As you might remember the weekend prior to the Detroit Autorama was spent detailing the undercarriage of Big Olds with a group of friends in Ralfs56’s barn. I also went to Ralfs56’s (Scott) place every night after work on Monday and Tuesday too to finish up the little details. Monday night once I got to his place I realized he did not go to work that day and spent the whole day working on Big Olds! WOW, what a friend. I owe him Big time! Monday and Tuesday were spent detailing the engine compartment and installing new chromed knobs on the dash and steering column. Not everything fit properly and neither of us could get the headlight switch knob off…..I think it’s rusted on with all the moisture over the years hitting it. I’ll get a new switch, cut off the old shaft, take out the old switch and instal a new one with the new matching knob. The new knobs match the existing window cranks perfectly. I was actually shocked to see how well they match. On to Wednesday which was packed with phone calls, emails and PM from friends that saw Big Olds in both the Detroit News and the Detroit Auto Scene. Tried to button up things at work before my loooong weekend but my mind certainly wasn’t in it. Thankfully I have an understanding boss and was having a great month sales wise at work already so I was cut some slack. The night before and Wednesday morning we got A LOT of snow here in the Metro Detroit area. The ride to work was slow but wasn’t too bad by 5pm when I headed to Scott’s. The plan was to call AAA for a flatbed transport the 35 miles to Cobo Hall. Because of the crappy weather, they told me it was going to be a 2 hour wait. Just shy of that a hook truck pulls up, Big Olds was not being towed down there on the end of a hook. I call AAA back, they said they told the tow company to send a flatbed but they start to give me a hard time about where he’s being towed to since it’s not a “repair facility”. Anyway we go round and round, they tell me it’s going to be another hour blah, blah, blah. I then call “Davidstowingllc“, a new local HAMB guy who owns a towing business. He’s not available and neither is a flatbed but the dude that answers the phone says he’ll get ahold of Dave and try to get a truck and trailer then will call me back. About 9pm I decide that this waiting around for AAA is bullshit and ask Scott for his snowmobile stuff which I start to put on. Just as I’m suited up a flatbed arrives and heads straight to the back barn. Scott follows him with his truck, I unsuit and followed in my daily driver. Once back by the barn where Big Olds is the flatbed driver informs me that AAA has decided they will not tow Big Olds to Cobo and he leaves. No big deal at this point, my head was already fine with driving. Back up to the house, suit back up, back to Big Olds, start him up, let him warm up, then I take off. It was about 600 yards on ice to the main road but once there the roads were dry. A couple of miles later I was on the freeway doing almost 60 MPH and was toasty warm. I was so pissed at AAA that my blood was still boiling abit so I think that kept me warm. This whole time I’m keeping in touch with Megan who had left Canton OH about the same time I left work yet she beat me to Cobo by over an hour. As I’m driving I can feel my phone vibrating in my pocket and assume it’s Dave’s towing but once the snowmobile coveralls and jacket are on I can’t get to my phone. He did try to call about half a dozen times and I’d just like to add at this point that I really appreciate everything his business did trying to get something worked out. I should have arranged the transport with you to begin with but oh well, live and learn right. Thanks again. Got to downtown Detroit and because I was driving Big Olds I did not have to wait in the long trailer line, I was able to drive around them all and pull up to the ramp that goes in the back. Megan was waiting for me at the back overhead door. And took these photos. It was nice to have a warm welcome after that drive. She hopped in Big Olds and we drove inside and over to the check-in table. I got my spot assignment and everything that goes along with it. I then drove Big Olds to his spot while Megan and Scott scoped out the path in front of me. HOLY SMOKES! What an awesome spot they assigned me! I was the third car back from the front and two isles over from the center entrance doors! AND my spot was open on two sides! How lucky is that! We got to work on taping down the bamboo woven matt that I was using for ground cover. The little weavers didn’t weave it exactly perrfect so it took alittle time smoothing things out. For those that haven’t been following extra closely, a month or so ago I asked the HAMB if anyone had any Feista spinners that I could borrow for the show. I promised they would go on at the show and taken off at the end of the show so as not to get damaged. NoName, AKA Old Car Glass Guy from OR was kind enough to send them to me and I can’t thank him enough. I know in my head that the wheel covering really made the difference in Big Olds’ stunning weekend look. My current hubcaps are very beaten up and it would have been a shame to have had to have used them. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for the caps sweetie! So here’s Scott putting them on at the show very carefully with his hand, not a mallet. We ran outta tape and steam about 11:00pm…. ..so after a quick stop to check out Dave Shuten’s Ice Truck which was one isle over from me… ….we decided to head to a BBQ joint by the old Tiger Stadium. By the time we walked into the place it was 11:30pm and they informed us the kitchen closed at 11:00. Not only were we starving but really bummed as well. Headed out back to the suburbs of Livonia, got a burger at the local neighbor bar, took Scott back to his place then headed back to my place and Megan and I called it a night.