Pre-Amelia 2015: Merrill Powell Visits Our Workshop – The Glass Menagerie

Hi Gang…

During the time folks were in Tampa preparing for their visit to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, we had a chance to visit not only “Fiberglass Farms” but also our workshop – “The Glass Menagerie.”  The photos below some of the projects currently in process at “The Menagerie” and we also used this time to have Merrill Powell check out two projects – the Dick Foster Victress and the Piranha Special.

Project 1: The Dick Foster Victress

This particular Victress had undergone extensive modifications by the original builder and the new owner wants to determine the differences from the unmodified Victress S1A body and how feasible it would be to make these changes so that the Dick Foster Victress might recover more of its original “Victress” look.  Merrill Powell and Craig Johnson went right to work with measurements and discussions to determine this possibility.

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From Left to Right: Gerianne Powell, Joy Poirier, Jean Poirier, Pat Tobin and Merrill Powell.

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From Left to Right: Merrill Powell, Gerianne Powell, Joy Poirier, Jean Poirier, Pat Tobin

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From Left To Right: Merrill Powell, Pat Tobin, Gerianne Powell, Craig Johnson

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From Left to Right: Pat Tobin, Merrill Powell, Craig Johnson

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Our Workshop – The Glass Menagerie

 

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Project 2: The Piranha Speedster

During this visit, our in-house fiberglass expert – Craig Johnson – wanted to get Merrill’s thoughts on an upcoming project that Craig wants to restore – the Piranha Speester.  We recorded Merrill’s reactions to Craig’s questions on video for all to enjoy.  It’s just under 15 minutes long.  Click on the video below to begin your review.

Summary:

It was a busy weekend – as it always is – when we feature a full class of vintage fiberglass cars at Amelia.  And…our very next article will show you the cars on the field at Amelia.  So stay tuned here to your favorite fiber-channel for more great glass and the final “glass act.”

Hope you enjoyed the story, and remember gang…

The adventure continues here at Forgotten Fiberglass.

 Geoff

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Pre-Amelia 2015: Merrill Powell Visits Our Workshop – The Glass Menagerie — 5 Comments

  1. GREAT SHOTS GEOFF—LOVE THE LITTLE DEVIN GO CART BODY AND I SEE THE CRV –PIRANHA —IN THE BACKGROUND—GOOD SEEING YOU AT AMELIA–WISH WE COULD HAVE SPENT MORE TIME TALKING BUT WE WERE BOTH A LITTLE BUSY —REGARDS DENNIS

  2. Geoff – I’m enjoying this series on the buildup for the Amelia island Concourse. Realizing that you have to keep unrestored rescues somewhere, Fiberglass Farms doesn’t seem to be such a good place. These cars are deteriorating out in the elements. I wish I had a solution for you. In today’s slideshow I could not help noticing the Singer 4AD parked in the corner of the Glass Menagerie. How does this fit into the program? There was a fellow in my dorm freshman year (1966) who bought a rotted out 4AD for $10. He got it running and drove it around briefly until the body fell apart due to rotted wood. I’ve always liked these cars, but they are rare in the U.S. and rather difficult to restore due to a lack of parts and carpentry skills required. As a member of the British Car Union in Chicago, we put on the largest all-British car show in the Midwest once a year. I haven’t seen a Singer at the show for the past five years. I urge you not to cut up this old car. Get it into the hands of somebody who will restore it and use a different car to underpin a fiberglass body. – Ray

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