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08-30-2020 07:56 AM
shaark92 Went to see Polly on Friday. shop owner told me ... "another two weeks"


But I have seen the materials and the seat being completed on the car ahead of me ... so hopefully 2 weeks was an inflated estimate on the start time.

As noted above, I've seen this before. Just want a little bit of communication.

Evidently there's a hangup about the need to remove the door panels to finish the assembly of the vehicle ... rear door window channel/window et al ... and side moldings ... which weren't available in June when he accepted the car. Had we known the job wasn't going to start before September, we could have BROUGHT him a completed car ready for a full interior. That requires communication.

IDK why we can't just install the insulation/carpet, kickpanels, headliner, package tray, seats ... built the door panels, wrap 'em and place them in the trunk or the back seat? I can install the door panels, I'm quite sure my restoration shop can, too.
08-09-2020 09:33 AM
shaark92 Venting alert:

Friday I learned that the interior shop who's had my Polly since 15 June ... STILL has not touched the car.

It's not like this outfit has acres of space or a shop to hold dozens of work-order vehicles.

3 weeks ago, when I was told this over the phone, I considered (seriously) taking my car elsewhere but I was advised by the restoration shop (that doesn't have an interior/upholstery section) to leave it as "it's taking space in his small shop, he'll have to "get to it."

I arrived at the shop unannounced to the small lot ... not only were the parking spaces full (typical) ... the two-lane drive up to the shop was full of "seat-cover" jobs. So much for the "leave it in his way" tactic.

I knew I had one full interior ahead of me (but in alleged progress) when I left Polly at his shop 2 months ago ... it's still in front of me.

I'm trying really hard to keep a "constant level" on this. I don't wish ill to anyone but here's the thing ... I have NEVER had a phone call/email/text/smoke signal sent from this fellow since I first met him. After he took my 4 digit deposit back in March ... I became a customer, not just a looker/wisher. A respectable fellow would try a little harder to keep his customer informed, yes?

Deposit paid, to purchase the materials so he has ZERO risk on that. 2 months later (stink virus RESPONSE delayed final assembly parts arrival/hence delay getting TO this interior shop in April) when he rejected the car in May because it wasn't "complete" ... I finally learned some of the material was discontinued. Why wasn't I called within a couple of days when he learned of the discontinued material? He had my name/number ... and money. Bad communication with me. Bad communication with the restoration shop on the expected status of the car upon arrival.

a 4 week job (according to him), left with him mid June. He advised they'd be taking vacation in Mid July. OK ... I think ... I'll drive the completed car to have pix taken with you and your crew as you finish vacation! ???

Then the aforementioned post about my phone call: "haven't touched your car" ... uh ... you couldn't have advised of this BEFORE you went on vacation two weeks ago?

The guy does good work. It's all over his office wall, the photos of the interiors he's done. I even understand delays happen, especially these days. I've had things "come up" to delay progress on the restoration. But good grief ... what's wrong with your telephone? Mine rings ... and it accepts voice messages, too.

I'm hoping there'll be some consideration for this deal which should have been completed no later than last week (allowing for overage in the estimated time to complete and the vacation; I'm not begrudging anyone time to unwind) If no consideration for having my 4 digit deposit six months before job completion on a 4 week job ... I'll ID the shop. If I do, well, I'll focus on the craftsmanship and design.

I was told on Friday ... when I expected to see marked progress, even near completion ... it'd be two weeks before they started ... "October" to complete. I didn't ask if that was Halloween ... or 1 Oct.

Thanks for letting me vent. I've tried real hard to keep from going sideways with folks because I understand this is not my "go to work car" so it's not adversely affecting me there ... and people drop the ball. Grace. However ... there's also accountability ... to maintain integrity. If ya knew you wouldn't be working on my car before you went on vacation, why'd you accept the car? If ya knew you couldn't get the selected materials, why did it take 6 weeks to inform the customer?

Again ... I'm paying insurance on a car I cannot drive, and it appears I will still be "cannot drive" at least 4 months after I "took-out" the policy. Polly could have sat at the restoration shop under the resto shop's insurance.

Like sands through the hour glass .... these are the days of our lives

07-27-2020 11:19 AM
shaark92 The resto shop is bonded ... but when it left the shop, insurance was on me. So I insured it.

My bellyachin is due as much to the increased delay of “DONE” as anything else.

The car is not “in pieces,” it moves under its own power, and I only had it insured when it left for the interior shop last month.

Comprehensive insurance is what it’s called. Like the level required when a loan is made to purchase a vehicle.

It’ll get done ... hopefully before the next lockdown. Smh (sorry to add a twinge there, but it is literally affecting even how we breathe.)

Most recently It affected the acquisition of Polly’s shoes ... wrong lug nuts and missed two of the cragar caps.

We now have THEM. Just need the car from the interior shop to do the final.

Thanks for the posts. Will post more pix as soon as I can.
07-23-2020 11:24 PM
Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
It is called insurance for a reason. Even though he isn't driving it yet it still needs theft and fire protection as well as collision. With a classic car that isn't driven much even when finished theft and fire are the greatest risks.

Big Dave
it's not the issue of not being driven yet, it's the issue of it's been in pieces, literally undriveable for the last 1-2 yrs. what kind of auto policy is that? I myself currently have a vehicle not being driven and is in 'storage' mode, but it only has liability and no loss. With notification, I can drive it with legal coverage the next day. I've never heard of an auto policy that will cover loss of a vehicle that has been in pieces.
07-23-2020 03:05 PM
lequels Pollys taking me back to my big brothers 61ss build 40 yrs ago but he got to master keeping his 348 from breaking .Good Times keep going 👍
07-23-2020 02:13 AM
Big Dave It is called insurance for a reason. Even though he isn't driving it yet it still needs theft and fire protection as well as collision. With a classic car that isn't driven much even when finished theft and fire are the greatest risks.

Big Dave
07-22-2020 11:39 PM
Originally Posted by shaark92 View Post
Paying insurance on a car I can't yet drive on the road!
uhhhh, why?
07-21-2020 09:50 AM
shaark92 my interior shop guys should be back from their gulf coast fishing trip. Hoping to get a call at the end of the week that ... "she's ready" ... which will be a return to the Restoration Shop for "make ready" ... still have some moldings to install ... the rear door windows ... the new wheel/tire assemblies. But we are CLOSE!

Two years' running now, this week.

Paying insurance on a car I can't yet drive on the road!
06-23-2020 07:56 PM
62BillT Cragar's look great.

That's the way I like them.
06-23-2020 10:22 AM
Originally Posted by 62BillT View Post
What Window Channel do you need?
we got 'em. Thanks.

Picked-up Polly's new shoes yesterday ... they'll await her return from the interior shop.
06-18-2020 08:55 PM
Originally Posted by 62BillT View Post
What Window Channel do you need?
rear door window channel, I think. I'll talk with the shop tomorrow and get the status, but no rear door window channel is why Polly went to the interior shop w/o rear windows. 4 door sedan.

Thanks for asking!
06-17-2020 03:50 PM
62BillT What Window Channel do you need?
06-16-2020 04:20 PM
shaark92 updated pix.

Finally got Polly to the interior shop this week. COVID has been a catastrophe for getting final assembly parts ... still need rear window channel. Just took it to the interior guy "this is the best we can do and have it to ya before y'all go on vacay" Let's git r done!
04-22-2020 10:12 AM
shaark92 updated photo album.

Making progress ... trying to get done before corona kills the bank account! what a mess.
02-10-2020 07:59 AM
shaark92 the plug boots are ceramic.

I didn't even know those existed ... and the loom should keep the wires off/away from the headers which is a concern for any wire installation, header or manifold I'd expect. headers are ceramic coated, so they shouldn't be as hot on the outside either.

I'll report back next year, how about that?

Thx Big Dave.
02-05-2020 07:42 PM
Big Dave Angle plug heads also cause installation issues and burnt plug wires with headers. They are not worth the one possibly two horsepower difference in engine performance.

Big Dave
02-05-2020 05:01 PM
shaark92 Well, the Doug's didn't work out either ... the output was too far forward. So returned to block huggers. Turns out the BPE heads have the exhaust port higher and the plug hole lower than standard, so had to get smaller spark plugs (so to speak)

But here is a few pix from today ... incl blue dot tail lights (gotta clean the original bezels though and add the ring trim) getting closer!
11-22-2019 06:08 PM
shaark92 FINALLY ... a set of headers. Doug's.

After discussion with the certified tech, I think the first set (Hookers) full length probably would have worked, but needed to "attack" from below. IOW, put her on the lift. The Sanders block huggers were fine, except they interfered with the spark plug install/remove. IDK why, but they did. So ... here's full length Doug's for a 61 Impala.

They fit. Have yet to run the engine though.

December '19 is a bit optimistic. Now hoping for March '20.
10-03-2019 02:53 PM
shaark92 A few of the shop's photos ...
09-18-2019 06:05 AM
shaark92 OK ... how do I rotate that photo?
09-18-2019 06:04 AM
shaark92 For the first time in over a year, Polly's Body and Frame are together!

Getting closer!
08-23-2019 05:35 PM
shaark92 Gettin more color done!
06-26-2019 10:53 PM
Originally Posted by BA. View Post
Engine looks great man!

You block-sanding while standing on your head? Looks challenging.

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I just realized that photo is inverted! LOL .... now I know what you mean!
06-26-2019 10:32 PM
shaark92 oops.
06-26-2019 10:30 PM
shaark92 I ordered headers from Summit but the shop said they couldn't make 'em fit ... they had these. So I returned the headers which were "called-for" in the book ...

but now looking at these headers, running the exhaust pipe is gonna be a real challenge because the collectors run aft.

Who has installed headers on a SBC and our X-Frame? What'd you get/have a reference?

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