Item description for Barris Kustom Techniques of the 50's Top Chops, Sectioning, Dechroming and Fadeaways (Old Skool Skills) by George Barris...
Every car enthusiast knows who George Barris is, what many of those enthusiasts don't know is that George did a great deal of photography throughout the 1950s. In fact, it was these photos, published by magazines of the period, that helped to make the Barris shop famous. The photos that make up Volume one include both brother Sam chopping tops and leading fenders, and the feature shots of the cars after they were finished. Fans of custom cars or George Barris will enjoy the photos of the famous cars like the Hirohata Merc and the Metranga coupe. In-the-shop sequences show Sam heating a stick of lead after pulling all the chrome off an early Ford. Tools of the time were simple and direct. Cutting the top was done with an air chisel or hack saw, welding was accomplished with an oxy-acetylene outfit. Other than a pair of welding goggles, safety equipment was non-existent. The fact that they are black and white just adds to the historical significance of this book. For the hard-core fan it doesn't get any better than this.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.31" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2009
Publisher Wolfgang Publications, Inc.
ISBN 1929133596 ISBN13 9781929133598
Availability 0 units.
More About George Barris
The one name, the one man, who epitomizes kustom cars is George Barris. A man who started working on cars during World War II, George is still promoting shows, handing out trophies and still kissing the trophy girls. In the 1950s, George and his brother Sam developed what came to be known as the "Barris look." All of the cars to come out of their shop in southern California exhibited a certain cleanliness of line and sophistication that had more in common with sophisticated coach-built European cars than American hot rods of the same period. At the same time that George and Sam were building some very famous cars like the Hirohata Merc and the Polynesian, George started to photograph their cars and write stories for magazines like Rod&Custom. Not only does George Barris write as an expert on custom cars, in many cases he was the builder of the car he's describing.
George Barris currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.