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 Post Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:13 pm 
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Very frustrating couple days last week. Dropped the car off for carpet on Wednesday, picked it up Thursday. Kinda surprised it got done so quickly. Once I looked at the work done I was in shock. Not anything like I had expected. I won't go into detail, but the work performed was not to my satisfaction on many counts and it will be completely ripped out and redone by another shop.

It's a shame as I waited 2 or 3 weeks to end up with a very disappointing job. Now the cars completion date is pushed back even further, more cost and missing more of the racing season.

I did speak today with the person who did the carpet work and we came to a reasonable resolution to the job.

I then called and spoke with the original upholsterer I use and were gonna try and get together one day this week to look over the work to be done and discuss how I want the job to look as well as getting my name on the list. I'm sure it'll be at least two or three weeks as busy as he usually is.

It sucks to go through this, but I've not made any compromises with the build thus far, I'm not gonna start now.

Now I gotta try and sell a couple spare rims to help offset the cost of redoing the carpet.

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 Post Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:13 pm 
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Sorry to here the bad news on the carpet.I know how ya feel.....Well not really ,I've never had anything as nice as yours. :-k it will be worth the wait to get it done how you want it..

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 Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:21 pm 
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Well, the spare wheels have been sold to finance redoing the carpet. My upholsterer came over last evening and looked everything over. We discussed the layout and pulled the old carpet out. The first guy sure made a mess of my new sheetmetal just fabricated.

Anyway, the car is going to the shop not this coming weekend, but next weekend to get the carpet redone. Anxious to see the difference between the two jobs. I have no doubt this guy knows what I'm looking for and how to get it done right.

After the carpet is done I can call the glass company to get the new glass installed. Once that's done I can put the rear interior panels in and drop the car off for sanding & buffing as well as fixing the paint on the quarter panel the first carpet guy messed up. Grr

I have a local car show I'd like to make on May 19th. We'll see if things come together in time. Then it'll be time to get prepared to make some test runs after that.

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 Post Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 6:22 pm 
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Well carpet party II is done. Without a doubt, the second job came out MUCH better than the first. This is exactly what I had pictured in my head it would look like. Not cheap, but after the first job, well worth the expense.

Carpet is the best grade he can get, some padding & heat shield on the forward floors, tubs covered in a high grade vinyl sewn on the edge and glued in place.

http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv124/10secBu/carpet1.jpg

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http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv124/10secBu/carpet6.jpg

http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv124/10secBu/carpet7.jpg

I hope to get the glass people out here Thursday and have an appointment Saturday for a front end alignment and new trailer tires. Next week I'll work on the interior panel install and some maintenance things to get ready to test hopefully on the 25th. I had planned to have the paint sanded & buffed, but will put that off a couple weeks so we can get the car back on the track.

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 Post Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 7:54 pm 
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Very Impressive!!!

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 Post Posted: Sat May 12, 2012 3:32 pm 
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Just a quick update.

Glass was installed yesterday evening. This morning I had new trailer tires installed as well as getting the front end alignment done although he didn't even have to take a wrench to the car.

Next project is some restoration work on the rear interior plastic panels and finish off the interior.

Once that's done, it'll be time to change the trans fluid, oil & filter, reinstall the diaper, check all the bolts and setup the rear suspension and scale the car.

Alot of little things to get done in two weeks so we can try and test on the 25th.

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 Post Posted: Sun May 13, 2012 10:58 am 
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Wow awesome job on the carpet. I like the way he did the wheel wells and the seems.

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 Post Posted: Mon May 14, 2012 6:04 pm 
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Currently making plans to go test on Friday the 25th of this month at MIR. All day testing, then stay the evening and make test runs with the ODR cars. Barring any serious problems/issues, should be a good chance to get the chassis dialed in some.

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 Post Posted: Mon May 14, 2012 7:35 pm 
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Good Luck!!!

Hope it all goes well! \:D/

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 Post Posted: Sat May 19, 2012 9:46 pm 
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Making steady progress to have the car ready to test this coming Friday the 25th at MIR.

Got most of the mechanical stuff taken care of as well as completing the interior except for the dash which should hopefully be painted Monday.

Last evening I also put the car on the scales again to see how the weight is doing with the completed interior (not knowing how much weight carpet & padding added). Were still light for the class and will have to run a small amount of ballast to remain legal. :)

I spent almost all day today installing the decals. Had to make some last minute changes to the HFR logo which Matt Ebaugh came through on very short notice and swung by to help with the changes and install some other decals. Thanks Matt.

TRZ logo won't stick though, so I might have to get a replacement this coming week.

Monday I hope to get Henry over here so we can set the ride height, scale, neutral the anti-roll, plot the suspension IC, and set the shocks.

http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv124/10secBu/assembly112.jpg

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 Post Posted: Sun May 20, 2012 11:05 am 
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Awesome job, can't wait to see it go down the track!

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 Post Posted: Sun May 20, 2012 1:10 pm 
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Looks great!!! We had a hard time with our TRZ stickers also. ;-)

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 Post Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 7:38 am 
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It's been a long time coming, but the Malibu rebuild & assembly is pretty much done. Tomorrow is a full day and evening test at MIR. Just hope I don't forget to pack something as it's been quite a while and I can't remember everything I took to the track with me.

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 Post Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 3:57 pm 
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Good Luck!!! \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/

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 Post Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 9:43 pm 
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Last piece of the car to get installed. The VFN fiberglass dash just back from paint.

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