Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Coupe Central, please hold...

I just spent the better part of three days trying to figure out the type of seam they used on the Coupe seat frame upholstery. I called the guy with the moon monitor (he can enlarge photos like NCIS), called our friends in the midwest (RB came through with a previously unseen photo), I even put a call out for the owner (still waiting for a call back). That's when it occurred to me.

Rick Figari is missing the boat. In his attempts at keeping the details of the real American Graffiti Coupe to himself, he has passed by an opportunity to easily parley himself into a cozy little nest egg. In more than one conversation, he has complained how hard it is to take the Coupe around for shows, and after expenses how little is left. It's a hair too late now, what with 'da Hui and the group from Kansas shepherding the flocks, but he should have opened a Milner Coupe hotline. And not just for us hated hordes that are building copies of the most popular hot rod in the world. Like it or not, there are a lot of people that have questions about his car. And with his proximity to that icon, he could make a fortune.

[riiiiing, riiing] Good afternoon, Milner Hotline. How can we help you?
[ "Yeah...I'd like to know what bellhousing is on the Coupe" ].

-One moment please...{creeeak, slam... scurry, scurry, scurry...creeeak, slam} uh Hello?
[ "What'd you find out?" ].

-That'll be twenty dollars, Visa number hmm......................................................Okay it went through... It's from a 1957 Chevrolet.
[ "Hey great! What color is it?" ].

-That'll be twenty dollars...

You get the picture. Holy moly, he could still clean up. And he wouldn't really have to move from his computer for most of the information.
If you know what I mean.