Two guys, a dog, and a repair shop
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
68 Ford XL
A unique old car in the shop this week. A 1968 Ford XL convertible with a 428cid V8. It has a laundry list of issues to address that are not going to be finished up at this time. Through the years it looks like many things where patched or taken out leaving a good amount of labor to put it back proper.
Hopefully the sticker shock of what needs to be done doesn't chase the customer away and he gives up on doing anything. The car has a ton of potential and the issues aren't anything major that would keep it from being driven. Just so many odds and ends to fix that once your done you'll have a good 20 hours of work plus parts.
I guess we will see.
On the car hunt the Impala sale fell threw. Mostly on our end for not offering up more then we should have. We could have countered higher then what we originally offered but after much thought we decided we could put that money into many of the cars we have. They all need a little something here and there.
Troy's search for a old car is on hold right now as he has so many other projects going on that he thought it best to wait until he truly can put the time into a project car.
Dan is on a big old Jet headed to Iraq as I type this. After a month of pre-deployment training in Ft. Bliss his unit is now on the move to Iraq. He is sure to have a short layover in Kuwait before heading in. He is doing fine and is looking through catalogs and ordering Cobra parts so he has some fun to do when he gets back.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Enjoyment for Brother Dan
Since he is off on his third tour and I am in charge of keeping the Cobra in the exact shape he left it I figured I might as well show him it is still tucked away in the one of the Top Secret locations for Willie's.
No FFR Cobra's where harmed in the making of these films.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
The Hunt for Red October.
Troy's hunt for a "project car" is turning into the main theme from "The Hunt for Red October".
It started with a list from people that know Troy, those of us at the shop and friends who frequent our facility after hours. The list was one that scattered the automotive globe, Bimmers, Chevy's, odd ball makes and models. Just like in the movie, no one had any real idea what was going on at first. We just knew that the Captain had wants to do something crazy.
Then the Austin Healey was chosen and those of us on board thought we had the answer. Much like the crew of the Red October there was a small group who had a better idea what was going on. We ran off to find a Healey, searched the Internet, looked at a basket case buried in snow but nothing came about. The idea went back into hiding.
Then a curve ball was thrown at everyone and now the idea of a Corvair is being floated by Troy as to the car of his choice. Again we go on a chase and look at a Corvair 500 Sport Coupe that was on consignment at Benchmark Classics off of PD near Verona.
We looked the car over and drooled at some other rides there. As with the Red October others where becoming aware of Troy's intentions and the possibility of his car choice being sunk may arise if he doesn't choose soon. Not by choice of anyone else, but by Troy himself.
So now a Jack Ryan (me) needs to board the ship(Troy's brain), figure out what is going on, then try to communicate with the Red October(find a proper car) to get it to safety(the shop) before it is really sunk.(Troy becomes frustrated and gives up)
I just hope he doesn't want to move to Montana.