As I write this, we have 168 hours until our 1962 Shark Roadster is presented at the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Wow! Has time gone fast! This will be the first major appearance of the Shark in over 50 years so we are pleased in every way to be a part of the event. And of course, we are honored and excited that Bill Warner of “Amelia” is giving us a chance to be there.
We’re almost finished within the “90 day” timeframe that we gave ourselves to finish the car. Sometimes, though, I think a few more days or weeks or months or years in our schedule might have been helpful
The good news is that our team was up to the challenge and all is on schedule – and we still have 168 hours left. We have to fit the windscreen that was completed yesterday (glory be!) and the belly pan comes out of the mold tomorrow so we’ll fit that on Thursday or Friday with plenty of “hours” to spare. Our new taillights and parking lights were just located in Missouri and are being overnighted to us for Tuesday arrival. It’s looking like the Shark will have its “teeth” when it makes its debut at Amelia.
Right now, the car is in the upholstery shop. Tom Jaudon of “Bay to Bay Upholstery” has been crafting the interior and should be completed by mid-week. Apart from the fact that it’s darn cold today – 44 degrees – the upholstery work is going like gangbusters.
Vroom, Vroom, Vroom…..Saturday, March 9th at 9am our team leaves from Tampa with the finished car on our open trailer. We’re usually the only “open trailer rig” at Amelia. See the photo below of our 2009 delivery of our 1947 Kurtis-Omohundro Comet at Amelia. We squeeze our open rig anywhere we can fit – in this case it’s at Peter’s Point at Amelia Island in 2009.
So let’s take a look at where we are as of yesterday. The photos below show the car and our team in action with the windshield and upholstery. Have a look and let us know what you think
The Shark was painted by Albert Arsenault and his son Dillan at Augies Body Shop in Tampa, Florida – and what a beautiful job they did. Check out the reflection of the American flag on the hood of the Shark in the photo below.
Shown below are Joe Bersano and Larry of Custom Plastic Fabricators of Tampa, Florida fitting the main section of the 3-piece windscreen to my other unrestored Shark. By using the other Shark, we gained some time advantages and continue uninterrupted with work on the Shark being restored.
Here Craig Johnson and Mike of M.I. Productions in Pinellas Park, Florida do the build-up and finishing touches on the newly restored/created belly pan for the Shark roadster. This was a lengthy process that begin with the restoration of the piece, creating a new mold, and the production of the new fiberglass part – the first new Shark belly pan in over 50 years!
Shown below is the Shark at the upholstery shop. Tom Jaudon of “Bay to Bay Upholstery” of Tampa, Florida has been crafting the interior and should be completed by mid-week. Go get ‘em Tom!!!
Oh….and by the way….the photos of the windscreen in progress show my other Shark roadster. That’s the first roadster ever built – #1. I found that car and returned it from California to Tampa in 1984 which means I have owned my first Shark for 32+ years (the one we’re restoring) but just 28 or so years on this unrestored Shark.
We used the other Shark to fit the windscreen so that work could continue uninterrupted on the “Shark in progress.” Shown below are photos of my unrestored Shark gazing longingly – and jealously – at the Shark being fitted with its new interior at Bay to Bay Upholstery. Don’t you want to come to Tampa next year and help get this Shark back on the road too???
Anyone want to help restore my other Shark? To entice you, I’ll plan the restoration in 180 days to make it easier. Wasn’t there a book by that title somewhere out there????
Hope you enjoyed the story, and see you at Amelia!
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