zaterdag 26 februari 2011

'54 Mercury Taillights

I can't get Bob Nelsons '50 Chevrolet out of my mind since it featured in Kustoms Illustrated.
So when I had to decide what taillights I was going to use on my project I didn't have to think very long.
It had to be these beautifull 1954 Merc taillights. So they are on their way to our shop!!
These lights were also on Larry Watson's "Grapevine"

donderdag 24 februari 2011

Kustoms Illustrated #28

A new issue of Kustoms Illustrated was waiting in the mailbox today.
This really is one of my favorite mags!!

zaterdag 19 februari 2011


Worked on our '11 driver...
Shaved the hood emblems and filled the seam. (These Chevy's have a split hood..)
Right headlight finished with grinding and leading..
My fingers are blistered from all the grinding right now, but there will be a update very soon!!

dinsdag 15 februari 2011

Barris Kustom City

One of our visits besides the GNRS was to Barris Kustom City in Hollywood.
We got a tour around and talked to the man himself..
In this old 'Barris' shop some of the world's most famous customs are displayed.
Of course everybody knows the 'Batmobile' 
and the 'Munster's  Koach'
George told us that these two cars are actually licenced and legal to drive in CA...?
He even made me believe he often takes them out for a ride down the Hollywood Boulevard...
'The Barrister'  built for Bo Derek. Based on a 1970 Corvette..
Of course...after some wise instructions (after all, george is a famous photographer), a few photo's with the king of Kustom...
This is my favorite..two hero's in one shot......
When I asked what his current personal ride was he smiled....a Prius..."you got to go with time"
And believe it or not...this was parked outside..
It even had the 'Barris' crest on the sides...
Cool guy, cool place, cool memories.............

zondag 13 februari 2011


Started working on the Chevrolet last week...
We dropped it a little. 3" in the back and 1½" up front..
And started with frenching the headlights..

Still lots of grinding to be done...but this is a rough result...
More work ahead...

zaterdag 5 februari 2011

1950 Chevy........

Just arrived....our '50 styleline...
will be licenced first...

Cool shiftknob. Thanks to Rick Hamilton! 

Will soon be lowered, shaved.& .................................

vrijdag 4 februari 2011

Winfield Rod and Custom

Last week we visited Gene Winfield's shop in the Mojave desert.
Alltough his schedule is real tight the man took the time to show us around.
It's amazing how pasionate this man is about his work.....

Here some of the cars he currently works on..
1951 Chevrolet for a Japanese guy.
1950 Merc with buick headlights and a big Desoto teeth..
This will be a clone of the "Pacific" he built in the sixties

And of course a pic with me, Gene and my dad...

One of the last question I asked was where he got his energy from...he looked at me and the 83 years old man said...:
I'm just getting started..

Pics of Winfields backyard won't believe what's in there...

donderdag 3 februari 2011

Grand National Roadster Show part 1

1941 Mercury Convertible "Black beauty"
1950 Mercury Built by Barris/Ayala
Two beautiful "Grapevine" clones

1952 Chevy
1954 Mercury

More comming up!!

dinsdag 1 februari 2011

GNRS 2011

Well..........all good things come to an end...our trip is past time now...
But we had lots of fun and met some interresting people.
The Grand National Roadster Show was pure porn....
I have to make a selection of the hundreds of photo's I shot..but here's a teaser..

More pic's in the comming days....