The guys at JR’s Speed Shop in Venice, Florida are making good progress on several American Specials that they are working on including one of the Woodill Wildfire’s that starred in the 1954 movie “Johnny Dark.” We checked in with them last week and progress has continued nicely both on the chassis and the body. Let’s review.
- The exhaust system has been fitted and routed with nice cutaways (plated to add strength) to allow the pipes and mufflers to be as high as possible when factoring in the floor.
- Nicely framed and supported gas tank with 360 support and strength
- Narrowed rear axle slightly to fit perfectly with side bodyline
- Strengthening and re-welding chassis throughout
Still much work remains including pedal placement, shifting placement, brake lines, fuel lines and more, but progress is good. Check out the progress and more in the photos below.
Since last fall, the body has been stripped, repaired and strengthen. Woven roving has been used throughout to give a bit more rigidity to areas where needed. Next, prep work will begin soon on getting the surface ready for paint. You can check out the progress in the photos below.
We’re looking forward to seeing progress on the Johnny Dark Wildfire as they continue work at JR’s in Venice, Florida. For those of you wanting to learn more about this car and/or the movie, click on the links below:
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