This leap of faith involved...
booking a trip and traveling alone to Clearwater Florida to work with a group of women I have never met, to build a car I have never seen, at a shop that I have never been in. That scenario had potential to be a disaster, but I had a great "feeling" about this group of builders.
This race car project is unique in many different ways:
- The build team is made up entirely of women traveling to Florida from all over the northern hemisphere
- We are building a 1969 AMC AMX, just in case we thought parts might be too easy to find if we built a more mainstream model
- Upon completion this car will be raising money for the Austin Hatcher Foundation and driving in the Hot Rod Power Tour(You can join us too!)
I was honored to bring some attention to this build and the fundraising efforts via Amanda Lutey's recent Beaver Dam Daily Citizen article featuring a summary of this project. We are hoping that this will be the first of many builds under the Warrior Project name, honoring the broad array of talents possessed by women in the automotive industry. Although I was only at Roberts Collision Center in Clearwater Florida, for 3 days, the team accomplished a remarkable amount of work.
|The 1969 AMC AMX in it's base/clear color Wimbledon White from PPG. Prep work for stars and stripes are up next.|
|Wet sanding the clear to prep for|
artwork of stars and stripes
When I arrived the car was in it's final coat of primer with the engine bay in need of final prep for epoxy and then paint. With 5 people working on the car daily it moved along quickly through the process of refinishing the body.
My first day was spent prepping the car and masking it for sealer. Day 2 we had to wet sand a bit to remove some unexpected imperfections, but with teamwork and a goal in mind we had the car in base coat white by the afternoon. It was cleared later that evening using Joanne's Sata paint guns.
On day 3, my final day at the build, we wet-sanded the clear and prepped the car for artwork. Joanne finalized the color to be used for the stripes and the layout of the stars, then we started laying out stripes and masking the car.
|Joanne Bortles gave me a lesson in laying stripes and keeping them straight. There isn't a better person in the industry to learn this technique from.|
|The AMX hood after the artwork was applied by JoAnn Bortles|
|The 1969 AMX after paint and body have been completed. The car has been moved to the shop for mechanical work.|
|1969 AMC AMX|
|Re-united at last! And this time I got to try out the race seats|
|The ladies that completed the mechanical work did a great job!|
|Airbrush artist Tracy at Crazee Paint provided a Valkyrie painting for the car|
|The interior is race day ready|
|Susan Carpenter, Amy Fitgerald and Molly with the 1969 AMX Valkyrie build at the 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour in Madison WI|
|The completed 1969 AMC AMX: a view from the back|
|Karen Salvaggio hit the track|
|The AMX stands out on the track!|
|A look under the hood of the '69 AMC AMX|
Until next time...this build is in the books!
See more about this build including timeline, sponsors, fundraising and recent updates at The Valkyrie Project Blog