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11-29-2019 08:44 PM
MARTINSR Right on! How cool is that, getting ur done for sure!

11-29-2019 07:43 PM
John long
Originally Posted by jeremy bilbrey View Post
looks great, I saw your truck there at steves on my way home from work today. I would love to have steve do my glass work..he is amazing.
You should have stopped. Both Tim and I would have been glad to have gotten a chance to say hi. I'm sure Steve would have too.

11-29-2019 07:21 PM
jeremy bilbrey looks great, I saw your truck there at steves on my way home from work today. I would love to have steve do my glass work..he is amazing.
11-29-2019 07:09 PM
John long Tim and Christine came in for thanksgiving. It has been a really good visit and Tim volunteered to go up to Steves today and help put in the windshield.

Easily done is not how it went but we got it in there in one piece. It took 5 hours and we had it in and out twice but nothing succeeds like success. It is in and fits well. As some of you guys will remember, there was extensive repair work done to the cowl and windshield frame. I was concerned about the fit. It was good to see it fit well.

Many thanks to both Tim and Steve.

Oh, one more thing. The hood is now red and Steve is getting a good start on buffing it.

As I keep telling you guys. Life is good.

11-22-2019 12:14 PM
John long I have been so busy lately, I have only been up to Steve's once in the last 2+3 weeks. As I was leaving yesterday he said, "by the way, I have really grown to like the SPI clear. It really buffs well. I have also found it sprays really well if I keep my gun close."

Another SPI fan is walking the earth.

I, for one, have also become a Steve Minnick fan. He has really stepped up to the plate for me.


11-07-2019 08:10 AM
John long Thank you.

I started this car the end of May 2013. I told my wife I wanted a project that would keep me busy and give me a feeling of accomplishment. It has been a long 6 year project but it has provided everything I hoped it would.

You guys here on the forum have provided a lot of the motivation and support along the way. I don't normally get terribly connected to my cars but there is definitely emotion when I go back and review the journey. It's not all about the car either.

I have gained friends along the way. I have become very close to Barry over at SPI. Most of you know this car was finished 100% with SPI products with the exception of the interior champaign color. The support I received from Barry was just amazing not to mention the quality of his products.

I have personally met Pugsy, Mitch, David, and spoken to others on the phone. If it weren't for the car, I do believe my life would be for the worse.

Life is good guys. What a blessing to have lived the life I have.

11-07-2019 07:51 AM
MARTINSR So cool to see!

11-06-2019 06:54 PM
1971BB427 All I can say is WOW! That is so very pretty!
11-06-2019 06:50 PM
123pugsy Very, very, nice. Great reflection.
11-06-2019 05:25 PM
John long Steve has proven one thing. He does not need supervision for sure. Between my eye surgery, both Barb and I being sick, and another good friend passing away, I have not seen Steve or the car for a couple of weeks. He should get the hood and final trim pieces painted this week and he has compounded the rest of the body. It is still not been final polished but it looks good... Very good.

When I got there he was getting the hood ready for final priming. It was a bit rougher than either of us realized.

I know these pictures are similar to others that have been posted but seeing it come alive under the buffer sure does make my heart go pitter patter.


I'll tell you one thing guys. This car is not perfect but it is very would be hard to find a car that started off in poorer shape and has become a very good, solid, quality car. This car should give good service for years to come. As long as I will be needing it for sure.

10-21-2019 07:26 PM
John long
Originally Posted by cgates View Post
Now that Steve has done some cut and buff, what does he think about the SPI color and clear coat?
I asked him today. He said he was still kind of getting used to it but said he liked it. He also said it was the easiest clear he had ever tried to blend.

He painted the front fenders with it last week. Up to this point, I had done most of the painting even though he had done all the hard work.


10-20-2019 07:47 PM
John long
Originally Posted by cgates View Post
Now that Steve has done some cut and buff, what does he think about the SPI color and clear coat?
Good question. I will probably get up there tomorrw. I will ask him.

10-19-2019 09:12 AM
cgates Now that Steve has done some cut and buff, what does he think about the SPI color and clear coat?
10-18-2019 05:29 PM
1971BB427 At least the frames are salvageable to make what you need for seats, and wont have to fit something modern into the '53!
That paint looks fantastic, and will be even better once it's finished!
10-18-2019 12:36 PM
John long I did run into one disappointment though. The seat backs are going to need more work than I originally thought.

The center hinge pin is weak on one and the springs are pretty crusty and brittle. I believe it makes sense to go ahead and eliminate the springs and switch to foam. no doubtI will be glad I did.


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