The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Feb 21, 2013.
i actually like this thing....what is it exactly?
I really admire some of the "customs" of the 1950's but by the latter part of the decade they had become so silly looking that it almost ruined my interest in "customs." As a kid they just didn't look real enough at times to be something I'd ever be interested in. For me cars, any cars, should be meant to be driven. So many of these customs of that period didn't look to be driven that I went in other automotive directions. Oh, and I sort of like the Packard. The pod like headlights aren't the most visually pleasing, but the those dual rear fins are quite unique and very cool. In my opinion at any rate.
Dang, those are ugly. That would suck pretty bad to put as many hours as those guys in on those cars and come out with something like that... The craftsmanship is pretty good, it just doesn't work... Once you get into the 70's, 80's and especially the 90's just about every car made was as bad, if not worse, than those!
Well said, Highlander.
a reminder regarding that 58 Packard - those (and Studebaker's) grille openings were used on a lot of customs as they provided a basis for a wide mouth that could be filled (festooned?) with whatever adornment the builder found pleasing - vette teeth, drawer pulls, tubes, etc.
Ugly is the new beautiful just ask my wife! She says this about me all the time!
Probably a few cases of beer involved with that shoebox . Butt-Fugly .
Thats funny id rather have something different then look like everyone else!
I first saw this 55 Chevy for sale years ago (20+) in northeast Indiana, it was white with red interior, ran across pics of it a couple years back, the green makes it look worse IMHO. Sort of an El Morocco wannabe, in fact, change the grille and most people would think it is.
I love posts like this because it reminds us that the past is not as perfect as we tend to think/remember. Maybe it's the eye searing trauma from over stimulatinon that can cause the memory lapse..... I don't know, but these cars do offer a lesson.
Jeez weren't things bad enough without starting any contests?
However, now that this can of ugly worms has been opened.....
My nomination for the worst custom of all time, goes to the previously mentioned Maratta Mercury.
I concede that the Bailon 58 Chev and the Modern Grecian could give it a photo finish in the ugly stakes.
But what it makes it such a standout is this. HE STARTED WITH A 1940 MERCURY 4 DOOR CONVERTIBLE.
I submit that no other custom in history, covered so much ground from one of the rarest best looking cars made, to something that would make a Tazmanian Devil eat its young.
The Maratta Merc:
By this standard the Modern Grecian isn't even in the running, considering that it started as a 48 Studebaker 4 door sedan, and after being completely customized by the Barris Brothers, twice, is barely 100% uglier than when it started.
That Beach Boy Lil Deuce Coupe is butt f'n nasty IMO
I hope you mean in a good way. But I know you don't. Bummer.
ROFL! Yea, that one has a permanent home in the hall of shame...JEEZ!
EIIIIIEEE!!! Jeez, thats it, I'm outta here. this is more than I can handle!
Started out as a'39 merc 4-door Convertable...
Yeah... all those '50s cars are ugly, but that's by todays standard. Back then they were pretty hot, and in many cases still are.
Of course there were dogs then just as there are dogs now. the Grecian, The frank Marratta monstrosity, and, of course, Barris's golden Sahara '55 Chevy.
somebody should be beat for doing that.
Those packard from ends remind me of a catfish
The Golden Sahara was a 53 Lincoln.
This thread bums me out. No love for customs here.
To stay positive- If there are any of you out there like me, Here is something to brighten your day. I especially love when they get to the part about the sonic braking.
An ugly Kustom is way cooler than a beautiful hybrid rice burner any day of the week.
Yeah, and Barris nearly died in it. You'd think he would have held on to that one.
Nah man, you and me got this. I even have love for that Packard. And some for Edsels.
*two chest bumps, then raises fist*
Say what you want about OEM and custom cars from the '50s, but at least they were interesting. I'll take that any day over the ubiquitous silver boxes of today.
There were at least three Besasie cars built...One was regular fixture at Milwaukees lakefront during the Summers. I worked for Ray Jr, at Excaliber Automobiles in the early '70's, and learned of some very cool cars he and his Dad (Raymond Sr.) built. Truly experimental and cutting edge to be sure. This is a slippery slope because there are a lot of ugly cars built both then and now, but it's truly odd to me that a guy like Bill Hines can be both revered and not laughed at for the Bats....Our Favorites were all pretty much guilty of occasional ugly and excess, but in the long run, we have all enjoyed something from their efforts.....Centurion9
That guy in the picture looks like Vladimir Putin. Maybe its a Russian custom.
Here's more Bill Hines....Funny thing is...when I was a young guy, I saw the Original Pearl White version of this car at the Milwaukee Autorama in 1961 and was totally blown away by it!!! The Red version was the intermediate car and here it is again in White. Back then, I thought it was Amazing...today, it's ugly, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate it....
Found this photo of possibly the ugliest cutdown ever, also attributed to Mr. Marratta. Think it's from Waterford, CT, very early fifties. Kind of funny, because he had a good reputation as a builder, and promoter...
I think we have a new champion. Bill Hines, the winner!
I still think Frank Maratta should be dipped in dog shit for what he did to that Mercury convertible.
I don't really think the majority of car guys understand what kustom is anymore. If you think taking a '54 Chevy and chopping it and air bagging it is building a kustom you don't really have a clue about kustoms. Atleast the original builders of these set out to do something different and stand out from the crowd. Seems like many are missing the intention of these cars. They never intended to be like everything else they intended to get show points, stand out, and be different. I honestly wish we could go back to how kustoms were built. Then I wouldn't have to see another thread on a Shoebox getting a 305 and air bags and calling it a kustom.
I guess the only way to know where 'the line' is is to cross it.
Is this actually better than the '55 T-Bird it used to be...?
You get it Mitchell.....most on here DO NOT! but thats okay I stopped trying to wave the Kustom Flag on here a few years ago! The HAMB is no place for Kustoms! pretty sad!
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