[DMCForum] The Resurrection of Vixen Continues...
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[DMCForum] The Resurrection of Vixen Continues...

Hi All,

I've been working about 60 hours a week on the car since the beginning of
May, when I got laid off for the third time in a year.  Most of my time has
been consumed working on my "special project", which used over 600 feet of
wiring and took about two weeks.  I think I can solder connectors in my
sleep now, but it's finally all wired up and working.  On now to the rest.

I installed new Walt TABs, fixed various leaks, installed a 165 amp
alternator, refinished my exhaust tips, installed an Optima battery, mounted
the ground effects, and replaced the driver's door.  Dan Plakosh came over
to help me align the doors and body panels, and he helped greatly in both
respects.  Both doors now travel up and down rather smoothly, and have good
panel alignment as well.

The lower piston pin on that side is bent, though, and the door does not
travel fully upwards.  Dan is coming to the rescue again, as he has a spare
Grady reinforcing bracket which we are going to install tonight.  Hopefully
that will fix the situation.

In any event, the major projects are almost all done, and my Pennsylvania
state inspection is this Friday.  Fortunately, I'm exempt from the emissions
portion, as the car has only had 65 miles put on it in the last 5 years.
Everything else should be fine, since just about every component checked in
our suspension is brand new (tires, all parts of the brakes, the entire
suspension, the steering, all of the bulbs, the exhaust, etc.)  As a bonus,
I'm having the inspection done in my own driveway rather than having to
bring it down to the station.  Not having to take it down there is a big

That brings me to another point.  As time goes on and Pigeon Forge gets
closer, my emotions are swinging wildly.  At times, I'm anxious to get the
car out on the road, while at other times I'm afraid to even back the car
out of the garage.  I'm hoping this will change soon, as we need to start
putting some miles on the car this weekend.  We can't leave for PF without
breaking the car in some.

Left to go:

Clean engine compartment, glue down louver bump strips, install hood trim,
repaint all external black trim, brush out the finish, touch-up engine
cover, align trunk lid, and seal access panels in trunk

Get new keys cut, install decals, install door seals, recover headliners,
turbo gauge and vents, and window switches stencil

See you in Pigeon Forge!


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