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|08-09-2020 09:33 AM|
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|
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
|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|
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.
|07-22-2020 11:39 PM|
Originally Posted by shaark92 View Post
|07-21-2020 09:50 AM|
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|
Cragar's look great.
That's the way I like them.
|06-23-2020 10:22 AM|
Originally Posted by 62BillT View Post
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
Thanks for asking!
|06-17-2020 03:50 PM|
|62BillT||What Window Channel do you need?|
|06-16-2020 04:20 PM|
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|
updated photo album.
Making progress ... trying to get done before corona kills the bank account! what a mess.
|02-10-2020 07:59 AM|
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|
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.
|02-05-2020 05:01 PM|
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|
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|
For the first time in over a year, Polly's Body and Frame are together!
|08-23-2019 05:35 PM|
|shaark92||Gettin more color done!|
|06-26-2019 10:53 PM|
Originally Posted by BA. View Post
|06-26-2019 10:32 PM|
|06-26-2019 10:30 PM|
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?
|05-20-2019 07:40 AM|
Lol. Naw. Though sometimes I feel like it. Getting great help.
Yeah the engine should be a good un. Time will tell of course. Thanks BA.
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