The Richard "Nobey" Noble Photo Collection

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Two hot rods and a mild custom. The 1929 Ford Model A roadster in the center of the photo belonged to Strokers of Whittier member Art Tremaine. We don't know the owners of the other roadster or the 1941 Ford convertible, but they were propably members of the Whittier Strokers with Art. Photo courtesy of Bill Cole, provided by Richard "Nobey" Noble.
A photo of Bill Cole's 1929 Ford Model A roadster taken circa 1952. Bill was a Navy Photographer when in the service, and some of his photos were taken with his good camera. He told his buddy Richard "Nobey" Noble that the lakes photos were taken with a less expensive camera, as there was too much dust out at the lakes to shoot with good equipment. Photo courtesy of Bill Cole, provided by Richard "Nobey" Noble.
Bill Cole's 1929 Ford Model A roadster was built on a 1932 Ford frame, and body modifications included a chopped and leaned windshield, a molded 1932 Ford grille shell, a louvered hood, custom made and louvered hood sides, and bobbed and molded rear fenders. The door handles were also shaved, and Bill ran it without front fenders. It was dressed up with a V-ed front bumper, aftermarket headlight-stands, a light top, whitewall tires, and an antenna on the driver side rear quarter panel. Photo courtesy of Bill Cole, provided by Richard "Nobey" Noble.
The rear of Bill Cole's 1929 Ford Model A roadster was dressed up with a license plate light, and round taillights similar to the popular 1948 - 1951 Pontiac units. Photo courtesy of Bill Cole, provided by Richard "Nobey" Noble.
Bill Cole's 1929 Ford Model A roadster was powered by a 1941 Cadillac engine with dual carburetors, and Bill told "Nobey" that the car turned 124 M.P.H at El Mirage. He also had fond memories about a brand new Tucker 48 that once challenged him to a race out on the highway on the way to one of those El Mirage races. Bill won the race, and the owner of the Tucker followed him till he stopped, just to see what kind of engine Bill had in the car. Photo courtesy of Bill Cole, provided by Richard "Nobey" Noble.

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."[1]

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.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Richard Noble

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