Still don't have the car back yet. Says he hasn't gotten to it yet, but really likes having it around. He said "You know what the best part is? It's not a Lincoln!". He talked about how distinctive they are to begin with, but a stretch is really unique among the sea of Town Cars that have essentially looked the same for decades. I guess I agree, but I'd like to have it back now, please.
Tell him you have it hired for a paid gig by XX/XX/XXXX, and if it isn't done by then......
Yeah, I've been cool about it so far. It's just another vehicle to put gas in. I really don't drive it much, but with recent graduations and other events it would have been cool to have. Funny how the kids don't appreciate it until it isn't here, then want to ride around in it.
Picked it up today. I popped in on him unannounced yesterday and he was actually working on it. He's a nice guy, or at the very least knows how to come across that way to stay in business. Fun to talk to. He admitted that he thought the way he had secured the front edge would be find, but in retrospect should have been sealed better. He put a lot of glue underneath it, tucked it under the rubber molding and ran a fairly inconspicuous bead of black silicone to hold it down. 90 MPH on the highway on the way home and it stayed down :-p (was trying to catch my brother in his wagon, but he had too big of a head start).
No air conditioning, though, and it is 90 degrees and stupid humid today. I put 4 cans of R134 in it when I got home and it's finally starting to cool off. At $10 a can, I'll be broke by the end of the season. I have an ultraviolet light so I can see where it's leaking. Just have to wait until dark. I think my compression fittings are holding - there was pressure at the low-pressure fitting on the accumulator. I think that schrader valve is leaking. Of course that's a brand new part. They don't make them like they used to....
I guess I'm going to have to suck it up and pay someone to find and fix the leak. The problem is that I'm reasonably sure it's in that custom-made line that no one seems interested in duplicating for me.
Did you do the black light thing yet?