As you remember, we were having trouble getting parts from Factory 5 and the engine people from Blueprint Engines keep telling us the motor was being built but had nothing to show us. After several trips to the factory in Wareham, MA to gather parts and several calls to Blueprint engines, the car came together and the engine finally arrived at the garage. The Dyno sheet sent with the engine shows an incredible 531 HP with 539-pound feet of torque, plenty of power to get this little car moving in the right direction. I went to Bill’s house to look at the motor at 3:00 pm in the afternoon and told him that I had a meeting at 5:30 pm that afternoon and I would come over that weekend to help him put it in the car. Well, Bill was having none of that, he said we could get the motor and transmission installed in less than 2 hours. At 5:05 pm we were tightening the last bolt on the motor mount and I was off to the meeting excited that we had got the engine and transmission installed in such a short period of time.
Bill was busy with all the body work; he had to fill all the seams and then skim coat the entire body to smooth out all the imperfections in the fiberglass body. This took a LONG time to complete, hours upon hours of sanding and filling trying to get the body as smooth as possible. Once the final coat of primer was sprayed, we started to make some phone calls to see if we could get it into a booth to be painted. No one wanted to take on the project so Bill put up plastic sheets on the walls of the garage and put wet drop cloths on the floor and painted it himself. He painted the car black with White racing stripes and I must say it came out better than we could have expected.
We let the car sit for a few weeks to be sure the paint had cured and started sanding the body with 800, 1,200, 1,500, 2,000 then 3,000 grit paper, that also took several hours to get the body ready to be polished. I had polished a couple of my own cars so I told Bill, I would take it from there. It took me two full days and a couple more half days to finish polishing the car but it came out amazing for a garage paint job.