Monday, March 26, 2012

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012


An unfortunate event has led me to the point where I need to re-upholster the seat in the '51. I could just match the pearl white I already have, or take this opportunity to change it up. I've been scouring my archives of pics for inspiration. Here's what I found (click to enlarge)...

Monday, February 13, 2012


Cole Foster '54. Words not needed.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dick Dean Chopped '40 Mercury

I ran into this beautiful '40 Mercury in the pits at the 2011 California Hot Rod Reunion. Chopped back in the 80's by none other than Dick Dean, it's been shaved, license plate sunk, fenders molded, and a host of other traditional custom mods. For full details, see the article at the bottom of the page.

I would like to point out that it's owner, Terry Cox, was making 240+ mph passes in a top-fuel dragster all weekend. Who says you have to pick a side on the hot rod vs. custom debate? Not Terry.

Here's an article with more info on Terry's Merc (courtesy of Rik Hoving)...

Far Out 70's Show Van

It's no secret that '70's vans kick ass. Not just any molestor-mobile with a help-me window or the A-Team van, but the crazy show vans that gained popularity during the period.

There are a bunch of guys who've been tracking down the well-known and not-so-well-known vans and breathing life back into their side-pipes. One such van is this '75 GM, aptly dubbed "Slayer." It's not the war-ensemble, reigning blood, Slayer, but it's so cool in it's own right. The murals are absolutely ridiculous, just like they should be.

See more pics and info over on the Los Boulevardos Message Board by clicking here.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Back to Basics....Freshly Chopped '48 Ford

I ran into this freshly chopped '48 Ford at the SoCal Speedshop Christmas party in Sacramento. It belongs to a friend of mine, Paul Garland, and while I knew that this chop was going down, I hadn't seen the car since he first purchased the car a couple years ago. Needless to say, I was blown away. Paul has always had a great eye and his work is top notch, but even knowing this, the dramatic effect of this traditional chop stopped me dead in my tracks. It's just heavy enough to be serious, but not smashed. The rounded door tops are pilars of perfection and he really should sell templates of those quarter windows! Hopefully I'll talk him into letting me shoot it somewhere with a little more ambiance.