Home Site Store Fox's Den Search Archives
Books Car Covers Care Products Headliners Magazines
Paints Parts Posters Tools Videos


DMC = Disassembled Motor Car

Quote of the Week:
"Dave?  Are you okay?  You haven't called to order parts for two days!"  -Warren, DMC Houston

Prev  Week 137  Next
June 2 - 8, 2002

Part One:

When I started this whole deal, I promised to keep y'all informed of more than just a laundry list of updates/fixes/repairs etc. that were done to the car. I stated that my main intent was to chronicle what such a massive undertaking would have on the person restoring it -- John Q. Mechanic.

Well, it's been a living h--l for John Q. these last couple of months, let me assure you, and with almost exactly one week left to finish, the nightmare continues.

At this point, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to 'finish' the car in time for the show. Finish, in this sense, means completing assembly. There are still a few things left to do like reskin the seats, recover the headliners, etc. To many, either of those would be considered a major undertaking. However, after doing as much work as I have done to this point, any of those are seen more as a time-devouring nuisance, than a major project. The major project becomes completion itself, and the individual tasks blur away to an unconscious stream of items needed for simply "finishing".

Triage has set in to some extent; fit & finish are unfortunate victims of the race against time. My doors don't line up as I would like, but there simply is not enough time left to get them straightened up. Likewise goes for my dings -- no time left to fix them. As with most things in life, a quick-fix now equals more work later. I'm sure I will have to realign almost everything after redoing the doors -- a task that will undoubtedly take more time to complete later than in would have if I could do it right now. Time is the enemy, and it has beat up on me day and night for the last several months. Beaten me, and left me exhausted, stressed-out, and numbed.

A new nervousness has set in; a great fear actually. Since I have had the car assembled enough to actually take on the street, I have only put 2 miles on it. Approximately 5 minutes worth of driving. I'm very apprehensive that maybe there's something I forgot to do... or maybe some component just isn't quite ready to go yet. Nervousness, granted, but still it's a real feeling that's haunting me. I suppose it's mostly the feeling of wanting everything to be 'perfect' before I'm comfortable with driving it. Drive her, though, I must. I still have no idea of how she is actually going to perform on a 12 hour --- yes, 12 hour --- trip to Memphis. That's a h--l of a break-in, and a mighty large space of time for things to go wrong. I will be doubling the mileage on the car in just five days. It's got to get rolling some serious miles this weekend in order to break her in before that kind of a haul. To paraphrase-quote Red from The Shawshank Redemption, "it's time to get busy living or get busy dying. G-d d-mn right."

Things going wrong I really don't mind. I can cope with mechanical failures. I can cope with errors on my part during assembly doing damage to the vehicle. But not -now-. Not on -this- trip. There's a lot riding on this trip. Close to three years of my life has been spent preparing for one week from today... turning the key, and heading west. Faith in my technical abilities, pride in what I have accomplished, the respect of my girlfriend who is counting on the car getting us there (and who has put up with almost never seeing me for the last two months), and not letting down all the folks who have emailed to encourage me, saying they can't wait to see the car in Memphis. A lot will be riding on four Yokohama AVS Intermediates next Wednesday. The weight on both the tires and the driver has probably already exceeded the load limits, but there's no turning back now.

The final push is on, with every bit of my energies, to cross the "finish" line in Memphis and start to relax a little bit. The trip home gives me no worries. If something happens on the way home, I will deal with it, as I will have the time to deal with it. Time will once again be on my side.

Stress I have, worries I carry, but an overwhelming excitement and anticipation carry me through. To paraphrase Red again... "I find I'm so excited I can barely sit still, or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel. A free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friends, and shake their hands. I hope that Memphis is as peaceful as it has been in my dreams. I hope. I hope."

Part Two:

I'm finally wrapping up the interior... only the center console and headliners are left to go, and we're reskinning the seats tomorrow.  The exterior is likewise just about ready... cleaning, brushing and detailing are all that remain.

The headliner backings were all kinds of warped and crunched.  I soaked them with over 3 quarts of fiberglass resin to strengthen them and smooth them out.

I've been a bit bothered by my ride height.  I have Fred Lockett's springs and shocks that I received unused with the car.  The front springs are supposed to lower the ride height by about 2", but right now the front end looks even -higher- than stock.  I've seen this before with new springs, as often they take a while to settle.  A while though, I don't have, so I stopped at a hardware store and asked them for "400 pounds of something heavy, compact, and cheap".  Ten 40 pound bags of topsoil are now sitting in the trunk, and it's lowered the front end dramatically.  Imagine that.  Anyway, the height from level ground to the bottom of the front air damn was about 10.5".  It's now sitting at 5.5" and looks goooood.  I'd be happy if it evened out at somewhere between 7 and 8 inches.
Now, before I get all kinds of emails about hauling dirt to Memphis, I'm not going to.  This is simply to sit in there for a couple of days to help coerce the springs down to their normal height faster.  You also may being saying, "hey Dave... I can only fit 320 pounds of topsoil in my D".  (If you're as insane as I am, that is).  You would be right though, I can't get the trunk closed with more than eight bags.  I'll be taking it down further to five bags (200 pounds) for about 100 miles of break-in driving on Saturday.  Maybe it'll help, maybe not.  I could always use the topsoil though; the yard's looking a little bare this year anyway.
In other news, I was able to locate a $4 mirror mounting kit for my compass/temp inside mirror.  It has two different sized -plastic- buttons, and includes the mounting pad.  This should solve the potential issue with the metal mirror button and the glass expansion.

Costs for Week 137:
Date Purchase Store


02-Jun-02 3M Spray Adhesive Pep Boys 9.99
02-Jun-02 2 1/8" muffler clamps (2) Pep Boys 3.98
02-Jun-02 Misc metric fasteners Busy Beaver 3.60
02-Jun-02 Fire extinguisher Busy Beaver 9.99
03-Jun-02 Four-wheel Alignment Kress' Service Center 74.85
05-Jun-02 400 lbs of top soil Sears Hardware 10.59
05-Jun-02 Light Bulbs AutoZone 3.58
05-Jun-02 A/C Stop leak (R12) AutoZone 4.99
05-Jun-02 Lug Wrench AutoZone 6.54
05-Jun-02 38623 AC Orifice tube AutoZone 1.99
05-Jun-02 Cotter Pins AutoZone 1.19
05-Jun-02 Solderless Connectors AutoZone 5.97
06-Jun-02 106623 Bracket DMC Houston 6.24
06-Jun-02 106855 Luggage Net Bracket (2) DMC Houston 6.68
06-Jun-02 SP10166 Nut, M4 (5) DMC Houston 0.25
06-Jun-02 Factory Air A/C Accumulator #33191 (1986 Corvette) AutoZone 63.12
06-Jun-02 Mirror Remount Kit (with adhesive pads) Pep Boys 3.49
06-Jun-02 Rebuilt Fuel Pump Special T Auto 79.95
06-Jun-02 Accumulator Special T Auto 99.95
06-Jun-02 3898 Console Bulbs (3) Special T Auto 1.00
07-Jun-02 110480 Bulkhead Carpet, Gray DMC Houston 112.32
07-Jun-02 A1000019 Floor Mats, Gray DMC Houston 125.55
  Week 137 Total $635.81
  Running Total $22,403.82


Prev  Week 137  Next

 Year One:
Week 1 Week 8 Week 15 Week 22 Week 29 Week 36 Week 43 Week 50
Week 2 Week 9 Week 16 Week 23 Week 30 Week 37 Week 44 Week 51
Week 3 Week 10 Week 17 Week 24 Week 31 Week 38 Week 45 Week 52
Week 4 Week 11 Week 18 Week 25 Week 32 Week 39 Week 46 -
Week 5 Week 12 Week 19 Week 26 Week 33 Week 40 Week 47 -
Week 6 Week 13 Week 20 Week 27 Week 34 Week 41 Week 48 -
Week 7 Week 14 Week 21 Week 28 Week 35 Week 42 Week 49 -
 Year Two:
Week 53 Week 60 Week 67 Week 74 Week 81 Week 88 Week 95 Week 102
Week 54 Week 61 Week 68 Week 75 Week 82 Week 89 Week 96 Week 103
Week 55 Week 62 Week 69 Week 76 Week 83 Week 90 Week 97 Week 104
Week 56 Week 63 Week 70 Week 77 Week 84 Week 91 Week 98 -
Week 57 Week 64 Week 71 Week 78 Week 85 Week 92 Week 99 -
Week 58 Week 65 Week 72 Week 79 Week 86 Week 93 Week 100 -
Week 59 Week 66 Week 73 Week 80 Week 87 Week 94 Week 101 -

 Year Three:

Week 105 Week 112 Week 119 Week 126 Week 133 Week 140 Week 147 Week 154
Week 106 Week 113 Week 120 Week 127 Week 134 Week 141 Week 148 Week 155
Week 107 Week 114 Week 121 Week 128 Week 135 Week 142 Week 149 Week 156
Week 108 Week 115 Week 122 Week 129 Week 136 Week 143 Week 150 -
Week 109 Week 116 Week 123 Week 130 Week 137 Week 144 Week 151 -
Week 110 Week 117 Week 124 Week 131 Week 138 Week 145 Week 152 -
Week 111 Week 118 Week 125 Week 132 Week 139 Week 146 Week 153 -

 Year Four:

Week 157 Week 164 Week 171 Week 178 Week 185 Week 192 Week 199 Week 206
Week 158 Week 165 Week 172 Week 179 Week 186 Week 193 Week 200 Week 207
Week 159 Week 166 Week 173 Week 180 Week 187 Week 194 Week 201 Week 208
Week 160 Week 167 Week 174 Week 181 Week 188 Week 195 Week 202 -
Week 161 Week 168 Week 175 Week 182 Week 189 Week 196 Week 203 -
Week 162 Week 169 Week 176 Week 183 Week 190 Week 197 Week 204 -
Week 163 Week 170 Week 177 Week 184 Week 191 Week 198 Week 205 -

 Year Five:

Week 209 Week 216 Week 223 Week 230 Week 237 Week 244    
Week 210 Week 217 Week 224 Week 231 Week 238      
Week 211 Week 218 Week 225 Week 232 Week 239      
Week 212 Week 219 Week 226 Week 233 Week 240      
Week 213 Week 220 Week 227 Week 234 Week 241      
Week 214 Week 221 Week 228 Week 235 Week 242      
Week 215 Week 222 Week 229 Week 236 Week 243      
Search This Site

Copyright ProjectVixen.com.  All rights reserved.
Opinions expressed in posts reflect the views of their respective authors.
DMCForum Mailing List Archive  DMCNews Mailing List Archive  DMC-UK Mailing List Archive

Mail to Dave

Hit Counter