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Old 10-31-2005, 04:49 PM   #351
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Wow, I can't wait!! That thing is gonna be LOW!! What's your timeframe for total completion??

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Wow, I can't wait!! That thing is gonna be LOW!! What's your timeframe for total completion??

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Hi S,

I am guessing about 2 to 3 weeks after the final paint. Maybe Wayne will have it ALL painted by the end of next week.
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Hi All,

Wayne just got back from SEMA. This was Wayne’s first trip to SEMA and he was amazed at the shear size of the event.

Before he left for the show, we had a short discussion about what he was expecting to see. He thought that he would be seeing the best of the best. He also thought that the quality of work we were producing would fall somewhere in the middle of the pack. And while he saw some mighty fine rides on display, he now figures that our project would have been somewhere in the top 5%, as far as overall quality goes. This was a real shock to Wayne.

This was very gratifying to hear. As I said, we talked about this very topic before he left. I was a little disappointed that we could not find a sponsor willing to showcase the car. In fact, I had difficulty finding anybody who would give the matter more than passing consideration. This left me with the feeling that maybe this is not as nice a project as we have led ourselves to believe. Now I feel a bit better about showing the car in the future.

I am wet sanding the interior pieces getting them ready for their final paint. Wayne is catching up on paperwork for the shop. I will be posting an update soon.

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Hi All,

New update at the site.

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Hi All,

I have been plodding along on the electrical. We have the windshield wipers wired and functioning. The door locks and interior lights are wired and function with the remote, just like a real car. :-) Today I start on the rear wiring (tail lights, licence plate light, etc...).

Wayne has been making progress on the paint. The door jambs plus the inside of the hood and trunck lid are all in color. After he gets the body and a few other misc parts in sealer, he will be applying the color to the rest of the car.

Updated Photos are at the site.

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Hi All,

Yesterday was great. I finished wiring up all the rear light connections. The parking lights and the tail lights and the license plate light and the trunk light and I even ran wires for the third eye break light. I just have to find a 12 volt THIN led strip about 36" long. If anyone knows where to find such an item, I would appreciate a heads up.

It is interesting to note that the color codes are the same today as they were in 1965. All of the wires I spliced together (from the 03 harness to the 65 pigtails) are exactly the same. Also, when I completed the wiring of the tail lights, the weird "buzzing" that was coming from one of the relays stopped. It appears that that circuit needed a load in order for the relay to latch properly. So now I have parking lights, turn signals, break lights and driving lights all functioning.

Woo Hoo!!!!

Wayne is detailing and wet sanding his heart out. He should have all the separate panels painted complete by the end of the weekend. I should have up to date photos posted on Monday.

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Old 11-11-2005, 09:46 AM   #357
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aw man i cant wait to see what it looks like finished!!!!1
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Old 11-12-2005, 07:51 AM   #358
 
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Hi All,

OMG, OMG, OMG!!!

I walked into the shop this morning just like any other day. Still half asleep, a freshly brewed cup of coffee in hand, I worked my way through the dim shop and started turning on the lights. As the shop started to brighten up (it takes a few minutes for the lights to kick in), I noticed that the Hood, doors and trunk lid were missing!!! I walked around the shop looking to see if they were perhaps moved from their normal resting place, but I did not see them anywhere. Where the heck were they? Wayne said that he was going to paint them today, so I looked in the booth to see if he had moved them in there. Maybe he finished all the wet sanding and put them in the booth so that they could get painted first thing.

When I turned on the booth lights and walked inside I almost cried. Before my eyes was one of the most spectacular sites I had ever beheld. Wayne worked late last night and started laying color. If a picture paints a thousand words, these speak volumes. So, instead of me going on, and on, and on, and on, I will let the images speak for themselves.

One parting comment... Just look at the reflections.




As always, more images are available at our site.

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Old 11-12-2005, 11:35 AM   #359
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AMAZING! your car is going to look awesome!!
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Old 11-14-2005, 04:11 PM   #360
 
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Hi All,

I just did a little search and found the first mock up we did of the hood.




After looking at the early photo, it is hard to believe that it looks as good as it does today.

Anyway... Back to work. :-)
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Old 11-14-2005, 04:20 PM   #361
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I think I just saw Jesus in your hood!!!
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Old 11-14-2005, 04:43 PM   #362
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:15 AM   #363
 
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Hi All,

It looks like our first show is going to be the Detroit Autorama coming up this March. When I told the guy's in the shop, they said, Ohhhh, maybe we will win the Riddler.....

BRAHHHAHHHHAHHHH!!!!!!

They may have been perfectly serious at the time but it is hard to tell. Maybe I should have taken the laugh as a little clue. :-)

Anyway... It did bring up an interesting topic. The general feeling was that, even if this car came out absolutely perfect, it would not be given a second look for this award.

First off, it is completely different than any car that has ever won the award. They are all polished chrome, SS lines, shaved, frenched, blank firewall, minimalist street rod type cars. Ours is built to mimic factory construction. Wires everywhere, factory connectors, factory labels, etc... We would be more successful in a concourse competition than this type of show car setting.

Second, we are not one of the big name shops or builders. I think that there is a certain mind set at these events. If Foose has a car there, he will make the finals, regardless of the entry.

Third, We have not spent 1/2 mill on this project. This also seams to have an impact on the judges.

While these are all good points, I feel that we may generate some interest if only due to the unique aspect of this project. The fact that it is totally different from the projects normally given the nod might even work in our favor, that is of course if creativity has anything to do with the competition at all.

What do you think??? Will a project of this nature be given any consideration or will the judges keep picking cars that are more of the same???
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Go for it, what is the worst that could happen other than people start throwing money at you to build another one....

I would vote for ya!!!!!
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Beautiful !!!
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Old 11-16-2005, 10:17 AM   #366
 
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Hi All,

One more step toward completion.

Wayne got the fenders painted last night, as well as the front upper and lower valance and some miscellaneous parts.




I, on the other hand, got little done other than sanding a few small parts getting them ready for paint.

I thought that now would be a good time to look back into the past and see just where we were one year ago. Here are a few photos of the project from last Nov.




We have come quite far over the past 12 months. I look forward to the day that we can drive this car whenever the mood strikes us. Hopefully, it will be sooner than next Nov. :-)

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Old 11-17-2005, 02:41 PM   #367
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Hi Harvey,

Thank you for the kind words.

I will be addressing the IRS when I get this beast on the road. Got to eliminate the wheel hop without completely ruining the ride.

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Man that thing is going to be bad ass when done, I have never seen a project like that before. I cant wait to see it when its done my buddy Jeff told me about this project like last year I finally got to see it. What color are you going to paint it?
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Old 11-17-2005, 02:46 PM   #368
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Man that thing is going to be bad ass when done, I have never seen a project like that before. I cant wait to see it when its done my buddy Jeff told me about this project like last year I finally got to see it. What color are you going to paint it?
I guess I didnt see all of the pics ist yellow. Thats SWEET.
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Hi All,

Haven't had much to post lately. The detail work is just eating up so much time. I spent ALL day Friday detailing the interior "C" pillar vent grills. I sanded all the corrosion from the surfaces. You know what I mean right? All that pitting that develops over the years. Sanding in between all those vents is a royal pain in the butt. All that work, just to get them ready for paint.



What we are going to do is paint them the dark charcoal color and then wet sand the fronts to expose the chrome after which we will clear coat the pieces. They should look pretty good at that point. The chrome front surfaces of the grills are now an interesting blend of chrome and brass which will look great with the current color combinations.

On Saturday, I worked up the seat brackets. These were much more involved than I had originally thought they were going to be. The seat tracks were much wider than the ford mounting locations. Also, the factory mounting locations are recessed into the floor about 2". To resolve these issues, I searched through the cash of stock Hydro-Flo material and decided to use two pieces of 2" x 2" unistrut. I had to taper and box the ends to clear the contours of the floor. I also had to remove about an inch of material fron the top of the rear mount to clear the seat when it is in the full down position.




Even though I was spending my spare time working on inane details, Wayne actually got the raw end of the deal. In between working on customer cars, he would continue sanding on the body getting it just right before rolling it into the paint booth. He will be wiping all the surfaces down reviewing the work today. He is being even more critical of this aspect of the build than he was with the bolt on items. He says "I only want to paint this once". This is such a large phase of the project, reworking any mistakes would really suck. Here is a shot of all the painted pieces currently in storage. If Wayne gets his wish, we will be able to start assembly at the beginning of December.




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Old 11-21-2005, 03:30 PM   #370
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C'mon! Finish it already!!!! I wanna see the whole thing!! LOL!! j/k

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Hi All,

I hope you have all had a good thanksgiving. Mine was great, except for the fact that I started a flame war over at 3.8. :-)

I stumbled across a stupid comment that someone made about a year ago and just had to respond. It must have been the booze talking (I had just finished a couple of glasses of a nice zinfandel followed by a couple shots of grappa), because I normally would have just ignored it. Anyway, I should have let sleeping dogs lie. I would have been better off hitting a hornets nest with a stick.

Anyway....

The car is now in the booth awaiting sealer, color and clear. While we were starting to apply the sealer, we started to get a few random fisheyes. It appears we did not wipe it down as good as we thought we had. So now we have to sand out the fisheyes and wipe down the car again. This time doing it right. Oh well. Wayne just got into the office so it is time to get to work.




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OMG OMG its almost done!
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Hi All,

Color is going down this very second. Looking good so far. :-)
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Oh so Yellow, and oh so Pretty !! Finish that little Girl ... she wants to be seen !
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looks amazing! and all this is happening right down the road from me! so close yet so far away haha.
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