Ok, I am putting this thread together so I have a record for everyone to see, suggest, comment, and critique. I have been to the first six Nationals, all without Bertha. Seventh was the lucky charm! I can't let this happen again, it feels too weird.
Here is the list of what I have remaining to do in the next 334 days. By June 24, 2022
1. Get car back home to Auburn. (Yes, it is in Defuniak Spring FL. right now.)
1. Buy new one piece floor and trunk floor and install
2. Install new rockers
3. Install and repair quarter panels
4. Repair rust / dents in roof
5. New hood
6. New Cowl
7. Repair dash (knee dent on pass side)
8. New trunk-to-bumper panel install and smooth into quarters
9. Align trunk lid
10. Prep and prime and paint
1. Rechrome side glass frames
2. Buy and install glass. (Vent windows done)
Wiring - install AAW kit I bought
1. Get motor running (already rebuilt)
2. Prep transmission (fluid and install filler tube)
3. Turn front brake rotors (they are new, but rusted a bit in the Florida humidity)
4. Buy and install gas tank (lines are already run)
5. Install steering column and wheel
6. Finish routing and hanging exhaust
1. I already have a complete kit from Gina Ciadella (modified 670 trim). It is ready to install.
2. Install wipers, radio, etc. Just enough to make it fully functional
1. Buy new bumpers (front and rear) and install.
2. Finish polishing all of side trim. I have all of it, it just needs polishing.
3. Get new taillights and install
I think after this, it will be ready to drive to Nats. Not perfect, not complete, but drivable. That is what I want more than anything is for it to be drivable.
I am tossing around set on colors now, but will use a dark silver / gray metallic for the car with a dark blue metallic for trimStrato blue / white. I still have to decide on specific colors though. Paint is now a mix of the VW Strato Blue and Porsche Aetna Blue. I am sending a sample to Orion Automotive and it will be called "Bertha Blue"
Am I forgetting anything major? I have had this car for 10 15 years, I need to get it on the road!!! Finished!
Maybe take the tires and wheels to be swapped while you fuss with the sheet metal?
Easy for me to say, since you are making tons more progress than I am 😂.
Great job- looks like you’re gonna make the nationals!!
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