Project Breathless being built for all of you who have lost or have fought a lung disease
To all of the new HUB HEADS I have been a hub head for some time now even at this point having over 9000 hits of folks checking out PROJECT BREATHLESS. Breathless is my 1972 GRAN TORINO SPORT ever since I laid eyes on her in 1977. I was going to restore her my self it would have or could have been a labor of love seeing that I had little by little while my kids grew up saved a little at a time to buy only the best of body and sheet metal parts for her for over 20 years. I could have done all of the work with the skills that I have from working over 28 years or so as a metal fabricator working in TOOL ROOMS, TOOL DESIGN,WELDING, METAL GRINDING AND MEATL FINISHING. TUBE BENDING AND TOOLING DESIGN FOR BENDING MACHINES I had all of the skills needed to make my dream come true after a 30 year wait while my 4 kids grew old enough to be out on their own never having a lot of extra cash while paying child support but would change a thing when it comes to paying support and if I could have kept my kids from having to grow up and have their own adult lifes problems of their own to protect them as kids who could enjoy life for ever I would have made a deal with god that I would have paid my child support iuntil the day that I died.
Well in 2003 just when my life long dream to drive this car again I had become sick while at work and because MAYSTEEL IN WISCONSIN OWNED BY THE EVERETT SMITH GROUP AND THE OILS SOLD BY THE TOWER OIL COMPANY I am now dieing of PULMONARY FIBROSIS a lung disease that EVEL KNIEVEL, MARLEN BRANDO, AND ROBERT GULET HAVE ALL DIED OF EVEN JERRY LEWIS WILL be dieing of his long faught battle to this disease that kills without ever being a house hold name. I plan to change this with PROJECT BREATHLESS using this car to travel the USA trying to find support,funding and to make this a house hold name. There is no cure or real treatment and with a zero percent survival rate there isn’t those big TV ADS OR DRIVES FOR A CURE BECAUSE OF THE FACT THERE ISN’T THOSE SURVIVAL STORY TO GO ALONG WITH THIS DISEASE. In fact to make it 5 years with this disease your only going to have a 20 % chance of that fighting all of the way.
1 American dies every 13 minutes of Pulmonary Fibrosis and about 45,000 Americans die as many of BREAST CANCER which is a house hold name because of those who survive and get to tell their stories.
Project Breathless before I found out about this disease was going to be just a very fine restoration with the 351 Cleveland engine and C-6 AUTOMATIC being rebuilt which wouls have been just fine for me to run around to car shows with but to make Breathless stand out inorder to try to get her in to the HOT ROD MAGAZINES I needed to make her stand out and to also make her last to do my talking for LUNG DISEASE AWARENESS LONG AFTER I AM GONE SHE NEED TO RUN 100,000 MILES OR MORE AFTER I AM GONE TO SPEAK FOR THOSE WHO CAN NOT SPEAK BECAUSE OF A LUNG DISEASE.
I could have had her running already years ago just on what I spent on the 2008 FORD SHELBY GT500 CRATE ENGINE OR EVEN WHAT WAS SPENT ON THE TCI 6X 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WITH CONTROLLER AND PADDLE SHIFT SETUP. I have spent every dime of my cemetery plot money every dime of my funeral money to try to make PROJECT BREATHLESS stand out enough to make it to the TV shows inorder to reach the guys who build cars who may also some day have problems with their lung do to years of inhaling what you all inhale on the job every day as part of your passion for doing yur best with these great cars.
Project Breathless is going to be running a 2008 supercharged 5.4 engine and a TCI 6X 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC WITH CONTROLLER AND PADDLE SHIFTER. ALSO RUNNING THE NEW BAER BRAKES GT BIG BRAKE KIT WITH THE C-6 CORVETTE STYLE BRAKE SETUP WITH A 6 PISTON CALIPER AT ALL 4 CORNERS AND 14 INCH ROTORS. DAKOTA DIGITAL DASH ADDING A DAKOTA DIG CLIMATE CONTROLED SYSTEM TO RUN THE VINTAGE AIR GEN II, AC AND HEAT SYSTEM. She had a body and paint job done with all nos and rustfree doors and panels epoxcy coated and painted the HOUSE OF KOLOR LAKE VIOLET. COYS 18 INCH WHEELS AT ALL FOUR CORNERS JUST LIKE ON THE TORINO IN THE FAST AND FERROUS MOVIE. Breathless has everthing bought to finish her ND OVER $30,000 SPENT ON LABOR THAT I USE TO BE ABLE TO DO MY SELF.
To any of you out ther who’s lost a loved one to any of the lung disease you know all too well what it’s like to fight for the oxygen need to keep your self alive it’s so scarry for me to know what my end of life is going to be like I have watched my real father, foster mother a uncle and very best friend ail die of a lung disease and every one of them fought with every inch of was left in them trying to get that last breath of air needed to keep them alive.
Like I said this car is so close to being road ready to do the 2011 HOT ROD MAGAZINES POWER TOUR which is also on my bucket list and with being told that I had 2-5 years to live back in 2003 I guess if I do not have her done this year it’s all up to GOD to give me another year to try to finish her for the 2012 POWER TOUR. JUST needed to be finished is wiring and plumbing the AC,BRAKES,ENGINE AND SUPERCHARGER. ALSO needed is to get the last $10,000 worth out of over $55,000 worth of parts on the car to finish her off. It would take about $10,000 for labor I would guess to finish her doing everything including redoing the interior or maybe nothing if the right talented bunch of guys or shop would step up and do a lobor of love for a great cause to make PROJECT BREATHLESS our voice for lung disease awareness.
ANY BODY WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE PROJECT BREATLESS IN PERSON SHE SITS A BENNETT COACH WORKS IN MILWAUKEE WISCONSIN waiting for me to find someting to sell inorder to have the cash needed to pay for the labor to finish her off.