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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Moldy, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. Moldy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2001
    Posts: 386


    Orbitron Found Part 2

    The Orbitron Saga Continues

    Well Howdy Gang,

    It has been awhile and I just thought I’d start a new thread to pick up where we left off last August with the first post “Orbitron Found?”

    Here is a link for any of you that want to refer back to the thread.

    The Origins:

    On August 27th I was contacted by no other Michael Lightbourn, a well known auto restoration enthusiasts and builder out of El Paso TX. He’s the Hero of this story and was the one that found the Orbitron and rescued it from Mexico.

    Michael had sent several photographs of the found treasure and wanted input in regard to the restoration and the possibility of putting together a team in order to get the job done.

    Michael wanted to remain somewhat anonymous until he decided exactly what he wanted to do with the car but at the same he gave permission to go ahead and send out a short press release.

    On August 28th I posted the photos up on photo bucket and sent out the message below via email and my space.


    “The Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Orbitron was found last week and now has a new owner.

    The car was found in Mexico. It was used in a carnival for several years and then as a trash can in front of an adult book store until just last week.

    The new owner hopes to restore it.

    As agent for this endeavor, I will have up dated information to ya all within the next couple of days.

    Below is a link to couple of fotos taken of the car in its disarray.

    That is all..

    Love the Moldy one”


    Within 48 hours the word spread like wildfire and the phones rang off the hook!

    Since then a whole lot had not been reveled on the story except for a couple of short but informative blip verts posted on the interweb and published in a few well known trade magazines this along with a barrage of builders and collectors wanting to purchase the vehicle!

    You can now read the story titled “The Orbitron Saga” written by Pat Ganahl in the March 2008 issue of Hot Rod magazine! It just hit the streets this last week!

    The story doesn’t end there and The Saga Continues!

    The Orbitron has changed hands once again and the new owner is no other than Beau Boeckmann President of Galpin Auto Sports, Beau took delivery of the Orbitron last night and it now resides in his shop located in Van Nuys California.

    In the next couple of weeks the Orbitron will be dissembled, the restoration team will be finalized and the tedious task of rebuilding her will underway!

    The Orbitron only took Ed a few months to build but restoring her to spec. is a whole other story.

    Just recently I was given a lead to the whereabouts of the nose, there wasn’t a specific location given only that it was seen in-between two towns in the middle of nowhere. This could end up in a wild goose chase and a story in itself and we are currently looking into it because, finding the nose would make the job of restoring her a lot easier and the marriage would insure her complete originality.

    Thanx goes out to:

    Our Hero: Michael Lightbourn for finding the Orbitron and who will continue to be part of this saga. With a special thanx to Michael’s family and crew for all of their friendship and hospitality during the past few months.

    Beau Boeckmann for taking on the huge responsibility of restoring the Orbitron.

    Larry Watson for keeping such good records.

    Fritz, Mark and Dave for their input and continued support.

    Ryan for the H.A.M.B.

    And the Press who I’m sure will be covering this story as we go.

    Well that’s it for now, more news as the Orbitron Saga Continues,

    tha Moldy one
  2. tanks for the update,i cant wait to see the orbitron restored
  3. Johnny Ace
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 2,200

    Johnny Ace

  4. ChopperMark
    Joined: Mar 5, 2007
    Posts: 55

    from Aloha, OR

    Galpin Motorsports:eek: I hope it doesn't end up on "Dubs" :D!
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  5. swimeasy
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,067


    That car will be so cool ..Any part of Roth history is more than worth saving!
  6. FRITZ
    Joined: Sep 6, 2001
    Posts: 1,211


    have Fiberglass will travel
  7. way to go
    in this day of computer articulated processes the nose should be able to be made from accurate info from photos and drawings... good luck

    of coarse i am concerned about the current waste collection at the mexican porn shop too..

  8. hell, send down the "modern grecian".
  9. publicenemy1925
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 3,188

    from OKC, OK

    Outstanding post ! Keep us informed.
  10. Bad Bob
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 23,057

    Bad Bob
    from O.C. Baby

    That guy that owns Galpin is a real car nut. I'm sure he will restore it back as close as he can get it,to it's original state.
  11. Todd Bugs
    Joined: Dec 24, 2001
    Posts: 29

    Todd Bugs

    I've heard the galpin guy is nutty about cars, here to hoping it's restored correctly!!
  12. eye bone
    Joined: Jul 13, 2005
    Posts: 655

    eye bone

    Is Dirty Doug still with us? And will he be on the team if he wishes to be? Being that he was Ed’s main fiberglass man on many a car, & assuming he worked on the thing in the first place… that is…
  13. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,635


    Nice article in this months Hot Rod too (March 2008). It will be really nice to see her restored for a new generation.
    Joined: Oct 6, 2007
    Posts: 700


    Thats really good news. I feel like he will do it right. I hope they can find the nose. Makes it more historical. Thanks. BOBBY FORD
  15. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,022

    1. 60s Show Rods

    Damm that Galpin guy gets all the cool shit...

    I still think Moriarity, Shutton and Fritz ( The Dream Team) would of been my choice to restore it.
  16. MIKE-3137
    Joined: Feb 19, 2003
    Posts: 1,578


    I just finished reading the HOTROD piece and then saw this post, hope the nose does turn up, maybe they're storing it under the missing bubbletop....
  17. Moldy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2001
    Posts: 386


    I spoke with Darryl Roth a few months back and I guess Doug hasn't been doing so well as far as his health and some other issues, we will be trying to at least get him to come down to the shop and hang out.
  18. Moldy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2001
    Posts: 386


    Beau has a pretty nice collection these days some of which are on display at Galpin Auto Sports.

    His Roth Collection includes the Rotar and the Great Speckled Bird along with a Barris Dragula and some other oddities!

    Beau is a respected and very trust worthy enthusiast that has the integrity to do things right!
  19. Moldy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2001
    Posts: 386


    These builders are highly respected and they are all being kept in the loop!
  20. Johnnyzoom
    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 319

    from Florida

    Would Roth be laughing his ass off if he knew where the Orbitron ended up and what it was being used for?
  21. Wowcars
    Joined: May 10, 2001
    Posts: 1,020


    Keep us posted Moldy, I wish I could be a part of it....
  22. Moldy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2001
    Posts: 386


    You got it bra,

    We came real close to showing her at this weeks GNRS but it would be a real chore to try and accomplish it in such short notice.

    Hey, ya know I also wanted to thank you for the first thread that you posted here on the H.A.M.B. back in August, with that in mind you are part of it, man did that get a lot of response or wot?

    Fact is we are all part of it, whether face to face or cyberspace!

    It's gonna be kewl! That's fer sure....

  23. kristoph
    Joined: Jul 24, 2004
    Posts: 152


  24. Degreaser
    Joined: Nov 9, 2006
    Posts: 935


  25. Great to see it being worked on, I look forward to seeing more updates.

  26. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,753

    Buddy Palumbo

    I 2nd that - pretty cool .
  27. publicenemy1925
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 3,188

    from OKC, OK

    I can smell the glass from here!
  28. lostn51
    Joined: Jan 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,666


    looks like he has it going in the right direction, the nose looks dead on. now he needs to get plowboy to fix him up a bubble...........
  29. like MAZOOMA bro.
  30. any update on the car?

    i drove past galpin the other day and it reminded me of this car.. anyone have info?

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