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Minnesota Hot Rod N' Kustom shows Posted on %PM, August 22 2007 13:39:36

Originally posted on July 20th 2007Blog ImageSo here is some of the pinstripe, sign or related photos collected during my annual stay in Minneapolis, MN. Midwest USABlog ImageI found these old signs on one of those odd side streets running along what is now the midtown greenway, and close to nicollet ave on the south side. Blog ImageI got a pair of tasseled loafers, which is a stride away from the usual cap toed church shoes. Blog ImageI got the shoes for only 5 bucks including a vintage shirt!Blog Imagethe guy that was working working has had this same hair cut since 1952!! Blog ImageThe Ideal diner was really, really good this year,Blog Image I had the lazy man specialBlog ImageThe Ideal diner opened the late 40’sBlog Image

They got a new cash register but other than that not much has changed.

that’s their coffee machine in the back ground, it’s the best weak american coffee I’ve ever had.Blog ImageBlog ImageBlog ImageForest and I went and reclaimed a bunch of old junk from the old LaPantura studio before it gets demolished due to progress, the whole buildings is comming down so a lot of local artists will studio-less that is. it’s really too bad, the city also lost artists spaces at the ols sexton building which is beeing remodeled.Blog ImagePanther Painter, Ira was in town from Olympia with this amazing old paint box, it came loaded with some of Joe’s old sign painting supplies including a real nice old quill that Ira has been putting to use.Blog ImageBlog ImageThe Back to the 50’s car show went well Forest and Phil Vandervaart are seen beeing filmed by Milke Revard here.Blog ImageI got to stripe some really cool cars…..Blog Image…while Phil and Forest took care of the car names and truck lettering jobsBlog ImagePhil Vandervaart (who has been discribed by Pat Star owner of the world famous diner, The Wienery as “the West Banks oldest teenager”) was the envy of many young on lookers as he busted out his free hand lettering skills.Blog ImageI found this rod that was pinstriped by one of my favorite stripers Dave Bell..Blog ImageThe flames were laid out by bell and the paint spraying was done by Kirby, the flames were then outlined with Bell’s signature color change pinstripes.Blog ImageAfter the back to the back to the 50’s, I was doing some striping at Yesterday’s Auto Sales.Blog ImageYesterday’s sells old classic carsBlog Image This is Forest with Marit from Yesterday’s, she works with sales and appraisals.Blog ImageBlog Imagefor every rat rod…Blog Imagethere is a rat bike.Blog ImageBlog Imagethis is the old Sears building, it just recently reopend as the midtown exchange which includes a global market food court type place..Blog ImageThere is every kind of ethnic eating experiance there including this classic american diner type place..Blog Image…Signwriter Mike Myer painted a bunch of clean “no frills” signage for that place.Blog ImageAt the tail end of the trip I met up with Jim Schaefer and got to check out his car room again. This was Jim’s old hemet from his drag racing days, original monster art from the 60’s!


Well that’s it, I’ll be back next year same time, same place…

thanks for looking -vonSven

Nort’ Saint Paul June 2006

Minnesota Hot Rod N' Kustom shows Posted on %PM, December 21 2006 13:01:29

Last June I dipped out from the the annual Black Label Bike Club St. Chino’s run (National outlaw bicycle club/mutant bike ride from Minneapolis to Stillwater) during our North Saint Paul pit stop to get some pictures of the toughest cars lining the main street.Blog Image This was a rare find, plymouth with original 50’s stlye custom flames and pinstriping.Blog Image there was a natural patina to the pinstripes and the stripes along the door handels where mint other then the fading. You can clearly see this is the work of a skilled pinstriper.Blog Image The trunk lid ‘striping was unfortunatly mostly lost and saddly there was no sign of a signature.Blog ImageBlog ImageBlog Image Blog Image

Back to the 50’s 2006

Minnesota Hot Rod N' Kustom shows Posted on %PM, December 19 2006 20:00:43

MSRA’s back to the 50’s car show is a huge event held at the Minnesota state fairgrounds with more then 10,000 cars from 1964 or earlier. I did my best to get flicks of all the best pinstripes, custom interiors and most insane rods and here is the result…Blog Image’25 T roadster with color change flames, no signature on the’stripes but Dave Bell would be my guess.Blog ImageBlog Imagethis ’56 T bird had these never before seen super insane naked lady style pinstripes but again no signature.Blog ImageBlog ImageBlog ImageBlog ImageBlog Image

Blog Image some super old school pinstripes (1960’s?) by some guy going by the name of “polock joe!”

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Blog ImageA sweet 29 model A built by skitzo the kid, check out the engine pushed back against the firewall.

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– and the radiator rides in back.

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’39 ford?Blog Image non stop gawking, took forever to get a clear shot of this car.Blog Image this 39 ford rat was parked next door.Blog ImageBlog Image 42,47,48,73,87 ford from the frankinstiners car club Blog ImageBlog Image

a ’30 Chevy rat rod..

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..with some crazy tubeing deal and doors welded shut.Blog Imagethis ’32 chevy body ’30 box on back, with reverse flowwas built by John Becker of Anoka, MNBlog Image

you may have seen this car in some mags before though there has been some new tail lights added, tail lights made from “teat cups” ah, midwest.Blog Image as you can see in this engine shot the radiator is absent and stowed in back. When I told of skitzo’s simular set-up John was quick to point out that his radiator line has a built in pump, yup.Blog Image’32 ford well where to start.. a nagahide Italian flag seat?..Blog Image the crystal door knob shifter? Blog Image or “hilbilly hotrod” scoop?Blog Imagecouple of Chevy gassers ’55 and ’56 Blog ImageBlog ImageBlog ImageBlog Image’57 bel air Blog ImageBlog ImageBlog Image’51 plymouth Blog Image

nice little bug with crazy paint, a ’62? Blog Image

nice two tone ’48 chevy with a low bed.Blog Imagegotta give some credit to this guy who drove all the way from toon town in this crazy chopped ’59 dodge custom royal! …..Mmm, corndog.

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yes,I have no idea what kind of car this is.