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  1. So sorry to hear and hope you're up and around soon. For what its worth, you are not the first person who has described such symptoms shortly after the 2nd dose of vaccine. Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope you'll be back to Daphne soon.
  2. Roger, I've been following your model from the beginning, I ran out of superlative compliments for your work years ago... and now watch for every update. Although entirely unrelated, I came across a news article on a Greek modeling puzzle from over 2000 years ago you may find intriguing. If you find it at all interesting, be sure to click the link in the first paragraph to the 11 minute video which explains the still unknown methods the ancient Greeks used to make miniature metal gears. Perhaps you will have your own idea on how they built the instrument using crude tools. Feel free to delete this post after your review as it has no relevance to your model... other than another example of incredible craftsmanship from the ages. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/scientists-solve-another-piece-of-the-puzzling-antikythera-mechanism/
  3. What you'll have is something that is the "perfect" outcome of all your efforts! What most of us wouldn't give to purchase back the most memorable car we ever owned... and have the pleasure of driving it again. You're doing great on your grand old car and can't wait to see a pic of you driving it!
  4. Happy to hear you have a surgery date on the calendar. As much as I, and everyone else, is looking forward to progress updates ... Daphne can wait a little longer Good Luck!
  5. I'm another one of the guys that have been with you since the first post... you made 9 years goes by in a flash because each post was more amazing than the last. Thanks for educating and wowing all of us with your talents, skill, patience, and humbleness... I've enjoyed every second of it! I'm so looking forward to watching you bring some of your "older" models up to date! ~ Tom
  6. Hey Gary, Thanks for allowing all of us to come along for the ride, its been fun! Question - I may have missed it, but did you ever tell us whether you resolved the issue with the drivers side door handle hitting the fabric? Thanks again
  7. If Homosote is indeed impregnated with Creosote, it will have a distinct odor that will likely concentrate in the confines of a closed car. Might want to get a good whiff of it before purchasing.
  8. Gary, If SMS is the LeBaron's source, have you tried contacting SMS directly? They may have some of the material available for their own retail customers. When I ordered an entire interior for my 59, I purchased through them directly (https://smsautofabrics.com/). It's unfortunate there aren't other sources for materials. Your defective cloth was apparently produced by SMS, I too had issues with SMS material, but my issue was with their leather. < begin SMS rant > I ordered and received 2 whole leather hides dyed in the appropriate red color more than a year prior to bringing it to the upholsterer (it cost a fortune). When I presented the hide to the upholsterer a year later, the first thing he asked was if I knew the hide was spray dyed as it wouldn't be very durable... I had no idea! Apparently, hides can either be spray dyed or vat dyed. Needless to say, Vat Dyed leather is far more durable as the dye literally penetrates the fibers of the leather as opposed to a topical spray. Upon calling them about this they told me if I wanted vat dyed leather I would have had to order it that way. Nowhere on the SMS website does it mention these options, neither was it discussed by their sales team upon ordering. As the upholsterer foretold, the dye did begin to wear off in less than 2 years of very limited use. I was less than pleased. <end rant > Hoping your new SMS cloth works out as great as the rest of your restoration. Looking forward, as is everyone, to the completion of your project!
  9. Post 4292...4th pic of salesman shaking hands with buyer... anybody know what the little black car outside the window is?
  10. Been following your build since the beginning and enjoying it as much as anyone. Wondering what your final decision was with the windshield...are you going to stick with the original design or go with the continuous hinge? ~ Tom
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