By now Jessie and I were ready to have a sit down conversation.  I had kept on asking Jessie when it would be finished? As we kept having these set-backs and I had no idea where we really were now and I was very concerned about the cost overruns.  My pocket is not that deep and it was worrying me to no end.  Of course my other worry was that Jessie had been putting in all these weeks of work that was never budgeted for beyond the 2-4 week estimate... way back when!

Jessie was as gracious as ever, for a Southern boy from New Orleans, we came to a very agreeable arrangement.  I would not ask him "when is it going to be done?" again.  As for the excessive labor I can not say as we have a gentlemen's agreement I most certainly will honor it with Jessie.  .  Now we could plow ahead and it would be done when it is done. 

It was now the end of October and we started this 2-4 week project back in July. 
Posted by Phillip Seaman Sunday, April 5, 2015 11:14:00 PM Categories: Arrangement Classic Car July 2014 Mechanic October 2014
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This is the story behind how I found stripped, rebuilt, tested and drove my first Classic Car.  Some of it might be interesting while other parts just plain boring.  Sorry but that goes with the territory of building and owning a classic car.  A lot of hurry up and wait...
The first stage, mechanical, took exactly a year to the week to get from towing in an empty shell to driving it out onto the road with brakes working.
The second stage on the project took a lot less time.  It only took 4 weeks to get the bodywork and paint completed.  Of course it took me several weeks of hunting to find and get all the bits and pieces together before I booked the time at Diego's shop (Affordable Collision Center).  He promised me a 4 week time span... I made him sign a contract to that effect with a penalty of $100 per day over the 30 day period.


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It is now Sunday, 16th August, 2015

The car goes into Diego's tomorrow morning at 10am.... it will be a long 30 day wait!