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  10/15/04 Update  SEMA or BUST!

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The THRASH-O-METER is running at full tilt these days in the mad dash to get the car completed for SEMA.

The countdown board reads 12 days until the car needs to be loaded in the trailer headed for Las Vegas!

I can tell you with certainty that the car won't be 100% finished but it should at least LOOK half-way finished. I hope!

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I also hope we don't have many more unproductive nights like last night. We ran into several "issues" (that's the politically correct way of saying "problems") that basically made our entire night worthless. With 12 days to go we can't have too many more days like that.

The number one question lately is "When are you going to fire it up?". Well, it has to be wired first. So many of the car's features are interactive and there are still some key parts on order that haven't arrived. We're going to try to start it before we leave because it will be a lot easier to load and unload under it's own power, however it would be kind of nice to not be rushed when we do it. My worry right now is what if we have a major leak that would have to be repaired at the last minute before it goes on the show floor - that wouldn't be fun. I guess pushing it into place won't kill us and it could be less stressful. We'll see how it goes.

reality.jpg (11428 bytes)It was exactly one year ago today that the final moch-up photos were taken. To some it may not seem like much progress has been made in a year but believe me, it has.

The final fit and finish are beyond my expectations and I'm not going to cut any corners in the rush to get it ready for the show. If there are still things that need to be finished - so what. After all this is a project car and I would imagine we could get a few new visitors to the site if they know that there's more in store.

Anyway, I look forward to kicking back and writing all the final assembly Articles after SEMA. I've been taking pictures and documenting everything as we go and there's a TON of useful information and interesting excerpts to pass along.

One more thing... We'll be INDOORS at the show now in the HRIA (Hot Rod Industry Alliance) booth in the middle of Hot Rod Alley! That's pretty much at the center of everything. They'll be filming an episode of Two Guys Garage near by and other fun stuff. If you get a chance, stop and say hi. I'll be the guy napping next to the car but feel free to wake me up :)


Until next time - Keep the shiny side up and C U @ SEMA!


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