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 […]

June 2020 Update: Final stage of registration, build website, bodywork

Registration I made a trip home this last weekend thanks to Spirit’s $75 round trip tickets. I was able to get the VIN plate on the car and have it inspected by a police officer. What I think should be the final piece of paper for getting the title is now in the mail. I […]

May 2020 Update #3: Registration Progress

Titling Current Status: Nothing new to share from the car side of things since I’m in Michigan and the car is in Georgia, but I have made some progress towards getting the car registered. The Georgia department of revenue approved my title paperwork! It would appear my technique of sending them every possible paper of […]

May 2020 Update #2: Continuing the bodywork

Bodywork I spent quite a lot of time trying to finish the work on the doors and sidesails. Unfortunately a few parts of the side sails still need more work. I learned that in a lot of cases I need to use the gel putty rather than the plain gel coat because you really can’t […]

May 2020 Update: Door windows and bodywork

General Status Update The car isn’t quite as far along as I had hoped it would be at this point considering how much time I’ve had to work on it. Particularly the paperwork part, so it will not be coming with me to Michigan for at least a little while until all that gets processed. […]

April 2020 Update: Wheel well aluminum, rear hatch

Wheel Well Aluminum I installed both the front and rear wheel well aluminum panels. The rear ones were fairly straight forward. The front was like a puzzle! I had to ask the Facebook group for help. The instructions don’t clearly show where they all go (although there is a diagram further back in the manual) […]

March 2020 Update #4: State Inspection Passed!!!

Inspection  I brought the car in for its Georgia state safety inspection. It passed! Really the only thing checked was the lights. Thank god my last-minute reverse light/blinker fix was successful. My horn didn’t work because my donor steering wheel apparently had some issues with the clockspring wiring. Not sure why exactly it had been […]