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.
“I bought her from a guy out in Palmdale,” George said. “I did the paint and bodywork myself.”
“It’s my daily driver,” he said. “I love driving it to Malibu and Leo Carrillo with plans to go to San Onfre soon. It just feels like I’m doing 100 miles per hour when I’m only doing like 65 hahaha.”
“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