Haste does indeed make waste, and I should have been suspicious because things were going so smooth, fitting so well.
I welded down around the front and bottom of the panel, and everything was great. Then I noticed the wheelwell was not flared out quite as much as I thought it should be. It's tempting to say "good enough", since this ultimately will be a resale car, but I can't sleep at night if I let it go down the road like this.
I used a yardstick to confirm the proper configuration on the never-wrecked passenger side, and then checked it here on the driver side. Sure enough the wheel opening edge is in a whole bunch, like a half inch. The car could look straight and shiny when finished, but subconsciously something wouldn't look quite right.
I used the die grinder and air hammer to cut a slit about an inch above where I had just finished welding. I then used this piece of wood to force the edge out to where it measured up properly. Note how far the bottom was off!
Lots of cool details to see. Many of the cars have very old 1960s vintage bias ply tires on them, suggesting that they've been off the road for many years before being used here. Not relevant to anything, just kind of a sidenote.
Carhenge is definitely worth seeing. I loved it, and as cornball as it sounds, it really seems like a good place for some deep, thoughtful introspection. About how I'm not getting anything done on the Cutlass..... must....stay.....focused....
With just a couple of days to plan it, my friend Jeff and I decided to go see that great automotive Mecca of the midwest--Carhenge, located near Alliance, Nebraska. It was a leisurely 1000 mile trip one way, but I couldn't shake the desire to go see it.
On a Friday afternoon we hopped in my Accord and headed west from St. Louis toward the wide open spaces and the sand hills of western Nebraska.
We stopped for a short break on the original Highway 2, first built around 1916. The new highway 2 is in the background. It looks like this for many miles west of Broken Bow, no rocks, no trees, just grass-covered sand dunes. The car and the road. Jeff thought it was boring, but I loved it.
Carhenge is a replica of Stonehenge, but obviously made of cars. Built during a family reunion in 1987, word has it that many of the town's residents were against it-but were gradually won over by the tourists and their dollars coming in from literally all over the world to see the place. Now there are signs throughout Alliance that proclaim it as the "Home of Carhenge".