Saturday, May 22, 2010
All British Field Meet
Yesterday I drilled out all the holes in the floor supports (the metal lattice that supports the floor). I will insert rivets nuts in place of the captive nuts that were there before, which were harbingers of rust, sometimes thrashed beyond restoration and which included BSF nuts which are costly to keep in place because it requires me to source new BSF bolts. I have all my chrome bits assembled and they're going off to be rechromed soon.
Last September I wrote a letter to a local trades college asking them if they would be interested in helping me with the bodywork. I got a reply indicated that they couldn't do that for insurance reasons, which seems very reasonable. However, one of the instructors -- a guy named Ian -- called me and said that he was building a shop in his yard at home and wanted to perform jobs on the side. Well, I then met him. I liked him -- my age, well trained, and we ended up having a common acquaintance. He was also an UK expat, and I like the concept of a continuity in English workmanship. Well guess what? Now that the friggin' project is ready for his efforts, he won't return my calls. The last message I left stated clearly that, "if you're not available, I understand. However, I would like to know what other shops you may recommend....." Nothing. I have enjoyed this project because I have been introduced to some great people as a result (all over the world), but boy, there's a lot of flakes out there too.