Photos by Mark Kawakami
A decade ago about the same time George Barreto opened George’s Barber shop in El Segundo after 12 years of being a barber (22 in total), George bought a project ‘62 Ranchero with the dream of building it. As his business became a stable on Richmond St., his fixed-up “Ranch” glowing of turquoise underneath the shade of the trees is a daily fixture out front.
George also rebuilt and dropped in a 200 ci straight six out of a later falcon, ditched the 3-on-the-tree for an automatic tranny, and bolted on a slick new set of wide white walls.
As for his future plans, George wants to go through the exterior.
“Since I did the bodywork and paint myself, I used a lot of bondo and it’s beginning to crack,” he said. “It’s a lot of work, and I want to do a good restoration and pay a pro. The trouble is finding the right person.”
If you find yourself in the “Mayberry of the LA County,” stop and walk around to check out the local mom and pop stores and restaurants especially the Tyler Surfboards Showroom on Grand Avenue right around the block from George’s Barber Shop. Of course, pay George a visit and get a new do.
“I keep telling myself I need to restore my Ranchero and sell it, but that was after the first time fixing her up and I definitely don’t see myself doing it this time,” he said. “I just fell in love with her.” DZ