Frankie Waters Gives Us a Behind the Scenes Look at R3 Performance
Back in March, my family and I went to the 3rd Annual Street Machine and Muscle Car Nationals, to look around for ideas and things we need for my Mustang. We came across a company called R3 Performance Products that really intrigued me. Instead of doing just one specific thing on cars, they do everything! They source out parts from different vendors, and assemble the entire car themselves.
Recently, I had the pleasure to meet and sit down with co-owner, Ray Carmody and ask him a few questions. First, I wanted to know how he got into this type of business. Ray shared that at just 14, he was painting trucks for his father’s construction company, has always worked on cars, and has been a fabricator. Then I asked about the popularity of reproduction Mustangs over the years. Ray has found that over the course of the 22 years he has been in this business, the popularity of reproduction Mustangs is increasing everyday, and that the company has rapidly been growing.
Then I focused on the cars he assembles. The company builds almost all makes and models of classic cars and restores vintage Mustangs. They build both stock and modified, although Ray said modified is more popular. He stated, “The suspension modification is always most popular.” The years they make are 1964 ½ through 1970 Mustangs. Ray also shared that a body shell normally takes about 3 ½ days from start to finish while, “a complete turn key vintage Mustang takes 16-22 weeks.”
After the interview, Ray was kind enough to show me the facility. There were many cars being worked on, and parts being put on them. One car was underwater at one point and it’s cool to imagine how it will look like when it is fully restored. It was an amazing experience to have an interview with Ray, and to get to see the facility. Stay tuned for my next article!