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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 keyword.

  04/04/05 Update

Spring is here! This month will be spent getting the car road-worthy and catching up on some much needed build-up Articles. The first drive was awesome and it was just enough to give me a feel for what's ahead and to get the excitement churning once again.

There's still a brake issue to contend with. I'm now on my 3rd defective `69 Vette master cylinder and I'm about to give up and buy one of those cool new Wilwood units and be done with it. This one is leaking out the main seal, just as the first one did but fortunately I switched to synthetic fluid so it didn't remove the paint from the frame like the first one did. The second one had a cracked line-out port. Don't worry, there'll be a whole article on our brake woes for those of you who love reveling in other's misery :)

Our church (First Baptist of Sioux Falls) has a really progressive boys youth group. Each Sunday evening they go somewhere and experience something fun and interesting. They've worked on engines, played sports, and now... visited Project33. I'm not so sure that Project33 falls into that "fun and interesting" category but I think they thought the project was kind of cool - especially when we fired it up! The cookies were a hit too :)

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I promised that I'd write a little more about the Easter Weekend Car Show, so here we go...

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This year's show was one of the better ones I've been to - and not just because Project33 was in it! happy-face.gif (76 bytes)  It's not a huge show (about 100 cars) but the cars that were there were top-notch. This was one of the two halls.

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This beautiful car belongs to Doug Hoppe of Sioux Center Iowa. If you ever get a chance to see this car, check out the seat backs. They feature inserts from a Sting Ray fish!

Project33 was the other feature car at the show this year. My display wasn't quite as elaborate as Doug's but it also wasn't nearly as expensive. The entire display (yard lights, duct tap, light bulbs and extension cords) ran me about $50. That probably wouldn't cover one of Doug's floral arrangements. What can I say? I'm cheap! happy-face.gif (76 bytes)

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This nice little Cobra belongs to our friends Roy and Sue from Chamberlin, SD. They're both  long-time followers of the project. Yup both! Roy said Sue's going to wear out the Project33 startup video!

This is the only Cobra I've ever ridden in - what a blast!

There was a smattering of everything imaginable, like this vintage racer. I think they did a great job this year in making the show diverse.

If the vintage racer wasn't your thing, maybe the pro-street Camaro behind it or the race car beside it was.

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My highschool shop teacher was showing his father in-law's original panel delivery.

He was my metal shop teacher and I still use the tips and tricks he taught me today. Project33 should make him proud.

Klockwerks Cycles had three bikes on display. This one is called the Hobo and you have to see it to appreciate all the fun little things that have been implemented into the bike.

There are better pictures on their site at:

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This Klockwerks bike was quite the hit at SEMA this year. The Cherry Bomb "bobber" sports a real Cherry Bomb muffler and an old pitted tractor seat with a tooled leather top. The bike has class and it sounds great too!

For those of you who didn't think a "bagger" could look cool - check this out!

This slick Klockwerks bike was as smooth as they come and featured Dakota Digital gauges - imagine that!

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Excessive Autosports had a booth at the show. Joey sat back and answered questions about EFI and Turbos for two days.

He's definitely the "guru" when it comes to turbos and tuning. I hope to get Project33 on his dyno sometime soon.

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Project33 walked away with best in class (of course it was the only one in its class ;) and "Best Engine" trophies.

This one is now in the hands of the engine builder (Sher Performance)

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That's right where it belongs - they did a great job!
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Until next time, Keep the shiny side up!


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