Friday, March 15, 2013

I'm proud to announce that today the restoration of Phiona, my 1934 Pontiac has been completed.

View with red clouds

On Tuesday, as arranged with Chavel at Aatco Upholstery, I brought Phiona in to have the last bit of upholstery installed. But first I had to have Chuy, the man who has actually done the work, correct a problem with the headliner where one of the cross struts was showing through the fabric. That meant disassembling about the first third of the headliner to reposition the section that was the problem. This took nearly all day, plus adding the wire-on trim piece around the interior of the car. They could only work on my car until  2 p.m. when they had to switch to a rush job. The next day they asked me to not come until after noon, but then still did not get started for another hour and a half. Thursday, also was a half day on the job, so the work extended half way through today, Friday.

But, little by little Chuy and I figured out how to fit the parts of upholstery and make small steps toward completing the whole thing.

With one side done (the rear armrest areas), the second was relatively easy to finish, though it still took time to do correctly.

By about 1:30 today, I was driving home with Phiona. There I still had to install the rear seat cushions, and, by luck, Joe Machi and his friend Gary stopped by as I arrived home. With Joe's help, I got the back seat cushions re-installed and we all were thrilled to see the finished look.

After re-installing the glove box and then cleaning the car, inside and out, it was past 6 p.m.

Tomorrow, Saturday, I am planning to take Phiona to the Pavillions car show in  North Scottsdale, joining other friends for a "guys night out". This will be Phiona's initial debut to the public, but I still intend to have a more fitting unveiling, debut, cotillion or other type of celebration in honor of my fantastic automobile.

Here are some photos of the NEW Phiona:

Rear seat 3

Real seat 1

Dashboard 2


Reflection in hood

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