AYALA Customs

Gil and Al Ayala's Custom cars

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1929 Eddy Dye Roadster - Ayala
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    1936 Ford Lynn Yakel - Ayala
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    1940 Ford Convertible John Geraghty - Ayala

    Painted a brilliant irridescent green.

    Featured in October 1952 Hop Up magazine

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    1940 Mercury Coupe - Ayala

    Gil and Al chopped the top 6 inch front and 7,5 inch at the back. '50 Studebaker front bumper, '49 C ...more

    addy rear bumper and rear fenders molded in. Front fenders where fade awayed. Front lowered 5 inch and back 6,5. '49 Caddy Sombrero hubcaps and Black paint.

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    1941 Ford Convertible D. Holland - Ayala

    According the old magazines: 1941 Ford with '42 Front sheet metal, and '48 Ford front fenders, frenched headlights. Chavez build the top. Paint is Purple.

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    1941 Ford convertible Wally Welch - Ayala

    '41 Ford convertible with a modified '42 Ford grille in a custom made grille opening. '48 Ford gravel shield molded to body. And 48 Ford bumpers used. Painted Devil-Red Metallic.

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    1941 Ford Jack Stewart - Ayala
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    1942 - 1946 Ford Coupe - Gil Ayala
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    1942 Ford Coupe Hank Griffith - Ayala

    '42 Ford coupe with front chopped 4inch and rear 4.5inch. '50 Cadillac rear fenders molded to the body. Front fenders where reshaped to fade away style. Reshaped 1949 Cadillac grille

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    1946 Ford ConvertibleAl Garcia - Ayala
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    1949 Chevy Dan Landon - Ayala

    Gil Ayala chopped the top on this coupe 5-1/2 inch, the windshield was leaned back and a chopped one ...more

    piece Olsmobile winshield replaced the two piece original unit. The rear of the top was angled
    foreward and the complete top was sectioned to give it all new much better proportions. All door and trunk corners where rounded. With the top chopped the car went to Barris.

    For more photos of this great Chevy go to the Barris folder here:

    http://public.fotki.com/Rikster/11_car_photos/beautiful_custom_cars/barris-1/dan_landon_49_chevy/

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    1949 GMC chopped shop-truck - Ayala
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    1949 MercuryLouie Bettancourt - Ayala

    This first gold green edition of the Bettancourt Mercury is seldom seen in magazines. Three photo’s ...more

    of it appeared in the ’52 Restyle your Car, the April ‘53 Issue of Popular Mechanics and it was featured on the cover and inside of the ’52 Motorama catalog.
    Becuase it was never in the magazines a lot it appears not many people know to much about this version of the car. The credit in the "'52 Restyle your car" was given to Gil Ayala. (Gil Ayala built this fine example of a Simple-Conservative custom Merc).

    The ayala brothers performed all of the customizing on the first edition of the Bettancourt Mercury. The ayala’s where together with Sam Barris and Jerry Quesnel the first to chop a 49 Mercury. Ayala chopped the top and created a very smooth flowing roofline and just as Sam did on his personal ’49 Mercury Ayala also created full fade away fenders. Not sure if these two builders had contact with each other or had seen each others work, or that is was just a case of two genious craftsman with the same idear at the same time.

    A second grille shell was turned upside down and molded in the front gravel pan to create an extremely smooth and rounded opening in which a ’51 Kaiser floating grille bar was mounted. The hood corners where rounded with a large radious on the front which flows perfectly with the frenshed headlight and at the back of the hood the ends where cut of with a large radius and the remaining piece was molded to the cowl and front fender. The flowing line gently sweeps into the chopped windshield frame. The trunk corners where rounded in a similar fashion.
    What is really exceptional on this version of the car is that it has nearly no chrome accents on the outside. No side trim and even the side window trim was removed. Only a few accents chrome accents where added, the grille bar and a set of 112 appleton spots. The bumpers where stock 49 Mercury items. Most likely the interior could not be redone in time for a show and remained all stock. The body was painted a “Scintillating green gold” and the gauges clusters on the dash where chrome plated.

    The second version of this car done by Barris can be seen here:
    http://public.fotki.com/Rikster/11_car_photos/beautiful_custom_cars/barris-1/betancourt_49_mercu/

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    1949 Pontiac Don Roach- Ayala

    Oldsmobile 98 taillights, frenched headlights. Chrome plated gravel shields front and rear.

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    1950 Mercury - Later Alcorn Merc - Ayala

    This is the 1950 Mercury that was built by the Ayala Shop for an unknown owner. According to some pe ...more

    ople who remember the car it was finished in this form with the Oldsmobile taillights. Later it was sold to Buddy Alcorn who took it to the Barris shop for a complete redo. These photo appeared in the Don Post Blue Book of Custom Restyling 1951-52 edition.

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    1950 Mercury Dave Marquez - Ayala
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    1950 Mercury Wally Welch - Ayala

    This 1950 Mercury was purchased new by Wally Welsh and taken to the Ayala Brothers, Gil and Al, for ...more

    customizing. The top was chopped, head and taillights frenched, frame c-ed, door handles removed and solenoids installed. All emblems were removed and DeSoto grille teeth installed in the frenched shell. The Merc was finished in Metallic Lime Green. As one of the first chopped Mercs, the car was considered one of the top ten radical customs of the 50's. It was featured in several magazines and was awarded the Best Custom title at the 1951 Pan Pacific Autorama. In late 1951, Wally took the car to Barris Kustoms where two teeth were added to the grille and it was refinished in deep-deep purple. It was then named Purple Rage.
    In 1953, Purple Rage was sold. Its second owner enjoyed it for two years, then Uncle Sam called. The car was placed in storage where it remained for thirty years. In 1985, it was found and purchased by its former owner Joe Eddy who began a 3 year restoration. The car was stripped to bare metal and the body massaged where necessary. The running gear was rebuilt and updated with a Chevy 400 engine. Turbo-hydro transmission, 9 inch Ford rearend and power steering. All chrome was replaced and, in 1987, Purple Rage was reborn, glistening in a lustrous new coating of Candy Grape.
    In 2004 the Mercury was sold again and will now be restored in its former Lime green/gold Ayala version.

    Click here to see the Barris Version:
    http://public.fotki.com/Rikster/11_car_photos/beautiful_custom_cars/barris-1/wally_welch_49_merc/

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    1950 Oldsmobile 88 Mel Gerrard - Ayala
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    1951 Chevy HT Memo Ortega - Ayala
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    1951 Chevy Rudy Fito - Ayala
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    1951 Mercury Al Glickman's - Ayala
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    1953 Chevy Bob Lomax - Ayala

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    ich have collected from custom trends over the past few years. Peaked hood, frenched grille opening with Barris tube bars, frenched 1954 Chevy light rings and filled bumper tell the story of this frontal appearance. At the side, lowered and flared wheel wells tie in with simple side molding to break up the flat panel section. Protruding taillights are 1954 Packard. Top is cut 3.5 inches. Red and white upholstery and tarps set off Matador red paintwork. Hot Chevy six mill was built up by Ansesn's Automotive. R&C May 1960.

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    1953 Lincoln Capri Fender extention - Ayala
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    1953 Mercury Johnny Rosier - Ayala
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    1955 Mercury Richard Aguirre - Ayala
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    1955 T-Bird - Gil Ayala

    The wild pinstriping on Gil's 1955 T-Bird was done by Walt Leeman who later used to pisntripe out of ...more

    the House of Chrome which was located on the corner of the lot where the Ayala Brothers where at. The car was striped at a holliwood car show. Walt was striping the car just when Von Dutch was brought over by Earl Bruce and the two where introduced. It must have been a touch job striping while the pinstripe master Von Dutch is watching you over your shoulder.

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    AutoButchers Car Club
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    Ayala Bros. Promotional Material
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    Ayala Cover Cars
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    Ayala House Of Chrome
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    • The Faces behind the cars. Ayala Brothers
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    Bob-Apodaca-1940Mercury - Ayala

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    40 Merc. President of the East L.A. Hoods Car Club, his Merc was both chopped 6 inches and channeled a similar amount, with leaded seams and molded gravel pans front and rear. The doors and trunk were electrically operated, while the taillights were replaced with motorcycle lights. Most of the bodywork was done at Gil’s Auto Body in East L.A. before it was painted in Forest Green Metallic lacquer.

    White tuck ’n’ roll covered the entire interior, which featured chopped-down seats. The steering column and pedals were also cut down to match the new seating position. The drivetrain was extensively modified, with a Lincoln Zephyr transmission, a Hudson differential, and a Chevy clutch on a lightened flywheel. Power came from a bored ’40 Merc Flathead with a 3/4 race cam, Edelbrock heads and manifold, and four Stromberg carburetors. These were fed by an electric fuel pump, while the dual exhaust employed Smitty’s mufflers. Two short, chromed pipes extended to the rear of each front wheelwell for uncapped use at the Santa Ana Drags.



    Read more: http://www.rodandcustommagazine.com/hotnews/1301rc_january_2013_readers_rods/viewall.html#ixzz2CjkuIpKC

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    Evans BellyTank - Painted by Gil Ayala

    Belly tanker painted by Gil Ayala in white with purple flames.

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    Mazmanian A/GS Austin - Gil Ayala
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    Other Ayala Build customs
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    The Ayala Workshop

    Gil’s Auto Body Works
    AN 15742
    4074 E. Olympic Blvd. LA

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