Barber Chair for Bobby
miracle by Rick's Restorations, Las Vegas
(History Channel), produced by Leftfield Pictures.
The TV series is recorded in Las Vegas, Nevada, where (in several
episodes each week) it chronicles the daily activities at Rick's
Restorations, an antique restoration shop in Las Vegas.
Shop owner Rick
Dale, employees Kowboy, Brett, Kyle and Brettly,
wife Kelly, brother (Ron), teenage son (Tyler)
and daughter Ally collaborate to restore various vintage
itemsfrom 1940s candy dispensers to 1950s juke boxes to
old Kelvinator refrigerators and vintage drivin' machines
from pedal cars to race cars to rustbucketsto their original
condition. [the reptile's share of this preamble courtesy of
[Amityville, New York] commissioned Rick to snatch from the scrap heap the scruffy
old Koken barber chair you see below and refit it to
harmonize with the persona of Bobby's 427SC Superformance
Cobra. The episode showcasing this chair's serpentine trip
to FIA homologation first aired on Wednesday, 10 October, 2012.
a "BEFORE" snapshot of Bobby Burns' 1920s-vintage 427SC
being rescued and winding up in Rick's Restorations' boneyard,
it had spent several aeons
at the bottom of a waterlogged wadi someplace in Mesopotamia.
BOBBY'S COBRA... (BEFORE)
the "BEFORE" frontal shot of Bobby's silver Superformance
that is, Bobby
discovered this site's "Cobra Photography Tips..."
AFTER Rick's restoration
hardware and livery includes:
Shelby 427SC Cobra racing-striped
oversized brake pedal
gray (talcum) powder-coated valve
'correct' reversed shifter
double duty as a quick jack
snake oil is recommended
for lubrication and hydraulics
reinforcement of stress
points to check those embarrassing hairline cracks
Oh! And Rick's simulated Moto-Lita
hardwood rim on the base.
mentioned to me that his team must be careful restoring a vintage
relic such as this, since it can be difficult to locate original
replacement parts. With this piece he said they had a few close
shavesbut they all worked out in the end... as you
can see from the evidence on Bobby's rec room floor above.
sez his spiffy chrome throne really hums along at a steady clip.
of Bobby's rec room is "Sidepipes & Sideburns."
sent us this photo to validate his boast that he occasionally
takes Barbie for a spin.
asked me to mention that Columbus Center Cobra Club is
the third largest
Cobra club in the entire Amityville commuter shed.
Bobby Burns (standing, at 12:00), his better-half Tara (at 3:00),
Rick Dale (seated, at 6:00),
Rick's wife Kelly (at 9:00). Bobby didn't 'splain
why this family
photo was time-lapsed over so many hours.
'Dino' the Sinclair brontosaurus imparting a little Mesozoic
ambience to the scene. Whew!
you see, we've transported you in time from today's Superformance
reptiles that run on petroleum
superflatulence reptiles that produced it for you!
And a closing salute
to Rick's fine craftsmanshop from Amanda Powers...
Here's a tip 'o'
the racing visor to Bobby Burns (who REALLY pulled all the plugs
to get his photos and the basic narrative to me), and Amanda
Powers (see below) and to Rick Dale and his motley crew who teamed
up to provide the restoration magicand factor in Rick's
wit, charm and simpatico personalityso that this fun
feature article was rendered possible!
up the part about the waterlogged wadi in Mesopotamia.
When it comes to restoration,
Rick Dale is your go-to guy. Rick makes a living restoring America's
past, one dilapidated, beat-up piece at a time. The History
Channel series, AMERICAN RESTORATION, follows his
work as owner of Las Vegas-based Rick's Restorations,
a family business that takes rusty old junk and painstakingly
restores it to its original beauty. Naturally, these restorations
aren't easy. Whether it's a 1960s golf cart or a big red Mobilgas
'visible' gas pump from the 1920s, each project presents unique
challenges that compel Rick and his team to employ inventive
processes to finish each job flawlessly and on time. New episodes
air Wednesdays at 9pm [8pm Central Time].
Babygrande Public Relations [Leftfield Pictures/American
HERE'S BOBBY'S COBRA... AFTER
the "AFTER" frontal shot of Bobby's Stuttgart Silver
Superformance 427SC Cobra...
AFTER, that is, Bobby carefully followed CobraCountry's "Cobra Photography
exhibits as marvelous a makeover as his barber chair does!
Click on the hotlinked photo above
to compare Bobby's before/after shots
You can email
Bobby and Tara Burns (in Amityville, Long Island, New York) at:
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