SPECIAL UPDATE: OUR FRIEND, ELDEN TITUS, passed away on Wednesday, October 8th, 2008, and further work on the VIBRASONIC was stopped at that point in time. Everything was put on hold so that Elden's widow, Tammy, and his family, could have some private time.
Toward the end of 2009, Tammy decided that the Project should be finished in honor of Elden...a car that he had worked so hard on and wanted to see-through to completion. Accordingly, many of Elden's friends have stepped forward and volunteered to finish the car.
Among those involved are Elden's good friends, Gary Meyers, who'll be the co-ordinator for the Project; Bob Notz; Alan Mayes, who'll continue "Build-Up" Updates in CKD; George Barris, who was involved with Elden on this car from the beginning; Elden's son, Shane; a number of others will add to the mix when needed, and of course, Elden's brother, Jerry Titus. Plus, you'll see some great art renderings from Sal Salvador. (See CKD #40, Page 12, for more pix & info.)
SO, as you listen to this last Interview I did with Elden, be aware that the dream of this fantastic machine, the VIBRASONIC ROADSTER, was finished & completed by the friends & family of one of THE BEST of all-time: ELDEN TITUS.
NO ONE IN THE INDUSTRY loved building & creating magnificent Kustoms more than Elden. He began working for Darryl Starbird in 1967, and since then has worked on hundreds of rides putting his unique craftsmanship into every one.
This page is dedicated to what turned out to be his last beautiful, larger-than-life creation that he put together with the Legendary George Barris: "The Vibrasonic Roadster".
For more of my thoughts on Elden, please go to my Elden Titus Tribute Page .
Elden was my friend, but he was a friend to everyone in the Industry that met him. He will be missed by all who came in contact with him...and, if you never had the pleasure of meeting Elden I'm truly sorry. You would have never forgotten his compassion, his talent, and, his quest for going-the-extra-mile to build cars that no one ever thought of before.
He was a true visionary who's impact on the Industry will remain and be remembered far longer than the words written on this page. BUT, because of my Original Concept of the HOF Legends Series, you can hear Elden tell his own stories in his own voice. And so can future generations for years to come.
R.I. P. Elden, you were a true friend. JK
Legendary Builders George Barris & EldenTitus teamed up to build one of the most fantastic, mind-blowing roadsters you would ever see.
And, in their Exclusive Interviews, I was the first one they told about it at the 26th Annual KKOA Leadsled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas in 2006.
NOW, IN THIS LAST INTERVIEW that we did at Darryl Starbird's 44th Annual Tulsa Rod & Custom Show, Elden filled me in on the latest details, the Car Kulture DeLuxe Connection, AND he supplied some great pix of the Vibrasonic's Build-Up ! PLUS, You'll hear GEORGE BARRIS and his comments on projects that he and Elden had planned !!
The "Vibrasonic" was set to be unveiled at Darryl Starbird's 45th Annual Tulsa Rod & Custom Show in February, 2009...but, due to Elden's untimely death, the project was halted, and later, as mentioned above, it was completed by GARY MEYERS, and his Crew, and debuted at Darryl Starbird's 48th Annual Tulsa Rod & Custom Show in February of 2012.
While Elden handled most of the early bodywork with help from Matt Ahern & Gary Meyers, Jack Marinelli of Midwest Kustoms put together the frame, and the running gear is a Buick Nailhead, with a Fatman Fabrications front-end.
(Above: Jerry & Elden Titus with the "VIBRASONIC" Roadster at the KKOA 28th Annual Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas ! Note on the right side of the pic are the signatures of Elden & George Barris on the hood of the "Vibrasonic". Photo is from my personal collection.
SCROLL DOWN: GREAT PIX OF THE PROGRESS OF THE "VIBRASONIC" !
(Top of Page: Sal Salvador's 3-D rendering of "The Vibrasonic Roadster" ; Above left: Gary Meyers & Elden standing by Elden's Award Winning "Voodoo Spider"; Above right: the Original concept drawing by M.K. John, when the car was first called "Venomous". )
(Above left: the chassis/engine beginnings of the "Vibrasonic" with the Buick Nailhead, BUT here's the question: did it come out of JK's "Invicta" that's in the NR&C HOF Museum...Above right? )
(Above: Elden framing-up the "Vibrasonic" structure & Elden weldin' ! )
(Above left: Elden with a little help from his friends; Above right: Hey, is this thing coming together, or what ? !)
Below: Build shots of the "Vibrasonic" that Elden sent me.
(Above left & right: Progress is almost UNBELIEVABLE ! Almost time to loan me the keys, Elden ! )
(The 6 Photos Above Show The Early Days Of The "Vibrasonic" Build. )
(Above: Brother Jerry Titius, KKOA Prez, giving his approval of the progress of the "Vibrasonic" ! )
SCROLL DOWN FOR A SURPRISE FROM MY BASEMENT !
(ABOVE: The box from my Original Motorola Vibrasonic Radio Unit that I installed in my 1963 Galaxie 500 ! It has housed my '54-'59 Collection of Car Craft Mags since 1965 ! ! )
NOTE: My thanks to a man who was truly one of the "good guys", and, a GREAT friend, ELDEN TITUS, who supplied TONS of photos of the "Vibrasonic" Project for me to use in these Installments. El, you are always remembered. JK (All other photos/images courtesy of their original owners/copyright holders...with sincere thanks.)
To view the HOF Legends Special Tribute Page to Elden just click-on here: The Elden Titus Tribute Page