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10/15/04 Update SEMA or BUST!
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!
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.
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