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
03/31/04 Update - SEMA 2004 OR BUST!
Project33's been invited to attend the 2004 SEMA Show in Las Vegas!
I can't believe it - I have to pinch myself sometimes. I'm so honored.
In almost all the TV show's I watch (Rides,
American Hotrod, etc.) it seems like they're always scurrying to get a car ready for a big
debut at SEMA. It's the show of shows in the automotive world. It's a HUGE
business-to-business trade show with a mile-long list of vendors that reads like a
"who's who" of the automotive industry. If you're not familiar with it, there
are some great photos at: http://www.semaphotos.com/semashow.htm
Since the car isn't even finished yet and I'm an
amateur builder at best, I can't say that the car is the main reason for the invitation.
It's not like there aren't more deserving cars out there. Some of the project's sponsors
think the concept of documenting the building of the car being in detail on the web and
the extensive use of aftermarket parts (with just enough bicycle parts thrown in to add
interest) is commendable and worth recognition. It's helped shine a light on the
hobby and has encouraged others to get involved who may have had doubts about building a
car themselves. They also expect that the car will be worthy, so the pressure is really on
now to finish the car to the highest standards possible.
devoting every Saturday to the body - sanding, sanding and sanding some more. He plans to
take a week off work when it's time to paint it so he can work straight through and finish
it - and wet sand it over and over. When he's finished he's either going to feel a hundred
years older or have biceps like Popeye.
I've been working on a few other areas in
preparation for when we remove the body from the frame. The two "things"
pictured here are not bones. They're (unfinished) A-pillar caps
that will hide the roll cage between the top of the dash and the headliner.
I'll be covering fabrication of them and
finishing them sometime soon. They should really clean things up. Once again, the only
visible part of the roll cage will be the door bars and they'll be stitched with leather
(like a steering wheel).
A six foot long box of leather arrived from TEA's Design the other day so we're set for
leather. I haven't made a decision on the carpet yet and still need to purchase foam and
I've been shopping for a stereo system for the
car. I plan on making molded fiberglass interior panels with the speaker covers built in
so I need to get the components first. The amplifier and subwoofer will go in the trunk.
There's just enough room to make a nice side-facing soloberic sub enclosure on the
passenger side of the trunk. I've installed a few high-end systems and made countless
speaker enclosures throughout the years so I feel confident I can attain the same level of
quality that many of the better install centers provide.
has come on-board and with their help we'll be covering the entire paint process and the
use of some of their latest products. That's pretty cool too!
I'm heading to the paint store in the next
couple days with my camera in-hand to scan a color that we intend to use on the car. Yup,
we're changing color - sort of.
I found a color (actually Bob found it) that's
closer to the color I was originally looking for. It's a slightly darker and bluer version
of the purple that the frame currently is - and we found it on a diecast car at Wal-Mart!
That about sums it up - March was a pretty good
|Until next time - Keep the shiny side up!