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09-21-2005 10:52 PM Day Two, at home
This was the day the turkey came home to roost, so to speak. Even though I have restored a number of other cars before, I had no idea what I was in for with this one.

I read somewhere, a formula about how to prepare for an auto restoration or hotrodding project:

1. Make a list of the parts you think you'll need.

2. Write down the approximate cost of the parts. If you don't know exactly, guess, and guess high.

3. Add up parts and supplies estimated costs for a subtotal.

4. Multiply this figure times 4.

5. Using this formula, you will still underestimate the cost, but hopefully will be in the ballpark.

My own addition to this formula would be about the labor involved. Figure the hours, and multiply that number by at least 8....

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09-21-2005 10:40 PM 1971 Olds Cutlass Supreme Convertible
This is my 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible.

Day two. I knew there were tons of repro parts available for this car, and that was one of the reasons I was really looking forward to getting started on it. This was/is going to be a better car than any I had done previously.

I'm not one to keep material possessions forever. In the past, the large Mopar convertibles were sometimes a little difficult to get rid of when I was tired of looking at them. (times have changed) I'm not in the resale business, but I definitely enjoy selling the old toys so I have the room and the cash to buy new ones.

I think I actually enjoy working on my classic cars more than driving them, as after they were finished, I always got bored and rarely kept them for more than a year or so.

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09-21-2005 10:38 PM Day One.
Day one. I paid $800 for this car I found on ebay. The seller advised that it was just a parts car, and not worth fixing, but maybe feeling a little overconfident, I borrowed a van and a trailer and drove from St. Louis to Lawrence, KS in 103 degree heat and bought it anyway. I figured this would be a real departure from the old full size Mopar convertibles I had restored years before. The seller had warned about it being rough, and rough it was. It looked relatively straight in the auction photos, but obviously there were no photos of how rusty the floors, trunk floor, doors, quarterpanels and fenders actually were. I considered backing out of the deal and just taking the negative feedback and heading east, but he talked me into staying long enough to at least hear it run, and then take it for a quick ride around the block first. It started up easily, ran well and sounded good, so I fell hopelessly in love and had to bring this true head-turning car home.

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09-21-2005 10:37 PM 1971 Olds Cutlass Supreme Convertible-
The beginning.

I paid $800 for this very rusty 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible I found on ebay. I took this photo a few days after I got it home.

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