Sunday, June 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Matilda!

Hard to believe, but one year ago today, Matilda arrived at our address after being hauled nearly 1000 miles from the greater Los Angeles area. In the last year, we've made significant progress on our project. We found Fred, another rusty parts car, in July and a month later, Monique, the rust-free body. We worked on the project off and on through the fall and winter, and picked up speed again this spring.

The past several months have been devoted to stripping Monique's undercarriage in preparation for new undercoating. This has been a somewhat long and arduous process, but we are nearing the end and hope to be transporting the unibody shell to Salem in the next 4-6 weeks for the application of Linex. As soon as that has been accomplished, the meticulous restoration of all the undercarriage parts will begin before reassembly. Although the Matilda project will likely turn two (38 in car years) before she is running again, she will be better than new in the end. We look forward to the day when we can take her out for a weekend drive on a back road to find the perfect spot for a picnic, Simone's head sticking out the top.

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