Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan

Posted by Joe Santana On 2010/10/22 10:11:21
Jim, West, Kev and Howard (?), thanks for the positive reinforcement. I filled out more of a spreadsheet I'd started last year. There are a few more items to add, and of course a couple of major chunks of work to go (paint and upholstery), but I easily cruised to $32k, and I'm missing a few receipts from yesteryear. As soon as I finish it, I'll provide a link to the file.

Like the Mose Allison song goes, If you live, your time will come. So that's my hope, to live long enough to enjoy my car. There was a Packard at the local car show here I hadn't seen before and asked about it. A friend said Yes, that car has been in restoration for over 10 year and this morning I saw the owner just barely able to stand up by the hood and dust it off. That was scary, but still I don't care if I get so small and frail the people will think the Duchess is equipped with that new automatic driverless control technology because I'm so low in the seat with my hands grasping that banjo steering wheel like monkey hangers on a Harley. I'll have a huge Packard mechanical advantage.

I'm compressing 25 years of half-hearted effort into a few weeks. And other remembrances pop up, so there may be a few digressions.

Thanks for interest.

The spreadsheet doesn't include some costs. The front wood bow. Radio R&R. But most costs are listed.
Here's the link to the spreadsheet on costs.
Duchess Spreadsheet

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