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Project Car Update

The rear quarter windows are out as our the door windows (although not in this photo). The slight gold tone you see on the metal is not flash rust but is the result of the acid bath the car got to neutralize the baking soda blast.

We aren’t making fast progress on our Project Cars but we are working on both the 1969 “Barn Find” AMX and 1967 “Gloriana” Mustang Fastback Project Cars. I won’t go into a lot of detail or bore you with a lot of photos at this time but just wanted to assure you that we hadn’t forgotten about these cars.

How do you like the cool driver’s seat? I have been using the spare tire as a temp while the interior is gutted. The tire is just the right height.

First of all, the AMX Barn Find Project Car is currently getting its body massaged into a smooth and crisp condition with just a minor surface rust repair at the rear window. We are also working on new foam and recovering the seats as well has having the stock AM 8-Track radio converted into a modern AM/FM 8-Track with iPod MP3 connection! This car should be done in time to see lots of road use yet this summer and our goal is to have it at the Bowling Green Good Guys show since it won’t be done for the Nashville show.

All the glass is out now!

You can see the acid wash results a little clearer in this photo.

The second Project Car, the Gloriana Mustang, currently is on jack stands getting a complete brake rebuild including conversion to power brakes. The interior is ripped out for new carpet but this project got derailed when we found some rust pin holes in the passenger floor board due to a long ago and since repaired leaky heater core. We will be replacing the dash pad, adding a new radio, and only doing minor fix ups in the interior. Remember this is a rat rod version of a 67 Fastback. Nothing stupid or silly. This will be like I would have done the car in the 70s with no money but the need for a cool ride.

This is pretty much the way it will look when we hit the streets this summer; ok, we will add tires and wheels.

We hate to admit it but this is what the engine bay looks like after 15 years of neglect. Next up is a power wash, complete tune up with all new parts and a little touch up engine paint and steel wool to the chrome.

From the photo you can see how good and solid the floor boars are on the driver’s side but you can also see the rust on the surface of the passenger’s side. Unfortunately not all the rust was on the surface.

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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