Early Customs

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Early Customs
« on: January 01, 2014, 01:08:37 PM »
So little information on cars customized before 1936. The more I look at these early cars the more I wish guys would build cars to emulate this style. Everyone knows the work of George Duvall and Frank Kurtis but I'm sure there were others.

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Re: Early Customs
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2014, 01:29:21 PM »
the Var Martin 1941 Buick... what a beauty


Rikster

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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2014, 01:30:13 PM »
From my own collection






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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2014, 01:33:33 PM »
Photo by Fred Klyver


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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2014, 01:39:56 PM »
Ralph Jilek's '40 convert, built by Valley Custom, is one of my favorites

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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2014, 05:57:16 PM »
WOW! imagine a carshow filled with that stuff.............pure eye candy!

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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2017, 01:13:12 PM »
More pre-war customs.  Customized '39-40s are my favorites

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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2017, 12:45:14 PM »
more pre-war customs.  Lots of lead !

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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2017, 12:46:06 PM »
Nice '41 Merc

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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2017, 12:49:00 PM »
More pre-war customs.  Remember that these were nearly new cars when they were customized.

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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2017, 03:13:51 PM »
Jimmy Summers' famous '40

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« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2017, 03:27:34 PM »
Nice pair of customs!

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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2018, 08:27:30 PM »
nice taildragger !

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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2018, 09:30:40 PM »
A '39 convert and '40 coupe

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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2018, 09:34:42 PM »
A few '35-'39 Ford customs

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« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2018, 09:36:51 PM »
Beautiful !  Barris build.

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« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2018, 09:38:13 PM »
The Barris Brothers had a hand in a lot of the famous and not-so famous early customs

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« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2018, 09:39:40 PM »
Another beaut

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« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2018, 09:40:46 PM »
The early Mercury makes such a great custom.

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« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2018, 09:42:07 PM »
 :)

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« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2018, 09:43:41 PM »
Unusual cowl painting

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« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2018, 09:48:41 PM »
 ;)

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« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2018, 11:19:34 AM »
custom Model A roadster

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« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2018, 11:21:02 AM »
'46-'48 wearing its new Gaylord top

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« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2018, 11:59:29 AM »
Nice '36

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« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2018, 12:00:04 PM »
Another '36

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« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2018, 12:01:24 PM »
the SoCal Plating shop truck; one of the very best early customs.  Westergaard built.

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« Reply #27 on: March 17, 2018, 07:26:30 PM »
The classic - chopped '36 3-w, LaSalle Grille, '39 Chevy headlight buckets and DeSoto (???) bumpers.

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« Reply #28 on: March 18, 2018, 12:21:51 AM »
Plymouth custom

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« Reply #29 on: March 18, 2018, 12:22:31 AM »
 ;)

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« Reply #30 on: March 18, 2018, 12:23:04 AM »
Beauty !

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« Reply #31 on: March 18, 2018, 06:11:50 PM »
Pretty sure 2 nd picture up is a cab assembly picture in one of the auto plants [looks like Ford].

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« Reply #32 on: March 18, 2018, 11:13:06 PM »
Pretty sure 2 nd picture up is a cab assembly picture in one of the auto plants [looks like Ford].

Bob I believe you are right.  But it's a cool pic nonetheless

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« Reply #33 on: March 19, 2018, 07:03:37 PM »
Tom... I appreciate your effort to post these early Customs.

DavyJ

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« Reply #34 on: April 01, 2018, 07:49:42 PM »
 ;D :D
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« Reply #35 on: April 01, 2018, 08:00:24 PM »
 ;D :D
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« Reply #36 on: April 10, 2018, 10:56:31 PM »
Misc. build photos of my 40 Custom from Rebel Without a Cause from the original owner/builder,  Larry Nicklan.  Larry even had some color photos in the album of this old custom.

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« Reply #37 on: April 11, 2018, 09:01:25 PM »
Misc. build photos of my 40 Custom from Rebel Without a Cause from the original owner/builder,  Larry Nicklan.  Larry even had some color photos in the album of this old custom.

Those are some cool pics, Chris.  I'd like to hear more about how he came up with the design of the chop, etc., as they are excellent !

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« Reply #38 on: April 11, 2018, 09:31:18 PM »
Chopped/Chris... The 40 ford coupe is a hard car to chop and look right. Yours is great. I believe you showed the car downstairs at Detroit Autorama a year or two ago. If so I had a good look at it. Very nice. Love the history.

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« Reply #39 on: April 13, 2018, 09:44:06 PM »
Bob, yes I had it downstairs a few years ago, my friend Bill, of Brothers Customs asked to have it on display at his booth.  I agree, 40's are hard to chop, the real art goes to Al, of Al's Custom Body Shop in Santa Monica.  By Larry's guidance, they maintained the original window size and slid it back until it looked right.  The angled A pillars really do it for me too.  I am sure you have seen this ad.  Larry had this ad cut out and in the photo book with notes on it, it reads, 'hot rod mag 5-48', he did a fabulous job documenting this car. He also made a scale model of the car, which was really cool and very well detailed. Since this model was indoors all the time, I have a really good color reference to the custom coral red color he hand mixed.  I wish I had this model, but it is a family heirloom, I still can not believe I have the photo book, and neither could the kids. They told me they were shocked he gave me the photo book.  Before I left with the car Larry  said, "you did really good...this belongs with you and the car".  I am so glad I took the car and gave him a ride in the car 60 years after he last owned it!     Here are a couple of additional photos...

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« Reply #40 on: April 13, 2018, 10:30:11 PM »
This is not a post war custom, but I thought you would enjoy the vintage pics of my sectioned Merc that has been referred to as the 'Mystery Merc' I was able to acquire from the widow of the original builder, Reno Paretto.
Some of you may already know this custom 49 Merc started out as a convertible, so it had hard top glass.  I all I can say is that was pure genius!
Sectioned 4" with a Cadillac hardtop roof grafted on with Lincoln Premier taillights mounted onto hand fabbed fins.  It has also had the frame Z'd on both ends.  As radical of body mods accomplished on this car, I appreciate the restraint and detail taken on all aspects of the build.  I always thought this car had the look of a factory Motorama concept car.  It isn't, it is all about the proportion and design execution.
One of my favorite pics is the one taken from the second story of the house, there is so much to see. The shop space, dirt floor,  Note the stock 51 Merc in the foreground when the builder, Reno Paretto was sectioning this car.  From what I believe, based on the notes on some of the photos provided by Mr. Paretto's widow, these were taken around 1954-55.  Think about that, Mr. Paretto takes a 5 year old Mercury Convertible and decides to cut the shit out of it!  No guts no glory!  I hope you enjoy pics.

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« Reply #41 on: April 13, 2018, 10:34:51 PM »
Bob, yes I had it downstairs a few years ago, my friend Bill, of Brothers Customs asked to have it on display at his booth.  I agree, 40's are hard to chop, the real art goes to Al, of Al's Custom Body Shop in Santa Monica.  By Larry's guidance, they maintained the original window size and slid it back until it looked right.  The angled A pillars really do it for me too.  I am sure you have seen this ad.  Larry had this ad cut out and in the photo book with notes on it, it reads, 'hot rod mag 5-48', he did a fabulous job documenting this car. He also made a scale model of the car, which was really cool and very well detailed. Since this model was indoors all the time, I have a really good color reference to the custom coral red color he hand mixed.  I wish I had this model, but it is a family heirloom, I still can not believe I have the photo book, and neither could the kids. They told me they were shocked he gave me the photo book.  Before I left with the car Larry  said, "you did really good...this belongs with you and the car".  I am so glad I took the car and gave him a ride in the car 60 years after he last owned it!     Here are a couple of additional photos...

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« Reply #42 on: April 14, 2018, 08:15:46 PM »
Chopped.... Thanks for the extra pictures and info. I'm really glad you still have the Mystery Merc. Its an amazing Kustom , especially for the times in which it was built.