|Project33 is back on wheels!
Project33 is 1 year old now. Some may look at
it and say "is that all the further you've come?" but in my mind it's come a
long way. I look around and see that most of the major components to finish the car are
here. Now comes all the nickel and dime stuff that keeps adding up. Let me ask the people
out there who have built a car, when you were estimating the cost to build your car at the
start of the project -
|did you figure in the cost of
insulation? all the fasteners? brake fittings? fluids? This stuff is
referred to around here as "cost override", and all these things are really the
nut and bolts of the car. Yesterday I dished out $43 for 3-quarts of synthetic gear oil
for the rear differential. There went the rest of this month's Taco Bell lunch money, it's
50-cent hotdogs from the gas station next door instead. Oh well, you only get one life so
you gotta go for it - and I should probably lose some weight anyway. :)
Things are going to start happening.
More has been done to the car in the last couple weeks than the last couple months. I
finally have a little time to work on it but also it's right here in my face all day at
work. You'd be surprised to see how much can get done in an hour's time if you're
prepared. It will take longer to write most Articles than it does to do the actual work. A
lot of phone calls are also made. Today I ordered all the brake line fittings.
The water pump has arrived! Youre
probably thinking, "whats so exciting about a water pump?", so let me
explain. This is no ordinary water pump. Its a Stewart
High Flow hand polished pump. Stewart high-flow water pumps are
designed to deliver maximum flow with minimum power consumption. They deliver up to 180
GPM (gallons per minute) of coolant flow (at 8,000 RPM), yet only consume just 2.26
horsepower (at 4,000 rpm)! You may not be familiar with the name but ask any NASCAR engine
builder. Stewart is the overwhelming choice of NASCAR Winston Cup engine builders by a
margin of 42 to 1!
If you want access to a gold mine of cooling information,
check out Stewart Components
web page. For applications like street rods (that are known for cooling problems) this
information is VERY useful. Give yourself some time to look around the site - theres
a ton of information.
Project33 has enabled me to meet some great
people. Some of them keep in contact by email and we've never met each other in person. I
had the pleasure of meeting one of the guys who has emailed me and his wife at our annual
Labor Day Rod Run, in Sioux Falls (BTW, you're all invited!). Roy and his wife have a nice
little 429 Cobra replica that looked like a gas to drive. They're great people and it was
fun meeting them.
There's an unsung hero here at Project33.com and his name is Bob.
What about Bob you ask? Bob is a fellow street rodder from Nebraska (whom I've never met
in person) who acts as Lead Spellchecker.
He also gives great advice. He's one of the many people who make this all happen and he
has the coolest garage you'll ever see! Thanks Bob! and thanks again to everyone who
has contributed in any way to this project. What's that old saying? "It takes a
village to build a street rod". :)
I never thought I'd be in the T-shirt business, but TONS of loyal project
followers have visited the T-Shirt Order Page and I'm not just
saying that because of all the XXL's! ;)
Thanks everyone! It's way cool that you would want to wear a Project33 shirt. I'm
having a blast doing this and I'm so glad others are enjoying the project.
You can read my past ramblings from previous months by clicking the Links below.
Keep the shiny side up!