If you caught last months update I mentioned that I misplaced Waldo, my welder.
After a 10 day search and too many embarrassing "Hi, this is Scott. Yeah, it's been a
while, how are you doing? You don't have my welder by any chance do you?" phone
calls, I was just about ready to give up the search and buy a new welder.
I remembered one of my employees borrowing it
way back in late August to fix his car before he left town to pursue a new career at Zion
National Park. My brother swore he brought it back and I thought it made it back here too.
I decided to call his parent's house as a last resort and low and behold his mother said
"Yes, we have it, it's in our barn." The irony in this is that this welder has
spent it's entire life in a barn - even when it was away from home.
Other than an empty gas tank and some rusty
wire, Waldo was in fine shape and both of us are happy he's back home. I guess the time
has come to create a check-out sheet so I can keep track of what I lend out but I keep
forgetting to make the sheet and when I do I'm sure I'll miss place it.
It feels like Christmas every day around here. What do you do
when you're bored? Some people eat - I call street rod vendors. Since I have to
keep the shop clean for realtor showings, I've had to find other things to "work
on" with the project. I figure if I can't dive in up to my elbows and work on the
car, then stockpiling parts is just about as rewarding. .
Here's a prime example of some of the cool one-off parts that will debut on Project33.
Bill Mullins milled this billet tach can himself to fit a Dakota Digital tachometer. This
is one of the best examples of mixing old and new that I can give you. This tach on the
polished Flaming River roadster column looks absolutely killer!
Once the steering column is in place we'll start
the dash. Designing and building the interior is my favorite part of building a street
rod. I can't wait to get started - but it may be a while before the interior comes
together. For those of you who want to learn how to sculpt leather door panels and other
interior tricks, please be patient - no one is more anxious than I am to get to that stage
of the project.
The home front..
We have a buyer for our house and shop! Of course there's a contingency to sell his
house before he can buy ours. If you've ever been through a house sale you've probably run
into contingencies like this. It always makes me wonder how far back it goes. For
instance, will the people buying his house have a contingency on the sale of their house?
Does it finally trickle down to a first time home buyer who has to give a month notice to
his land lord? It's like Dominos.
I'm really going to hate leaving this 4400
square foot shop for one stall in a triple garage. Since the bike shop has been closed
I've become spoiled. If it were still open I'd be moving my car into storage for the
summer about now and wouldn't see it again until fall. One stall -year around- will be
Can I interest you in some FREE computer wallpaper? I made this for myself a while
back and a few of my friends suggested I make it available to all of you to download. I
set my personal screen up with the icons to the left as shown, so I left the side empty
for that reason. Maybe I'll make some more as the project progresses - that is if you like
it. Pick your screen size below.
Until next time -
You can read my past ramblings from previous months by
clicking the Links below.
Keep the shiny side up!