Here's the raw material Rob Kinnan left us with before heading back to sunny Southern Cali
As you can imagine, the Real Street class features a strict rule set. The body section of the rules begins as follows: "Must retain original appearance and body profile. Exact original OEM body shell type and dimensions required. This is a zero-tolerance area. Chopping, channeling, sectioning, or any other alterations to contour, lengthen, shorten, widen, stretch, or modify any area strictly prohibited. Only allowed lightweight body panel permitted is a hood..."
It seems everyone wants to know how to get their cars in the magazine. The only question that comes close to "How do I get my car in the magazine?" is "Can I have a license plate?" Our standard line is, the car has to be really pretty, really fast, or-preferably-both. It's that simple. Unless you built the entire car for 10 bucks, rebuilt the engine in your kitchen, or found a way to run it on light beer, it better look good, or have impressive performance for its given level of modifications.
Believe us when we say our photos don't do this paint job justice. You'll have to head out
We certainly hope our little Project Real Street will end up with a bit of both, but just to make sure we were setting a good example in at least one category, we wanted our former four-banger to look the part. We started out with a rat-trap coupe we bought from Rob Kinnan before he left Florida and 5.0&SF for Cali-fornia and the NMRA. Rob paid $500, so we thought $400 was a fairly good deal for a running car. The only problem with it was a blown tranny, but we didn't need the drivetrain anyway.
What we did need was a solid, cheap basis for a race car, and that's what we got. Of course, the yellowed headlights, busted taillights, rotted weatherstripping, faded paint, and dinged body panels didn't exactly scream magazine quality. In addition to showing the kind of flash needed to attract jaded magazine types, we also wanted to show a good way for racers to attract attention for their sponsors-which is important. And, a good paint job is a great way to start.
Of course, we tend to do things a little over the top, so we wanted to go beyond the cool-but-safe monochrome scheme. Flames are cool, and I like yellow, so I came up with the basic idea for the flamed front and yellow rear on the car-sort of a reverse of Don Walsh Jr.'s trick Pro 5.0 paint. From there, we thought what better company to help us with a wild paint scheme than House of Kolor. Though known for show car, street rod, motorcycle, and other flashy paint jobs, the House of Kolor representative we initially spoke with indicated the company's paints were capable of covering more than just show queens, and the company would be game to help with Project Real Street.
Before hauling the car off to Auto Specialty for its rebirth, we added a 4-inch cowl-induc
To get Project Real Street from Lakeland, Florida, to Longwood, Florida, we borrowed a now
Auto Specialty painted every removable body panel of the car so every nook and cranny on i
With the prep work finished, Kevin, Patrick, and the Auto Specialty crew began laying down
The same goes with the interior. We wanted our Maximum Motorsports rollcage sprayed to mat
You can tell our custom job required several different House of Kolor paints. This is just