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Old 11-09-2007, 11:00 AM
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Do The Ground Work....FIRST.

It never ceases to amaze me, every time that I see a project vehicle the first thing that they put on is 2mm of glitz, or they drop in 1000 hp twin turbo custom billet Super Engine in a stock weenie frame. A few months later, they're on the BB writing that their paint has bubbles or lifting, the frame is cracking and the body is leaning over.

Doesn't anyone do any prep work anymore?

If the original engine for the vehicle you are working on came with a 100 HP engine and a three speed tranny, that is what it was designed for. Why do you think that you can now put a 500 horse billet slug in there without developing some problems. Shouldn't you be boxing that frame, re-welding the cross members and gusset plates! Even if you did do the frame work to handle the GO, shouldn't you be doing something about handling the WHOA?

Its not just the novice that I see building stuff like this. Turn on the Sat. and Sunday Car shows and you see them putting in a big fluffed rear end in a muscle car from the XYZ Company. As the camera pans the vehicle, you notice the floor is rusty, brake lines are corroded and dangling, exhaust is hanging, etc. If the "PROS" are doing cars this way, how is a novice suppose to learn? Even this site could use an upgrade, putting blitz paint over a dented trunk and rusted quarters isn't hot either. All of us that subscribe to this site know that this is a good place to start, but have you told your buddies that this is where your getting that knowledge???

Let's start a campaign, "Bring A Buddy To Hot Rodders. Com" and get some new faces in here. And when we start a project let's do the ground work first and correct. Am I out to lunch on this subject?

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i have only been on here a short wile but i know what you mean. the best is " i want a car show paint job , who sells the cheapest paint. " we need to set good examples for everyone to learn and that includes posting our mistakes because we can all learn from them too.
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We do try to get people to do whatever properly..some of them tho just won't listen..

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i hear ya, but it also applies to everything you do in life.

i'm a wrench in a dealership, and i see guys i work with do some crazy stuff, why?, too lazy to do it the right way the first time [hence my motto to them, you do it right, cause you do it twice].

some people just don't get it, if you do it right the first time, it's done, and you don't have to worry about it again. i learned early on that the 'short cuts' i took when doing something only caused more time and money to be spent later on [this applies to everything in life, IMHO].
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