Going to Chicago means you're in the Windy City but we enjoyed it more than the rain we found later in Columbus. SUPER CHEVY fans are good sports as we found in Ohio when they drove their show cars in the rain for photos after the awards ceremony. That's the idea!
We love our time in Project X but are often reminded that it is, after all, an old car. We laughingly call it "our rental" because we drive it everywhere, a testament to all the aftermarket parts and workmanship that went into building the car. Along with that, though, is the wear and tear not usually associated with custom vintage cars. We have stressed it and only found a couple of glitches.
Our fun with the gas tank began in Indy when we heard a metallic noise from the rear end during a trip to the track. Looking underneath we discovered one end of one gas tank strap had come loose and was dragging, so we merely hung it back where it had come from. Heck, we've got three so one's not a problem--bad thought! When two out of the three came loose, it was time for getting down and dirty. Hard to do it on the side of the road but we found an accommodating gas station that had closed their lube room but still had a floor jack. Lucky for us since the tank was filled with about 20 gallons of gas (it's a 26-gallon Rock Valley stainless steel unit, so it's sturdy). The jack held the tank up while we did our best to re-install the straps.
A rough railroad crossing brought us back to "strap city" in Ohio. This time we just hauled X down to a local garage, got it on a rack and did the job better. A final fix was done courtesy of Autostar's media director and race announcer, Mike Fornatora, when we parked Project X with him for a couple of weeks. Nothing about what went wrong was major but you know the old saying, "the devil is in the details." Truer words were never spoken.
From Columbus, Ohio, our journey will take us down to Houston and then east across the bayous to Montgomery, Alabama. We'll be stretching X's legs out some more, and then it will be time to bring it home to California in one really long run. Catch up with us next time when we let you in on the fun.