2001 - Sunday
morning - This particular text update is probably going to get a little lengthy, but I
hope you'll all take a moment to read.
Well, I have some good news and
some bad news. The good news is that I'm FINALLY getting around to getting back to work on
my project car...the bad news is what's driven me to do this.
Let's start out by saying I've
just learned an extrememely valuable lesson about the merits of FREQUENT backups of my
computer data. My last major backup was back in December, but I've been a VERY busy boy
since then. I went hog wild putting together new pages, collecting a LOT of information
for a possible future expansion of this site to include other model years of classic
Oldsmobiles, doing a lot of scanning, etc. etc....unfortunately, the brand new hard drive
I got specifically to back up my files until I had enough to burn a full CD was defective.
I just found out that I lost absolutely EVERYTHING I've been working on for the past
several months....*heavy sigh*. I can't even begin to calculate everything I've lost, but
I know I've literally lost several hundred new graphics, a half-dozen new webpages that
hadn't been posted yet, and a lot of notes I've been taking and saving in electronic
Needless to say, at the moment
I'm extremely pissed at technology! This loss will probably mean the demise of several
projects I've been working on for this site, and at least a lengthly delay in others.
However, I decided this weekend that it's time to quit spending so much time on the
computer and time to concentrate on getting the necessary preparations underway to start
getting some serious work done to the car this summer. I've been putting a LOT of things
off for a long time...but it's time to get my butt into gear.
I spent several hours at the
shop yesterday afternoon getting started sandblasting the frame using a small homebuilt
sandblaster. Unfortunately, this siphon system just isn't giving me the power and
uninterrupted sand supply that I need, so I'll be investing in a pressurized sandblaster
unit within the next week or so. I'll also be spending some time doing some reading and
researching on painting. While I won't be attempting to paint the body, I WILL be handling
the undercarriage, suspension, etc...actually, everything BUT the body. And since I'm a
novice at this, I'll have to do some reading to find out the best procedures to follow.
As a result of my concentrating
on the car and not this website, I think it would be best for the time being for me to not
worry about doing regular updates here....at least not on data-type pages. I'm sure I can
spare some time to take pictures as I go along and post updates as to the actual project
car progress, but that's going to be the extent of the updates. I DO have more things I'll
be adding to this website at a future date, however...more than likely sometime this
coming winter (i.e. a searchable database of '67 Olds Cutlass part numbers is one of the
I've spent a lot of time over
the past few weeks putting together a webpage outlining the proper re-wiring procedures
for installing a Rally Pac dash assembly in a '67 Cutlass Supreme...unfortunately, this
was one of the webpages I lost in the hard drive failure. The GOOD new is, about 2/3 of
the way through putting this page together, I did a printout of the page to take to the
shop and use for comparison and informational purposes, so I should be able to recreate
this page using the printout. I WILL have to reshoot a lot of pictures and redo a bunch of
scans I'd previously done, however. A lot of the handwritten notes I've made while
brainstorming on the phone with several Olds fans are still around, too - it's now just a
matter of re-deciphering my scribbles and transferring them to a webpage format. This will
be forthcoming, but there's no promise being made as to a date yet.
One other thing I wanted to
mention concerns the death of veteran NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt at the Daytona 500 two
weeks ago. Though I've never been a diehard Earnhardt fan, I'm an avid NASCAR and
overall-racing fan, and I was watching the race when DE crashed. This particular
unfortunate incident was so incredibly filled with irony in so many ways. Dale's son Dale
Jr. was leading the race, and DE's teammate and race-team employee Micheal Waltrip were
running first/second respectively. As the race was winding down, DE realized he wasn't
going to win, so he began to run interference for Dale Jr. and Waltrip, blocking cars
behind him who might challenge for the lead, allowing Waltrip to get his first NASCAR win.
In the final turn of the final lap, Dale got a very minor bump from behind from Sterling
Marlin, which sent DE into the wall head-on at 180 mph, reportedly killing him instantly.
Last week it was revealed that his lap belt came apart, but from everything I've read, it
doesn't sound like the lap belt would have helped him survive this crash. There is
absolutely no blame to be passed here, this was nothing more than an unfortunate racing
I was actually kinda surprised
at how hard I took DE's death. Like I said, I've never been a diehard Earnhardt fan, but
still...DE arguably did more for the sport of stock-car racing than virtually any other
driver. Regardless of where he was at in any given race, you can bet that watching him
would provide the most excitement. The sport has lost a hero, and I know that I personally
will miss watching him on the track every week.
REST IN PEACE, DALE! WE'LL MISS
OK, back to the business at
hand. As always, all progress being made to my project car and to this website will be
announced here on this page first. I'll try to continue to answer all e-mails as well, but
please be understanding if you do not receive a reply. However, there will be no more
updates to this site in the near future, for an undetermined period of time...but probably
until this coming Fall. This update-schedule involves any new data pages, and probably
will not affect in-progress pics of my project.
So...until you hear back from