The sheetmetal has undergone numerous changes with a successful outcome. The basics are found in the Brookville Roadster body that HHR sectioned 2 inches and relocated the rear wheelwells upward by 5 inches. The trunk area was shortened and relocated in a completely reshaped rear section that features inlaid wood within an aluminum decklid. The rear rolled pan and side filler panels are all HHR examples of custom metalshaping along with the one-off aluminum triple-blade bumper. More custom metalwork includes the 3-inch lengthened grille shell that’s reworked to match the body shape with a stainless steel mesh insert and riveted aluminum surround embedded with a red European Ford emblem. More of the European sports car touch is the HHR-fabricated aluminum valance with mesh and riveted aluminum surrounds and aluminum crank shroud. The aluminum hood was hammered by HHR and features piano-style hinges and stainless mesh vents. The windshield frame began life as a SO-CAL Speed Shop that was then modified by HHR via chopping and reshaping. Lighting comes by way of Bugatti via headlights and taillights. Much of the sheetmetal work performed at HHR was under the watchful eye and hands of Troy “T2” Morris. The PPG Cohiba color was applied by John Harb of The Shop (Highland Park, California) accented with Herb Martinez pinstriping.
Ron crafted his own wooden dash that would later house a vintage insert that in turn gave residence to Redline Gauge Works (Santa Clarita, California) revamped vintage gauges. Also seen is the handiwork in leather of Mark Lopez of Elegance Auto Interiors (Upland, California). He also made the seating and door panels and laid down the carpeting. However, the pedals, floor inserts, foot rest, rearview mirror (subbing as a windshield brace) were aptly fabricated by HHR along with the steering column topped by a Brooklands steering wheel.
As with any project it is always more than a one-man job and further recognition needs to be given to Gail Frey and Dave Gross.