Deliveries & Service

“The Cuban Calico” Project

We were happy to provide this RW Spyder body to our customer and exotic car enthusiast Garr Larson.  He’s working on an exciting new project, creating a replica of “The Cuban Calico,” and he filled us in on this fascinating piece of racing history.

This is a “car that was ‘thrown away’ at the Havana Airport in 1958 before entering the 1958 Cuban Grad Prix. It was crushed by a Maserati while being transported in a plane from Argentina by a french driver. The driver gave it to a young airplane mechanic for $5 after taking any parts he needed for his other cars. Since new parts were impossible to find in Cuba after 1958 (that whole revolution thing) he built this 550 using parts he scavenged around the city – seats from a 1936 BMW, Speedometer and Tach from International Harvester S100, rear view mirror from a 1954 MGA, (the list goes on and on)…

Garr has collected all these parts to remake a part of lost classic car history. He may be on his way to making more such vehicles down the road, and we’ll keep you up to date on these fun adventures. We look forward to being a part of that journey and your journey too!

The Cuban Calico in work

Speedster Body Repair Work

Yes, we can do this too! Here is an example of some recent body work with which we helped a customer.

The Damage

Our customer’s fiberglass bodied car was broken from a collision.  The front nose section of the body fractured and split from impact with a trailer hitch. The impact also fractured part of the jamb section of the trunk opening.  There were paint damage and blemishes at the rear of the car. Insurance covered the damage, but it was very difficult to find a repair facility to perform both fiberglass body repair and repainting.  The customer found Rock West Racing.

Body damage to Speedster
Body damage to Client’s Speedster

Repair Options

The quote for repair satisfied the insurance carrier, but the level of paint repair (spot paint blending) did not meet our customer’s desires.  A requote was submitted to include a complete exterior body repaint. The requote was higher than the budget allowed with insurance coverage, so a rethink was in order.  The revised plan was for the client to remove all trim and components necessary for repair, and then reassemble the car after repair and paint was completed.  This solution met the requirements.    Continue reading Speedster Body Repair Work

Another Kit Out the Door…

Take a look at this gorgeous Speedster!  Destined for a father and daughter assembly team, this beauty is bound to turn heads once it’s cruising down the road.

Speedster Kit - Blue & Tan being prepped for shipment
Speedster Kit being prepped for shipment
Speedster Kit - detail of tan upholstered seats
Speedster Kit – detail of tan upholstered seats
Speedster Kit - detail shot of blue exterior
Speedster Kit – detail shot of blue exterior

Details on the RW Spyder – Our First Full Delivery

We’ve mentioned this beautiful blue RW Spyder in our news before. Here are the details we promised!

Color

  • Exterior:   Neon Blue Metallic (LVB 19131 NF) in a two part system
  • Interior:  Dark Red
  • Wheels:  Polar Silver
Blue RW Spyder - Front Angle
Blue RW Spyder – Front Angle

Engine

  • Specifications:   New engine from SCAT VW.   2275cc long block with midrange cam, running high-volume oil pump with remote oil cooler and filter system. Carburetors are dual Weber 40IDFs.
  • Desired Performance:  Client requested maximized torque in low to mid rpm range for country driving.
  • Output:  At the wheels, 95 horsepower and 127 foot pounds of torque.
Blue RW Spyder - Engine View
Blue RW Spyder – Engine View

Upgrades

  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • Adjustable position pedal assembly
  • Roll bar (removable)
  • 911 style fan shroud
  • De Dion rear suspension system
  • Conformal racing mirrors
Blue RW Spyder - Interior
Blue RW Spyder – Interior

Blue Spyder Out the Door!

We are really excited to have shipped our first full car just a few days ago. I was a beautiful electric blue RW Spyder.  We’re working on a story to show you how the job went over time; we’ll post it soon with glamour shots included.  But in the interim, here are some pics of the car in the middle of a few final tweaks!

Blue RW Spyder - Front with Open Hood
Blue RW Spyder – Front with Open Hood
Blue RW Spyder - Detail Front
Blue RW Spyder – Detail Front
Blue RW Spyder - Detail Front Angle
Blue RW Spyder – Detail Front Angle

 

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