Out to another drive in show. On the way there we could tell the recently installed carpet made a difference in the amount of noise in the car. Also the transmission is shifting better and not leaking since replacing the seals. The drive-in was lots of fun. We have found the local drive-in ones to be the most fun. Just show up, park the car and walk around.
Finally have all the materials to start making the interior panels and upholstery. Kids watched YouTube on how it was supposed to be done and wanted to try it another way without buying everything pre made. I am all for supporting doing it our way. Bought 3mm hardboard from Lowes for the door and kick panels. Oldest son chose a brown canvas that is similar to the dash color for the doors. We left the dash with the original paint. A lighter tan for the upper areas of the pillars and around the window areas was chosen. For the door pulls my oldest had the idea to go to Good Will and get brown leather belts. He wants to make pull straps like the 87 Monte Carlo has out of the leather belts. For a headliner we have a 48 star flag. Plan for the flag is to take all of the bows out of the roof and paint them black. Then run the flag from the front to the rear of the car above all of the bows. The stars are placed above the driver's seat. The headliner may take a few revisions to get right.
The youngest started to cut panels. Made a few templates for the doors and kick panels. Has a roughly cut panel for the driver’s door. It needs holes cut for the window cranks and door handle. He cut it slightly large so it can be trimmed just right. His thought process was to get the driver's side just right then copy it for the passenger. Started in the front since he thinks it looks easier than the rear. He also attempted to make a kick panel. Unfortunately that one was a lesson in why to measure twice cut once. Not a big deal. Better to learn with something simple like that.
Not a big thing but we bought floor mats. Now that there is a carpet that is a light color kept getting asked how are you going to keep it clean. Bought some CAT brand tan floor mats. Cut to size ones that will do the job when needed. Have them in my truck and they work well there.
Saturday took the 41 out for the longest drive we have done, about 50 miles. Shortly into the drive the speedometer started to make a screeching noise. Shortly after that the needle would jump from the 40 MPH we were doing to around 80 and then back down. (I am certain we did not do 80 at any point and that this car cannot accelerate that quickly
). Not certain about the cause for this but on the 87 Monte Carlo it did a similar thing when the speedometer cable started to bind. Fixed the Monte Carlo by disconnecting the cable and spraying lube into it. Hope this is a simple fix like that turned out to be. Guess that is the next thing on the list of to-dos for the car.