Sunday, January 31, 2016

The car is (has been) finished

Just a minor detail, but I've worked so [not] hard to keep this blog going for 7 years to chronicle my progression and efforts through this project, and don't even mark the crowning moment of the achievement.  Specifically, NINE MONTHS ago I finished the car, and am just not getting around to updating it.

I don't intend for this to be the end of this blog as I still plan to post how-to's for how I did many things.  I'm just getting lazy I suppose.

Well, all through the winter of 2014/2015 I was slowly adding parts to the car...trim, windows, the final fixins'.  I had a big kitchen remodel coming up that summer so I knew I needed to finish the car before then, otherwise it wouldn't get finished or driven that summer as all my time would be spent on the kitchen.

I got classic car insurance (agreed value) through Heacock, whom I highly recommend.  I got quotes through Hagerty and Grundy, but being I'm in MI with one of the highest car insurance rates in the country, they were very expensive and Heacock was several hundred dollars cheaper and with better coverage to boot.  Then I took care of everything else, including registration and license plate, which was another almost surreal moment.

And finally, on one fateful day in May, I loaded it up and took it into the Muffler Man exhaust shop in town.  I see a lot of hot rods going through there and they were enthusiastic to do my exhaust job too.  They did a fantastic job of getting the exhaust installed and then I also had them to a front end alignment with the specs I brought in for the Shelby drop.  They have a laser rack and did great there too.  They have several real old school guys at this shop and that's exactly what I wanted.

In the end, the exhaust install was great, car sounds a little louder than I'd like with these Slowmaster 40 series Delta Flow and 2.25" pipes with H pipe and Tri-Y headers, and drones quite a bit, but still sounds good.  It handled and drove so nice and was a great summer.  I took it to a few shows, drove it to work a few times, and for once just got to enjoy it.  Enough talk, here's some pics and a video.

First time at the gas pump

Out to pasture.

Getting exhaust and alignment.
67 play date.

Our first car show.

Rose and Junebug came out to celebrate its first show appearance as well.