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History The Kustomrama Survivor Truck - 1955 Ford by Barris & Dick Richardson

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Kvipt, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,812


    Okay. Here's the really big question: Now that you've verified your pickup as a genuine piece of American hot rod history, do you restore it to it's former glory...or do you preserve it in it's original condition as it was found, patena and all?

    Geeze, Olav. I'm glad it's you has to make that decision and not me.
    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,260


    Amazing!! I love it!!
  3. I'm gonna drive it with this patina this upcomming season, then repaint it gold as It was with the striping. The decision was easy, just asked George what he would do. The dash and upholstery will still be the same, just cleaned.


    This is a cool place to ship all the parts to!

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  4. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,138


    This is such a great story! Thanks for sharing it, and for posting all these detailed photos!
  5. I might take a roadtrip with the wife next year. Just dont know yet if it will be Route 66 as she said from the begining

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  6. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,168


    :D:eek:Hi Olav.Congrats on an OUTSTANDING find.Not only the truck,but the original owner who is being gracious enough to share his memories and photos.
    One of the best,if not THE best thread on the H.A.M.B.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  7. Jkustom
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 1,679


    Dude!! How awesome is that?? I don't even know what to say. SO RAD.
  8. LSGUN
    Joined: May 26, 2007
    Posts: 1,259

    from TX

    Best thread I've ever read on here, awesome.
  9. This is such a 'feel good' story. I am glad that this truck fell into the hands of someone who knows what they have and know the significance of finding it. As one poster stated regarding the Von Dutch/Jeffries tailgate, consult with an art preservationist to slow down or halt the deterioration of the tailgate art. Good luck and I hope we see it restored to it's previous glory.
  10. ^^^^ Exactly ^^^^
  11. Jimbacca
    Joined: Jul 17, 2011
    Posts: 243


    Awesome stories. Always nice to see stories from old timers and their photos. Looks like you made a good friend and he's being nice enough to share which is incredible.
  12. I agree this is one of the best threads I have seen on the hamb. Thanks!
  13. Ramblux
    Joined: Jun 27, 2003
    Posts: 357


    Olav, do you have any screencaps of the original craigslist ad? I'm curious as to how George advertised it!
  14. haychrishay
    Joined: Jul 23, 2008
    Posts: 944


    This thread continues to get better !
  15. Yes I did take a screenshot of it! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1397422819.874128.jpg

    I actually hung out with him today at the Pomona Swap Meet. He told me about when Von Dutch striped the truck. It took 3 weeks for Dutch to finish it. Apparently, Von Dutch thought he was of German descendant, however, his mom had just braked the news for him that he was of English origin. Dutch got very upset, and drank away his sorrows with wine. George told he had a sort of mobile wooden table, which he kept his paint gear and wine on. He would do a few stripes, then take a lurk off the bottle. Then the lines would come out wavy, and he wiped them away, and closed the shop for the day. Later on, he ended up in jail for some reason, and George had to wait until he got out.

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  16. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    That tail gate really is something else!
  17. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,006


    Von Dutch stories are to hot rodders like Buddy Rich stories are to musicians. Priceless.....
    Bet you two had a great hang.
  18. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,061

    Staff Member

    I just now had the chance to read this thread all the way through and it makes me proud of our hobby.

    Thank you for sharing, Kvipt. You're the man.
  19. the_guy
    Joined: Dec 13, 2006
    Posts: 4


    Nice Olav! I'll try to stop by the shop and check it out soon!
  20. Gerg
    Joined: Feb 27, 2006
    Posts: 1,827


    I don't think I miss reading to many great threads on the HAMB but this one I missed. WOW what a find!
  21. sawzall
    Joined: Jul 15, 2002
    Posts: 4,628


    I totally missed this thread until now.. all I can say is WOW.. hope to see more photos from the collection soon!
  22. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,947

    51 mercules

    If I known you were there yeaterday I would of stopped by & said hello!
  23. Take in every word, his generation won't be around forever. I think the tailgate was worth the purchase price alone. The truck, photos and stories add that much more to the package deal. Great thread for sure.
  24. Sure do, his stories are the best!
    Will soon publish another archive photo! If I can get wi-fi on my lap top that is.. Today I did the brakes, and painted the frame and underside of the body with POR 15.

    Still waiting for the epoxy and primer from Arizona..


    And I picked this little baby up today, with matching the color on the truck. I want my own set of wheels to get around town with until the truck is done.

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  25. nowaxn5
    Joined: Apr 15, 2007
    Posts: 807


    This thread... just keeps getting better. Nice looking little bike btw!
  26. damn. this whole thread just went through the roof!!! its amazing when anyone finds such a rare piece of kustom history as this. you are truly the kustom indiana jones!
  27. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1397604689.650275.jpg Now should I paint this area behind the fender black or gold??

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  28. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 1,674

    Peanut 1959

    Can you throw up color photos (if available) of the truck in both versions in the same post? I was wondering if both could be combined into one. But maybe that is tinkering with it too much. Did you solicit the original builder's opinion?
  29. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,812


    I vote for black. I find that bits of body color peeking out from under the car, in the grille opening, etc. take away from the overall shape of the vehicle...and also make it look as if the owner didn't take time to detail it properly. Just my opinion.
  30. OneRustedDodge
    Joined: Jan 28, 2007
    Posts: 176


    This thread rules on so many levels. Been following your progress on instagram, keep up the good work!

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