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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. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1396645867.033357.jpg Just got some fresh Firestone tires!

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  2. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1396648857.761213.jpg This thing is gonna look so neat!

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  3. rebarsfords
    Joined: Feb 17, 2004
    Posts: 477


    This is one of the best things about the HAMB! Awesome stories like this.
    Thanks for sharing. Totally dig it!!!
  4. oober-cool story. would love to see some pics of it when it was all down low and kustom. would also love to own an old kustom with some history. thats just a special experience in itself.

    cant wait to see how this comes out. and btw that green fasback chevy or whatever it is you have there is SWEET.
  5. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,188


    Exactly !
  6. Great story!!!
  7. Asphalt Demon
    Joined: Jan 19, 2014
    Posts: 291

    Asphalt Demon
    from Australia

    Yep Awesome find !great story and i feel theres a lot more to come.i,m never going to look at a 41 tudor the same way again.That thing has the greatest stance I've ever seen on one of those!Its so refreshing to see old original photos like those you are sharing.
  8. nelson845
    Joined: Apr 21, 2011
    Posts: 21

    from Sewaren,NJ

    What an amazing story, thanks for sharing!....and keep sharing!!!
  9. One of the best threads I've seen on here lately.. Awesome

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  10. Amazing story Olav! Congrats!
  11. Here we go again! Kustomrama presents, George Contaoi, And The Raiders of the Lost Appleton.


    Yesterday, I went to visit George to help load up the engine. It is a 1969 Chevy 350. He took the engine out of a low mileage wrecked camaro in the 1970s. He planned to install it in the Ford. He bought a brand new Chevy 283 in 1955 when he bought the car, and he wanted to upgrade it a bit.


    He found his old club plaque from The Krankers. He was so happy when I showed up in the fastback, he was dancing in the driveway when I arrived. He first got in the Krankers in 1949, with his 1941 Ford. He was an active member until the late 1950's. He actually arranged a lot of car shows in San Bernardino as well.


    George had a friend that worked at the studios in Hollywood, and he gave him Indiana Jones' hat. Here he is, doing the Indiana pose!


    Then we went out to explore the town, different hang out places, old custom shops, and etc. He loved riding in a chopped car again, he especially enjoyed it along with a song from The Five Keys, called Ling Ting Tong.


    This is the shop where George, Al Andradeas and Dick Richardson restyled his 1947 Mercury, and parts of the truck, along with the 57 Ford and 49 Olds he had.


    They sure did a fine job on his 47 Merc!! We spent almost 12 hours searching through 2 storage containers and his packed garage, collecting all the old photos he had. We ended up with two full cardboard boxes with old car photos!!


    He then took me over to show me his sister's old 65 Impala SS. She bought it off the showroom floor, and she has only put 35 000 miles on it since! All original!


    This is the Hells Angles headquarter. We only were there for a brief second, because there were a lot of Angels checking us out.


    He was not sure where he had stored the Appletons and photos, so we went to his storage containers to take a look.


    We looked high and low, but no Appletons.. We did however, find a whole bunch of old photos!! Nice color shots of Barris cars and other famous cars! I will try to publish at least one pr day on Kustomrama.


    Incredible enough, he still had the Lacquer paint from when he painted the truck. 1953 Buick Red for the dash, and 1956 Cadillac Gold for the exterior. I will paint the truck eventually in lacquer, so when it begins to get patina, it will get that ol' custom look.


    We also found an old trophy he got at the drag races with his 1949 Olds. The tag was missing, but the trophy was still there.


    No Appletons in the storage, so we went to check the garage.


    Finally, we hit the jackpot!! He took them off when he went to the army in 1957, because he was afraid they would get stolen. And since then, they have been in his garage. He bought them from Rose Auto Supply, on second E Street in San Bernardino.


    The clock was about 10:00 pm, so it was time for me to go back to LA. But he insisted to take me out for a cup of coffee and a piece of Cherry Pie before I had to leave.


    This morning, he woke me up at 7 am, and asked if I wanted to join him to the Long Beach Swap Meet. Of course I went along with him. He ended up buying a set of beauty rings for his 72 Chevy Pickup. I bought a nice Appleton S-551 to use parts off.


    He liked the progress on the Ford, and was very happy seeing it coming to life again!


    Here he shows me where he placed the 6 rows he had of louvers. He installed a solid hood, because the carb would be filled with water each timed it rained. He actually had photos from when he swapped the hood.


    Notice the striping and Belly Burner pipes.


    The first version had 41 Chevy lights. He told me he gave Barris strict directions when they filled the tailgate to leave the Von Dutch art work alone. The filler panel is only tacked with a few spots, so I might take it off. It came with a second tailgate too, because he was planning to take it off himself and hang it on the wall.
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    This is from when he had white seats. He reupholstered it because they became so quick dirty. Here it has the 47 Merc radio, he said the stock radio reminded him off a silly Mickey Mouse head.

    So, keep tuned folks, for the upcomming photo collection of George V. Contaoi!
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  13. Wow super cool! This just keeps getting better. Thanks so much Olav I can't wait to see what comes next.
  14. WOW.....what a GREAT story!!!!!
    Any color pictures of the PU when Mr. Contaoi finished it?
    Thanks Olav for sharing here on the HAMB.
  15. Very kool thread!
  16. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,535

    from Buffalo NY

    Wow, better and better....
  17. johnod
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 775


    Good story, great pics, thanks
  18. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,242


    Thank you for sharing this great story!
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  20. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 981


    Great thread.
    It would be amazing if that Von Dutch art work were still on the tailgate under the filler panel.
    We are all watching....
  21. Great story. Look forward to more.
  22. SuperFleye
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 2,024

    Alliance Vendor

    Close but no cigar :) The Lehrbass Pontiac was given away in September of 1957. A great photo, and that flamed shoebox entering the show from the upper left part of the photo looks great! Anyone recognize it? My first though went towards the Lowell Helms shoebox that Watson painted, but the flames looks too light, and it seems like this one maybe has the stock grille? Here is Lowell's Ford:'_1950_Ford
  23. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,779


    Fantastic story.. and great photos.

    Looks like Bill "Smilley" Polk, Jeffries flamed Shoebox "the Curly Flame" to me.

  24. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,949

    from nor cal

    WOW!! One of the best and most interesting reads that have come along in a long time.
  25. SuperFleye
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 2,024

    Alliance Vendor

    Oh yes! That must be it :)

  26. Wagonmaster2
    Joined: Aug 18, 2010
    Posts: 335


    Unbelievable thread!! Can't wait for the next installment!! Keep up the good work on the truck!!
  27. get that filler panel off already haha!

  28. This is a spectacular thread. How lucky are you to be able to hang out with this man and learn about his life of cars. This and the old Winfield custom being redone have to be the best posts going right now. I love this old history.
  29. mdcolby
    Joined: Dec 5, 2009
    Posts: 194


    great thread! amazing

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