The Red Baron was the very first show rod I built as a kid, and it was the wildest thing I’d ever seen. This build is an updated version.
If Tom Daniel had built the Red Baron in the swoopy late ’70s, it might have looked like this. I discovered that the original Red Baron helmet looked pretty good on the Cherry Bomb body and ran with it.
In the spirit of creating an “updated” version, I added another intake and scoop to the engine. The original seats dropped right in with a little filing and I used a Bugatti radiator up front, sinking it down into the body. I knew I wanted to use the “canteen” fuel tank out back, and trimmed the T-bucket body way from the rear support rails. With a little sanding they lined up nicely. I added the machine guns and a round of the iron cross wheels.
Since the Cherry Bomb came with a cool trailer and matching chopper, I decided to push myself and see if I could make it match.
The engine seemed to be about the same width as the frame, but it was about two cylinders too long. I had to hack it up into three pieces to remove inner cylinders to retain the front and rear details. I then sectioned the oil pan and adapted the Harley transmission. Another canteen fuel tank was sectioned and I added the iconic helmet spear to the sissy bar. After much boneyard combing, a spindle-mounted dragster front wheel and a Bugatti mag were added to finish it out. I think I had more work in the bike than the car. The Cherry Bomb was a total glue bomb, and probably older than I. Most of the bike was trashed and the chrome plating gone. I wrapped many parts in bare metal foil. Overall I dig it.