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Old 08-30-2006, 04:53 PM
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Finally made the West Coast National

After 7 weeks of intense work (late nights and weekends) I got my 50 Chevy to the Goodguys West Coast Nationals! It's far from finished (still have to finish wiring, interior, paint, and the little details) but it sure was a blast pulling onto the grounds and seeing the response from people.
Can't wait to go home every night and drive it around scaring women and children!
Check out my gallery.

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Old 08-30-2006, 05:59 PM
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The car is looking great. Love the checker board firewall. Got any pics of you painting it to put in your journal? So is this car yours now and not your son's?
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Old 08-31-2006, 09:31 AM
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It's now my car. Unfortunately, my 16 year old son thought it wasn't worth the hard work. He thought all the "crap" jobs (sanding, grinding, cleaning, and yes, putting tools away!) was not to his level of skill. So he flew back to Connecticut after giving me the one finger salute. I was very sad at the outcome but when that fresh motor roar to life, the pain some how went away. But still, I wish my son could have been there at the show...

The firewalls was quite a challenge because it is diamond plated steel. So taping off over all the diamonds was very tedious. I think I got pics of the process, so I'll post those and the others once I sift through them.
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Old 08-31-2006, 11:28 AM
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I got a father son project going on to, my son was all in to it tell he found out how much work it was to do a project. Now he did a carpet kit change the interior color But when it came to body work he Quickly lost interest. he still work on it. But he said it more that he wanted to do. Which I said OK I will do the body work not a problem. but you still need to finish the project. So I was happy he said hey dad its way to much for me. He is real happy with his truck, shows it to all his friends. He is not like me when I had my first car I worked on it 24-7 to get it ready for my last year of high School.
The important thing is he is learning what it take to do a project which is perfect. so do what you like to and the thinks you don't no shame it having someone else do it.

Sorry you had a falling out with your son but its the only they learn you have to start somewhere. And most offen it at the bottom and you work your way to the top.


Have fun with the ride.

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Old 08-31-2006, 12:03 PM
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Thanks, Craig, it's great to hear from others in my shoes.
Like you, I too, was a 24/7 guy when it came to my car. Is this just a generational thing, or do the new gen of kids want everything and anything as long as it's easy? Do they lack passion for anything? Puzzling..
Hell, I worked on this car all through the night, even my wife gave up at 4:00 am, but I couldn't stop knowing the outcome. It was like the old days - very invigorating!
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Old 09-03-2006, 08:26 AM
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Awesome that you made the show Nothing like the rush you get, thrashing on your project in the final hours , getting it ready for it's debut. Making the deadline for a show is always a great accomplishment.


About 5 years ago I started working on my old high school car with my daughter, with the idea that she help build it back into running condition. It is a 69 mustang notchback. She started helping, and wasn't afraid of the work, but when she started cutting school, and running with lowlifes and lying about her whereabouts in the middle of the night, me getting called by the police to bring her home, I told her that I wasn't putting a ton of work into something that may wind up in a ditch. I gave her and her friends several chances to get straight, I invited her friends to come help too,, so my daughter could share her car building experience with her friends, like we had done as teenagers. I helped her friends with their cars too. I guess it wasn't what she wanted.

I am glad that I didn't give her my car. she is now 22 and has run one car into the ground by abusing it, and let her boyfriend crash her second car.

I gave my son the same deal,same car. He is more interested in playing football and studying physics. ( which is wayyy better than drinkin and druggin and being a lowlife) But he doesn't even have any inclination to get his drivers license. I wish he would. It would take some of the load off my wife and I. He loves to ride dirtbikes, and I told him I'd get him a streetbike if he would just get his license. I told him I'd give him my "old yeller" '72 pickup or even the lame-O Taurus SW to haul his football buddies around. I think he is scared of the responsibility. I don't push it, he is a great kid, self motivated and has a great set of morals.

Still, I don't get it.

When I was 15 1/2 ,to the exact day,I was waiting on the front steps of dmv to get my permit. I got my motorcycle permit the same day. I always felt it was my first real step into adulthood.
I guess kids don't feel the same way these days.

We'll see what happens with my 14 year old daughter.

I wished that I would have known that you,(decho), were going to pleasanton. I went on sunday .I would have liked to meet you. I got to hang out with martinsr for a bit. That was fun.
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I am amazed at the way some kids are not jazzed about getting their licenses these days, I can think of 5 right off the top of my head. I think it's a dependence thing, being independent may scare them. Where in Gilroy are you, Mike? I thought of looking you up Fri when I went through town on my way back from Salinas on a job assignment, may be going that way again next week, a food safety audit for the USDA, the lettuce deal, food poisoning in Utah has the ranks concerned. Dan
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That would be cool Dan, I would like to meet you. You can see my disaster.
I'm on chestnut street, right next to united rentals, and just south of all the car dealers. you can see the back of the shop from the 101 freeway. In my profile click on mikes homepage and you'll find my contact info

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Old 09-06-2006, 06:50 PM
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Thanks for sharing your story of your teenager headaches. Crap, when I was a teen, I would have killed just to sit in a hot rod, let alone work on one. But times are a changin and I'm feeling older with every kid that passes by. I see how they look at me, "Freakin old guy with an old car"! I hang my head for their futures.....
Sorry we didn't meet at the Goodguys on Sunday but I'm there at every show with my 57. But now I'll be there with the 50 Chevy for a while. After many, many miles on the 57, I think now I'll spend a little time with her and give her some TLC. Hmmmm, now let's see, about that North Star and Morrison chassis combo.........
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