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.
Drove down to an area cruise in, a monthly affair on Friday evening. Ran just behind a thunderstorm most of the way. Didn't rain on me but wet roads so there were four rooster tails. The cold water just pops my header paint off in flakes, they were flying in the window. Anyway not very many showed up, I would guess due to the rain. Had a great visit with a gentleman and his 58 Pontiac. A real authority on his car and its history in nascar. That's why these get togethers are great.
This weekend is a twofer, cruise in Friday and show on Sunday, so spent time Saturday cleaning off the bugs and mud.
Went to the home town 4th of July car show. There were 100+ cars and trucks and some really magazine quality rides. The day was very hot but a nice breeze lasted all day. Got to visit with friends and make a couple of new ones, it's always fun to share your project with others and answer questions and learn new things. As the show was only about half a mile away there were no breakdowns.
As I predicted in my last post the best of show winner didn't deserve the trophy made by my friend, it didn't even deserve the best of show. Another case of personal preference over actual points.