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Jim Noteboom 
Bones Concept Cars and Trucks 

 
     Jim “BONES” Noteboom is no newcomer to auto rebuilding and concept cars, no wonder as he grew up in Southern California. Jim's first full custom ‘53 Chevy, built in his late teens, had one of the first sets of hydraulics, up to 7” range, and a brilliant candy orange color. It was a really outstanding eye catcher and cover car for Car Craft Magazine. By the time he was 24, Bones had already built about fifteen semi and full custom cars, when he decided to build a street coupe. His ‘32 Ford chopped 3 window, with a wild flames job was also cover car for Car Craft. For years Bones has been setting the rodding community on its ear with new creations that roll out from his unlimited imagination to the highways and back roads of America.
Young Bones



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Bones moved to the San Francisco Bay area and promptly got into boating, owning and competing with blown fuel hydro’s. His Lickety Split hydro and Down N Out hydro won the NDBA National Championship, 70 & 71 at Long Beach Marine Stadium, CA. As if the boats weren’t enough, Bones then got into custom motorcycles — his Honda powered custom was featured on the Cover of Street Chopper in July of 73.

By the 80’s Bones was back into rodding and his first entry, the ‘30 Ford sedan he pulled out of a barn in a basket was rebuilt into show-winning shape. A slew of vehicles followed as he created another collection of cars — ’34 & ‘36 Ford delivery, ‘32  vicky, ’33  Ford  cabriolet,  a
stylish Vicky, a two-tone ’34 Victoria, a swoopy and severely-chopped ’40 Ford convertible and the list goes on. The ’49 Cadillac “Bottom Dollar”, built for his wife Helga received the George Barris Kustom D’Elegance award, and his ’46 Ford “Sport Wagon” woody received the presdious Ford Design award at the 99 SEMA Show, Las Vegas.

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Since his first Phantom Woody Bones has built two more. The 50 Buick “Knot Bad”, chosen by Rod and Custom Magazine as Best of the Best 2001 – it’s current owner is Race Car Driver Scott Pruitt – and a 39 Lincoln Zephyr “Zef-Fire” have received both national and international recognition. The 39 Lincoln Zephyr also captured the George Barris Kustom de Elegance award, Goodguys Custom de Elegance award, Gene Winfield Design award, Detroit Autorama ISCA Best in Show and Yosemite Sam Design Award, Mothers Award of Excellence, Boyd Codington Pro Pick and numerous other awards.


Bones shifted his talent to the automotive aftermarket, restyling cars and trucks for Daimler Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor  Company and General Motors. From wild flames to wood trim Bones’ vehicles are show stoppers, his imagination endless, be it a new model car or truck a street rod or custom he’s vehicles have a style and Bones’ signature that has long been admired.

His media exposure is impressive he has been on the covers of Rod and Custom ,  Custom Rodder several times, Rod Action, Car Craft, Classic Trucks, Sport Truck, Street Trucks, Street Chopper, international magazines covers Chrom & Flammen, STREET car & bike.  He has been broadcast on television, Speedvision and Mothers rod show. Most recent interview with  Drag Racing  Legend  Don Gartlits at the New Orleans World of Wheels Championship Auto Show.  

This year Bones’ is venturing into another domain, his latest creation a 1935 Ford Roadster “KOOL 35” which has style like no other in a Fiberglass body from his original. The steel body was at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and received overwhelming response from the public as well as his peers; there he was invited to bring the rolling body to the John Force Holiday Car Show.  The steel body will be back again at SEMA 2004 this time complete with engine, paint and upholstery in the Bones Concept Cars & Trucks booth, it is sure to be a SEMA Show Stopper and yours can be too.