A racetrack wreck to a show piece
Automotive Reisen in Burr Ridge, Illinois is tackling quite the project! This 1955 Pre-A Speedster was used as a race car in the Midwest with the SCCA, mostly competing at Road America in Wisconsin. The new owner wanted to restore it back to "As New" condition and shop's Pat Yanahan was up to the task. "After we sanded off over two 5-gallon pails of body filler our forensic examination show that the right front had been crushed and the rear had shown signs of a total rollover."
Automotive Reisen assembled a crew of 356 body experts along with fabricators who were up to the challenge for a project that was to last three years. Here's the first few pictures of the restoration—more to follow!
After the filler was ground off the outer bodywork, the rear tail skin was removed, revealing quite a mess.
This is what the rear inner structure looks like after years of racing and sometimes rolling.
New sheetmetal, sourced from Stoddard, is ready to help put this Speedster back to original.
Here's a shot of the inner structure coming back together. Panels are clamped on for fitting before the welding begins.
From the front, you can see the Speedster shape coming back together.
Stay tuned for more in a couple of weeks!
7754 S County Line Rd.
Burr Ridge, IL 60527