayne New Jersey..... Korky was a pretty well know Kustom Kar builder back in those days in this area..... As a kid I use to ride my bicycle to his shop in Parsippany just to look at some of the great Kustoms that the shop was turning out at that time.... In 1963 Korky move the shop to Wayne Nj where he employeed me to do light body work and help to launch his trademark interior door handles (Soon to be copied by Cal Custom)..... In 1964 Korky was befrended by George Barris and time approx Sept 1964 Korky packed it in and headed to california and worked for Barris until he opened his own shop Korky's Kustom Studios..... During Richards time with Barris went into the ORIGINAL Batmobile, The Bat Cycle, and various other celib cars.... He also did a lot of work for the film industry building the cars that were used in film car collisions.... Once Korky opened his own shop in Calif the probably best know car was the Corvette Used in "Corvette Summer"..... Korky also desigened and developed products for his Retail Company "Sundowner Louver" Yes! the louvers that were so popular that went on the back windows of many of the late 70' into the early 80's. Sundowner was aquired by Interpart ? Louver company. Korky over the years worked in many shops including Gene Winfield,

    Korky was probably best know for his 1954 ford "The Parisienne"

    Recently a Clone of the Parisienne was built by a local shop "Joe Sulpy" of Roxbury NJ. Joes car has very similar styling but was base on a Chrysler Doner...

    Hope you all injoy the Good Old Stuff....

    Rich
    Boonton, NJ

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    Please dont be confused by the dates on the photo..... These are photo of the ORIGINAL Photos hence the date taken........

    Now lets take this string one step forward or backward as it may be.... Who has some old car show photos... Come on I know all you Cool Old guys got a shoe box full of old photo that your going to take to the grave.... Get them out and scan them or shoot digitals of those old photos from the North East area... NJ was a Kustom Area... Conn gave us a lot of HOT RODS.... There was a lot of cars coming out of Maryland..... Dig deep guys.... Look in the bottom of that sock drawer.. You got them now go find those old photos.........

    PS..... By the way.... The car is still intact... I recently spoke with Gale Black and he now owns Korky's Parisienne........ I do have pictures of the car in its current condition.... See my next post
     
  21. Rags To Richs
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    As Promosed here are some recent photos of the Parisienne... I sure wish this Car could make it back to North Jersey

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    I hope all enjoys a real piece of North Jersey History

    Rich King
     
  22. VanHorton
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    haha gotta love new jersey.. that 54 is WILD :eek:
     
  23. 00 MACK
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    Speakin of Corky,Id like to see some pics of Billy Smiths 50 Merc convert or Giblocks 53 Merc.Ahh what the hell,all of his cars for that matter!
     
  24. Rags To Richs
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    Sorry Anthony... My scanner is broke and most of the pictures that I had from that time frame were Les Dunhams Cars..... My time working for Korky was short ..... He bailed out of NJ in 64 when he went to work for Barris.... We at that time had the shop in Wayne... Across 23 from the "3 Vets" Bar...........

    Rich......

    PS.... KORKY.... Not Corky
     
  25. 00 MACK
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    Thanks for the spellin correction.I always get Korkys spellin confused with that famous T.V. celeb .
     
  26. Awesome thread!!

    I'd really like to see more (never seen) pics of the Blue Bird.
    The color pic's are GREAT!!!!


    Welcome Len!!! Big fan of your cars!!


    I'm working on this coupe, has a lot of east coast influence.
    [thread=220601]Click Here to read more about it[/thread]

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  27. merc-o-madness
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    fucken awesome! i was looking for a pic of the victoria with that color scheme! i only saw it once on a dvd i belive it was purple and silver right? also i think there was a short scene of the 49 ford racing. i wish i can have that dvd i think it broke :( also i think there was a pic of the 49 smashed
     
  28. merc-o-madness
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  29. llegere66
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    Lenny Here again and here is my 1971 javelin which will be in the ISCA Boston car show this year i have taken most of the parts off in order to clean so thats why thers no shocks headlights grill hod ect. Hope to see you at the Boston Car Show:) I will be posting more of my cars too. Any inquiries please post i will reply
     

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  30. 00 MACK
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    Funny Len I was in Wayne Woods garage about a month ago lookin at pics of alot of your ol cars.
     

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