Just a quick note to wish everyone out there a prosperous and productive new year. I have no idea how that would apply to you, but you do. Just know our thoughts are sincere.
We are busy here at PAINTHOUSE, and will be at the Little Rock, Arkansas 3rd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Auto Extravaganza, January 7-9, 2011 (yes, I initially typed 2010). If you're in the area, stop in and see Blue Belle.
Our friend, Raytona, has returned from a detour for a new front 'clip'. Thanks to Danny Kurtz at Restoration Techhniques for a stellar job of rebuilding the obvious, and hidden, damages. They installed a complete, correct front clip and discovered, and repaired, many underlying structural problems resulting from years of use, and abuse. He and Mike are true artisans of dying art and a true credit to our industry. If you have a classic Corvette and need some 'glass repair, look him up, you won't regret it. If he ever puts up a website, I'll be happy to link to it (hint hint), otherwise, look him up and call him, or me and I'll get you to him.
With the new foundation, we can dive back into our renovation of this cool '63 Corvette Roadster. Hang in there, we'll have it's page up and running soon.
In addition to that, Blew Bayou has returned from California and we are currently building the stainless exhaust (with electric 'dumps' no less), hanging the the freshly narrowed fuel tank (thanks to Hector at Ricks Tanks) and making an 'on the fly' transmission change from the former T-400/Gear Vendors overdrive to a Circle D Transmissions 700r-4 (I've been in doctor's offices that were not as clean as this shop!). Long story short, the T-400 along with a Gear Vendors overdrive would not fit properly without cutting up our already finished floor pan and interior. Ah, the fun of custom car building! At least Noel, the owner, has another use for the transmission and overdrive unit on his other Pontiac, a 1967 Firebird Convertible, so nothing is wasted.
Not to be forgotten, we have also managed to paint the '57 Thunderbird of Ken Wind, assemble the frame/suspension for our '69 Judge project, as well as put the body back on the frame and begin to process the sheet metal adjustments and bodywork. Also, Richard Weiss' '32 Ford has new headlamps, refinished front fenders, a new grille shell and insert and a new front spreader bar.
I just noticed that this is getting long-winded, and I intended to keep it short and sweet. So much for that. I'll be back with more later.
Take care all,