then he paid somebody to paint the removable body panels with acrylic lacquer. the guy did a good job painting.. but he used a lot more paint than we had expected, and it was hard to get in touch with him, and harder than that to get the parts back. for a while we literally thought he had run off with the body panels and paint.
I think the plan all along was to have this guy paint the entire car, but after all the headaches he had with them, he was out as an option.
It was here that the whole procedure came to a halt for years. My dad started to expereince major health issues, and his wife of years died of cancer. He lost all motivation to work on the car, and it sat dusty as is for years.
In january of this year I decided the best way to help him was to get him involved with the car again. At this point he assumed he would die with the car in a million pieces, and it would be up to my brother and I to decide waht to do with it after he was gone. I told him that I was going to dedicate myself to being the muscle and labor he needed to finally finish this 32 year old dream of his. With my wife's blessing and support, I'm going over there once a week (at least) and talking to him on the phone a couple times a day with ideas and brainstorming our next step.
This project has been great for both of us, it's exactly what we both needed. I recently got out of church ministry full time, and lacked the "project drive" that I thrived on in media ministry.
one of the first things we did was make sure the engine still turned... we turned the crank by hand and made sure none of the pushrods were going to stick
he had painted part of the dash before, so we went to go finish the job
we also had to paint the rest of the interior trim the same color as the dash