My Sad Torino…

As she currently sits.
Sadly she hasn’t had anything done to her in months now. 🙁 If the body shop had stuck to their word it would have been done already. I’m beginning to think this will be a 1+ year process just to get it painted.

Steering wheel is all restored now too…

Here it is finished:
photo 2

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It’s been a while since I last wrote a personal blog entry….

I’m not even really sure where to start…. I’ve been working like crazy, life has been insanely boring. Calvin and I are still together. I basically have no friends.

I spent the first half of this year constantly on the road, Miami, Portland, Pasco, all over the place. Calvin got into Saskatoon, the last of his choices, the worst possible place for me. -40F in the winter. Snow 8 months of the year. Small ass town.

I flew there in “spring” to visit him. It was still cold, gross little city. Dirt everywhere, the roads were so bad you had no idea where the lines were. He claims it’s beautiful right now, but how long can that last before it’s cold and snowy and gross again. I’m not sure what to do with this whole situation, I keep swinging wildly between moving there and just staying here in LA.

I basically have no friends left anymore. No one contacts me for anything. I’ve been getting depressed and more depressed lately because of this. Brian and Hut are going out all the time on the weekends with andrew. Hut is going to Palm Spring and Vegas all the time with Andrew. Brian has David, Hut has Andrew. Jason moved in with Chicken. Syliva has her boyfriend. Everyone is basically partnered up now but me, only because my bf lives 2000 miles away.

I can’t believe that Hut is back with Andrew either, he’s fucking moving in with him at the end of this month. After what he’s done to him, how can he ever fucking do that. And to make it worse both him and brian keep pushing me to hang out with Andrew. Hell fucking no.

Hut has been going on all these trips with Dan, not inviting me. I thought he and i were close. But apparently not.

The last straw was finding out that Claudia moved back to LA. Someone I thought was one of my best friends, moves back to the city and never even bothers to contact me or even let me know. WTf.

I’ve had it with all this shit. I’m tired of watching facebook and seeing all these people go out and doing shit and not inviting me. Rex asked me to dinner the other day. I said “When and where” and he replied “Too many questions”. WTF. I have to fucking know WHEN AND WHERE if you want to have dinner with me.

This past weekend the movie Guardians of the Galaxy came out. Hut saw it with Andrew. Brian saw it with David. Brian texted me the next day and said “I considered inviting you but decided you wouldn’t drive that far”. WTF?! He’s always “considering” me, but never actually inviting me.

Fucking bullshit.

I sort of want a dog to fill this hole. Something that I have to come home to, take care of, something that will give me attention no matter what. Maybe a bad reason to get one. But I’m so lonely right now

As far as calvin goes. I have no idea what to do with him. Like I said, I swing wildly between wanting to move there and wanting to break up. I go from “let’s get married when I come” to “let’s break up when I come”. I just don’t know what to do. So many factors, so many things to take into account. What to do with my house, my stuff, my life (or lack thereof).

I just don’t know and I’m really depressed. I’ve gained like 30 pounds, I’m not sleeping, I just don’t know.

Steering, Polish

So this weekend I finalized the steering column and got it put back together. Started out with this:

Painted it and got it all put back together. Had some problems through the project, was a bit rough with some of the parts and ended up having to buy some new ones when I shouldn’t have. Tried to handle the paint too early (when it says “fully dry in 24 hours”, don’t touch it!) so I had to sand them down and start over again.

In the end I’m pretty happy with it:

A few left over parts….

I bought a new steering pad from Dearborn classics, but it was way too small. Probably a good 1″ too short across the top and it didn’t sit very well, so decided to clean up my old one and really surprised how well it turned out. Went from this:

To this:

I also had to buy some new black pad inserts. $60 for three little black pastic tabs… And they aren’t even correct:
Notice how small one of them is… I called Dearborn and was given shit about it and told it would be a 25% restocking fee for them to send me new ones. Called again this morning and talked to someone else and they said they would send a single one out for free. So that’s good.

After that I watched some videos on how to do polishing. It’s a very intense process. Start with 320 grit, then 400 grit, then 600 grit, then 800 grit. All sanding by hand. Then move to a DA sander at 1000 grit, 1200 grit and 1500 grit. Once you are done with that, move to the buffer and do 4 different passes with different wheels and compounds. Took a couple hours for me to do one piece.

Built myself a nice little stand for my grinder:

Before and after
I’m kinda happy with the way it came out. But thought it could be better. I was expecting a mirror like finish. Maybe I just rushed it too much.

LeMan’s Auto Body

In Summary: Not responsive to requests, not honest about time frame, they just don’t communicate at all with customers and give you the run around. Maybe they are fine for insurance work, but nothing else!

This saga started 3 months ago. I’m restoring a classic car and was looking for a body shop close to my office in El Segundo. I found Leman’s and spoke with the manger, Steve. I told him that it was a full restore, the car would be delivered to them completely stripped (body only) and sand blasted. I specifically asked him, “I see you are an insurance shop, are you sure your guys can handle this”. He re-assured me that it would be no problem, he’s done restorations himself and has a guy that can work weekends on it. I told him no problem. I asked him what the time frame was and was told 4-6 weeks. Seemed great! Steve’s a nice guy.

Had the car sand blasted and delivered to Le Man’s on May 14th. Day 1 they primed the car right away and from what I can see, the primer looks good. Up until this point, Steve was replying to phone calls and emails in a very timely manner but once they got the car things took a turn for the worse. The process was supposed to be that once they received the car Steve was going to send me a detailed proposal, etc. He said he would have it to me within a week. I waited a week and no word. Call Steve, he’s busy, told he would call me back in an hour. Waited a day, two days, three days. No call back. I would call, leave a message, no call back. This would become a recurring theme.

Once a week I would stop by on my lunch. Steve and the office staff were always very friendly and they would tell me “Sorry we’ve been so swamped, I’ll have it this week”.

Calls to Steve, unreturned. Visits to the office with excuses and promises. “We’ve got a new guy starting tomorrow he will only be working on your car”; “We lost an office person, I’ve been swamped”. I tried to be as patient as I could, I know the car is not their bread and butter. I knew it was a lot of work.

4 weeks came and went, the car was sitting in a corner collecting dust. 6 weeks came and went, car hadn’t moved. At 6 weeks, I finally got the proposal for the work.

At 7 weeks, I get a call from Steve, “Our shop in Downey is slow on work and we’d like to take it over there”. I tell him, sure as long as it’ll be the same quality and same price, etc. I was told it would be and that it would be moved there the next day (Friday) and started the next week.

The next week comes (week 8). I call Steve Tuesday afternoon to confirm my car has been moved to Downey, I was going to be in that area the next day and wanted to stop by to meet the manager, make sure he knew what I wanted, etc. Steve answered the phone and I asked if my car was in Downey and if they were working on it. He said it had been moved and he would call me back “After 6pm to talk about it”. 6pm came and went, 8pm came and went, never called me back. I stopped at the Downey shop early Wed morning. Walk in and talk to the front desk person. She gives me a blank stare. She goes to the manager and they talk for a while. Finally the manager there comes out and talks to me, says he just got back from vacation and he has no idea but he would check to see if had been delivered. I wait about 20 minutes and he finally comes back and says that no one has seen my car or knew anything about it.

The manager calls Steve and we’re told it was “On it’s way there”. I ask the manager to show me around the shop while we wait for it… 30 minutes go by and no car arrives. Call the Steve back and we’re told “Oh sorry, the car is in Fullerton, there was a mix up”.

I never agreed to take it to fullerton, I wanted it CLOSE to my office. I ask Steve directly “So are they currently working on my car right now?”. His answer, “Yes, they are working on it.”

I drive to Fullerton and meet with the manager. Sure enough. I’ve found my car.. But, it’s sitting in the corner, not being worked on.

I talk with the manager for a while and am told that the car is “too much work for our shop and we don’t have the experience to work on it”. Great… So now they have had my car for a total of 8 weeks and I’m now being told that it’s too much work.

Finally I get district manager on the phone and he apologizes for all the problems, says that they can do the car but would have to take it to another shop and it would be 3-4 months to do, etc.

I spent the rest of the day looking for new body shops and found one nearby that said they can do it. I have them transport the car over there on a Friday. On monday I speak with the new body shop and find out that they are missing some parts.

Another call to Steve and I’m told they would FedEx the parts to the new shop. Here it is two weeks later and they STILL don’t have the parts. I call Steve yet again this morning, leave a message and was told he would call me back in 20 minutes. Come to find out they took the parts to the WRONG SHOP!