Those of you who are married are likely less lucky than I. Its not that I am single far from it, in fact were married 35 years this December 2011. Its just that most spouses Ive seen are less tolerant/supportive of a dedicated lunacy in ones Significant Other than Sue is of mine. As this project has advanced (funny, diseases do that, too), I have been drawn in by the combination of vision pursuit and practical traps. Heres an example:
I set out to build a speedster on a running chassis. I bought a chassis, but it had wooden wheels. I sketched the concept with wires. No problem, right just get some wires. Yes, but it turns out there were two kinds of 32 Buick wooden wheels hub-demountable (which interchange with wires) and demountable-rim, where the spokes are permanently fastened to the hubs and brake drums. Guess which kind I got? Right so do I drop back to the practical reality? NO. I find and buy a second 32 Buick (kit form, partially restored but a classic basket case) with wire wheels. OW, that put a dent in the budget. Well, there is an old saying that in any project, you can have only two among the three virtues of speed, quality, and cost. We need speed (Great Race 2012 is less than 9 months away), and theres no point to doing this if we let quality go, so cost will surely get away. At least Im keeping track of it, so Ill know how far it went
Ive also discovered a few more issues with the first chassis. It has ceased to start, and in chasing that through, I found that there is no advance control on the distributor, so it moves about randomly. Also, I got a shop manual and can see that the carburetor it came with is not the original type at all. The manifold has been flipped and an updraft switched to a downdraft type. The closer I look, the more I find. The front bumper mounts dont match and I find that one of the supporting frame-rail horns is a weld in replacement (from another year?). The bolts used throughout are a mix of old and new in various finishes and head types. These sorts of things contributed to the decision to get a second chassis, too I am sure between the two, well have enough good stuff to make it all work.
Ive collected almost all the fenders required to build this, and now Im after the smaller bits. I found the COOLEST radiator cap a Buick Flying 8? Pictured here. I paid a bit much for it, not knowing how many might be out there. I know I paid too much, because the next week, three more appeared on EBay, each noting how much mine had gone for! (Yeah, I know, needs replating).
I also agreed this week to buy a rusty MG-A. IT gets me the fourth fender required for the front pontoons of this project, but we also get seats, a cowl with wipers, top bows and mounts for a wimp-rag (a.k.a. weather cover), and likely some nice hinges and latches.
The trailer is registered and the Big Buick (96 Roadmasher Wagon) is running well now (new fuel pump), so its almost time to haul stuff down to Ensign Autobody to start the Winter work!
Thanks, Sue Im a Lucky Guy.
250 days to the start of Great Race 2012!