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Want to know what's up with Project 33? This area is updated monthly to let you know where we're at with the project. The latest Articles are featured in the What's New? area of this site and are in reverse chronological order. To follow the build up  from "day 1", go to the From the Start link and keep clicking on "Next Article". To view Articles on a particular subject, use the Search option of this site with the area you wish to explore as your keyword.

01- 24 - 01 Update
Virtual Street Rodding!

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Through the miracle of computer graphics Project33 is finished! It's amazing what a 30 minute session in PhotoShop can do for a street rod. This gives you (and me) a good idea what the car should look like when it's finished. What do you think? I know I'm excited.

If only it was this easy to build the real thing! In case you're looking at this picture and thinking "How much of what I've seen on this website is fake?" I assure you that the rest of the site is as real as man's first walk on the moon.

One thing I haven't touched on but is a VERY big part of this project is the amount of thought and planning that goes into building a car from the ground up. Everything has to be planned out and determined well in advance because one area of the car can effect the way another works or fits. I'm trying to avoid having to do things over or change plans as much as possible and it takes a lot of late nights staring at the car, or a part of the car, and thinking of ways to make it better. For example, this morning I was looking at the throttle linkage that I purchased from BDS. I came up with a cleaner way to do the job that only requires making a couple new pieces. As I started to draw out a template I remembered that the TV cable for the transmission also needs to be a part of this linkage. I don't have the TV cable yet so plans for the linkage are put on hold for a while and I'm looking at something else instead. If you get in too big a hurry, you'll make mistakes.  

On the home front:
We sold our remaining inventory from the bike shop and are ready to put our property on the market. It should sell fast at the price we're listing it at. When it does, it will mean a move is in store. Wherever that is, there will be a special place for work to continue on Project33. There might be a month or so when not much gets accomplished but maybe not. I hope to time it right so that I can have some of the work I need to "farm out" done during that time and I can follow it on the web to keep things rolling here. The first order of business once we move will be creating a first-class garage/work area for the project. I plan to paint the floor like we did here and build in a full shop with cabinetry and workbench. I'll miss the HUGE area I have to work in now but I really don't need this much space. Anyone who's looking for a beautiful 6 bedroom house in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with an attached (via tunnel from basement to basement) barn that's capable of storing about a dozen cars on the main floor and is zoned commercial - email me!  :)  (great plug, eh?)

The Web Site:
I think we finally got the server problems behind us! now resides on a new 800MHZ dual processor server with a GIG of ram. It's running Windows 2000 server with Cold Fusion 4.5. The site should be faster and more stable now. This site experiences a ton of traffic. I've looked at "who's on" at 3AM and there's been as many as 25 people there! During the day there have been times with over 100 people visiting the site at the same time. I'm really thrilled so many people enjoy the site and find it useful.

We have 2 New Sponsors!
Project33 welcomes Hot Rod Air and Powermaster to its list of sponsors. Not only do these sponsors help bring you this website but they also provide a huge amount of technical information and tips. I learned a ton of information in just one brief phone conversation with David Stutts (from Hot Rod Air) the other day. The street rod industry is overflowing with nice people who are willing to help answer questions. Again I'd like to thank everyone who has helped with this project in ANY way! What's that saying? "It takes a village to build a street rod"?  :)

You can read my past ramblings from previous months by clicking the Links below.

Keep the shiny side up!


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