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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 52stude43, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. 52stude43
    Joined: Aug 27, 2008
    Posts: 177


    I 'am currently building a bubble-top show car and was wondering if anybody has any info on companys that produce the lexan / plexi bubble , I have found one butt they are iffey on making one for a car??? even tech info on doing it yourself ?
  2. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,285


    We made a small one for a college project, just cut two pieces of plywood, one with a hole the size of the bubble, the other with an air fitting attached to it. Sandwiched the lexan between the two pieces, put it in a big oven, got it warm, and applied air pressure.

    I expect you could have a lot of fun figuring this out...but if you're on friendly terms with a powder coating company they might have a suitable oven
  3. petritl
    Joined: Jul 31, 2006
    Posts: 950

    from Marion, TX

    Try "Plowboy" here on the HAMB.
  4. truckedup 28
    Joined: Nov 7, 2006
    Posts: 813

    truckedup 28

  5. jonzcustomshop
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,927


    custom rodder had a how to, dont remember the date, but it was between '96 and 2002, had a black 60 ford convertible on the cover.
  6. jonzcustomshop
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,927


    there is one on ebaay right now, july 2001

    Attached Files:

  7. showrod
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 731


    do you have a design/drawing of the car? we would love to see it.
  8. Some guys have used round sky lights,
    much easier and cheaper than trying to blow your own.

    The Custom Rodder article was decent, some of the
    HPV guys have sites on blowing fairings.
  9. 52stude43
    Joined: Aug 27, 2008
    Posts: 177


    Showrod , I have the car under construction , I will get some pictures posted soon. :cool:
  10. Sometimes you will see suitable bubbles in the sides of fancy resturants.

    We have a reasturant named "Indy's" here in Indianapolis that has a bubble sticking thru an outside wall that looks a lot like an Ed Roth or plowboy bubble. Just a thought for a possible cost effective bubble.
  11. Spike!
    Joined: Nov 22, 2001
    Posts: 2,733


    Whatever you do, don't ask the guy that wrote into Rod and Custom this past issue...the guy basically said Mr. Grote wasted his time and talent to build a useless car, just because he personally doesn't like 60's style show cars. He would probably tell you to restore a '79 Camaro. What a dick.

    I say ask those who have had one made directly. Most of them are on here already...


    When I spoke to Plowboy at Autorama this year he said it was a Canadian company that did Atomic Punk's. Maybe this one?

    Guys restoring old warbirds would know too.
  13. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,412

    Staff Member

    I made my own blow through mold out of plywood as described above and used a company in Lakeville Mn called Masterglas to blow it. The phone number is 952 469 5300 ask for Steve. I learned a lot about what not to do as far as building the mold and will try and answer what ever questions you may have if you decide to go this way.

  14. bustedlifter
    Joined: Jun 26, 2005
    Posts: 756


    No fooling?!?! I think that dude wasted his time writing that.
  15. 29Jay
    Joined: Aug 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,101

    from Ft Worth

    I know a guy in Ft Worth who might still have 2 in his back yard. PM me, I'll hook you two up...
  16. yngrodder
    Joined: Dec 1, 2002
    Posts: 1,507


    Plowboy had extras made, and an extra steel ring for the mounting and hinge. If it fits you application he might sell it get ahold of him. The company that did the bubble was out of Canada and he had a lexan one done also and thats what on the car now.


    Above the condenser there is are two steel ring thats how the bubble hinges.
  17. owen thomas
    Joined: Jun 15, 2008
    Posts: 185

    owen thomas

    Stellar Plastics in Detroit – give them a call if you are serious and willing to spend the money. I’ve dealt with them for over 40 years, and they are good.
  18. pappatyrone
    Joined: Oct 22, 2007
    Posts: 157


    The March 2009 issue of Rod and Custom has an article on the restoration of Roth's orbitron. In the article it states,"the bubble being the easiest part of the car-we found a movie studio supplier that made it in two hours."
  19. arca39
    Joined: May 19, 2008
    Posts: 310

    from summit il

    try to get of hold of darrell starbird, he has molds all over on his farm, might have the size you need.
  20. 52stude43
    Joined: Aug 27, 2008
    Posts: 177


    I posted some pics "Kosmic Komet show car" today thanks for all the help:)

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