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Looooong over due update...

Coupe body should be done with prep next week and ready for paint in a few weeks. After that, all the glass needs to be installed and then it is mounted to my chassis.

Speaking of chassis, the trans I got decided to spring a leak and drop trans fluid all over my garage floor. Some plug thingy? Not exactly sure since I am no transmission expert. I spent an hour this afternoon draining and pulling the trans out. Since I got the trans through Greg, he is being kind enough to drive to my house and pick it up. I would drive it up to him, but it is hard to get away from the house when you are managing a soon-to-be three year old! Greg for the win!

If all goes well, I will have a nice coupe painted and mounted to my rolling chassis before month end. After that, wiring and interior.. gauges.. more sound deadening... and an engine... done!

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Didn't happen without pictures!!!

Here's the trans after I removed it. It is with Greg now and he will get it all fixed next week. I stopped by Vintage earlier today and it is PACKED full of cars. He is really really busy. I also had a great conversation with Roland from Fat Performance - he's a very knowledgeable engine builder. I would have stayed there all day, but I had my daughter with me (she was fascinated with all the cool cars - that's my girl!).

Greg also had this 1954 beauty in his shop... WOW!

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Just got the transmission back this afternoon. I had Greg fill her up full of transmission fluid and she doesn’t leak. Time to finish the rolling chassis so that she’s ready for the body.

Body hood and deck lid are installed. Just need the doors and she’ll be ready for primer and the final prep work before paint. I’m still thing the end of month for it all to come together...

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The myth, the man, the legend @Will Hesch came through for me again! He knew I was on the hunt for a real Porsche rack like the one on my Speedster (which he also got for me). He found a nice one, had it cleaned, and powder coated gloss black to match the rims. It’s going to add a nice touch to the theme I’m going with for the outlaw build...

Looks like @MusbJim won’t be the only one with a gloss black Reuter Rack

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Love the Reutter racks!  It will look great in your coupe!

I literally just found a single grill Reutter rack two doors down in a garage sale,  neighbor asked for 75$.  I felt guilty taking it for that, and spent all Sunday helping him with his yard work... they are in their 80s and getting the house ready to sell. He said it had been hanging from the garage rafters since the mid 70s. Came with the house when they bought it. He never owned a Porsche, he has a nice collection of Jags.

Now I have two Reutter racks...I imagine after I get this single grill one cleaned/powder coated I will put my dual grill one up for sale,

Lfepardo posted:

Love the Reutter racks!  It will look great in your coupe!

I literally just found a single grill Reutter rack two doors down in a garage sale,  neighbor asked for 75$.  I felt guilty taking it for that, and spent all Sunday helping him with his yard work... they are in their 80s and getting the house ready to sell. He said it had been hanging from the garage rafters since the mid 70s. Came with the house when they bought it. He never owned a Porsche, he has a nice collection of Jags.

Now I have two Reutter racks...I imagine after I get this single grill one cleaned/powder coated I will put my dual grill one up for sale,

That is a good find! I wish I paid $75 for mine... 

Long overdue update...

Body is going to paint next week on Tuesday. I finally got a hard brake pedal - it shouldn't have taken as long as it did, but they work and there are no leaks.

Once the body is painted, headliner will go in before all the glass. Then I will bring the chassis up for everything to be married... I and REALLY HOPING I can get the coupe back in my garage by the end of June so that I can start everything else...

*LongFella posted:
Lfepardo posted:

Love the Reutter racks!  It will look great in your coupe!

I literally just found a single grill Reutter rack two doors down in a garage sale,  neighbor asked for 75$.  I felt guilty taking it for that, and spent all Sunday helping him with his yard work... they are in their 80s and getting the house ready to sell. He said it had been hanging from the garage rafters since the mid 70s. Came with the house when they bought it. He never owned a Porsche, he has a nice collection of Jags.

Now I have two Reutter racks...I imagine after I get this single grill one cleaned/powder coated I will put my dual grill one up for sale,

That is a good find! I wish I paid $75 for mine... 

...but just think Brian, how much yard-work you would've owed me had I only charged you $75...

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After checking out the Reutter installations on single grill VS speedies in attendance at SLO last month, ...I decided I do have at least one of the two things I'll need to put a rack on mine: "equipment/tools" and the "skill" to accomplish the project. The one I know I've got is the equipment/tools - Ha!

Anyway, if anyone can direct me to a rack "se vende," I'd sure appreciate your passing the info on to me.  Unlike LFEPARDO, though, I'll not be doin' yardwork - way too old and infirm for that - but paying cash: U.S. cash plus 2 forms of ID.

 

 

TRP posted:

Is Greg just too busy to get to it? Problems with the prep? Equipment? Too hot?

 

Greg is crazy busy! He was out of town for a week (which he needed). Plus, a few key employees were out on vacation too.

He is doing me a huge solid, I help him out too, with this build so I don't have any concerns or issues if he needs another couple of weeks. Plus, he knows once I am done with this coupe it will get a LOT of marketing (shows, forums, etc.) - so he wants it to be perfect

Quick update on this build thread...

I’ve asked Greg to hold for a few weeks since The Dowd Clan is in the Czech Republic. We’ve been here two weeks and have another week to go (visiting family). There’s no point in Greg rushing to get things done and I’m not around to get the rolling chassis up to him.

Also, I’ve been buying and house and spending most nights at 3AM local time dealing with the back-and-forth involved. We finally got agreeemnt and we got the house. Escrow closes Aug 27th. We return the 22nd, so I’m sure you can see a bit of stress and drinking... LOL!

Speaking of pivo.... cheers!! (about five stories underground at the Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Pilzen, CZ - that’s straight from the wooden barrels baby! Unfiltered and unpasteurized from the beer gods themselves!)

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Gordon Nichols posted:

Yeah, like I’m gonna travel all the way to Eastern Europe to drink a Bud..........

Hick-town homeboy that I am, Prague has always seemed like Eastern Europe to me as well. It's not really-- it's maybe 20 miles east of Berlin, and south. It's also 100 mi or so west of Vienna, which has always seemed like a Western European capitol.

Weird aside: I started poking around on the AirBnB site the other night... and decided that one way or another, I'd really like to go to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest in the summer. This time of year seems perfect.

Enjoy yourself, Longfella.

Stan.  I've been to all three (Prague, Berlin and both Buda and Pest (both sides of the river) as well as Istanbul (again, both sides).  

Go.   Please go.

Take one of the many river cruises, or just go there, find a guest house and hang out.  Don't forget to stop by Salzburg, too - you won't regret it, any time of the year (but Christmas is extra-special).  If you can get to Istanbul, THAT would be wicked-awesome, too! (But I'd personally go to Salzburg first).  There is so much history over there from so many early cultures that you feel like a sponge, just soaking it all up and when you return home you're dismayed at how much has leaked out of your head.

Have breakfast at a small cafe and meet locals.  They will be thrilled to speak with you and learn about you and share their cities with you.  Ask them for cool things to do.  Become a part of their culture (I know....You've already done this).  

I was once in Prague for a business conference/meetings and ended up "being delayed" at the end of the conference and "had" to spend a weekend there.  I was escorted about the city by a potential customer and thoroughly enjoyed the visit as we found out-of-the-way places and even some relatives.  

I would go back in a heartbeat.

Every single bit of advice, encouragement, and enthusiasm that everyone has offered regarding these cities is, in my humble opinion, spot on! I have had the great privilege of piloting magnificent flying machines across the Atlantic to Europe for almost three decades now for a living (hence the ‘30West’ moniker: 30 west longitude is the approximate midpoint for typical routing across the Atlantic). I have been very blessed to have become very familiar with many of the cities you speak of.

I can’t tell you how many great conversations and enduring friendships started with a simple, thirsty guy (me) wandering into some random pub just looking for a pint while exploring the local landscape, and probably off the beaten path! I have always found folks of all kinds of varied backgrounds to be generous, gracious, and eager to engage. Conversations are lively, fascinating, and highly entertaining. The scenery ain’t bad, either!!

And like Stan’s wife Jeanie, my wife has threatened to just wholesale up and move to the Amalfi Coast - and has even invited me to go with her!!

- Brent 

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