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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. ha neat!

    will have to swing past the shop when we are over in june!
  2. Wow! Priceless. Thanks so much for sharing.
  3. people on the hamb have a soft spot for vintage kustoms. and a rather serious envy for those who own them.

    another great thing is the photos. it really makes huge news when more old photos come out. you should send those to HRM. they usually like getting new old photos like these. and they may even put it in their magazine.
  4. !!!!!!!!! UN-FREAKIN' BALIEVABLE !!!!!!!!!!!!

    A true joy to follow this thread!
  5. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,091


    Great pics again.
    Really great to see the Dean Jeffries stuff as his early work doesn't seem to get the credit that it deserves. My understanding is that he was the originator of the "Flying Eyeball" that Von Dutch gets most of the credit for. Only Jeffries original had roller skates on it. LOL Looking at his crazy creations just lends more credit to that.
    If you can't get your friend over with his magical camera just see if you can get someones fiberoptic flexible viewer. Many mechanics have then to look into cyclinders thru the spark plug hole.
    Can't wait to see what you will find.
  6. tikiwagon13
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
    Posts: 373


    wow, great thread.
  7. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 3,181


    Yup. These photos kinda put the lie to the notion that the "original" hot rodders were tattoo'd and bearded beatniks in black coulottes and Red Ball Jets, don't it. Just sayin'...
  8. Man, awesome! Great story and those photo's are epic!
  9. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,799

    from Buffalo NY

    this thread gets better and better....
    the tailgate will turn into our version of Al Capones for those too young or not form

    Keeping fingers crossed
  10. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,509

    51 mercules

    These pic's are awesome!I always wondered what the rest of Dean Jeffries Merc looked like.You should do a book like Rik did on the Jack Stewart ford.Thank you & George!
  11. cruisin30
    Joined: Apr 13, 2005
    Posts: 120

    from Katy, TX

    Wow, this is my era! Great photos and thanks for the thread. Subscribed!
  12. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,830


    I heard that a lot of the Jeffries stuff wasn't in mags, cause it was too gross. I heard that in 58 or 59.
  13. Deuce_Eddie
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 153

    from Portugal

    Absolutely awesome thread. These are the best kind, when you get to see history come back to the spotlight, commented and documented by the folks that created it first time 'round.

    Cherish these folks, and hear their stories as otherwise they'll be lost forever.

    Keep the good stuff coming!
  14. So-cal Tex
    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,384

    So-cal Tex

    Just more proof that God loves hot Rodders that he put all this in motion:

    - Your Wagon gets stolen which is bummer
    -Sliver lining is now you have too look for another project
    -You find the Contaio Truck lost Kustom that you appreciate and will preserve/restore to its former glory
    -Save it from Rat Rodder or Street Rodder that would not appreciate its history.
    -You make a life long friend in George and bring happiness and hope to him, he gets a ride around in your killer Kustom.

    All I can say is Wow!!!

    This was not purely coincidence!
  15. SapienKustom
    Joined: Sep 11, 2006
    Posts: 603

    from Merced, CA

    Best thread in a long time!
  16. BurnoutNova
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 135

    from USA

    I can't wait to see what that gate looks like!

    Awesome thread!
  17. MIKE-3137
    Joined: Feb 19, 2003
    Posts: 1,578


    the tailgate!......
  18. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    I think the green Chev belongs to Brad Masterson.;)
  19. tjet
    Joined: Mar 16, 2009
    Posts: 1,294

    1. Early Hemi Tech

    Nice blue plexiglass on the speedo. That dash looks like it will clean up good with some Meguiars (or something mild that wont take off paint) Maybe WD-40?
  20. Jkustom
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 1,684


    Dude you're killing us!!

    Or is it you've already had the gate uncovered the whole time, Dutch's work is still there and you're just toying with us... Hmmm?? :)
  21. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 3,181


    Whoa! Don't put ANYTHING on that dash until you've talked to a bunch of old school (REAL old school) stripers for advice on what to clean it with. We'd all be heartbroken if you accidentally washed all that very cool Von Dutch striping off by using something too strong!
  22. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,633


    Between this and the Gene Winfield custom that Leland owns, we have some major history going here.
  23. Jacksmith
    Joined: Sep 24, 2009
    Posts: 934


    One of the better posts... story & pics make it!
  24. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,729


    Thanks for posting these pics and story. Things like this can't be duplicated, just copied. Keep what you can, but put your own touch on that great truck.
  25. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,708

    phat rat

    Also the 6"+ pant cuffs and engineer boots
  26. Don't knock the engineer boots!
    I got my first pair in 1958.
    I still wear them!!
  27. Jkustom, like your signature.:).
  28. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    This is renewing my faith in Hot Rodding and Customs here on the HAMB. BEST THREAD IN A LONG LONG TIME!!!!!

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.
  29. jivin jer
    Joined: Sep 14, 2008
    Posts: 3,161

    jivin jer

    Great find, great stuff, great job Olav.
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    Ladies and gentlemen, the original Von Dutch art is still there!!

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