Yesterday I got the call from Herbie stating that he was finishing up my car. He said he was doing some polishing and compounding of the car and that it would be ready for me to pick up the next day. He gave me the price which I felt was very reasonable. Herbie doesn’t do show car quality paint jobs although his work looks nice. The price reflected that, which I was aware of and happy with. I wanted a car I could drive rather than a show car that I could sit on a pedestal and worship. I made plans and prepared for my trip to pick up the car.
Today I hopped on the subway and rode it into the city. From there I rode a commuter train to the town where Herbie is located. I had to walk the last 1.5 miles which wasn’t too bad. I could use the exercise. When I arrived I saw my car sitting in the driveway under an overhang. I called for Herbie and we looked the car over. He pulled it out into the sun so we could see better.
The car looked pretty nice. I could see he had spent some time compounding and polishing. If I looked close I could see some imperfections and blemishes, but the car really looks great from a foot or two away. He added some red pin stripes along the body lines that are very similar to the optional accent stripes that Ford offered back in 1967. Overall I was satisfied, so I paid Herbie and drove the car home.
Here are some pictures of how the car looked when I arrived home. I still have a lot of work to do installing the trim and weather stripping. The interior needs a really good cleaning too. My Winter project awaits.