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Old 12-29-2007, 08:28 PM
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How much Work do you do?

Just wanted to know how much work on your car/truck do the membership actually do. The best way to me is conduct a poll. When I say work I mean tear down, sandblast, rebuild engine and trans, welding & fabrication, body work (sanding, prep work, painting, etc...) assembly, tuning & set-up after she's completely assembled. I figure I'm doing 99% of the work to my truck. The only thing that I can't do myself is machining for the rear 4-link I'm fabricating. Don't have a lathe.
Now I know there is some guys that get alot done by someone else other than themselves, there are some that get some done and there are guys that pretty much do it all. Anyways I was just curious to see what results and feedback I'll get from this poll. Thanks

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I do everything I'm sorry to say, because a lot of people know that if they need something made or repaired they can call me. I have a very hard time saying no to people.

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I do pretty much everything with the exception of machine work on blocks and heads. Haven't done rear end setup yet but will be doing that on my Deuce project, including narrowing the housing which should be an experience.
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I do about 90%. but no engine machine work

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Just wanted to know how much work on your car/truck do the membership actually do. The best way to me is conduct a poll. When I say work I mean tear down, sandblast, rebuild engine and trans, welding & fabrication, body work (sanding, prep work, painting, etc...) assembly, tuning & set-up after she's completely assembled. I figure I'm doing 99% of the work to my truck. The only thing that I can't do myself is machining for the rear 4-link I'm fabricating. Don't have a lathe.
Now I know there is some guys that get alot done by someone else other than themselves, there are some that get some done and there are guys that pretty much do it all. Anyways I was just curious to see what results and feedback I'll get from this poll. Thanks
I'm building a 55 Chevy 2nd series stepside truckrod, doing everything myself except for the upholstery. Tore it down to the ground, and started building it up from there. I bought a SBC crate engine for it, don't have the time/knowledge/tools to build one up myself. So far the chassis is all done with new modern suspension front and rear, I plan to sandblast and start the bodywork in the spring. I want to do it all as much as possible so I can learn/get better at this. Besides, why pay someone to do what I already have the skill to do? I'll write a check for an upholsterer though!

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Old 12-29-2007, 09:21 PM
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I do everything but engine machine work except for valve jobs. I have a lathe and bridgeport mill from the 40's but they work great and I'm still learning to use them to the fullest. I love to weld and fabricate.
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:21 PM
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iam doing everything but upholstrey and machine work..........
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:37 PM
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Mine is not a total rebuild.

I just do the whatever basic mechanical work it needs to keep it on the road.

Eventually, I will be doing body and paint.

I know nothing about machine work or upholstery.

It is just a driver though.
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How much Work do you do?

lost all in a fire , but still at it , all but major machine work .
thats where others come in , the ones that can't do my other 90 per cent .
what do you need to turn on a four link ?
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I do everything but engine block machine work and the part of upholstery that has to be sewn.So I guess thats about 97%.
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Old 12-29-2007, 10:12 PM
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Thusfar , I've done everything that had to be done or I wanted done. I have sent 1 transmission out for a rebuild , and bought one paintjob. Otherwise , I learned bodywork , engine work , interior , etc by trial and error. Adn believe me , I've done some crazy stuff out of necessity/desire. Standard trans to auto , manual brakes to power , bucket seats from a bench setup , etc , and so-forth.Custom stereos ( learned from my brother )and paint jobs. I haven't won any trophies , but have dropped some jaws when asked ' how much did that cost ya?' .
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:15 PM
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Bumper to bumper except machine work. I had to have a driveline custom made, wish I could have done that but I suspect trying to eyeball exact center may not have worked. I may fail on the first time when I try something new but I'm not afraid to try. Second time usually works.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:50 AM
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I pretty much do all of it, except for engine machine work and auto trans. Built frames from scratch, painting, body work all the fabrication to build a car from scratch.
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:18 AM
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Hey its nice to see how much we all do when we do a project, eh? Well I don't reupholster seats I just purchase new or used ones. I don't do any machine work and I didn't have to do any to my 350 block it was done by the previous owner. I'm going to purchase new heads and rebuild the trans. Have a shop drill the holes for the rod ends for the 4-link. I'm doing alot of fabbing and welding and have just built a 528 sq ft garage with 12' ceiling in the last few months and I did most of the work myself on that too. I would say more realistically 95% of the work myself when I really think of it.
Anyways I like the response so far and its good to see we all have a place like this to share our information. I've learned more here than anywhere else. Thanks!!
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:37 AM
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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.

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