This is NOT a George Barris build. This is NOT an Ed "Big Daddy" Roth car. This is an inspired custom one-off build by Eric Goodrich from Illinois, albeit still a work in progress. This is The Iron Lung by Eric Goodrich.
When we initially posted a photo of this on our Facebook page, a number of "car guys" guessed that this project was just a cut-up Corvette (trust us when we tell you that Eric knows just how *rare* steel Corvettes are). There is no fiberglass in the body of this car - it's all good old fashioned Detroit steel - the project actually started out as a perfectly cherry 1965 Ford Thunderbird from Texas.
Eric has been building this car for two years now. It's been slow going because of a recent out of state move, but he plans on having it done for Autorama in Detroit next year.
Eric tells us that he's still not done with the front cross-member and that there is a grill in the works. The grill will be "Mysterion-esque" with a single headlight pod since that was his favorite Ed "Big Daddy" Roth car. He will fashion a rear-mounted radiator under the car which will hold somewhere in the neighborhood of nine gallons of coolant running through the lines.
Eric also says that the dome is a little too tall, and to avoid "melting his balls off" in the middle of summer, the car will have rear mounted air-conditioning unit.
Eric doesn't yet have a name for the car, and he doesn't yet know what color he's going paint it. Regardless of the name or the color, we'll say again what we've said before: anyone can restore a car; it takes a real man to cut one up...
Eric has promised us photos as soon as the car is finished, and we'll do a follow-up article as soon as we get them.
The Finished Iron Lung Bubbletop