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01-17-2015 04:55 PM
Originally Posted by Rodnit View Post
Hey Jay! I haven't been around for a while. I see you're still working on the paperwork. That seems to be taking some time. Now since we're into winter it could be a while before you can hit the road. Darn salt and cold! I know my heater works good in the fall.......... Watched your vid. Looks great! Now we'll need some vids that show you on the road and some green grass in the background. Pray for an early spring!

Hi Troy,

We JUST got VIN'ed this past Thursday!!

Note to all perspective home hot rod builders...NEVER pursue VIN Certification around the holidays!

The state officials / Sheriff's department may take liberal use of their vacation days and not call you back for a MONTH or TWO.

That said, if you do get ahold of a state official, you get more bees with honey than vinnegar.

So "bee" (chuckle, snort, guffaw) kind to them! The sheriff's department...not so much!

If anyone is in the state of IL, ping me via IM and I'll point you in the right direction depending on where you are in the process.

Separately, our running board rails sat too high on the driver's side but not the passenger's side.
This wasn't a problem when the car sat in it's build location; but when it was driven around the block, apparently there was flex.
The resolution was to shave the running board by an eighth of an inch and repaint it.

The only remaining issue now is the door poppers on the car, but that will wait until the Spring of next year.
They are out of alignment with the door and will need to be corrected.

For now, the car is being shipped to FL so that my father can enjoy it for the winter.

Cheers & Thanks for reading,

Jay K.

ps. Thank you Troy for the kind words! I'd like video pronto! I mean YESTERDAY!!
01-14-2015 05:43 PM
Rodnit Hey Jay! I haven't been around for a while. I see you're still working on the paperwork. That seems to be taking some time. Now since we're into winter it could be a while before you can hit the road. Darn salt and cold! I know my heater works good in the fall.......... Watched your vid. Looks great! Now we'll need some vids that show you on the road and some green grass in the background. Pray for an early spring!

12-05-2014 03:40 PM
JGK95 Thanks Gents!

We will be scheduling a visit with the State of IL. to verify/validate that it is actually road worthy in the next week or two. The trick is to call your Secretary of State for an update on a daily basis. Be polite and persistent. It pays in spades!

Jay K.
12-05-2014 08:57 AM
rakrick i want my car to be like that when it grows up. well done!
12-04-2014 11:57 PM
12-04-2014 04:17 PM
daves 34 Nice job looks great
12-04-2014 02:56 PM
JGK95 50,000+ views!

Let's celebrate with some noise!

Tha' BEAST!! Video by JGK95 | Photobucket

11-23-2014 08:30 PM
Originally Posted by rakrick View Post
Hey Jay, how did you fasten the dash?
Hi Troy,

Per the picture below we welded four bolts to the custom built windshield frame support.

Once the windshield framing was completed, we glassed it in and then built it out to accommodate the significant gap between the side windows and the A-pilar.

(See Page 17 of this build thread to see what I'm sayin')

The unique difference is that our dashboard never lined up with the windshield so ours tucks underneath the windshield fiberglass frame.

I don't see it is a bad thing, it actually means that the dash is not flush to the bottom of the front window. I'm good with that!

Thanks for asking,

Jay Karson

ps. Please ask moar questions so that I can field them!
11-22-2014 09:21 AM
35terraplane rakrick

I don't know if Jays was the same, but on mine it was bolted to the door jam with tapered screws.

11-20-2014 01:58 PM
rakrick Hey Jay, how did you fasten the dash?
10-31-2014 11:59 AM
JGK95 Thank you Randy.

I Fedex'd the paperwork on Tuesday night to the Illinois Secretary of State Vehicle Services Department and await the contact by the state for an in-person visit from a Sherrif to validate that Tha' Beast! is roadworthy.

All tax stamps have already been paid on the car so here we go!


On a separate note:

It may get old to some, but the very supportive conversation with Randy was the linchpin to my father and I getting started. is significantly more supportive from the environment it was when I initially joined back in 2007. Challenged by the lack of skill back in 2008, Randy broke it down to me over the phone and the rest was history. My Dad & I were now in the Car building business!

However, once we were hit by the garage fire (documented on pages 11- 14) we were now well beyond our abilities. To be able to manipulate and work fiberglass is truly an undertaking and an art form. I certainly didn't want to turn out sloppy work paired with better mechanical skills.

After doing my homework, I found a replacement glass shell on ebay and a shop near our house that would attempt to bring us across the finish line. It was there that we met a terrific bodyman named Miguel Menendez. Unfortunately, due to differences with that shop we moved on.

Once we learned that Miguel had decided to open his own shop & call it Bluez Customz in Melrose Park, IL., we happily contacted him to complete the build of "Tha' Beast!" and here we are today. The finished result has many improvements over the initial kit and some hidden functions too.

Most importantly, my father will be behind the wheel prior to his 80th birthday! This is something that the two of us would not have been able to do on our own.


Jay K.

ps. The "dot com" URL to Bluez Customz can be found inside of my profile.
pps. I'm always available to assist in any way that I can & if you need a photo of the car for a reference or anything I can help with, I'll be found in the StreetBeasts build thread with a smile!
10-30-2014 08:32 PM
NEW INTERIORS Great job Jay...
It should be down hill from here...

Seems like yesterday when we had Our time on the phone...Glade you stuck it out...
10-30-2014 07:23 PM
Originally Posted by 37ford4dr View Post
when I lived in NJ you needed four photos of the car to get antique plates also. that top fits the car so perfectly. they did really nice work.
VA does not require photos, just a signed statement that you own another regularly-licensed vehicle. Too many people were using 80s era antique-tagged cars (especially work trucks) as daily drivers to avoid annual inspections and personal property taxes.
10-28-2014 06:56 AM
JGK95 Hi everybody! I'm home!

Presently Dad and I are working with the state of Illinois to get our paperwork in order so that we can become street legal. As this was a very well documented build, we're doing it right by titling tha' Beast! as a street rod classification.

One of the most important things to remember is to keep a folder of your receipts. We could've started the registration process sooner if we had all of the answers to the questions we didn't know to ask.

That stated, we're very close to completion and will soon be street legal!

Bee back soon with updates once she's street legal.


Jay K.
09-04-2014 03:09 PM
35terraplane Jay to tell you the truth I haven't taken too many pictures of any of my cars. My wife has taken a few, I hate to admit it but I have been on the computer for many years , and I don't know how to post picturesor just about any thing else.

My wife will show me but she goes through it to damn fast, the jelly mass between my ears won't catch on fast enough.

I did just buy a new camera so now if I can learn to use it. I do have 400 pictures floating around in space some where that I would like to post some on here when ever I learn how .

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