The Richard "Nobey" Noble Photo Collection
Richard "Nobey" Noble of Springville, California. Richard was born in 1946. In 1957 he saw Norm Grabowski's Kookie T on the 77 Sunset Strip TV show. In 1959 Norm brought the car to Blackie’s Autorama Show in Fresno, where he lived. "I couldn’t believe how nice this Hot Rod was," Nobey told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2018. The Kookie T was the car that started it all for Nobey; "You had to see it in person to appreciate how beautiful it was. A real hot rod. Dad and I were building a WW-2 Ford GPW- Jeep at the time, something for me to drive when I turned 16. I fell in love with this car and decided to build one just like it. I bought a set of A rails, a 1923 Ford body front half of a touring, a T shell and a 1957 Chevrolet rear end to start. I was $115. dollars into the project, and out of money. I did the metal work on the body and shell, and I figured out this project was way past my talent, and wallet. I did the smart thing and faced reality, I sold it."
Nobey has been involved with cars and hot rods his entire life. He has been the caretaker of the historic Mac Schutt's 1932 Ford roadster since 1988, and over the years he has collected some nice photos that he has shared with Kustomrama. Some of the photos in Nobey's collection were taken by his dad, while others were given to him by his good friend Bill Cole.
- Richard Noble
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