(You can click all of these pix and see larger versions.)
I went into Carmer’s this afternoon. I was eager. I was painfully eager. I was going to drive Sharka home.
The above scene is what I was greeted with. The shop was empty. I walked back and found Sharka all wrapped up like the most epic gift imaginable. Like a Gran Turismo game cover. Like a dream.
But first, we have to back up a couple days. On the last episode, I’d wet sanded the new paint.
This is what was going when I stopped at the shop the day before. Three stage polishing. The fuzz all over the top is from a new wool bonnet. Even with the fuzz on top, the shine is amazing.
On that bottom shot, I’m standing 15 feet back. There’s sharp details visible on an object 15 feet away from the paint.
This is not what I ordered. I didn’t ask for this. This is beyond my craziest dreams. This is more than I’d ever hoped for.
Sharka sat out in the sun for most of the day after the first round of polishing. The paint was pretty soft and buffing marks were appearing too easily. That called for some sun baking.
Bucky was beyond happy to see his brother. I swear he drove better for the rest of the day. Not that Bucky drives bad. Just… better. ha!
Those pearl white stripes totally defy photography. I am gonna have to get out a tripod, macro lens, and sit taking every possible exposure for a while to show the flake in the stripe. It’s SO easy to see in person, but the camera can’t quite seem to capture it.
Back to the unveiling.
Yeah, that’s where we came in. Sharka was covered up to keep the dust off before pickup.
I seriously think this was the most awesome way to find my finished car possible. Epic is a valid description of this scene. Seeing Sharka like this will stay with me to my last breath.
About an hour of work remained. I stuck on the fender winkers and air splitter while Ken mounted the mirrors and fixed final details in the paint.
Then I threw on the Star Sharks.
Then we were done.
Click the damn pix. They look much better larger vs the small blog view.
I have no words.
I never dreamed it would be like this.
I backed the car out and parked in front of the shop for final pix.
The car actually looks like this. It looks almost fake in the photos. Like a rendering. I actually desaturated the blue because it just looked too unreal to me.
I carefully drove home.
Can’t believe it’s done.
Next up? The hardtop needed a couple minor fixes. I’ll pick it up from paint next week.
I’ve also got like 4 rolls of film I shot with my vintage F3. I’m gonna put those all in a mega film post. And I need to do an epic photoshoot somewhere. Need to do that SOON.
For tonight, it’s done. Tonight, I’m free.