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Old March 11th, 2009, 01:08 PM   #176
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Wonder if this guy would help you out on the bubble top or at least how to do it. He made the Adam West, Batman Series batmobile...
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Old March 11th, 2009, 02:31 PM   #177
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I actually toyed with this idea a while back for a type 1 and found a couple skylight outfits that pop out plexi bubbles on a regular basis. It seemed to me at the time they had some sizes that could work, maybe without major modification. I've long ago lost the links, though, but you should be able to google something up.

Here's the concept still in my photo files. Yeah, it was green, too:
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Old March 11th, 2009, 05:57 PM   #178
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this is the craziest thing i have seen in a long time. I am really liking it mostly. its funny, i have bubble top plans in my future, i guess a lot of people have thought about it. i don't know if you have researched making the bubble yet, but i have found a few good sites:

http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/bubbles/hpvbubbles.htm

http://www.autobodynews.com/rich-eva...y-hot-rod.html

still a lot of questions to find answers for, but its a start.

My only real complaint is that i have lost sleep thinking about this shit.
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Old March 11th, 2009, 06:36 PM   #179
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I like the rear wheel openings too! Close to what I am planning....

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I was set to use a skylight bubble as well -then decided I wanted the twin peaks look. I have a link to the company that does them if you want it...

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The articles you provided are killer! Thank you! The last one about finding Cushenberry's long lost project was great AND informative!

Time to get out there now and work, work work!
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Old March 12th, 2009, 06:24 AM   #180
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I read, maybe Barris, did a bubble top. he went to a pizza place, put a sheet of material in a wood frame, slide it in the oven, got it warm then hit the middle of it with compressed air and blew till it was the size he wanted. would have been cool to see that. guess a backwards vacuum forming.
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Old March 13th, 2009, 04:31 PM   #181
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There's a place in Portland that only does plastics: http://www.tapplastics.com

I've used them many times to build specialty boxes for work. If they can't make it, they may know of someone who could.

It ain't gunna be cheap!!! Would be cool to find something in a salvage yard that is made of plastic in the shape you're lookin' for...

You know, there are recumbent bikes that have a plastic fairing...



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Old March 13th, 2009, 05:11 PM   #182
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Yes - but probably "poor man's air" (air shocks)
I am not planning on dacning with it, so no need to go high dollar (besides - who has high dollars now??? not me!)

I don't "dance" with mine either, but with the caliber of your build thus far, the "poor-mans" approach IMO would be a buzz kill for sure.

I'd say keep an awesome, totally original concept/build going, and give it the suspension thats fitting. In the grand scheme of things, air ride, if done correctly the first time, isn't all that expensive.

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Old March 13th, 2009, 06:07 PM   #183
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hate to say it dad....but im with chris03hd.....i guess its my turn to preach "do it the right way or dont do it at all"
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Roth and Starbird didn't have "AirRide" back in the day.
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Old March 14th, 2009, 01:54 PM   #185
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This guy specializes in custom canopies. He does a lot of stuff for experimental aircraft. build him a buck or give him a cad file, he can make you waht you want.

http://toddscanopies.com/

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Thanks for all the tips on the bubble top. But I think I have it taken care of. I national company that does auto parts also has a side line and they do plastics as well! I have an in with them and talked with the president of the company Friday and a deal is in the works!
Worked on replacing the crumpled right front fender and molding the "bullet" this week.
Just take time (and money!Go figure!)
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Old March 15th, 2009, 05:54 AM   #187
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Using OEM Chev parts doesn't look like much of an option here. In this picture the moulding runs strait to the rear quater where it kicks down accenting the rear wheel opening, and the flare matches the line of the fender to the fin.




Certainly worth the effort I think.
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Old March 15th, 2009, 02:22 PM   #188
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the trim in that last photo really does nothing for the car. straight line on front quarter is distracting because it doesnt follow the cars curves. rear quarter isnt bad but i really would like to see something more unusual......but who am i to say....it's your car and it will be awesome no matter what you do
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I like the rear trim - the thin piece is planned to flow down, under the scultured edge then back up on the front fender.

The chrome trim on the top of the fins is exactly what I am planning.

Thank you for taking the time to do that rendition! It keeps me inspired!
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Using OEM Chev parts doesn't look like much of an option here. In this picture the moulding runs strait to the rear quater where it kicks down accenting the rear wheel opening, and the flare matches the line of the fender to the fin.




Certainly worth the effort I think.
What would happen if you just removed the spear and lengthend the side panel to almost the length of the rear quarter following the curve in the panel with just a small point ahead of it. I think all the curves to continue the spear to the front would be too distracting. Maybe add the chrome to the top of the front fender to match the rear.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 06:26 PM   #191
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Here is what I am thinking with the trim: Moved down under the sculpted line then back up, and wider at the fin.
Sorry for the old school 1990 Paint Program - that's all I got!

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i like it, but i'm still staring at the breadth of the bubble thinking it doesn't fit the car. it needs to be a bit more sleek to fit the lines of the car. i think if the reflection in the bubble were the actual top of the bubble, it would look more sleek and less jetsons.
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I dont know but I just dont like the belair trim. But thats just me.
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Remember there will also be a chrome ring around the bottom of the bubble - and it will have a dip in the middle of it.

Maybe a different angle will change some opinions...but if not - so what - I like it!
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if you like it... then it is settled!
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did you find the overriders for me?
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I don't have anything except Paint here but here's my feeble attempt at the rear trim. I just left the front trim alone. I also lowered the bubble to the reflection line. I think the rear trim should be balanced and flow with the body line and wheel opening?
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Old March 17th, 2009, 08:27 AM   #198
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The trim looks nice and actually 'lightens' the mass at the back end. Very sixties and very cool.
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I hope this works, this in paint so dont expect much. Tried to do away with the spear and bring the the silver panel closer to the body line leaving just a spear point. Wanted to add the trim to the top of the front fender but it didn't work. Could you use the chrome bullets off a 57 front bumper where you removed the headlights and add some spear points wrapping around on to the side panel a few inches
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I really didn't think the bubble would look right in the original rendering, but in the rendering that rubber dub did I think it's spot on! And your rendition of the trim looks great. Keep it up!
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