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Thanks Bo! Yes, I actually tried that back when I first installed the seats, but it didn't work for me. I think they really do need to see the true CAN messages or the computer shuts down. This is working great now. The CAN just keeps the computer alive so that the buttons will work. But yes, the Heat is controlled 100% by can and I have a batch of messages from the 5 series that I am hoping will be the same. It will be fun to see if I can get it working. I have no windows yet, so the only heat I will have will come from the seats!

That’s awesome Paul. Congrats once again!
 

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Finally got around to getting the Garagistic kit to adjust my rear camber and toe. My rear tires are already shot from the funny wear (and a fair number of burn-outs of course). You can't really see the wear in this photo.

It's been a long time since the coupe has been up on the lift. We dropped the suspension and welded on the plates. We got the new bushings in the arms as well and today we put her all back together and get a proper alignment.

I'm just about ready to take it all down over the course of a week to make it all pretty under there. There's still a lot of things uncoated. But as you can see, for good reason, as we keep welding on this thing...

Cheers!

Paul

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Yes, i was going to post here as well. I’ve got a bit of perfect storm happening between family, business and being an adult that all require me to move on with the car.

Its super sad, and my plan is to find another and in a couple of years start this project all over again.

The only silver lining is that it is like my Mount Everest. I dreamed of doing this, and accomplished it- and build an in reboot rod coupe, and enjoyed it for an amazing year on the road- including down to La Jolla last weekend for the meet.

I’ve got over $150k into the car as you can imagine. I don’t expect to get that all back. But I’d like to avoid BAT and find a home with a true fan of the car. Since about 4500 people follow the car on Instagram I’ve got a lot of people there who know the car and the history. Ive got offers up to $95k. I feel I should hold for more than that, and BAT would likely bring more- even without the paint and AC done, etc. So I will see what happens over the next week.

I’ll post more about the sale here too as well in case someone here is crazy enough to want a Tesla Shark.
 

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I would love an E9 Tesla if it had Tesla's Autopilot.
Does it?
No, but I’ve been asked that many times. Also, when I first started building it, the most common thing I heard was “is it going to have that huge screen?”

Its interesting to me that Tesla used many diverse features to build it’s brand. They could have only made the best drive train possible, but they also invented so many other interesting features. It’s probably the auto pilot or the huge display or the pop out handles that brought in a whole other batch of people who may have disregarded the car as a toy.

anyway, Just my thoughts. But no auto pilot.
 

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I feel it would be tragic to "drive" a beautiful, classic car but not actually be driving it. :cool:
Oh, not having to drive Highway 17 herself would be reason enough for my wife to want this car.
Today she uses a human Autopilot (me), she supervises from the passenger side, which for me is beyond tragic :).
 

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No, but I’ve been asked that many times. Also, when I first started building it, the most common thing I heard was “is it going to have that huge screen?”
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anyway, Just my thoughts. But no auto pilot.
Well you could follow the 1950s Italian car builders tradition of making cars "Su Mesura", ie one-off custom variants for each customer! BMW 3.0 CSM, Coupe Su Mesura, a car with Italian shapes.
Heritage is knowing that Pininfarina is not a Pizza joint in the Mission :).
 

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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS POSTING
WELL WELL DONE. GREAT RESTORATION - SEEMS LIKE YOU COULD HAVE STARTED WITH A LESS RUST UNIT
THAT'S WILD ,ALL THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE JUST TO REMOVE ALL THE BAD PARTS
CAR WAS JUST A HUGE RUST BUCKET I'M AMAZED .
GREAT JOB AGAIN -LOVE THE POST
 
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Well, the car no longer belongs to me! It's sad, but it's the right thing for my business and my family. However, the new owner has commissioned me to finish all the pretty stuff. So that means you are stuck with me for a few months more at least! We will be finishing it at daily driver standards. Meaning, no $30k paint job here. We will get nice, respectable paintwork by my buddy Jake. I will be wrapping up things like battery cooling, air conditioning, headliner, upholstery, etc.

The car will be driven every day around LA, and that's a fantastic thing! And since the buyer had originally wanted us to build him a Tesla Volvo "Swedish Shooting Brake", he may still do that build and sell me back this car when that's done (if I become wealthy by that time:).

So let's get to wrapping up this car!

Paul

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It sounds like this is the best outcome for everyone. Sometimes it is easy to forget that this is just a hobby and that many things are ahead of it in the priority list. No matter how you look at it, cars are money and time black holes and it is much harder to get out of them than to fall into them. Congratulations on an incredible and inspiring adventure so far Paul... and congratulations on the ability to get out of it when more important issues came back to the forefront.
 
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