The Lone Star Roundup is happening this weekend - biggest hot rod show in Austin and one of the biggest in Texas, IIRC. It is unique in that you can't enter any car younger than a '63 - which means all the muscle car era cars are out! But they can't stop you from cruising with them down on South Congress, or from hanging out at Top Notch for a burger and hot rods.
Well, I haven't started Jane since sometime in November. No joke. I had her down for a steering swap, then I was gone for a month, then I was lazy for a month, and... well, here we are. I wanted to give stainless steel trim repair a try and that took up a huge chunk of time and so I found myself today going, "Huh, I should slap my car together and take her to Top Notch to hot rod around". So I slapped her back together (pretty sure only the lug nuts are tight...), cleaned up the paint a bit (5 mins with the Chadwicks), and cranked her up (started first try) and off we went! No fuss, only the minimal expected grumpiness, just a nice perfect cruise down to hang out.
So I'm sitting here with all these hot rods looking at my own thinking that I could not be luckier. I have somehow, against all odds, managed to build and hold onto a car that can do this. We drive all weather, rain or shine, 6-8 months of the year. During that time she runs hard over any terrain, at any speed, at any distance from home, with nary a hiccup. Then I take her all apart and futz around for 4-6 months, not bothering to do any of the standard "car wintering" things (tires off the ground, fuel stabilizer, fluids, whatever) and generally neglecting her. Then I slap her back together haphazardly when I find something interesting to do, and she is ready to go right out of the gate, without fail. Even when I run into an issue this car still runs.
So yeah, I've got it good. Life is good when you have the right car.
Gotta go actually tighten all the bolts and finalize installs of new parts now...
1966 Modified Fastback - Driven semi-daily!
and rebuilt even better
289 v8, 4-speed, 3.25 9" rear, goodies and stuff.
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Over 50,000 miles of North American roads driven on road trips since 2014. More always in the works - stay tuned!
When I show up at a car show and my car is covered in mud, it's probably because I drove 2000 miles to get there