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History R.I.P....Richard Zocchi

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by 'Mo, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
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    Thanks for all the beauty you gave the world. R.I.P.
     
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  2. Wow....guy sure had a collection of beautiful cars over the years...he's in good company up there these days
     
  3. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
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    Godspeed Mr. Kustom you'll have great kompany up there.
     
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  4. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
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    Remember his cars...cool name too....
     
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  5. Awwww man. So sorry to hear this. I always anticipated his latest beautiful custom creation. He sure cranked out some great ones over the years. Definitely leaves a void in the custom community. He will be missed.
    My condolences to his family and friends. Vaya con Dios, Mr. Zocchi..........E
     
  6. Sweet & Low
    Joined: Feb 13, 2014
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    Oh No!!!!!! what a bummer and what a loss to the Kustom community, I have known Rich for decades, he was one of the good guys and will be missed by many.
     
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  7. jivin jer
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  8. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
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    What the heck happened? His style was understated elegance and was true art. Met him at the Portland show a couple of years ago I believe. Really nice man as was as interested in what I was doing as I was in his. We have lost a great one!
     
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  9. gearheadbill
    Joined: Oct 11, 2002
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    His cars were always elegant and subtle. That pink/orangesicle? mopar in jivin jer's post is flat killer!
     
  10. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
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    Sorry to read this. His cars were always unique. Always liked his Merc, too.
     
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  11. Sad news... always a fan of his Kustoms... RIP , God's Speed
     
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  12. DANSLED
    Joined: Sep 15, 2005
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    from CW, Ohio

    His cars always had great style, function and profile, sad news that we hate hear, RIP Sir. 50Merc_frontangle.jpg
     
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  13. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
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    from St. Louis

    Rich's '56 Chrysler AND his '56 Mark II Continental are still two of my all-time favorite customs.

    My sincere thoughts & prayers to his family.

    Jonnie
    www.legends.thewwbc.net
     
  14. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
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    Gosh! I am so sorry. He was a good man and a great stylist.
    He was a master of his craft and will be missed.
     
  15. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
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    i.rant
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    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    There is now a very large gap to be filled in the custom car world.
    R.I.P.
     
  16. Colin HD
    Joined: Sep 14, 2008
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    Bugger, that's a shame!!
    That guy had some 'style' in his builds.
     
  17. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
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    As beautiful as this is today, it is a (chopped) recreation of the Pontiac Zocchi had Winfield build for him nearly 40 years before, when still new in 1962! What an enduring legacy.

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    The original. (c.1963)

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  18. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
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    Did Richard do the recreation, MO? The excellent chop gives the Poncho a whole new and interesting perspective.
     
  19. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
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    Yes. He had Winfield handle the first one. For the recreation, he turned to Lucky 7 Customs. Marcos and Art Himsl nailed the paint job.
    I too love the chop. But I still remember the impression the original car had on me in CC Magazine show coverage in 1963! (Before the fade.)
     
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  20. bgthegreat
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
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    Met Richard at Santa Maria this year. Sorry to hear of his passing, such an artist.
     
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  21. The entire world of customs has lost a great artist and craftsman. I remember when he finished the '56 Lincoln and the coverage in the magazines was amazing. His family will be in my prayers tonight.


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