This car represents a three year restoration project with our daughter Vikki Papesh, who lives in the Detroit, Michigan area, acting as the project's chief engineer and chief mechanic. Our car was purchased on Ebay and shipped from California to a storage locker near Vikki's home while restoration plans were being developed. The snow finally melted and we drove the car from the storage locker to Vikki's home and began the disassembly process. After disassembly, the major components went to experts in their field, ie. media blasting, engine builder, transmission shop, body and paint, radiator shop, etc. While those assemblies were being worked on, Vikki and I started on the remaining hundreds of components and assemblies. Everything was evaluated and either cleaned, media blasted and painted, powder-coated or re-chromed; tested for function and repaired or replaced, as required. The suspension and steering components were rebuilt or replaced; the brake lines and brake components, the wiring, fuel lines and fuel tank, exhaust, windshield, convertible top and tires were replaced. The interior was returned to original by Vikki with new carpeting, seat upholstery, sun visors and dash pad. Vikki completed the final assembly and with fifteen miles on the car she drove it, with her husband following in the family car, from Michigan to Harlingen, Texas for registration in Texas before driving it to Fredericksburg, TX for a national Firebird event. The maiden trip was 1670 miles in two days, with the universal joints having to be replaced alongside a freeway in Indiana, and followed up with a drive to Fredericksburg with tours through the beautiful Texas Hill Country, wine tasting and car show.
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