Anyone who has ever bought a project car, torn said car apart, and proceeded to rebuild the car, probably has-on more than one occasion-wondered if the project would ever be finished. Let's face it, most project cars are not typically built over a seven-day period with the help of about 30 guys. Most projects-at least the ones I am usually involved in-are done in a small home garage and normally take at least a few years to complete. Take for instance our project Superbee. It took nearly eight years for that car to get finished. It wasn't for lack of want; it's just that things such as life and lack of other needed stuff for acquiring parts kept getting in the way.
For the last eight or ten months, when most people looked at the 'Bee, they thought it was done. Personally, I was torn. I couldn't decide if it really was finished, or whether it needed that "final touch" or detail in order for me to call it finished. I've had that "final detail" in my possession for the last eight or ten months, but I just couldn't decide how I wanted it to be placed on the car, or if I even wanted it placed.
It's not that this "final detail" could be misconstrued in any way by anyone as a distraction or blemish on the car. On the contrary, this detail would definitely enhance the car, and do so in a subtle way.
It's tough to blend a classic look with something that is not original, but when Jeff Randall (email@example.com) showed me his custom call-out emblems that closely resemble the stock engine call-out emblems of classic cars, I was speechless. He let me know that building a custom badge that looked almost original, but was designed with the engine size of my choosing, was an easy task. When he showed me what he was capable of, I thought it would be cool to put a pair on the car.
Since my 'Bee was built with an N96 package, the engine call-outs would have been a simple 383 on the side of each scoop. While that looks cool and all, I figure that since the 'Bee is modified, something a little modified was required so as to let people know what was really under the big hoodscoop. So a design was finalized, and when the badges arrived, I couldn't decide whether or not to put them on the car.
I guess the main reason for my procrastination wasn't about whether or not to install them, but rather, it was because I really couldn't decide where to place them. Let's face it, once they're on the car, they ain't coming off. The problem was that I couldn't decide if they would look better on the side of the front fender or on the hoodscoop. What if I put them on crooked or something? Like I said, once they're on the car, they are not coming off very easily.
It took me a while, but I finally "got off the pot" so to speak, and the emblems ended up on the car. After much deliberation, they now flank each side of the hoodscoop, and I guess since the originals were placed there, it kind of makes sense.
So now that the emblems are placed on the car, are they actually the finishing touch? For now, I say yes. I can actually say the car is finished-I think, but with me...
I just couldn't decide how I wanted it to be placed on the car, or if I even wanted it placed.