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Kustom Car Gods/ Living Legends?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by pimpin paint, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,937

    pimpin paint
    from so cal


    I jus' finished reading the first half of an article, in the latest TRJ mag-
    azine, on " The Ayala Brothers'', by Pat Ganahl. The Ayala Brothers....
    talk about two guys that belong on "The Mount Rushmore" of the
    Kustom world! It got me thinking (not something I'm accused of often, anymore) about how many major and medium players in the
    world of Kustom car builders, that are still living. Guys who have had
    little of their stories told in book form. There have been some self-
    published autobiography on some of the lesser knowns, and a long
    over due supply on "the usual suspects" i.e. Roth, The Barris bros. &
    Kenny Howard, but what about the guys that filled in the blanks in
    the kustom world? Most of these guys are octoginearians, plus. That
    doesn't leave much time for their stories to be told, firsthand.
    Besides Bertolucci, Jeffries, Dick Dean and Joe Ballion, who else needs to make your list?

    Swankey devils C.c.

    "Meanwhile, back aboard The Tainted Pork"
  2. First and foremost, in my book, Bill Hines.
  3. Joe Ortiz from Hayward CA he built a really radical 56 Bird and 58 Impala, he built several cars but these are his most well know, both built for local customers.
    Alexander explanation needed
    Dick Jackson...57 T Bird, 59 Impala, 58 T Bird and several other cars.
    Bill Cushenberry...1956 Ford the Marquis
    Bill Carr...Aztec Chevy
    Larry Watson....

    Just a short list.
  4. Alexander Bros?

    Joined: Dec 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,021


    And of course, The Man, Gene Winfield. Known him for many years. Been a student of his. Watched him pound metal for 10 hrs. straight with a smile on his face. A Legend for sure. Saw him yesterday in Tacoma, WA. A true Friend. A true gentleman. A true hotrodder, and a GREAT teacher. Brian
  6. RodP
    Joined: Mar 24, 2007
    Posts: 331


    You guys better head for the book store.

    The Legendary Custom Cars and Hot Rods of GENE WINFIELD
    author David Grant

    I got my copy yesterday. It is a great read very well done.

    I got my copy at Borders.
  7. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    thank you!!!:cool: i wonder if the episode of monster garage where he was on there is available. still chomping on that cigar after all these years. most guys my age don't know who he is [​IMG]
  8. 00 MACK
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 3,682

    00 MACK

    Tony Romano,A+A Auto Body,Joe Maneri,Dick Dean,John Paszik,.................................................
  9. speedtool
    Joined: Oct 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,541


    He said "Living Legends", don't put guys who've passed away.
  10. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


  11. A couple of good friends of mine from the East Coast:Kelsey Martin and Christie Massios.

    Most people outside of New England probably never heard those names,but around New England they are very well known.Both of them have chopped,channeled,and sectioned more cars than most people could name.Both are close to 70 and still going strong.Kelsey is currently chopping two cars in his shop and Christie is,"retired" in Maine and working on his own stuff for a change and still playing ice hockey(and kicking ass)with college age kids.
    Don't have any pics of Christie(he's camera-shy)but here's a pic of Kelsey at his shop with someone that everyone on this board should be familiar with.The tool is a little thing I lettered up awhile ago.

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  12. stretch 1320
    Joined: Oct 1, 2006
    Posts: 1,861

    stretch 1320

    Mr.Bill Hines is the man!

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