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Magical Mercury with a mouthful of world famous DeSoto grille teeth and buick headlights,… One of the ultimate kustom Merc’s that define our kustom kulture,… =D

You can own it as a print, phone cover, shower curtain etc. from your choice at Customikes Printshop =D

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Even I get a lucky shot sometimes =D

Got invited to the prestigious Outriders Picnic in OC by Jim St Pierre

 While shooting I came across this incredible kustomized Lincoln Premier (56 I think) !!

As I walked around drooling at this radical kustom I caught this awesome reflection in the back of a 34 Ford sedan behind it. The paint work on this tudor was as flawless as a mirror. I’m uploading a different version below this one so you can see the full effect:

If you have a great reflection shot, please share it with us!!!

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I know most of you, just like me,  remember exactly where you were on 9/11.

This is just a simple expression of the anger, sorrow and pride, that I have felt for many years,… Its a fleeting memory in history of time,… Sorrow for all those lost,…

Yet, we will never, ever, forget,.. no matter what you decide to do,… now or in the future,…

These images/ videos of lost love speak more, than any act of violence ever posted will,…


9:11 cry My feelings for those who gave it all can be felt in these few images. I wish I had the credits to give for their courage to capture these intense moments.

9:11 FireRescue1 May 11 · This photo still gives us the chills. A set of turnout gear for each firefighter lost on 9:11.9:11 the same time, how do you suppress a spirit that goes so far beyond any terrorist control….? 9:11.,.,



9:11 firefighter and flag



The vast majority will just never forget,… and be more ready and unified than  you can ever dream of…

Yes, the most miss attributed quote to Isoroku Yamamoto, Fleet Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy is also one of the most profound,…

“You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass”
Source: (

Even so, I have no doubt that he knew the true cost of entering the mainland of USA…

A raw but real perspective from  Darryl Worley

Toby Keith shows his support with:

Tim McGraw shows his support with: If You’re Reading This

Then theres the solid old classics like

Some are already with us:

Some feel strongly about our bond:

I do regret and feel for the many that felt the pain and loss of a loved one. On this day of strong and conflicted memories, I encourage all of you to stand for what you believe in!! Nothing will change this great country, unless you allow it….


Something to consider is, yet again, the fact that behind every blade of grass,… 9:11 Hero Giveaways

Soooo I end on Enya, without the gratuitous violence cause I can. Send me an email in contact us if this respectful tribute does not fit your needs.

Peace out….

Thanks for hanging at Customikes… Really wish that I  could smile as I write this,… You can make a difference,… Never forget…


Got some more training by the awesome Final Cut Pro X Team at Apple (Victoria Gardens) and re-edited the first WCK Cruising Nat’s video with my newfound skills.

I also added some voice overs, moved the music around and added some minor transitions.

Hope you like the new version. Open for feedback from you.

Moving on to the other 4 hours of video now for the next lessons…

Thank you to all that helped in any way!!

Your support are greatly appreciated!!!!


WCK Cruising Nationals Show in Santa Maria was a blast. Johnny handed me his GoPro Hero 3 and I started filming. These are some of the clips that I used after buying Final Cut Pro 3 days ago, followed by 2 hours of apple one to one time on basics. Hope you like it. I’ll get better at it as I go. We will be making many more videos utilizing Customikes contributing Dream Team Members shots and clips. Let us know what you think in the comments, but please respect our kid friendly environment.

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Music attribution/s:

Track 1
Guitar blues rock
by alexx0069
CC Attribution (3.0)

Track 2
sloppy slide guitar blues
by shagrugge
CC Attribution

Track 3
Start Again
by Alex
featuring Snowflake & Subliminal
CC Attribution (3.0)

You can see the long WCK video trailer version here:

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Kustom frenched in tombstone tail lamps in David E. Wilson‘s rad -40 Chevy coupe!!

More to come =D

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Post by K. Mikael Wallin on behalf of


Customikes chopping and modifying David Wilson kool split window that he got from our mutual friend and Customikes DTM; Jim St Pierre

As many of you might have read before, We almost used it when we chopped Jim’s 49 Mercury coupe. In the end Jim decided he liked the Merc window better, so he gave this 1938 Hupmobile split window, selflessly to David for use on his top chop!!

When I put it up to see how it met the 40 Chevy lines, we ended up with similar issues as we did on the Merc. The window have kind of “sad eye” look and the bottom lip does not flow well with the Chevrolet lines,…. Hmmm what to do ?!!!

38 Hupmobile split window kustomization for David Wilson's 40 Chevy

38 Hupmobile split window kustomization for David Wilson’s 40 Chevy

Well since I’d already spent some time thinking about it during Jim’s chop, I went with a similar solution.  I took out an inch at each place with the blue tape showing, cut reliefs in the bottom center at the base of the center post. (Make sure you select areas that have the closest match in contour on each side of the cut to minimize your fit work)  Then we rotated and compressed the frames into submission while carefully, keeping all 5 pieces in alignment. Now we start tacking it back together, while constantly checking it against the ride to make sure we are accomplishing our goal.

38 Hupmobile split window kustomization for David Wilson's 40 Chevy

38 Hupmobile split window kustomization for David Wilson’s 40 Chevy

As you can see below, Its now chopped about an inch and have a pleasing flow with the Chevy’s roof lines =D

From here there’s many other boring grinding, shaping, straightening, shrinking/stretching, filling and sanding operations to complete the swap out during a chop top, which we might show some of later as we make David’s awesome  40 Chevy 5 window into a 3 window chop top kustom.

38 Hupmobile split window kustomization for David Wilson's 40 Chevy

38 Hupmobile split window kustomization for David Wilson’s 40 Chevy

We hope that this little article at least open your mind to other kustomizing opportunities which you might not have considered for your ride

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Post by K. Mikael Wallin on behalf of

Kinsey has been helping a little on David Wilson’s 40 Chevy coupe kustom and we started to weld on the transition pieces she made.

Here’ a short video for you =D

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Post by K. Mikael Wallin on behalf of

Mocking up Jim’s hood peak turning a 3 pc hood into a peaked one piece hood.

We also narrowed it about one inch at the front base, two and a half inches at the peak and pushed the peak of the nose back almost two inches. The peak insert was made by giving a strip of 4″ x5″ 18 gauge some compound shape with a planishing hammer, then adding a peak in the brake with two reverse breaks coming to a point about 4/5 th of the way towards the rear of the hood. Fine tuning with a shrinker/stretcher to achieve a slightly higher crown than needed. This was done to allow some shrinkage during welding. More videos to come as we cut, trim, tack and weld after Jim says that he likes it =D

If you have any questions or are looking for some fun kustomizing on your awesome ride, please feel free to contact us at and/or comment below.

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