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History Custom Car builder Spotlight: AYALA BROTHERS

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Rikster, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. Respect.

    These guys had a way w/ 41-42 Fords. People say these cars don't look good chopped. Uh, look at the pic.'s.
     
  2. Rikster
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    1952 Motorama program with the Ayala Built Bettancourt mercury on the cover.

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    And inside...

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  3. WEREROD
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    YOU ARE LORD!!!! Thanks for the pictures!!!!
     
  4. Rot 'n Kustom
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    I believe that the Packard is the Henney-built Pan-American show car.
    It was so well-received, that Packard brought out the Caribbean in 1953 using most of the styling.
     
  5. Rikster
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    Another custom by Gil Ayala is this georgious '42 Ford coupe, that he built for himself.

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    And I just came across this photo on another message board, showing the car, which was owned by Ayala beeing raced. Another Ayala custom that was not only built to look good... but go fast as well.

    I love the flowing lines of the chopped top on this one.

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  6. Rikster
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    I thought I post this absolutely great pictures of the Ayala 40 Mercury with Full fadeaway front fenders Caddy rear fenders, Studebaker front bumper.

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  7. Rikster
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    I recently came across a '53 Popular Mechanics magazine and it had some nice custom car photo's in it. Among others the Ayala Built Betancourt '49 Mercury. Its clear that this feature was not in a car orientated magazine. I especially like the arrow showing where "all corners rounded" leads to.. like the front fender of a stock '49 mercury are totaly flat!

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  8. loogy
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    That's pretty neat. These threads have GOT to stay near the top.

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  9. Rikster
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    Added the missing photos again...

     
  10. I totally agree
     
  11. Rikster
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    I recently recieved some very nice old photos and among them there where a few of Ayala built custom cars including the 1942 Ford coupe that Gil Ayala built for himself. And one of a shop truck for the House of chrome Shop.

    Both cars wher also shown in the two EXCELLENT Ayala stories that Pat Ganahl recently did for the Rodder's Journal.

    I hope that these articles have brought some more attention to the great custom cars built by Al and Gil Ayala. And even better I hope some more old photos of the cars they built will show up... or perhaps even old cars will be found and restored.
    In any event I thought it was time to bring this post back to the top. And show a few ore photos I have found.. and hopefully some more will be shown by others. Sorry that some of the older photos have disappeared over the time. I will try to restore some of them... but these old post do not allow to edit anymore. So I will add them to the back.

    Here are a few new-old photos from the David Errol Zivot Photo collection.


    Gil Ayala 1942 Ford. This time with the Ford bumpers that where replaced by 1949 Plymouth Units.

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    And how the car appeared in the 1950 Russetta program...

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    With Plymouth bumpers...

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    And one more of the Ford shop truck for the House of Chrome (a small store with all chrome plated accessories run by the Ayala's in a corner of the shop)

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    The House of Chrome shop can also be seen in this photo. Behind the Lincoln that is waiting to get extended rear fenders.

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    Hot Rod Magazine article...

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  12. Rikster
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    Photo added again

    And two add's using this car.

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    (Scan by JimmyB)
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    And at the drylakes...

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  13. Rikster
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    Missing photo added



    And inside... the 1952 Motorama Program

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  14. nowaxn5
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    I'm starting to think the Ayala Brothers had more sombrero's than Cadillac!
    Thanks for the thread Rikster. I love seeing the old custom builder archives.
     
  15. loggy
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    Great thread Rikster,i've got the hop up issue with garcias' ford,and i'd say its one of my favourite vintage mags/car features........what a plush ride,with that style,thae fantastic top and interior....unusually wide rear window too,i guess 'cos the interior treatment deleted the 1'4vision......whatever happened to this car? its just got 'the style' for me personally.
     
  16. Tom davison
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    Rik, thanks for bringing the brothers the attention that they truly deserve. I was only vaguely aware of the name in the 50's, as they weren't getting as much magazine coverage as some of the other California builders at the time I came up.

    The recent Rodder's Journal feature on the Ayala Brothers really spelled it out for me: These guys were just the best customizers in Southern California (and hence, the world) during their heyday.

    I do remember the T-bird however, and while I never cared much for it, they were definitely thinking outside the box during that mid-50's period when most of the other shops were doing off-the-wall stuff too.

    For the best in Mid-50s customs, it was Bob Metz of Indiana for his tasteful off-the-wall cars:

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=276605&highlight=bob+metz
     
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  17. andrewlw
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    Not a cool picture but heres a current picture of the shop. There used to be a shop behind this building but its gone now.
     

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  18. Man these Ayala brothers were flatout amazing customizers. Most of their cars just flowed like streamliner on the lakebed. I wish there were more of there creations around today so that more people would understand just how fuckin HEAVY these guys weigh in the world of customs.
     
  19. Rikster
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    Lets bring this old custom post back up again... over the years many more new old photos have showed up.

    This 1936 Ford Coupe was built by the Ayala's for Lynn Yakel.
    The great early color photos come from the Ron Kellogg archive.

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    I think this is Gill Ayala standing next to the car.

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    Lynn tuning the engine...

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  20. Rikster
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    The Ayala GMC Shop truck how it looks today...

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    The information in this 70's ad is not quite accurate...

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  21. Rikster
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    Some time ago I made a desktop image of two nice photos of the Bettancourt Mercury.

    If you click on the photo the original size desktop image will load and feel free to download it for your own computer.

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  22. 40FORDPU
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    Talented for sure. Thank for the pics.
     
  23. Philbilly
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    Great photos! Thanks for sharing.
     
  24. Rikster
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    1949 Cadillac

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  25. JeffreyJames
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    This (top version) a Sam's Merc are my favorites of all time...

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  26. RustyRedRam
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    What a great thread to reread on a day off!
     
  27. Call me crazy but I like Ayala version better then the Barris one. Just looks so early and so damn smooth.
     
  28. Heres something interesting, i have a friend of a good buddy of mine, who bought a 46 ford out of a shop in nor cal. It was a Ayala brothers car that was sent for paint and has sat there for decades. pretty cool.

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  29. koolkemp
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    Man thats cool ! Anymore pics you can share?


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  30. Rikster
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    Very nice car... but is there any proof this is an Ayala custom? Its not one that was featured in any of the magazines that I know of. Does the good friend of your buddy have old photos of it... if so please share... and more photos (recent) sure would be welcome as well. It looks very nice.
    Thanks for sharing.
     

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