Working diligently, Aloha Automotive in Port Washington managed to whip the 'Cuda into shape in time for the 2000 Mopar Nationals. The most difficult aspect of the glossing process was acquiring the correct parts and researching the Winchester gray topcoat color for comparison.

"The price, the color, the restoration, and the articles on the car all combined to prevent any serious buyers from actually going out to see the car when it was [originally] done," says Tom. "The anecdote, therefore, is to check something out for yourself instead of relying on others who may or may not know the real story."

Now there's some real advice all of us can use, no matter how many nuts we have to play with.