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I finally got up the nerve

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almost 2 weeks ago, to go talk to Gene Winfield. Only took me a year! Don't have any numbers on repairs for the shotrod, kind of afraid to see it even if is just to straighten, replace and primer it. Even if it's way over what I might afford it was worth the time. What a person and what a place. He's like everyone has ever said except not sure if the quiet part was mentioned but with me around he didn't stand a chance anyway!

The best way to describe the place and people that work there is the hotrod kids place down the street where all the other kids hang out. Although there was only a couple of actual young guys there. Maybe 20s. Also it was like a visit to someone's backyard full of cool toys. I put some of the pics I took at this website if you wanted to check it out.

There is a pic of 2 little Metropolitans, one blue, one yellow. My last drive out there the little blue one was cut in half and beginning it's transformation into a Hotwheels car. When I got there I heard voices and had already noticed the blue one missing. When I get around the bus parked there, I saw the car and it had a 3 foot walkway through it and 2 guys sitting in lawn chairs in front of it "studying" their handywork. A funny sight to say the least!

I took more pics that day but don't have them on the website. One of them being a '32 Ford roadster that Gene built some time ago and it was bought and then taken back to Gene for some sprucing up. Like a cat, they keep coming back sometimes I guess!


<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: ShotRod64 on 2/19/06 9:51am ]</font>
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On 2006-02-18 20:40, Galaxie_406 wrote:
Great photo's Deb of Gene's place! Nice "Old School" Chopping, . By the way, did I miss it on whether he's going to fix your rocker panels.
I think he'll do it, it's a matter of if I can afford it. It's a LOT more than the rocker panel. My car is a big red banana. If you look on the meetings page of that website there is a good, the bad, and the ugly car pics. mine is the "ugly". lol

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You of all people know that one!
Ugly cares need love too!

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: ShotRod64 on 2/20/06 3:56am ]</font>
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There's a gold convertible on ebay right now you can check out. Maybe it's like the one your parents used to have. Can't remember if it's an XL or not at the moment though.

As for parts, I think I have everything I need except the door latch peg if this one gets messed up pulling out the damage and the rocker panel which he said he could make if I didn't have one. My biggest thing is keeping the cost down so once I have a figure and being the type of place it is maybe I can see what I can do myself to keep the costs low. Like removing the seat and whatever myself, putting in my own window roller mechanism. Time is money... The latch they would need to do in order to get everything aligned. The back seat is going nowhere til that quarter panel is pulled out. I had probably at least 3 inches together on both sides, now the front corner of the seat is mashed into the arm rest like piece that the ashtray is in. Thankfully none of the convertible only trim parts were damage. Instead the screw pulled out of the nut on trim that the boot snaps to when the quarter buckled under it. Unless there is something I can't or didn't think of I have it all and know where I can get the door latch peg.

I really want to get it fixed but it all depends on price and I need at least an idea of what it will cost me. The other 2 places I took it to evidently weren't interested as they gave me the, i don't have it figured yet or I'm waiting on the price of a part (when i told them I would get the parts).

Keeping my fingers crossed it doesn't cost as much as going and getting another '64 like this one! Which I refuse to do and will just keep driving this one like it is in that case. Can't just toss away my baby.
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