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As many of you know, I bought a 550 spyder built by a company called "CMI" back in the 1980s. They are cool because they are narrower and shorter, like the originals. However, being the knuckle-heads they were, they splashed a mold off of a wrecked 550 that was poorly repaired (see the photos!), and proceeded to remake it with the flaws. 

I bought the car from 502 Motoworks (builders of Alloy 550s) who purchased it from Russ at Fibersteel. 

After getting a new tail from Ric at Rusty Tubs, @chines1 was given the task of fitting it to the car, and shaping it. 

I'd say his team has done a pretty nice job! 

Here's the CMI car with the original (misshapen) tail (check out the wheel well, for starters):IMG_3918

Here's the tail of an original car (Ingram collection, 550--0073):


Here's what Carey has done with my car:


Here's 550-0060. The rear fender comes to a point from this angle. 


Once again, Carey captures the enigmatic shape incredibly well:



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@TRP: this car has a completely different shape from the other replicas -- it hasn't been widened or stretched at all. Given that I love originality, this car really does it for me. I'll never own a Spyder that drives better than a BECK, but this car looks super cool.

As for the plan, we are painting it French racing blue with white darts. I have alloy/steel 16" wheels made for it, and an original 420 mm Petri Banjo (not a 400mm like the Flat4 replicas). Carey has made another hard half tonneau, as well as a single plexi windscreen. 

The motor was posted here:

arajani posted:

@ALB -- YEP! Those drilled wheels are really cool. That car originally belonged to a...

I forgot to ask, Anand- are you going to be drilling holes in the wheels for this car? Knowing that it's historically correct and all, how could you not?

And I didn't say it before, but good on ya for taking the time to correct the rear fender arches. They suit the car just so much better! Al

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