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Old 10-23-2009, 08:16 AM
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keep trying.

over 50 years ago I couldn't afford anything except to do it my self. so I got into cars, got an engineering degree, worked for Ford, taught a few auto college classes, (it was nice to have $ 5 million worth of tools to use. ) I still do most of my own work. on cars, and have a gen contractors license and work with My kids and wife doing building projects . Just finished pouring concrete for another 36 X 48 ft shop and had 2000 cinder blocks delivered, We just need more space.

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Old 10-23-2009, 08:43 AM
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i really dont belong here with the rest of you. i havent finished my car and may never finish it.im sure i'll have to have a few things done.all the glass will have to be cut because of my chop. and im sure there will be a few other things that will come up.i watched" new interiors" home made build.that was awsom. ..and a few others along the way.i would truely love to build one more than anything. id rather work on my car than eat when im hungry.my hats off to you folks that have finished 1 car.
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I guess I almost belong here.
Working on a 77 Fury that was in bad shape. So far I did it all myself.
Its my first complete rebuilt and I have a loooooong way to go. But the plan is do do it all myself. The engine block and heads I have to outsource for machining. And of course I started with existing material so no frame up build.
Will see how far I get.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:16 AM
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Guess I'm only a 75%er, I can't paint, do machine work or stitch interior. So some things I have to farm out, probably for the best on the paint thing.
The Vette took just over three years to bring back to life, but it's not really a Hot Rod. She has all upgraded and custom suspension, built 427 and M-21 trans, slight custom interior. I started the build in my barn and finished in the garage.

The Plymouth is right about three years, it's a challenge, darn near everything needs to be hand built, no 1-800 hot rod here, I need to install the windows and have the interior done to finish.


Does a 52 Tote Goat count? Custom side car so the wife and I can toodle around the neighborhood..
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I think I'm close to a 100%... Over the past 40 years, I've always done everything my self. Never hiring anyone one else or taking it to a garage. From home repair and remodeling, to all my car repairs... BUT. I did retire as a truck mechanic, so that probabley gave me an edge over the avewrsage guy... I have done painting, gears, engines, attemped a restoration , built a couple nice ''cruisers '', currantly trying the interoir in my 'chopped '48 Dodge.
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Everything but stitching the interior panels and even some of that I have had to modify as the upholsterer did the work while I was finishing the chassis. I rebuilt the tranny (a C4), the 9" rear gear set(bearings and seals), took the crate motor (5.0L Ford) and added all ARP bolting, port matched, changed to a much better SVT roller camshaft and converted the front cover to mechanical fuel pump for a carb/MSD ignition. I did all of the paint - and it looks pretty good tho not perfect in a couple of places. The chassis - a TCI that I modified to a '32 rear fuel tank.









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Old 10-23-2009, 09:54 AM
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Im real close, on my LaSalle I have done everything except the interior and machine work on the block. I did cut the guides for cam lift and assemble the engine as well. I also make my own wire harnesses patch panels and frame brackets,and I do my own welding.This build started in 03 and I will paint it this winter in a rented booth. The LaSalle is a restomod,all the mods have been done by myself or with the help of one of my sons. There is a lot of research and planning that goes into a build, I dont always make a part that fits right the 1st time, I think my average is three times to get it right.There are a few photos of the build here in my album. I put 4000 miles on it in primer this summer, Building is fun,but the driving is where its at.
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The last one was over 15 years ago...still driving that one.....but I have done 4 vehicles from the ground up, a number more, just swapping engines and stuff....It was all done at home (all mechanical, body, paint, interior, conv top etc)
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I guess I sortof fit into this group. My '36 Terraplane truck probably won't because I'm paying someone to do the bodywork (I didn't want to practice on this vehicle, so I'm paying someone else who knows more than me), and I'll have the engine machining done by someone else as well. Painting is still up in the air (depends on if I have the tools by that time or not), but everything else will be me - re-doing the driveline, doing the upholstery, re-wiring, re-whatever I encounter.

My '79 Chevy truck does fit in this group, however. I re-ringed the engine (first time rebuilding an engine), rebuilt the transmission (first time rebuilding an automatic), rebuilt the driver's side cab lower section (rust-out. First time for major bodywork - turned out amateurish, but you won't see 85% of it), re-did the wiring, etc. I will also be custom-building a new bed, new interior, and various other upgrades as I get to them.

My '78 Trans-Am would be a close second place. I originally bought this to learn about cars and how they worked, so I re-did the electrical (first time), rebuilt the carb (first time), rebuilt the transmission (first time rebuilding a manual), rebuilt the entire suspension (first time), rebuilt the brake system (another first), and other stuff along the way. I'm going to have to tackle the rust repair and bodywork soon, but practically everything will be visible (unlike where most of the bodywork on the truck was hidden), so I'm a little reticent to start. I'm gonna need a couple shots of a strong adult beverage to take the cut-off wheel to it for the first time. Haven't had to touch the engine yet - I'll worry about that when it breaks. Oh yea, also painted the bird on the hood as a last-minute upgrade for a car show (Black and Storm Grey touch-up spray paint, with white pinstripe outlines) - first time for that as well.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:43 AM
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I love working on stuff, but I don't have the space to do 100% builds. I don't have nearly the skill either. I'm good wiht mechanical stuff, but that's about it. Don't get me wrong, if I had the space and time to learn I'd certainly try it out. I've always wanted a large property with a pole barn otu back with 3 vehicles and a lift in it with a full compliment of tools (plus TV, toilet, slop sink, beer...). Little tough with the price of land out where I am...

It also seems that you have to be a bit of a visionary to complete a 100% build, not to mention an artist of sorts. I have great admiration for the folks who have that full skillset.

Some amazing talent showing in the previous pictures of this thread.

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Old 10-23-2009, 12:53 PM
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I've never stitched upholstery or sprayed a top coat.

I admire those that can do outstanding paint and bodywork. And to do an interior from scratch is awesome.
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I guess I might qualify, I havn't ever done any engine machine work, or splined axles,, but everything else I pretty much have done,
I particulary like doing custom body work,, chops, Etc,, and making my own F/G molds, I have a mill and a lathe, but just do brackets and easy stuff with that,, built several show winners over the years,
built cars for customers, for awhile,[about 10 -12 years] still do small jobs,, but I finally decided that working for other people just didn't leave much time to do my own thing,,
I have plenty of projects under way,, and definately won't run out of something to do for quite some time.
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I guess I might qualify, I havn't ever done any engine machine work, or splined axles,, but everything else I pretty much have done,
I particulary like doing custom body work,, chops, Etc,, and making my own F/G molds, I have a mill and a lathe, but just do brackets and easy stuff with that,, built several show winners over the years,
built cars for customers, for awhile,[about 10 -12 years] still do small jobs,, but I finally decided that working for other people just didn't leave much time to do my own thing,,
I have plenty of projects under way,, and definately won't run out of something to do for quite some time.

You have some sweet rods there Mr.bill....
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You have some sweet rods there Mr.bill....
You think those are good looking, you ought to see his Barbeque (Oops, wrong forum no hi-jack intended )
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:07 PM
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I do all but the engine machining. Hand built panels, boxing, frenching, assembly, paint, welding. Full service restoration shop minus the block and heads. I love a rust challenge! Jerry
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