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History Barris Kustoms circa 1953

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Barris Kustoms circa 1953


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  2. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 13,086


    I really like that chopped Olds. Those are cool pics, and it's interesting the angles the non-car-guy photographer chose to shoot from.

    When are those wire basket wheelcovers going to come back into fashion? Lots of guys are going gaga over other aftermarket covers, especially Lyons right now. But nobody seems to care about the wire baskets. And here are two cars in the same lot wearing them.
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  3. a50merc
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 935


    That looks like a 49 Merc to me!

    Just my 3.5 cents

    Live Learn & Die a Fool
  4. I would like to know more about the what looks like a land speed vehicle. It appears the frame came from another builder, and they will be sourced for the body. Rear drive hemi, and what appears to be round mounts for either fuel or water coolant/ballast.....
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  5. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 6,399


    That is Chet Herbert's record breaking "Beast".
    Nice article HERE:

  6. Here's another article on Chet Herbert's Beast IV found online at Hop Up. If you can get your hands on a physical copy of Hop Up issue 12-4, there is a ton of incredible photos of it being constructed at Barris Kustoms and Dan Webb's recreation.
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  7. Thanks for the quick answer,,, now i have more to research,,
  8. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,119

    from Colorado

    Try wet sanding a car in a parking place and letting the water run down the street in today's world!
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  9. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 13,086


    The dash looks like a 50 to me.
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  11. junkman8888
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
    Posts: 402


    Love the steering wheel on the Chet Herbert car, I have one just like it out in the garage.
  12. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 953


    For Custom Car guy like me and K13 these photos are the bomb!!
    The Barris shop was at it's height and they also show that the shop worked on more than just Customs. I can tell you they chopped and painted more then a few Hot rods as well.
    There a article in one of the mags of the day that shows Sam chopping a Model a top using a hacksaw and a air chisel.... As well as Brazing on the fenders. LOL. The good old days......
  13. chiro
    Joined: Jun 23, 2008
    Posts: 684


    I want to know more about the steering box and it's combination box and spring mount.
  14. Tony -

    The Hemmings Daily article (by Daniel @Foul Strohl) and the HOP UP article (with photos by Tim @notrod13 Sutton) are great ... but for a quick overview of the history of the Chet Herbert Beast 4 'liner, checkout:
    • my post in the LIFE Images of Bonneville 1954 (Part II) TJJ Blog / H.A.M.B. thread.
    • my post in the Top 5 Barris Kustoms of the early 50s TJJ Blog / H.A.M.B. thread.
    • the Chet Herbert Beast IV H.A.M.B. thread.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019
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  15. Here are few more of the Loomis photos shot at the Barris shop.

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  16. love the trophy shelf ! The shelves all bending from all the weight from trophies.. Good ole nude calender, which you couldn't get away with now.. cool pictures
  17. Uncle Ronn
    Joined: Mar 23, 2015
    Posts: 39

    Uncle Ronn

    I'm diggin' the third photo in Jimmy Bs above set with the Merc convert easing out onto the street. Just look at the background at what everybody else is driving. They must have lost there minds seeing this thing.
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  18. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,673

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    For sure! I've always marveled at how close the homes/apartments were behind the shop (25'?). Imagine the noise, dust, etc.
  19. Notice the 2 pics... the calendar was either added or taken away.....



    I vote on the latter....
  20. Good eye.. I missed that detail.

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