Pan Progress Report Sept.2001
Ed Bauer, Kirk Dickenson and I went up to Moose Lake on Wednesday the 15th and brought the Pan back. It was a real treat to meet Cass Nawrocki and see some of the other projects he is working on, but that's another story. I hope you all had a chance to see the Pan display in the arena on Sunday.
Kirk and I will be taking the car back to Odyssey for some final door adjustments and sheet metal fitting and, hopefully, by early September the car should be back here to stay, unless we elect to have Cass fabricate a new hood for the car. Both of the hoods we have will require considerable time to repair and it may be more cost effective to have a new hood made.
The real surprise, and most exciting news, concerns the third Pan car that was on display Sunday. After many years and more phone calls than he cares to count, long-time Pantowner Walt Ellis succeeded in purchasing the Pan car from the Alabama owner. Carlin Carlson, whose family at one time owned this same car, managed to get the car running and drove it to the show. What a treat it must have been to see that car come driving into the show, I am sorry I missed it. Kirk tells me there was so much interest in the Pan cars he was barely able to get away long enough to grab a bite to eat. There seems to be a groundswell of interest in the Pans and their local history.
Everyone who worked to make this year's show a success can feel proud of a job well done. I thought the Arena display was particularly outstanding.
Pan Progress Report Oct.2001
On Tuesday, September 9, Kirk Dickinson and I picked the Pan up at Odyssey Restoration and delivered it to Barry Dohrman's shop. We have since collected most of the miscellaneous parts and delivered them to Barry also. He was really impressed with the quality of the work, especially the sheet metal work and the fit and finish of the doors. I talked to Barry on Friday the 21 st and he has had a chance to look over the fenders and other parts and feels he should wait to start on those things until all the parts are here from the N.D. parts car purchase. Don Blonigen is assembling a rescue team to go to Bisbee with a tentative date set for Oct. 6th and 7th.
I again wish to thank all the members who have expressed their continued support for this project, especially during and after our show when everyone had a chance to view the progress that's being made. Just as our Nation will overcome the events of 9-11-01, our club will see this project through to completion.
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