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GEORGE BARRIS:
GEORGE BARRIS: STREET RACING, BULLET HOLES, MOVIES & TV !
GEORGE BARRIS: THE BUGARIN MERC !
GEORGE  BARRIS:
GEORGE BARRIS: THE DECEMBER, 1957 SHOP FIRE
GEORGE BARRIS: THE ALA KART STORY !
GEORGE BARRIS: THE SAM BARRIS MERC !
GEORGE BARRIS: THE
GEORGE BARRIS: THE STORY OF
GEORGE BARRIS/JOHN D'AGOSTINO: OLD SCHOOL/NEW SCHOOL !
GEORGE BARRIS & JOHN D'AGOSTINO IN SWEDEN !
GEORGE BARRIS:LARRY ERNST BELAIR/SHOP FIRE !
GENE WINFIELD: SECTIONING THE
GENE WINFIELD AND THE STORY OF THE
GENE WINFIELD: PAINTING MANUEL ARTECHE'S RADICAL '41 FORD CUSTOM !
GENE WINFIELD: TRAVELING & PAINTING WORLDWIDE !
GENE WINFIELD: LIFE IN THE FASTLANE !
GENE WINFIELD'S FAVORITE CARS !
GENE WINFIELD: THE AMT S&C DIVISION, AND, THE
GENE WINFIELD: FADEAWAY PAINT JOBS
GENE WINFIELD: ORIGINS/FIRST SHOP !
JOE BAILON: CREATING
JOE BAILON: THE EARLY YEARS
MIKE ALEXANDER'S STORY:
MIKE ALEXANDER:
SPENCE MURRAY: BEGINNINGS OF A CAREER !
BLACKIE GEJEIAN: EARLY HISTORY, NASCAR, AND, THE GNRS !
BLACKIE GEJEIAN: THE
DICK
DICK
DICK MAGOO: HIS PERSONAL RIDES & THE  CHOPPED '49 MERC !
DICK
POSIE:  NEW DESIGNS & SCOTT KILLEEN PHOTOGRAPHY !
POSIE ON RODS, CUSTOMS & SAWING  A CAR IN HALF !
POSIES: TEAMWORK, TECHNOLOGY, & EARLY INFLUENCES !
POSIES
POSIES DRIVEN DIRTY TOUR: HOW IT BEGAN !
NORM GRABOWSKI: BEGINNINGS/FIRST CAR !
POSIES: EARLY CARS & SUPER SLIDE SPRINGS
HOW POSIES CREATED THE FLEETLINER !
NORM GRABOWSKI:
NORM GRABOWSKI: THE
NORM GRABOWSKI: THE ORIGIN OF THE KOOKIE CAR !
NORM GRABOWSKI:
FRANK LIVINGSTON:
FRANK LIVINGSTON'S
JIM
JOHN D'AGOSTINO: WORLDWIDE TRAVEL & 2013 WINNERS !
JOHN D'AGOSTINO & GEORGE BARRIS: THE 1940 CADILLAC !
JOHN D'AGOSTINO BUILDS:
JOHN D'AGOSTINO: GETTING CARS FROM THE USA TO EUROPE !
JOHN D'AGOSTINO & GEORGE BARRIS: DESIGNING KUSTOM CARS !
JOHN D'AGOSTINO CREATES
JOHN D'AGOSTINO: ORIGINS & FAVORITES
FRANK LIVINGSTON '49 CHEVY: CLOSE TO A CLONE !
BO HUFF'S '56 CHEVY:
BO HUFF'S '36 FORD 2DR...
BO HUFF:
BO HUFF: HOF INDUCTIONS & BO'S BOOK !
BO HUFF CREATES THE
BO HUFF TALKS ABOUT HIS HEALTH...
BO HUFF: ON UTAH, HIS MUSEUM, AND 60'S CARS !
BO HUFF: THE SAM BARRIS CLONE !
BO HUFF: NEW PROJECTS & GENO'S '49 MERC !
 MURPHY'S  RADICAL '54 FORD PICK-UP !
KEITH DEAN WITH STORIES OF HIS DAD, AND, THE BRICKLIN !
KEITH DEAN: EARLY YEARS & FAVORITE CARS !
STEVE STANFORD: BEGINNINGS & THE EARLY YEARS
STEVE STANFORD: NEW IDEAS & WORKING WITH THE CLIENT !
STEVE STANFORD: CREATING A STYLE, HEROES, & THE HOF !
STEVE STANFORD: DOUBLE-PLAY !
STEVE STANFOR CREATES THE NEW AMC !
STEVE STANFORD: BILLY GIBBONS'
CHUCK MILLER'S AWARD-WINNING '32 FORD ROADSTER !
CHUCK MILLLER:
CHUCK MILLER'S CARS: THE FUTURE & THE PAST !
CHUCK MILLER CREATES THE HURST OLDS !
CHUCK MILLER: MODEL KITS & HOF INDUCTION !
STEVE FRISBIE MEETS
CHUCK MILLER: THE LINDA VAUGHAN STORY !
CHUCK MILLER: FAVORITES !
STEVE FRISBIE: RESTORATIONS & NEW CUSTOMERS !
STEVE FRISBIE: BUILDING THE
STEVE FRISBIE: FROM THE EARLY YEARS TO SUPER RODS !
CHUCK MILLER: WINNING THE
JIMMIE VAUGHAN ON: HIS '63 RIVIERA & WINNING GRAMMIES !
JIMMIE VAUGHAN: ON NORWAY, GARY HOWARD &  HIS '51 CHEVY !
JIMMIE VAUGHAN: ON GARY HOWARD & HIS '61 CADDY !
GARY HOWARD: MIKE YOUNG'S IMPALA & CARS WITH SOUL !
GARY HOWARD: BUILDING THE HOT ROD CADDY !
GARY HOWARD: BUILDING JIMMIE VAUGHAN'S '54 VICKIE !
LEE PRATT: THE LONG, LONG LeSABRE !
LEE PRATT'S FABULOUS '41 BUICK !
LEE PRATT: THAT FANTASTIC '49 FORD, PT. 1
LEE PRATT: THAT FANTASTIC '49 FORD, Pt.2
M. K. JOHN: PUBLISHED ART & MOTORCYCLES !
M.K. JOHN: BEGINNINGS/MAG.FEATURES !
ELDEN & JERRY TITUS: EARLY YEARS AT STARBIRD'S & THE VOODOO SPIDER !

M.K. JOHN: MAKING GREAT ART !
ELDEN TITUS: THE ROCKET CAR !
ELDEN TITUS:
MARK MORIARITY & THE CAR CRAFT
MARK MORIARITY: SAVING SAVELESKY'S '55 BEL AIR !
MARK MORIARITY BUILDS THE
MARK MORIARITY: EARLY DAYS/ROTAR !
MARK MORIARITY: BUILDING BUBBLE TOPS !
JOHN KOUW: BUILDING DRIVERS/THE FUTURE IS NOW !
JOHN KOUW: THE
JOHN KOUW: THAT FABULOUS '51 FORD !
LOU CALASIBETTA: KKOA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION, 2010 !
LOU CALASIBETTA: THE A BROTHERS & THE GOLDEN INDIAN !
LOU CALASIBETTA: THE EARLY YEARS, AND THAT HISTORIC GARAGE !
LOU CALASIBETTA: THE
LOU CALASIBETTA: THE
DENNIS McPHAIL: THE EARLY YEARS
DENNIS McPHAIL: DOING DESIGNS FOR ED
JEFF MYERS:  THE BEATNIKS CLUB & ITS MEMBERS !
JEFF MYERS: THE SUPER SEVILLE !
VOODOO LARRY:
VOODOO LARRY:
VOODOO LARRY: FROM THE BEGINNING...
DINO & THUNDERFLITE !
BRAD MASTERSON ON BILL HINES & SLINGIN' LEAD !
BRAD MASTERSON: CKD RIVIERA PROJECT CAR !
BRAD MASTERSON: HIS SHOP AT A  LEGENDARY ADDRESS !
BRAD MASTERSON: THE BARRIS-HINES CONNECTION
FRITZ SCHENCK: EARLY YEARS, EARLY CARS !
FRITZ SCHENCK'S COOL CARS !
JERRY TITUS: FAMILY VALUES & KUSTOMS !
JERRY WEESNER/JONNIE KING: CRUSIN' !
WEESNER  & THE MOVIE STAR !
JERRY WEESNER & NORM GRABOWSKI: CRUSIN' HOLLYWOOD, 1957 !
JERRY WEESNER'S PHOTO-OP TIPS !
ALAN MAYES:
ALAN MAYES: PUBLISHING CKD/OSR
Paul Le Mat On: VIETNAM, BOXING, AND SWEDEN !
Paul Le Mat: NEW MOVIE-NEW BOOK !
Paul Le Mat: HIS FAVORITE FILMS !
FROM
ROCK & ROLL RADIO HISTORY: THE DAY ELVIS DIED...
FROM
ROCK & ROLL RADIO HISTORY: THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED
THE RICK NELSON TRIBUTE PAGE
THE RICK NELSON INTERVIEW: Pt. 2
THE MANUEL ARTECHE TRIBUTE PAGE

THE JOHN BUTTERA TRIBUTE PAGE
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THE BETTIE PAGE TRIBUTE
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MURPHY'S
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THE
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THE ROD & CUSTOM DREAM TRUCK SAGA, Pt.1 !
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             DICK DEAN: "KING OF CHOPS" !             

                                            

                                             Dick Dean earlier this year at the Hall of Fame luncheon at the Grand National Roadster Show.

                                   DICK "King Of Chops" DEAN (1933-2008)

SPECIAL NOTE:  During my trip to the KKOA 28th Anniversary Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas, I wanted record some of the  Rod & Custom Industry Legends sharing their thoughts and memories of DICK DEAN...plus, contribute some of my own personal memories of Dick.

THESE ARE Rare, Personal Insights About This Industry Legend:

On the Sunday morning that they were preparing to leave for a Special Tribute & Car Cruise in honor of Dick that was held in California on August 2nd, 2008, GEORGE BARRIS, JOHN D'AGOSTINO, DARRYL STARBIRD, and I reminisced about Dick, his sense of humour, and his importance to the Industry.   

I hope you enjoy these Special Interviews, and that they give you further insight into one of the Rod & Custom Industries Premier, and sometimes, unsung heroes:  DICK DEAN.     JK

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ANOTHER ONE OF THE ROD & CUSTOM INDUSTRIES LEGENDARY BUILDERS,  DICK DEAN, passed away July 10, 2008.  He was 75.

DICK DEAN WAS ORIGINALLY FROM Wyandotte, Michigan.  He had his own shop in Michigan, and, after George Barris saw some of Dick's work at the Detroit Autorama, George told Dick that If he ever  moved to California he'd have a job.  Which is just what Dick did...and George, being a man of his word,  hired him on the spot.

If you've ever watched TV and seen The Batmobile,The Bat Boat, The Monkeemobile, The Green Hornet's "Black Beauty", The Munster's Coach, The Dragula Car (from that same show), or the Beverly Hillbilles Car, you've seen the work of Dick Dean.
 
Dick also did work on the "Flintstones" Cars for that movie, AND, did the remote control Ford Broncos in "Jurassic Park", plus, cars for the "Power Rangers".
 
Dick worked with Barris & Dean Jefferies on many of those above projects, later went out on his own, and became known as "The King Of Chops" as he chopped the tops on more 49-51 Mercurys, and various other cars, than anyone alive: probably OVER 1,400 at last count.   (Dick told me he once chopped the tops on  '53 Studebaker's in one week ! )
 
He worked on other TV-Movie  Cars, built cars for the stars in Hollywood, built  "clones" of some of his original cars for private customers, was hired by Malcolm Bricklin to be in charge of building the short-lived Bricklin automobile,  created and built his own "dune buggy-type car "The Shalako" that he sold either as a kit or a "turn key" car, built some fantastic  custom Mercs for Noel Blanc, Mel's son, and was one of the best story tellers you'd ever want to  know.
 
During the 80's & 90's Dick, and his son, did much work also for the Hard Rock Cafe Chain.  Putting  together some fantastic displays, car wall hangings (with REAL cars), etc.
 
Dick was a pilot in Korea during the Korean Conflict,  and piloted his own early-aviation type planes in later years as a hobby.  He also built & flew many motorized large-scale model airplanes.
 
                                    
 
DICK AND I MET AND BECAME FRIENDS at Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Hall of Fame when I drove "The Invicta" down there for Induction Ceremonies in  the Spring of 2001.
 
We kept in contact for a number of years, and Dick was on the top of my list to Interview for my "Hall of Fame Legends" Series and was even mentioned in my Demo for the show.  But, Dick retired, had some health problems the last few years and didn't travel outside of his home area in California (and, even in good health, wouldn't travel on commercial airplanes after 9/11). 
 
Sadly, this will haunt me for some time to come, as Dick was one of my personal Heroes who became a friend. 
 
 But, nothing can EVER take the place of a one-on-one, face-to-face conversation with DICK DEAN himself.
 
I know.  I've been there.
 
RIP, my friend, and I thank you  for the kindess & friendship that you showed me.    JK
 
       
     
(Above left & right:  Yes, Dick worked on BOTH  the "Batmobile" AND the "Monkeemobile" !  In fact, he later made clones of many of these that he originally helped build !)
 
 
                                               
 ( PLUS: Dick worked with Dean Jefferies on the "Black Beauty".   The original now resides in the Petersen Museum in L.A. )
 
 
               
(Above left: the model kit of the "Surf Woody" that Dick worked on with George Barris; Above right:  the "Shalako" Dick's own Dune Buggy creation that was available as a turnkey OR kit car. )
                     
 
 Dick was involved with Malcolm Bricklin in the mid-70's, helping to put together his short-lived, under-financed Gull Wing Coupe: the BRICKLIN.   But the car itself was really a stunning & ambitious project that Dick told me he had appreciated being a part of.
 
 
                                       
 
(Above: a '59 Cadillac Woodie, one of the many cars that he and his son, Keith, did for the Hard Rock Cafe chain. )         
 
 
NOTE:  Some photos on this page courtesy of Rod & Custom Magazine & Street Rodder Magazine.  All photos/images on this page courtesy of their original owners/copyright holders...with sincere appreciation !
 
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  CONGRATULATIONS TO KEITH DEAN !   Dick's son, Keith, has followed in his father's footsteps in a remarkable way !   He is a superb builder in his own right and, like his Dad before him, was Inducted into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall Of Fame.  Keith was inducted at the 2010 GNRS Event and is well deserving of this prestigious honor.
 
AND, in 2013 Keith was Inducted into the KKOA Hall of Fame at the 33rd Annual KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas !  I was privileged to be there and congratulate Keith when it happened !   Another well-deserved honor as Keith, like his Dad, gets better with every car he builds !
 
Again, congratulations Keith. I know your Dad would be SO proud of you !  Thank you for your friendship...you are one of THE b-e-s-t !   JK
 
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NOTE: For some interesting info on Dick, see Eric Geisert's  Street Rodder tribute: http://www.streetrodderweb.com/hotnews/0808sr_dick_dean_passes_away/index.html
 
Also, an earlier story written by Calvin Mauldin in Rod & Custom, just  before Dick was Inducted into Starbird's National Rod & Custom Hall Of  Fame: http://www.rodandcustommagazine.com/thehistoryof/dick_dean_history/index.html