Aluminum 550 Spyder build

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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#106 Post by Adam Wright » Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:24 pm

To help visualize better, this is everything in it's place.
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#107 Post by Olivier Lory » Wed May 12, 2021 1:55 pm

Hi Adam,
if you still need some 550 original parts, please have a look at this link:
https://auction.nicola-ac.de/catalog102 ... en&filter=
Don't know if it will match your needs...
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#108 Post by Adam Wright » Fri May 14, 2021 9:06 am

Olivier Lory wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 1:55 pm
Hi Adam,
if you still need some 550 original parts, please have a look at this link:
https://auction.nicola-ac.de/catalog102 ... en&filter=
Don't know if it will match your needs...
Cheers
Some cool stuff there, so far no one has been able to figure out what car the pieces came off of.

Yesterday was cool. I borrowed an original fender off of 0054, thankfully my friend trusted me with it for a few weeks. The info it gave us was invaluable to make a pattern off of. Placement of the headlight, turn signal, and horn/brake cooling opening is crucial. And when you do it this way, you know it's right on the money! Like, "where do I put the mirror?", oh, right where the holes are on the original fender!
The big moves are fun but sometimes the little ones are fun too.
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#109 Post by Adam Wright » Fri May 14, 2021 9:09 am

For example, look at the pattern on our wire frame. The turn signal and headlight are good, so our info on those up until now was accurate, but look how far off our opening was for the brake cooling, way way off, now it will be accurate. The devil is in the details....
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#110 Post by bil brown » Fri May 14, 2021 1:04 pm

Well Adam......I see the James Dean gearbox is for sale on BaT.....here`s your chance!!......but might take 6 figgers!
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#111 Post by Adam Wright » Fri May 14, 2021 1:11 pm

bil brown wrote:
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Well Adam......I see the James Dean gearbox is for sale on BaT.....here`s your chance!!......but might take 6 figgers!
I don't know man, everyone has known about that gearbox since forever, first Jim Barrington had it, then sold it to Jack Styles. It's cool, but not that kind of money cool. The engine, maybe, but it's still stuck in a Lotus with a guy who isn't very friendly. Eventually someone will get that and free it from it's Lotus tomb, now that would be cool!
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#112 Post by bil brown » Fri May 14, 2021 1:14 pm

So, what do you think the engine would be worth?
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#113 Post by Adam Wright » Fri May 14, 2021 2:15 pm

bil brown wrote:
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So, what do you think the engine would be worth?
That's a different animal than the gearbox. The engine holds tremendous value by itself, as an early 550 4-cam. The Dean provenance is a bonus. But the gearbox, by itself, well, no one is knifing anyone for a 519 gearbox, so while the Dean connection makes it cool, not sure if it adds 6 digits of value. I guess the market will tell me if I'm wrong, post the for sale link if you can, I couldn't find it.
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#114 Post by bil brown » Fri May 14, 2021 3:08 pm

I don`t know how to do the link thing.....but the trans was just listed and is getting a lot of attention.........look at the most recent listings
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#115 Post by Emil Wojcik » Fri May 14, 2021 3:42 pm

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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#116 Post by bil brown » Sun May 16, 2021 9:12 am

Well Adam.......this thing has reached $100K already with 2 weeks to go! My guess is that the bidder owns a real 550.
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#117 Post by Adam Wright » Sun May 16, 2021 7:24 pm

bil brown wrote:
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Well Adam.......this thing has reached $100K already with 2 weeks to go! My guess is that the bidder owns a real 550.
Like many things Porsche, it's not that something isn't worth X amount, it's just it's not worth X amount to me. But in the same vein, people, even Porsche people make strange faces when I tell them how much I've paid for 550 sheet metal, so it's all relative. I hope someone has big plans for this gearbox, rather than squirreling it away. The new cart is a nice touch too, I think Steve Hogue did it.
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#118 Post by Adam Wright » Mon May 24, 2021 8:46 pm

Today was like X-mass morning, opening a magic box of cool!
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#119 Post by bil brown » Mon May 24, 2021 8:47 pm

yummy!
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Re: Aluminum 550 Spyder build

#120 Post by M Penta » Mon May 24, 2021 9:28 pm

Wow, really immpressive build Adam.. congrats on your progress.

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