Filed under: 1992 Ford Thunderbird (Silver Thunder)

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Well this last weekend finally saw my alternator finished. I received my bolts back from the chrome shop. I have to say that the difference is fantastic. I knew the old bolts, even though they were clean, just lacked the luster I was trying to get going in my engine compartment. The chromed bolts add just a touch of refinement that is the start of something much larger. I haven't yet snapped any pictures of the alternator in its finished form, but will when I get home tonight, and I'll post a pic of it then.

Unfortunately, though, it has caused me to look a lot closer at the rest of my engine compartment. There's a lot of work that needs to be done. I'm trying to approach it with the concept of making it really nice, show winning in fact, but I don't want to go overkill. No offense to anyone who has done this, but an engine compartment that is all chrome looses some of its luster. Everything tends to blend together and detail is hard to pick out. The same thing happens with people who color their engine components to match. So I'm approaching it from the perspective of making it really nice, in a conservative way, with accents of color and chrome. People say that the small things make the biggest difference. I guess we'll see about that. I've got a lot of planning on the small stuff. In fact, some of the big stuff, I'm still not too sure what I'm going to do on some of the big stuff, but it will all come together in the end.

I'm looking forward to working toward my end goal of a nice show winning car that can perform at the track as well. So far, I'm very happy with the results, but I've got a long way to go. I have very high expectations...