As the 1940s started, the hot rod and custom car fad kept on streaming down to car lovers all through the Los Angeles zone. At the time it included more seasoned utilized cars that were changed into “mystery cars” through now and again minor, maybe even some significant body adjustments. Be that as it may, it remained a moderately small and confined fad before a significant number of the members in this fad were called into service for WWII.
Harry Westergard was customizing ’36 Ford cabriolets and coupes out of his home garage in the Northern California city of Sacramento in the late 1930s itself. Westergard would perpetually sustain the craft of customizing through his impact on local people Dick Bertolucci and particularly George and Sam Barris. Every one of whom began performing custom bodywork in the 1940s. George Barris worked for Westergard for some time, yet then moved to SoCal and opened his own particular shop in ’44. Sam Barris joined his sibling in ’46, and together they manufactured what might turn into the most famous custom shop ever known. In the meantime, Bertolucci began of his dad’s garage in ’48.
In spite of the fact that any car was fodder to the customizer’s hands, the prominent choices were Fords and Mercurys from 1935 through the present models. Average modifications included trim expulsion, bringing down the body by cutting or heating the springs, adding glass-pack suppressors to get that “burble” sound, Frenching headlight, adjusting the edges of the entryways, hood, and trunk; slashing the top off, and segmenting the body. Custom cars were typically completed with white tuck and roll insides, profound dark finish paint employments, and a decision of wheel covers that included aftermarket “spinners” or production-car things like Cadillac “sombreros.”
Two things happened to spread the popularity of hot rods and custom cars amid World War II. To begin with, numerous servicemen were separated through California on their voyage to the Pacific. There, they saw firsthand America’s car culture capital, with its interesting customs and stripped down hot rods tearing through the avenues. It more likely than not left a significant impact on many.
Second, numerous GIs from Southern California spread information and pictures of hot cars to any army man with time to save. The racing and cruising exercises more likely than not appeared to be cool and energizing to any youthful fighter. Basic presentation more likely than not had been sufficient to start the enthusiasm of youthful fighters. So once the seed was planted, it must have been sustained, and for that we can express gratitude toward Robert “Pete” Petersen and Hot Rod magazine, which hit the scene in 1948.
After the war, there was an economy boom. Youthful veterans had an invincible state of mind in the wake of confronting the detestation of battle and war, and they now wound up with excesses of time and cash, alongside mechanical skills learned in the service.
The after-war vitality helped hot rodding and customizing develop more than at any point it had in Southern California, and Hot Rod spread the news across the country. Hot Rod got the last known point of interest, the last staying away forever after its one-year run in 1941. The youth magazine addressed all parts of car enthusiasm, whether it was covering hot rods, custom cars, racing, and even circle-track racing.