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Yes, its everybodys least
favorite game show - The Waiting Game!
Thats what I feel like Ive been playing lately. Lets see
currently waiting for the space saver A/C compressor head and 90-degree fittings,
stainless bolts and hardware for the alternator mount, a new coil wire to match the plug
wires and many more bits and pieces needed to complete the puzzle.
Most of the work over the past several weeks has
been the running around dropping things off, designing and planning sort of work. While it
may look as if nothings happening on the surface, this is an extremely necessary
part of the project. I cant tell you how much time has been spent staring at the
back of the firewall visualizing everything in place behind the dashboard in an attempt to
get it right the first time.
It would suck to get everything packed in place
only to realize I overlooked something like the hood release rods. I hate those now
what do I do? moments. Little by little the puzzle is being cautiously fit together.
Someone with more experience building cars could probably move at a much faster pace. I
have confidence however that that car will one day come together.
Ive probably talked about this too much
but its a fact of life. We dont always get to spend our free time
doing what we really want to do. Since the last update Ive moved our oldest daughter
home from college and into an apartment, moved her two younger sisters into new bedrooms
at home (now that the oldest gave up her room), setup and installed a new web server (what
a pain), and formed a new business with an associate in Denver. I stay pretty busy with
work and family - too busy at times but putting things into perspective, life
wouldnt be worth living without family and friends and its nice to have a few
extra bucks left over for the car project after paying the bills. Thats a goal
anyway and unfortunately it requires working more hours than Id like sometimes. Even
so, I still have an April 2004 completion date - as long as I dont have too many
more months like the last.
Thanks to some observant site visitors,
Ive narrowly avoided making a few mistakes in the build-up. Who would have thought
you cant install a coil on its side? Some Mopars and Fords even came that way!
Its cool that street rod building tips and general automotive knowledge can be
shared BOTH directions through the site. I learn something new every day. The only problem
is that Im at the age where Im starting to forget something every day and the
daily forgets are starting to out weigh the remembers!
In the past 24 hours Ive received e-mail
from fellow car enthusiasts in South Africa, Indonesia, Australia and Japan. It really is
a small world! If youve sent e-mail and I havent replied, I apologize. With
all the spam I get its been hard to filter the good from the bad. e-mails
with Project33 in the subject are usually keepers. Messages with Turn your rod into
a beast are automatically deleted ;)
Speaking of spam
remember my anti-spam
rant a few months ago? (I got a lot of sympathy e-mail after that one ;)
Since then I've found a really nice anti-spam program that really seems to work good.
Its a P2P (peer to peer) program that allows the masses to add to and share a master
list of spammers. The guys who invented Napster developed it. Im not endorsing it
(Ive only used it for a short time) but its worth a look. Check out
cloudmark.com for more information.
Ill leave you with a parting shot
of Project33s new server (youre in there right now). This pizza box
size server is now mounted in a rack with a bunch of other servers in a huge climate
controlled room thats filled with racks and racks of servers, as far as the eye can
see. It reminds me of the movie The Matrix. I wont bore you with the
details except to say its a hot rod server and its dishing out Project33 pages
faster than a blown `33 coupe!
Until next time - Keep the shiny side up!