Page Five
Test Cruise...
With the instrument cluster and gauges installed (May), we took her out "for a run!" 

Here we are on a big Saturday night "date night," which entailed running the ten miles into town to gas up the Torino.

We made a stop at a small park for this shot.
It's all in the details...
We purchased reproduction Ford sill plates--I never would have expected that such a small detail could make such a big difference!
The "Dust Off"
The spring "dust off" was the Torino's big public "debut," even though she wasn't finished. 

For those of us not fully engulfed in the car hobby, a "dust off" is, as the name suggests, the time to get your car out of storage after the winter months, dust it off, and bring it to this informal car show at the museum. 

Since the event included "project cars," we decided to give it a shot. 
En route to the "Dust Off" is when we discovered that the gas gauge did NOT register properly and that something was wrong with the gas tank! 

Even though the gauge showed as still having half a tank--and the sedan came with a
26 gallon tank (seriously!)--something wasn't right! <grin>

So, here we are on our first "official" outing, waiting for rescue, just a few miles from the car museum!

Still, she even looks nice stuck in the weeds...
Finally--here we are on the showfield.

I set up camp behind her and enjoyed chatting with folks about the car and where we are in the project--I think I had most of them fooled into thinking I had a clue as to what I was talking about, too!

As for the gas tank--we'll be looking into that soon. The current concensus is that its a broken gloat.   I'm just gratefull we experienced the problem so close to rescue!
Noticed the reproduction license plate?  That's what started it all!  My friend Teddi knew that I wanted a Torino someday, and suggested that maybe if I bought a license plate, the rest of the car would follow--and that's exactly what happened!  Thanks, Teddi! 
Celebrating Independence...
Even with the questionable gas tank situation (Jay is good at calculating how many miles we can go before we run out of fuel!), we decided to participate in one of our neighboring towns' 4th of July parade!  The event was full of antique cars, scout troups, bands, politicians, war vets, floats, tractors, and pretty much everything else imaginable.  Since Jay needed to attend in order to hand out museum literature to the crowd, we decided that even though the Torino was still missing a few cosmetic pieces and parts (okay, and the side mirrors... a working gas gauge... etc., etc., etc.), we wanted to join in the festivities.
Getting lined up... and back to the future!
How many times will you ever see a Starsky & Hutch Torino parked behind a DeLorean?
I wasn't sure what the response would be to the Torino and was pleasantly surprised by the comments I could hear above the parade's din.  Of course, it didn't hurt to have the car museum's DeLorean ahead of me, which was wildly popular with all age groups due to the "Back to the Future" franchise.
The other notable "vehicle" following me was a farm  combine that literally took up both lanes of the road (you have to realize that I live in a pretty rural farming community).  While the size of the tractor was admittedly impressive, all I could see out of my rearview mirror were these enormous "teeth" level with my back window...and my head. 

I spent a considerable amount of the parade praying:
Please let his brakes work...
Please let his brakes work...
After the parade
Where we're at now...
Well, like any car project, you're going to hit a snag or two along the journey--like the gas tank.  When Art went to paint the rearview mirrors, he found that the previous owner had not only disconnected (read: "cut") the adjustment mechanisms for them, they had actually glued the mirrors in one spot.  Terrific.

Fortunately, we still had the mirrors from the Calico Torino and sanded them down.  Once they're painted and attached, we can complete the interior door panels, trim and emblems, window cranks, etc.

There are some spots on the paint job that will need to be touched up, such as where the passenger door doesn't quite shut right and rubs the paint and clear coat.  When that's fixed, we can add all the assorted trim and Ford emblems, as well as the rocker panels and wheel well trim. 
Various pieces waiting to be reattached.
Calling all cars!  Be on the lookout for...
... a white plastic reindeer to hang from the rearview mirror ala "Little Girl Lost!"  Gotta have her decked out for the holidays, too!
Thanks for sharing the journey with us!
Be sure to visit again soon 
to check out our progress.

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