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History Starbird's Fantabula - A Bubbletop Bomber

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. Jive-Bomber
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    Starbird's Fantabula - A Bubbletop Bomber

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  2. I have a special fondness of all things Starbird but this is probably my favorite.
    The last time we were over to the museum, he told us a couple stories about this car.

    He pointed out something I had never noticed. See how the bottom of the rear quarter is rolled up on the passenger side? (Also missing its center bullet)
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  3. I was just looking at that and was thinking it didn't look the same side to side. I guess the pass side got folded somehow. Wonder why they would run a pic of the bent side?
     
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  4. Moriarity
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    Darryl told me the wheel came off while they were driving it....
     
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  5. That's correct, he told us the story of it happening. Said that Jerry forgot to tighten the lug nuts on that wheel.
     
  6. hansboomer
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    I should have done that to my 58 back in the day.
     
  7. Jive-Bomber
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    I agree- Strange the photographer would capture the one damaged corner with the missing bullet cap! Probably didn't even realize at the time...
     
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  8. Moriarity
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    It was March of 2002, I drove my suburban and empty trailer to Darryl's museum to pick up the futurian. I wanted to show it at a couple of shows locally,GSTA and the Toppers show. Ran into a terrible snowstorm about DesMoines and it got worse the further south I drove. I ended up hopelessly stuck in Darryl's front yard. My buddy John and I got to spend the night at Starbird's house and we got the personal museum tour with the man himself after hours. The stories were amazing. The Fantabula story was just one of them....
     
  9. Real similar situation with us, we went through with Darryl and Jerry. Amazing stories...

    Like how the driver that was flat towing Ty Johnson's Chevy pulled into town, without the car behind him! Darryl said they went back and found it in the ditch, no damage!
     
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  10. I cant recall seeing Fantabula. Wow. The bubble is double and fascinating. Amazing amount of work coming at that body from all directions. That front is right at '63 trend.
     
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  11. Super/Stock Poncho
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    Great Info !
    Jonny King has the best Kustom Kar Website on the planet. He is a wealth of knowledge when in comes to Kustoms. Awesome interviews.
     
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  12. Thor1
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    Does the Fantabula still exist or has it been scrapped or disappeared like so many other famous customs?
     
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  13. 2935ford
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    Bubble tops are sooooo cooool.......but on a sunny day.......sooooo hot! :)
     
  14. Atwater Mike
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    Yeah...but if you're 'cute', you look soooo good in 'em!
     
  15. Moriarity
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    Darryl told me that the car still exists and is somewhere in California and had been repainted white
     
  16. lostone
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    His grandson was in the shop awhile back and we had a 31` ford pu that Codi had done the metal work on. His grandson is a fabulous metal worker ! And a h#ll of a nice kid too. Takes after grandpa. Nice to see the family tradition being carried on.
     
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