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04-16-2006 07:38 PM Forest Park
The weather forcast was for rain, storms, hail, fire and brimstone, so of course it was bright and sunny for Easter here in St. Louis, and never rained a drop, a perfect day for the 45th annual 'Concours D' Elegance' car show at Forest Park.

The first shot is the upper Muny parking lot, early as the lot just started to fill up.

The second shot is later in the morning, of the lower lot. The turnout was huge, and the cars always overflow out of the lower lot. The normally tranquil Forest Park is filled with the echos of revving hotrods this time each year.

The third shot is my car, in the much larger upper lot. It too was almost filled to capacity. I could do a million journal entries with the literally hundreds of cool cars I saw today, but this is the 'project journal' section, so I don't need to show a whole bunch of photos of other people's cars.

The car next to me was a 1971 Monte Carlo which looked very good, and was supposed to be the same color as mine, but looked alot darker. As big as this show was, (maybe 1000 cars), there were only about 3 other Cutlass convertibles there and only one was a Supreme like mine. It was white with black interior and top. The other was a gold 442, and a blue 1969 Cutlass conv.

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04-15-2006 07:40 PM Before and After
Before I start waxing all philosophic on the particulars of this restoration, and drawing more comparisons between this project and the railroad, I thought I'd include a before and after shot.

This evening I drove it to the same location as the 'before' photo, and even waited for the same light.

**UPDATE: March 4, 2008. Awhile back I completed a slide show of this restoration, coupled it with two Jimi Hendrix songs, and uploaded it to YouTube. See it here:

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04-15-2006 07:33 PM The Golden Spike
The golden spike hammered in at Promontory Summit Utah on May 10, 1869 signified the completion of America's first transcontinental railroad.

The final wheel trim ring was hammered on my car this evening by my fist, to complete an only slightly less expensive and time consuming project, the restoration of this 1971 Cutlass Supreme convertible.

My neighbor Bill took the photos.

I'm saving my money for a better haircut.

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04-14-2006 09:54 PM The Bumper
The bumper is back from United. It turned out pretty good. Straight and shiny. I got it assembled and installed this evening as I watched the Cardinals game. After dark, I took the car out for a nice short drive around the neighborhood with the top down. The weather was fantastic.

I would have installed the final wheel trim ring, but no one was around to take my picture as I did it.

The car is ready for the Forest Park Easter show. Hopefully it won't rain!

Now that it's done, I'm looking forward to taking some quality photos of it in the daytime, instead of these dumb pictures with the flash, in the garage.

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04-10-2006 07:54 PM 99 Percent
The weather was perfect, 72 degrees. I watched the Cardinals home opener in the brand new stadium on my garage TV while I worked. I pulled the car outside and washed it, which it really needed. The Cardinals beat the Brewers 6-4, and the pitcher hit a home run. A good day to work on the ol' car.

The Easter show should not be a problem, provided I can get my bumper back on time. I sure don't want to use the crappy repro. Other than that, the car is basically done*....

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