As I said in my last post I had to pick up my hot rod early from the painter to leave Friday morning 5ish. From my garage to L'ville is about four hours, 200 miles or so. As usual I didn't get turned quickly enough and ended in the airport, again, but got back around and registered. Strangely at the same time as a guy I parked next to at GGIndy. Made it to the Nats and parked out in area 51, lots of room, and really enjoyed the show. Met up with a friend from other shows, saw some great cars, and had a good time before heading on through south to my son's.
I don't know the official numbers but on Friday and Sunday, the two days I was there, the highest registration number I saw was 9900 something. So they maybe broke 10K. And of course a donk and some 4x4s for the "plus".
I love my hot rod but driving for hours over those roads is a test of endurance and durability, one just hopes nothing important falls off.
I thought of my late friend Richard and wished I could have shared some of the experience with him.
My painter let me know a week before I had planned to go to the Nats that he had put four coats on the cab and bed, it was jambed and ready for the hood. But he was out of paint. So I reordered on line from the same supplier and of course the paint didn't show up until the evening before I had wanted to leave on Friday. Thursday I asked him to put everything back together and I would come and get it as the paint hadn't shown up yet. I drove down to the L'ville early on Friday and spent the day there before going on to my youngest son's home south of there. I really like the paint color (although I expected a little more yellow) and the difference it makes over the color primer. As soon as I got home I told the painter I would drop off the hood and hood sides for paint, hopefully to get them back by the end of the week. He said "could do".
I'm not sure this is the right place to put this but this journal is like a diary and this is important to me. This has been a very bad week. On the one hand my hot rod is in the paint booth and will be done in a few days. Something I've wanted fom the begining and it took alot of help from my best friend to get it to this point. My good best friend Richard Gard was killed last Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Louisville KY on his way to vacation. It's going to take a long time to deal with this. The funeral is today.
I'll post pictures of the new paint soon and the next show which is the Street Rod Nationals. Richard will be there with me ...in spirit. Rest in Peace.
Took the hot rod a few miles away to get painted this week. The painter is a friend of a friend who works in the same body shop and does painting on his own. He also helped a long time back when the first body work was being done. I had ordered a paint kit with paint, hardener, and reducer plus still had some primer left, so left it all with him. He said about a week. Which gives me time to get ready for the Nats in Kentucky. The color will be the same as the frame is now about chrome yellow. I have had the hood and sides reprimered for awhile and fixed a few places like the key hole in the passenger door, some body filler cracks here and there. I gave him free reign to fix what he thought needed redone and all the time he wanted, at least 'til the first of August.
Drove over the state line to Indiana for a show on Sunday. Lots of very nice cars, professional quality all the way down to mine. Had some interested viewers and lots of picture takers and kids who had their pictures taken in the drivers seat. The guy who cut the glass for my rod had his Dodge sedan on the official Tshirts, having won last years lottery drawing. A good day weather wise and a show not to be missed next year.