58. That didn’t go as planned …

In December of 2016 (almost 2 years ago!) I wrote post 7, “build planning & order process”.  I had a much different idea of how this SLC build was going to go.  I had carefully thought out how I was going to build this car: Phase 1: Build it It would be a somewhat rough…

57. Let the teething issues begin!

Well this doesn’t look good … Bob recommended I hit up Kirk’s Radiator in El Cajon to give me a hand getting my AC charged.  Bob’s been taking his Studebakers here for years and it’s the only shop he trusts to do this type of work.  So I brought the SLC down to Kirk’s –…

56. The heartbreak effect

Well, today was an interesting day.  I still haven’t installed my side windows and the forecast had called for a 40% chance of rain the evening before.  When I woke up this morning I looked outside and sure enough, the ground looked like it had been sprinkled on.  Things were starting to dry up a…

55. Plastidip

So I got super excited back on Black Friday (of 2016!) because I thought once my home renovation project was over I’d be slamming this SLC together in just a few months.  Dipyourcar.com was having their Black Friday sale and I jumped on a bunch of paint and equipment in anticipation of needing this stuff…

54. SB100 – my journey to being road legal

SB100 is a California Legislative Bill that allows for 500 specialty constructed cars to be registered in California each year.  Cars such as the GT40 replica, Cobra replicas, and the SLC all fall under this bill.  The magic of this bill is it allows for one to build a kit car, register it in California,…

53. Red Bull gives you …

Wing angle: I couldn’t find any information on wing mounting angle so here’s some information for those who purchased the carbon wing option.  The carbon wing is made using the Selig 1223 airfoil geometry.  There’s an cool site which has a good bit of technical data on this wing profile here. Here’s some data for…

52. What is it?

[Start of very long story, skip to end if you want driving impressions] That was the most popular question of the day – “What is it?” The second was – “What’s it cost?” Today I drove the SLC over to the local California Highway Patrol (CHP) for the next step in getting the car registered…

51. Failure to launch

Uuungh. About 3 weeks ago, just before Bob and I got the spider installed on the chassis, I attempted to take the SLC out around the block to bed the brakes and give the car a shake-down.  I wanted to double check a few things before we put the spider on the body (hopefully permanently)….

50. What the frit

This is a new word for me – frit.  What’s a frit?  That black band surrounding your windshield with the little dots – that’s the frit.  It has several uses for being on a windshield; if you’re really curious follow this link. On the SLC, the front windshield has a factory applied frit – at…

49. Working from the inside out

I shifted focus back to getting the interior squared away in preparation for getting the rest of the body back onto the car. A-Pillar covers: The front edge of the a-pillar covers is pushed forward quite a bit – well past the black edging along the exterior perimeter of the windshield.  The result is if…

48. Duct, duct, goose!

Radiator exit duct: Before I could install my radiator exit duct (for good), I had to clean up the wiring in the radiator box.  There’s a surprising amount of copper running back and forth through here! I used McMaster PN 92725T42 which is made from aluminum and has a 79% open area.  I thought this…

47. I see what you did there

As discussed in post 46, I purchased the Auto Vox X2 rear view monitor system for my SLC after having tried two other systems.  I think a less costly, better system might be available if you were savvy enough to design your own using hardware from the drone world.  It seems drones these days are…