Lawson's 818C

September 2020 Update: Daily Driver!

General: The car is officially my “daily” for the time being. I did the 75 mile drive back to Atlanta with it and it is my only car here on campus at Georgia Tech. Certainly not the most practical of vehicles, but it has been good to spend some time with it in the driver’s […]

August 2020 Update #2: 50 Mile Test Drive and Final Dash Install

Test Drive: Took the car for its first adventure of my own street. I had to squeeze the drive in between some scattered showers- it’s definitely not waterproof – but the trip went great! Definitely things to fix on the car, but nothing new found on the drive :). I drove about 50 miles round […]

August 2020 Update: Stereo, Center Console, Dash Install

General Update: Finished my (final) co-op with General Motors and back in Georgia for my last semester of college. Meaning the 818 work resumes! I had a week off so I took time to start finishing the interior. Made some good progress and I’m pretty happy with how it’s turning out. I think the car […]

July 2020 Update: It’s Road Legal!

The Big News: The car is officially titled and registered in GA! The process started in March this year and I’ve been constantly jumping through the hoops since. It’s exciting now that I can freely take it out on the road when it’s ready…which is hopefully soon. I took it for a very brief spin […]

January 2020 Update #2: Bodywork and Stereo

Bodywork I installed the tail lights into the rear bumper and cut out the lower bumper vent. Drilled and cleco’d the side panels in place. I will probably rivet them after I fit and check the rear bumper alignment. I want to keep them easy to remove for the time being in case something needs […]

January 2020 Update: Bodywork Begins!

Body I started the bodywork on the car! Just doing simple things at the moment such as cutting holes for the taillights, cutting vent holes, and starting to mount the panels for a rough mock-up. Right now, I have just the sidesail clamped to the car but I plan to throw on some of the […]

December 2019 Update #2: Final Go-Kart Items

Vintage Air A/C Heater lines plumbed incorporating a GM LS-engine heater bypass valve that is 4-way to allow for coolant circulation even when heater route is off. It was a bit of a pain to get the whole system to bleed but it all seems to be working now that it’s bled. A/C lines from […]

December 2019 Update: A/C Installation

Vintage Air A/C What I’m Using: Vintage Air Mini II Heat, Cool, and Defrost I purchased all my components based on the forum info compiled by user AZPete. He did a good write-up and a comprehensive parts list. I have a newer gen Mini unit and I am taking his advice on the heater bypass […]