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03-31-2016 06:00 PM Fixed
Finally fixed. Thanks to Jesse's Rod Shop in Cheaspeake, VA for the work and Kyle Yokum for the new fender. Kyle had to create a new fender from scratch since the old one was so fragile, it resisted any attempts at repairs.

I need to do some work on the brakes (that's what caused the accident) and then it's back on the road, just in time for summer.

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02-24-2016 06:49 PM UPDATE
Repair work is almost completed. A new fender had to be made from scratch as the old one was too fragile to repair. A few minor fitment and paint issues remain. I suspect that the bill will be just north of $12,000. The insurance company is gonna hate me.

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09-06-2015 04:38 PM Work Has Hit A Wall

When moving the coupe, the brakes failed and a cinder block wall was required to stop the car's movement with predictable results. No one was injured. It does appear that due to the low speed, there is not any frame or mechanical damage.

The Briz bumper is a total loss. They are kind enough to offer a discount on replacement bumpers.

The driver's side fender is . . ., well, it looks worse that it probably is. I'll take it to be media blasted and then begin the metal work. I've some experience doing this kind of repair; I suppose I'll learn a wealth of experience on this one.

I do have insurance and am debating whether or not to file a claim. The labor for this repair is extensive and simple replacement parts for a widened metal fender for a '37 Plymouth are ... nonexistent. I believe that The Plymouth Doctor sells some body parts and there's a rod shop in Ohio that sells body repair panels plus widened fiberglass fenders; I'd rather not go that route.

Due to illness, the mechanical repairs (Radiator fan and wiring. P/S pump and brakes) have been delayed. I have located a local shop that is qualified to do the repairs and should be acceptable to the insurance company.

  [Entry #77]

08-30-2015 10:14 AM A New "Tool"
You can't wrench all the time.

I picked up a 52 inch LCD for $250 and a PS3 for $95 so with the games I already own plus Netflix, I can have some entertaining down time while waiting for parts to arrive.

  [Entry #76]

08-22-2015 12:29 PM When It Rains, It Pours . . .
I got the convertible all pepped for the StreetRodder Road Tour to the Woodward Avenues Dream Cruise.

On the trip there, we got 100 miles, refueled, and the car would not start: bad starter switch on the column.

That was repaired and the next day, we didn't get out of our neighborhood when the electric fuel pump quit.

Switching to the coupe, we arrived in Dearborn, MI, hit a pothole and needed to replace some tires.

Picked the car up the next day and then couldn't leave the parking lot of the hotel. The electric fuel pump went bad in the coupe.

Two cars, each carried on rollbacks twice apiece over four days.

Still, we had a great time at the Dream Cruise and enjoyed seeing old friends again. The trip home was uneventful, but the coupe developed some brake problems just after arriving home. At least I was able to drive it to the shop without having to have it towed.

I hope we can get all the cars running soon.

It's always an adventure.

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