This is very interesting. Reminds me a lot of the Voxmobile by Barris. And even though George Barris takes a lot of credit for the Monkeemobile, he did not design or build it, although some of the work may have been farmed out to him. It was designed by Dean Jeffries and built by Jeffries and his sidekick Dick Dean.
Sadly, over the years Barris has claimed or attempted to claim responsibility for ALOT of cars he had absolutely nothing to do with. The ultimate self promoter and agrandiser, Barris has even gone so far as to tell anecdotes of situations that NEVER existed. Such as his stories about Herbie the Love Bug. I don't know if it's senility or not, but it just seems like braggadocio and lies to me.
While I love the actual Monkeemobile, this is a unique view of the car and a well executed build. I LIKE the barrel.
Hey Bobby! This has always been one of my favorite Bobby Builds. I have not read through the whole post and I may be repeating what someone else suggested. Could you use different types of fishing lines for guitar strings? Just a thought. (I just went to page three, I see you already have something going for the strings) Carry On!