One of the great things about living in the Carolinas is the winter weather. We enjoy many sunny, mild days. This past week was one of them, sunny with temps in the mid 60s. So we packed up and headed for the beach. Saturday we had lunch at Burky’s Grill, North Myrtle Beach, SC where they had a local cruise-in. Quite a mix of cars from street rods to a 1947 Cadillac Sedanette, 1963 Chevy Belair, 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix, and a couple of Mustangs, Z06 Corvettes and mid 50s Ford pickups to name a few.
Here cruising season is never over. It reminded me of the work I need to do to my cars to get them ready for spring shows. I’m also reminded that we are in January already. Spring is not too far away. Cruising time will be here before you know it.
Now is the time to get our cars ready for the next mild, sunny day. If you are like me, you will start with good intentions. My ’57 Caddy needs a fuel pump, the ’56 Packard has a transmission leak at the lower pan seal, and my favorite cruise, the ’61 Vette looks good at 20 feet but is a restoration in progress. It seem the more they sit, the more issues they have. I keep thinking I’ll get to it. And when I do, then I don’t have the parts I need on hand.
I need to get more organized.
I forget how long it takes sometimes to just find the parts needed, and the sometimes long lead time for ordering and delivery. Next thing you know, it’s spring and I’m rushing to make my cars drivable. This year I pledge to get the job done early and I challenge you to do the same.
Here at Steele, we pride ourselves on being able to ship parts in a timely manner. However, a package going cross country could take 5 to 8 business days. If it has to be built or back-ordered, it could take 2 to 3 weeks or more. Other part suppliers are going to have similar issues. Save yourself the anxiety of time pressure or the additional cost of express shipping by starting early on your project.
Do yourself a favor, beat the rush.
Matt Agosta is the President of Steele Rubber Products. He is an avid car-enthusiast. When he is not working or restoring one of his classic cars, he enjoys traveling with his wife, local author Carolyn Steele Agosta.