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Old 12-30-2007, 08:11 AM
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How much work do you do?

Not as much as I would like to. I like the chassis build the most. I'm in a situation where I can trade a chassis job for either body and paint or upholstery. This works really well for me as I usually have the next chassis built in my head by the time the one I'm working on is ready to go out the door.

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I do ALL work on my hotrods (minus maching though I will do valve jobs). I've done all the work on my 3 V8 Vegas, 3 (so far) V8 S10's, my '81 Vette, and my '55 Chevy pickup. The '55 is a COMPLETE rebuilt, leaving no bolt untouched.
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I do everything myself. I used to do custom bike work but cant ride now because of my back so I got back in to rods. The main reason I do everthing myself is that I'm poor and CHEAP . I have a hard time saying no to people too so I try to keep to myself...It seemed like every day I had someone showing up on my doorstep that I MET ONCE AND NOW THEY EXPECT FREE WORK.
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:23 AM
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I do not do upholstery ... I have done everything else ...

1) I hate bodywork ... but do it
2) I was a tool and die maker and also worked in a automotive machine shop. I have machined many engine projects ( my own and others ) ... built many engines
3) I cut weld and fabricate ... but now my welding skills are diminished ... ( cataract surgery in both eyes ) cannot see well enough up close under a welding helmet. for critical strength chassis work ... had a friend weld up the chassis ( He is way better than I )
4) Electrical ... do it but not my favorite thing
5) Love to run hard lines ... fuel, transmission and brake ... even do this for $$$ for others ... IF I like the car.
6) Built many 4 speeds and 3 speeds ... and a few automatics But I paid a guy to built my 700R4
7) Set up my own 9 inch Ford ring and pinion
8) Made the driveshaft ( had a friend balance it )

Have to send out chrome plating ... have to get my glass cut ...



I try to do everything I can. It is a hobby ... so I try and learn. I am retired now, and I cannot move around or see as well as I used to. Getting older SUCKS I have a bought crate engine in this car ... as well as a bought 700R4 ... But I have built many engines and transmissions in the past.

This is most likely my last full project car ... so I bought some stuff I normally would do myself ... time is a issue ... I want to drive and ride in this coupe sooner than later
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The roadster I did everything, including building the body and chassis, with the exception of driveshaft shortening (which I've done before with semi-disastrous results) and cutting of the windshield glass. Entire build is documented here



On my current project, this sedan/delivery/pickup, I'm doing everything except the interior (being done by Dan TwoLakes), driveshaft shortening, and engine machine work (bore, hone etc). Entire build is documented here



On the other hand, with a few minor exceptions, I did virtually nothing on my '32 pickup. Charlie Titman (shown here on left) built it from top to bottom and you'd have to put a gun to my head to get me to part with it. Point being, I think hot rodders can love their cars no matter how much of the work they do themselves.

Love the '32 pickup! Where can i see more pix of it? Is that Charlie's real name?! Or his stage name?! Awesome!!

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how much work

do all my own except paint,and block boreing , crank grind. have valve eq,mig , stick gas welding equ.
have don frame off on several
1 55t bird
2 3 mustangs(1 was a convert)
3 38 ford delux coup, street rod
4 another 55bird, guess i like rusty birds.
5 32 ford street rod.
6 1947 ford pick up it was a stockr, used original flathead
this years project was a 7.3 int engine 390 ford for a customer in 1968 galaxie rag.
i am a retired hd meckanic worked for a cat dealer 35 or so years. am enjoying retirement, looking for a new project, has to be a ford. cliff
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I am doing as much as I can myself..next thing coming up is to rebuild a turbo400 ..bought the book and ordered the parts..I have built a shop..built a chassis table..chassis is getting closer to done..then on to the body work..I will do my own paint and not sure on the interior quite yet..tho I may just do something simple there..

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re: How much Work do you do?

i do everything that i can and know how to do, and if i don't know i find out before i pay someone to do it.
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re: How much Work do you do?

You guys are men among men. I love the fact that most of you do almost all the work yourself. The pictures are cool too. I miss the days of doing it myself, you guys have got it made.
Anyone who has money can write a check, it takes alot more than that to build it yourself. Keep it up guys, it is what hotrodding is all about.
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I try to do as much myself as possible, mostly cause I'm cheap! It's a hobby for me, but I like to learn and try new things. Like most, I have to farm out some stuff like machining, glass & driveshafts. And actually, wiring is one of my favorite things to do.

I did buy a stage III chassis when I built my T Bucket, mostly because it was my first hot rod and didn't want to learn how to weld on my first frame. But I did everything else on the build myself. I'm at the point now though, I'd build one from scratch no problem.

On this mustang project, I'm doing more. All new floors and sheetmetal parts, interior, some minor motor work. The bodywork is a whole new experiance. It's incredible how much time it takes. I swear ever square inch is touched at least 50 times!!!!!!

My next project is a '31 model A sedan and will do everything on that including the chassis. Can't wait!
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Love the '32 pickup! Where can i see more pix of it? Is that Charlie's real name?! Or his stage name?!
It's his real name...honest. You can click here
for some shots of the build and the finished truck.
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Home work

I do all my own machine work except hone and align hone blocks, and balance cranks. I do all my own cylinder head work, carbs, 4 speeds and gear installation. Body work intimidates me and I wouldn't want to have to make a living off of my welding. I've done my own powerglides, but I sure wouldn't do one blindfolded. I really envy the body people, chassis builders, and upholsterers.
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I've always done everything I can affod to own tools to do a decent job. Things like machine work on the engine and other things I just don't have tools/equipment for someone gets paid to do. Maybe one day I'll get enough cash for my own equipment and space for a machine shop, but at 48 I doubt it.
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I do as much as I can based upon my skills and equipment. The engine machine work, powder coating, and most recently the exhaust were done by others, everything else so far has been my own work.
The trick of the whole thing is to realize and admit to myself that I can't do it all. My hat is off to those that can and do.

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Everything but engine machine work.....

I put my own convertible top on the Pontiac and made my tonneau cover on my truck.......Like doing upholstery stuff, but wish I could sew a straighter line.

Doing all your stuff on a project car is one thing.............a daily driver is another...........hate it
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