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Just went down to see if anything has happened this week on my Spyder Frt suspension. No Progress. They had to stop and make a bunch of rear suspension components for other Spyder's ahead of me.

While I was there though, I happened to see a difference in the replacement floor panels that VMC is now using. Whats nice about it is the deeper dish part of the pan extends further forward. You can see the difference between the old style and the current style being used. More seat adjustments are available now plus the old "Z" cut or "Diagonal" cut are eliminated, making a much nicer looking finished product.  Another improvement with this change is the corners now have the old original corner reinforcement, re-installed, making a little stronger corner joint.  Greg told me today that he has been using these for a while now. Seeing these small, unheralded, changes/improvements, reinforces my opinion that I am in the right place to get a car built...................Bruce


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  • IMG_2114: New longer pan on Right. "Z" cut is gone.
  • IMG_2115: Underside welds of new/longer floor pan
  • IMG_2116: Re-installation of corner reinforcements
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Bruce - Delayed reply, with apologies.  Have you started your build yet?  If so, with Greg at Vintage Motors?  I took delivery in June of a beautiful 57 356 Speedster Outlaw built by Greg.  There's really not much to say other than Greg is the ONLY builder, as far as I'm concerned.  I'm sure there are other great builders, but Greg could not have been better in pre-build, during the build, and since delivery.  Great work.  Great responsiveness, honesty and integrity, great product ... and now, a trusted friend for the years to come.  What's not to like about all of this!  Good luck!  Let me know if I can be of any help.  Best, Dave

Dave Bellaire posted:

Troy - As you know, I fully trusted your rec. to go with Greg at VMC Hawaiian Gardens.  I remain indebted to you.  Let me know if ever there is anything I can do to help on this end.  Dave

Glad to hear it Dave. I'm always happy to speak with potential new Speedster owners, whether it's about a car I'm selling or any other Speedster.

Greg is not the new owner of Vintage Speedsters, he's just located in the same Hawaiian Gardens, California location that Kirk occupied prior to retiring.  However, that didn't stop him from addressing a lot of the issue's that some Vintage Speedster owners identified over the years and the cars he's building are vastly improved. 

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Just a note to let you guys know that after 2+ years working with Greg at VMC-Hawaiian Gardens on my 2nd Speedster build (Outfront Suby stroker with 5 spd trans, IRS, the whole works), I've had to discontinue for personal reasons.  It was a near-heartbreaking decision, but had to be made.  Greg's increasing popularity and demand for his builds, coupled with supply chain, other COVID-related matters, and the uniqueness of my 2nd build contributed to a very lengthy build process, but even so, his work has always been worth the wait.  My decision to 'pull the plug' was fully unrelated to the build time and more due to some personal circumstances.  Greg was kind to buy-out my interest and will give me 'first dibs' in the event I'm able to secure the car once completed.  I will be listing several new items (never-used, custom black/grey Cocomats, and a California Car Cover custom dustop cover used for 3 months inside and in as-new condition) for sale, if any of you have interest.  I'll continue to follow the site; this is a great bunch of folks.  Happy motoring to all.  Best, Dave

Sorry to hear that Dave.  Because of your post I looked up the date of when I started my Spyder Project.  I gave a deposit of about 1/3 on  21 Jan. 2019  so I'm out there 3 years now.  A good chunk of that time was waiting for two different vendors to determine if they could even do what I wanted.   The couldn't so I'm back in the line up.  last time I checked Greg said mine was coming up so I keep checking up.  I will do that today by asking Anna.  She's pretty good on things like this.

My Spyder will have a Suby engine and 5 sp. Suby trans.

Rich....I let you know what I find out soon...........Bruce

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