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History Larry Watson's Personal Photo Collection

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Rikster, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. JMaurice
    Joined: Jul 23, 2006
    Posts: 113

    from Kustomland

    Hey Roger - wow, thanks so much! That's really cool of you to do that. I'll keep digging too - if I learn anything I'll pass on the info as well.
  2. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


    Which '58 convertible are you referring to?
  3. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


    This photo from the Larry Watson Collection shows the really fantastic interior of George Texeria his T-Bird. Wonderful thin pleats on the sculptured tuck & roll upholstery with gold painted accents inlcuding a gold painted phone mounted on the center console. Not that the door jambs are painted gold, and that the panels are not extended into the door jambs.

  4. Post 1034 the 58 Chevy. Large picture is before, the small one is after. Would like to see the finished picture larger .... thanks!
  5. Love the interior
  6. Ole_Red
    Joined: Jul 29, 2009
    Posts: 596

    from 206, WA

    Still one of my favorite threads on here.
  7. Geez, Larry was a prolific painter. The sheer quantity of beautiful work leaves me amazed. Rickster, do you have any idea how many employees he had in his heyday?
  8. the most striking thin about this pic is they chromed the center console and painted the brushed alum panels under the dash gold
  9. RRuss
    Joined: Feb 6, 2009
    Posts: 54

    from Lowman, Id

    Hello Roger O'Dell
    Having been raised in Clearwater and Compton I remember Larry Watson and his great work.
    You mentioned that you would try to contact some of the old Dairy folks. Do you happen to remember the name of the family that own the Cash and Carry Drive-in Dairy that was located on Rosecrans next to the LA river.
    As I recall there were three brothers that ran the dairy. The youngest had a 56 chev painted a Choc. Brn that I believe Larry Painted.
    The reason I've asked about the name is the youngest brother used to have some great "Pasture Partys" behind the dairy.
    Have any memories of this family?

    Thank You,
    Bob R.
  10. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,766

    from DFW USA

    Bob, do any of the names in this article ring a bell?

    Unfortunately the largest text in this article is about a murder that involved one of these boys, but it does list a small group of members as well.
  11. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


    Another photo from the Larry Watson Collection showing George Texeria's T-Bird was taken in front of the Bill DeCarr / Larry Watson Artesia Blvd. shop in Bellflower. This photo gives us a good look at the paneling on the side of George his car. The car has a very similar lay-out as the 1958 T-Bird Larry did for himself. But the use of colors, and especially for using a darker gold makes it looks quite different than Larry's "Vino Paisano. This photo also shows us a little bit of the wonderful upholstery in the rear seat as well as the chromed reverse wheels and no hubcaps.
    Looks like some heavy building activity is going on across the street from the former Ed Schelhaas shop.

  12. Roadsterpu
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 895


    Simply awesome. What great panel work. Thanks Rik.
  13. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


    Larry Watson Rainbow colors on a Porsche in front of his Firestone Blvd shop. I came across a bill from Larry that in 1971 he charged $650.- for a paint job like this. 16 coats of acrylic lacquer over a pearl base...

  14. db300
    Joined: Oct 16, 2012
    Posts: 98


    Great pic for today Rik :)
  15. Lucky444
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,151


    Wow, the Texeira Squarebird is beautiful. Even though a lot of the panel work is the same as Watson's own car, I prefer the color combinations on the Texeira bird.
  16. sled
    Joined: Nov 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,076


    Rik,there are not enuff words to describe your impressive efforts's just out of this world how the great Larry pulled out so many perfectly thought paint jobs...and make look a number of these cars full customs without touching em on body mods...just wow!!
    Huge thanks for your infinite hard work ,keep it up bud
  17. Roger O'Dell
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 1,061

    Roger O'Dell

    Might be Rockview Amos Degroot, or maybe Vanderham. My wife's parents had dairys. She's dutch
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2013
  18. First fail for me. I know given the time period this was probably pretty cool but man that is UGLY.
  19. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,148

    hugh m
    from ct.

    Good question...that rainbow Porsche is probably not my favorite, but did you ever try to do so many fades on one job? Very hard. It's really nice that so many of these photos exist,,,thanks again for putting them up.
  20. Rot 'n Kustom
    Joined: Sep 24, 2004
    Posts: 1,872

    Rot 'n Kustom

    Tastes change. There is nothing so ugly as a recently outmoded fashion. I remember a time when you couldn't give away a custom, no matter how well executed in paint or body work.

    When I first saw this car, I wondered if it had survived. If so, it had probably been lovingly restored to Porsche White (BORING!). But how much more interesting it would be to have the Larry Watson paint job, even chipped and faded.

    I'd buy it just to tick-off the Porsche purists! [​IMG]
  21. 51wagon
    Joined: Oct 1, 2008
    Posts: 168

    from northwoods

    Whether you like the paint job, or not, it is great to have a feel for Larry's pricing. $650 in 1n 1971 is approximately $3,750 in today's money. Even if you add in the additional costs that environmental-protection rules have added since those days, you're probably still shy of $10,000.

    Just try to get a top-notch, well known painter of today to even come close to 10-grand for a quality, labor-intensive paint job of that type.

    Keep 'em coming, Rik!
  22. bob-o
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 309


    Couldn't have said it better myself :)
  23. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


    Larry Watson painted several Squire-birds in similar paint styles. All bases, or inspired by his own "Vino Pisano". Here is another one that so far has only been identified as owned by a guy named Red. This one looks to be a little less refined than the others we have seen. This photo was with one more taken at the Bill DeCarr / Larry Watson Artesia Blvd shop and were among the last taken of this car with this paint on it. Soon after this photo was taken Bill DeCarr would start working on the car and adding all kinds of subtile body modifications...

  24. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,433


    It would be interesting to know how they chose to re-paint this one, after the new bodywork.


    The gold Texiera car looks impossibly low. One can only assume it was juiced?
    The narrow pleated interior appears to have certainly been the handiwork of the legendary Eddy Martinez,
    the best upholsterer ever.

    Thanks for posting!
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2013
  25. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


    Two more photos of Red's T-Bird

    Notice that the door handles already have been removed for Bill to fill the holes.


    And here Bill has most of the hard work done on the car. Reshaped fins, taillight buckets, shaved door handles and lock, modified hood scoop, and modified front fenders/headlight buckets...

  26. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


    Here are some close ups from the work Bill DeCarr performed on this T-Bird.

    He reshaped the fins at the back shortening them and reshaped and molded the taillight buckets to the body and reshape the trunk opening.


  27. redroaddog
    Joined: Apr 1, 2011
    Posts: 328


    thanks for the construction pictures i like seeing that!!!...Dave:cool:
  28. froghawk
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 845


    Those shots of the body mods to Red's T-bird are really interesting, Rik! Hope there are some more pix coming of the car repainted after the custom work.

    To my eye neither this 'Bird, the Texiera car, or the later version of the Vino Paisano with the fogged inner panels, is as masterful as the first version of Larry's own car. Just shows that sometimes the first, simplest solution is the most elegant and refined one.

  29. frog hawk , i aggree with everything you said
  30. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,780


    This snapshot of the Larry Watson Personal Collection shows the restyling work Bill DeCarr did on the front fenders of Red's T-Bird. It also shows the stylish reshaped hood scoop that he did. And that already had been sprayed with some red oxide primer.


    Another snapshot shows Red's T-Bird a little further along in the process. Most of the paint has been sanded off and the fresh body worked sectioned have been applied with dark gray primer. It not to compare the stock front of the T-Bird sitting next to it...


    And here is Red's T-bird in a fresh coat of primer getting ready for Larry Watson to apply one of his fantastic paint jobs... Subtile body work by Bill DeCarr really looks great on this T-Bird.


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