It’s been touch and go to see if we could make it to the big Smith Mountain Lake Show this Friday and Saturday. It’s still touchy regarding Friday, but Saturday for sure. We are going to need to rebuild her water pump this week late once the kit gets here from Van Ness and a couple little trailer issues.
She runs like a champ and from working on her bottom, seems to be OK.. We think. We had some water in her yesterday and it did leak in an area that we hopefully have fixed. There is not real swelling here on this one since she is encased in Fiberglass. So its fingers crossed. This is real. We have not and will not have water tested her in any way. So on Saturday at the lake at the ramp. It will be live, and sink or well float, and even then who knows what could happen. We tightened the rudder box. The shaft hose is still from the barn, so that is suspect as all get out.
Our plan is to see if she starts and floats. Maybe one run and back on land. Despite all the cleaning, she still stinks of rat turds. So it wont be hard to find. Eric Zelman laughed when once he started working on her, understood why we were calling her Stinky.
We hope you all will make it to say Hi and see the Barn Find, and oh yeah Miss America IX will be there. This is gonna be a fun show, and then next week she goes to the Reedville show the next week, and then we start doing more cosmetic work. These two shows will be your’e one chance to see her in a Barn Find State in person.