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01-03-2008 07:21 PM 20- way, way, way over due
I apologize to all of you who have been following this journal. It's been since last June since I've made an entry. Ok, to anyone who doesn't know- I made it to Tulsa! I was putting the car together all the way up until the last minute, literally. We left on Wed, June 13th form LA around 1:30 pm. I was still wrenching on the car after 12 that day. (needed time to shower, pack, etc) we hit the local pep boys for floor mats and a cup holder tray and we were on our way. We drove through the night and arrived in Tulsa on Thursday, June 14th, around 4:30 pm. We checked into our hotel and then headed over to the site where the other car was buried under ground for 50 years. On Friday we watched them lift it from the ground, and the evening's official unveiling. On Saturday we attended the car show and headed back Sunday. We met a lot of great people on the trip and had barely any breakdowns. On the way out my truck latch loosened and had to be adjusted to close the trunk at about 1am. On the way home a fuel line popped off, but snapped back on (lovely GM quick connect fittings). Attached are a few pics.





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05-29-2007 10:04 AM 19: completed exhaust
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwMY0RShe58

Still trying to get the car ready to take it to Tulsa, Ok, for the unearthing of the '57 Belvedere in the time capsule. I have to replace my spindles now as my front end is so low I'm having ground clearance issues. ecch. if it's not one thing it's another.




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04-30-2007 03:56 PM 18: It runs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz8MNjnd6dw

We started it for the first time last night. We only ran it breifly as neither the coolant or trans lines are hooked up yet. It still needs a fair amount of work done before it's really drivable, but it's good to know that it runs.

The plan is still to drive this car to Tulsa. I'd better be sure my AAA is paid up before I go!

-BV

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03-12-2007 10:30 AM 17: It's been too long
Still plugging away at assembling my car. It's been hard. The wife and I are going separate ways, which makes things difficult enough as one can imagine. The original purpose of this car was to have it as a family car, which, now, that is compromised. Still, I must get this car done enough to drive to Tulsa in June for the Tulsarama event to see the time capsule opened.

Last night the car was trailored to my friend's shop where he will help out with a few things. I need to have some welding/ fabrication done and I wantto have the transmission checked. After hearing horror stories from the placeI bought it, I want to have it checked out first. It'll be easier now with no exhaust to interfere, and the fluids have not been added yet.




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07-20-2006 10:28 AM 16: rear disc brake install
I ordered a rear disc brake kit from AAJ brakes for my car. Yes, someone makes one! And so far so good. I had to take the axles to a shop to have them press the hubs off and replace the bearings. They told me it took 18 tons of pressure to do this. Apparantly, they were stuck. I replaced the bearings, seals, etc and the kit included new hardware for this. Awesome.

I still have a little left to do. I need to have tabs welded on my axle housing for the brake lines, and I need to fix my passenger side hub to accept studs. These cars originally came with bolts, and during its life someone partly converted it. I need to finish the job to have it consistent and have the same size lugnuts on it. Following the completion of this I'll replace the brake lines and order an emergency brake cable kit. Then, I'll be all set.




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