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Update (the final update)
Project33 is Finished!
They say, all good things must end, but
the friendships and experiences that have come about through this project, will last
forever. I've had the good fortune to meet so many great people and work with some really
great manufacturers and vendors.
I'd like to extend a big
Thank You! to all of the people and the many sponsors who
helped support the project! If you'd like to see the major sponsors of this site listed on
one page, click here. Their generosity and support helped bring
you this project. They are a big part of what makes this hobby so great!
I sometimes feel like the luckiest man
alive. The car exceeds my wildest expectations and I couldn't be happier with how
it turned out. It was definitely worth the wait. It has all the right parts and the fit
and finish are second to none. It rides and drives great and has the flavor of an old school
hotrod with the sophistication of modern safety practices and high-tech electronics.
Throughout the project it seems as if everyone's
been asking what it's worth and how much I have invested. While I won't say how much is
invested, partly because I haven't felt like adding up six years of receipts, I do know
how much it's worth. Before it left for the 2004 SEMA show, I had the car professionally
appraised by an appraiser who has appraised cars that were built by some of the nations
top builders. He spent the better half of a day in my garage, crawling in under and around
the car, writing things down, taking pictures and asking questions.
He came back with a detailed appraisal spanning
several pages with a value of $160K! (pick me up off the floor!) He told me that
the workmanship on the car was every bit as clean and professional as any of the top
builder's cars that he's inspected. He said that a small portion of that price is due to
the car's notoriety. Cars with history are more sought after but the car still holds it's
own even without that.
The future owner of the car will have the most
detailed "owner's manual" of any street rod ever built. They will also receive
the Project33 Purple paint code in a sealed envelope under guarded supervision at an
undisclosed location ;)
Why would I sell my dream car?
It isn't without mixed emotions, but here are a few of the reasons:
I built it too nice for my budget.
- I never drive it because I don't want to chip/scratch/hurt it in any way. I can't afford
to repaint it. It's a functioning art form that deserves to live a pampered life or to be
in the hands of someone who enjoys driving it and will continue to maintain it.
I enjoy building more than driving -
For me the fun is in the building, dreaming and scheming. Driving just means its finished.
There's the initial thrill of building a nice driving car and then it's replaced by a need
to build another.
I don't have the money or storage to
keep it. - It would be nice to have been able to keep a lot of cars I've owned in
the past, but unfortunately I've never been in the financial position to keep, insure, and
store them all. If I were in Jay Leno's shoes, I'd do exactly what he does.
160K is a ton of money to me.
- I think of what 40K would do for my next project and what the remaining 120K would do
for my retirement portfolio (I'll have to start one!).
There will be another dream car.
- Future "dream cars" are already floating around in my head. While I
don't know what the next car project will be, I do know that it won't go without a lot of
forethought and planning. That's all part of the fun.
I've been procrastinating in getting Project33
listed for sale. Even with the valid arguments above, I'm still going to miss it, but more
projects await the garage stall where she currently sits. For me a life without big
projects and the goals and dreams that accompany them, is like sitting around waiting to
die. Projects keep me going, give me purpose and keep my mind sharp.
I park the car on 4 shop rags in the garage so the tires don't
leach pigment into the nice painted floor. The other day it was a beautiful autumn day, so
I thought I'd shoot a video of the car backing out of the garage and pulling away. I was
alone, so I planned to shoot it in segments with the camera at different positions and
then edit it together to look like one video with multiple cameras.
I thought you might get a kick out of this short video blooper :)
This site will be available on CD-ROM for $19.95 each
starting January 2008. It will contain all the build-up content on this site as well as
the tools for calibrating tire size, etc. There will also be a couple added features on
the disc that you won't find here.
I'll be adding a button to purchase CDs on this
site. The site won't be going away anytime soon or for at least as long as I'm alive. The
CD is for those of you who'd rather not play the odds ;)
|Keep the shiny side up and keep