The winter weather is slowing us down, but we are finally ready for paint! Of course it is supposed to rain or snow this week and the coming weekend, so it will likely be a bit before we can lay down the color. Rich even leveled the dash out! The GOAT will be straighter than when it rolled off the factory floor.
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