Project: K.I.T.T. Blog
I was interviewed by the Aberdeen American News for a story on Project: K.I.T.T.! They also did a short video portion to accompany the online story. I even made the front page in glorious color!
The story and video are included below. If you hover over the story you will find controls in the top right corner to pop it out full size for easier reading.
It was even quite popular on twitter! I have included the tweets below the article.
I am finally satisfied with KARR and can move on...
KARR is back from the shop and has new polyurethane front lower and upper control arm bushings, upper and lower ball joints, polyurethane end links, polyurethane sway bar bushings and front spring pads.
He also got a new ignition module, pick up coil, distributor cap and rotor. He seems happy, but with KARR that isn't always the easiest thing to tell. He is spoiled for sure, of that I have no doubt.
Here are the new Fiero chrome valve stem caps.
The Fender Gripper is the perfect size to protect the taillights when working on the engine bay. I love the Fiero logo!
The next update will be about KITT so stay tuned...
We had something really amazing happen while reupholstering the seats in KARR. When we were taking the old fabric off we noticed the date stamped into the back of the material. It read 5 29 86 and it was 5/29/2016 the day we were working on them. Thirty years later to the day! Is that not awesome? I mean what are the odds!?
I call it fate.
I knew that I wanted to save the Fiero badges off of the original seats, but I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. Sara suggested sewing them onto some towels for the car. I chose a hand towel and a bath towel. I thought the bath towel would be perfect as a seat cover when taking KARR to the mechanic. I am not sure I could have found a better match for the old seat fabric.
Here is the finished hand towel
and the bath towel.
Here is a close up of the Fiero badge. Thanks Sara, they look great!
Today I had to take KARR to Ipswich for work, and got hailed on twice! It was marble sized hail, but did not do any damage that I can see. Still, not cool!
The end links came in for KARR this afternoon and since we were taking him to Sioux City for the Boston concert tomorrow, I did not want to mess with installing them myself. I took KARR over to Troy's shop so he could install them and give him a once over before we take him on a long road trip. Or so I thought...in addition to the end links and sway bar bushings, the front upper control arm bushings and the upper ball joints are all pretty much shot. There is a ton of play in the wheels.
To say I was disappointed would be a huge understatement. We were really looking forward to taking KARR on the road. :(
I have ordered all the necessary parts, and while I am at it I am replacing the lower ball joints, lower control arm bushings and the spring pads, too. I am going with polyurethane parts, so they will last, and also help to stiffen up the front end. Since I was blowing money like the Aberdeen wind lately, I decided to order some chrome valve stem caps with the Fiero logo, a Fiero "We Drive Excitement" t-shirt, and a fender gripper mat that has the Fiero logo on it.
I did get some good news today though...my new shift knob from Matt arrived!
So how was your day?
Today I found out that Billy of Knight Designs is changing the way he will be selling his products and is discontinuing everything except his fiberglass parts. Here is the update in his own words:
PLEASE READ ALL.....twice. lol
Hey guys I hope everyone is well.
I have some announcements to make. Please share this with friends so everyone can be informed of the changes.
I am wrapping up the last of all my paid orders. After those are complete I am shifting the way I sell parts. From that point on I will no longer be taking orders. I will simply build parts and put them up for sale auction style right here on facebook.
This means there will be no long wait times for those who have the funds. So here is the example, I build a pilot bumper, I post pics or vids of it here, I say the start price is 1250, I let it run for a posted time, when the time is up the best offer gets the bumper.
This eliminates the long list, the long waits, and most of all the stress of a long list and long wait. Granted all my guys are good customers, and are very respectful. However I stress myself out because I don't like making people wait. It is what it is though, because it is only me building the parts. If I sub it out, it just won't be the same, the quality would suffer and I just can't have that.
I am scaling back the options. I am running one last set of towbars and blackouts. After that, once ALL my stock is gone for fab, and miscellaneous parts (overlays, plastics,switches, etc) I will only be offering fiberglass parts. Many but not all of the things that I was the first to bring to the hobby can now be found in other places so not much use in me buying tons of stock to sell here and there. I have knight rider stuff coming out of every nook and cranny and I am a bit tired of it.
So to rehash I am gearing up to run one last set of blackouts and towbars. I will make a separate thread request so I know how many to build.
Thanks guys, if you have any questions please ask.
I have to have a tow bar if KITT is to look authentic, so I added my name to the list tonight. Here is what the the tow bar looks like.
The tow bar was used in the series to pull KITT while they were filming, but was often left on the car so it can be seen in almost every scene. I wanted the tow bar for authenticity, but also because I have heard stories about how the tow bar has literally saved the front bumper from damage due to steep approaches or bottoming out.
Now for an update on what I have been doing since my last post...
I have been using any free time that I have had to work on finishing up some items on KARR. Since KARR is my daily driver, and as Sara likes to call it "my other project car", there are just some things that have been driving me nuts and I decided that I do not want to put them off any longer. I will shoot a video of everything I have done when I am finished with him.
Thanks for your patience and thank you for following the project. Your support and interest if very much appreciated.
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