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Old 01-13-2003, 09:16 AM
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My 8yr old son has already started saving for his first car. He's managed to put away 'bout $450 already. He looks through the traders and falls in love with anything under a grand, 'cause he figures he can negotiate the price down . Anyways, with that said, how old do you think a kid should be before he dives into his first project?? I can help with most of it and my home shop is big and well equipped for fabrication and repair, so storing it inside and having the right tools isn't a problem. I just don't want him to loose interest because he's toooooo young. Any comments??

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Old 01-13-2003, 09:26 AM
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I believe you can keep his attention by having him help you on your projects (maybe the one you bought for him but haven't told him). This helps him learn and if he keeps at it, just imagine his face when he's 14 or fifteen and you tell him his 16th birthday present is the ride he's helped you put together and ridden in for the last year or so! Best of luck.
As a note of personal interest, my son never got cranked up about helping me work on the cars when he was that small. He inherited a 57 Belair 2dr which I worked on alot until he started driving. Since that time he's been working on it, prepping for repaint, spent a bunch of his own "summerjob" money on it and hopes to make to the Prom in relatively finished car. His is the only 50's driven car at our local High School, there are some 60s. I still do most of the "grunt work", but he's starting to show a little more interest in maintenance as well as drving.
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Pasadenahotrod; Your kid is one lucky son of a gearhead! A '57.......WOW! As far as telling him it's mine and giving it to him later, well I kinda want him to learn the whole "finish what ya started" lesson. ...........but maybe if we both got identical cars and went different routes with them......hmmmmmmmmmm..........we could do that whole "my car is better than your car!" thing.
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Hey, I'm a big kid, too! I'm currently afoot with 2 "projects" in stall mode. A 29 Model A Tudor which I haven't really even started but I've got the cherriest body and sheet metal you'll ever see. An older restoration which got parted out.
AND, my favorite, a bucket T roadster I acquired from the original builder (built in 1968-69). It needs a complete redo as the paint is shot and some of the wood body structure needs replacing. I drove it daily for 4 years and made a trip to the 20th Street Rod Nats in it. Other things, including a 40 Ford Std. Coupe kinda got me sidetarcked for awhile.
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Well,as far as my point of intrest in when a kid becomes old enough to start working on his first project car...I was in the 6th Grade at 12 years old when I got my first 'project'.It was a 1953 Chevy Stepside Pickup.I worked on it day and night through Christmas Break and then over the summer kept working on it.I ended up selling it when I was 16.The truck was in perfect condition.I used some money that I inherited when one of my close family members died.It had a warmed over 454,Turbo 400 Trans,and a Ford 9" Posi Rear.It would beat anything that I pulled it up next to.I know that you're probably thinking that it was a piece of crap when I said that it was 'restored'.Well,I ended up selling it to a collector for $20,000.It was a nice truck.I kind of wished now that I kept it,but I fell in love with a girl and it came to be that a Chevelle or Mustang was a bit cheaper to fix and maintain.But anyway...

I would say to get them one young so that they would become intrested in the car.8 is a bit young,but 10 is good enough.If I were you,I would just let him help out with my own projects right now and get him a nice project when he comes up on 10 or 11.That would be the best thing I think.That's what I'm going to do with my kids if they're intrested in a project.

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izzymiddleton; Sounds like you've got some real talent. I agree that waiting a few years is probably best. Maybe I'll let him sand out my truck and see if he's still in a rush after that!
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I just went by what I'd seen my dad and grandad do and I just followed in their footsteps on the truck's restoration.

That was really what burnt me out on that pickup was the sanding and body work.All that I did to it was sandsblast it and let the body shop do the rest.That's what I hated the most.

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there never to young my daughter was helping me when she was 5. shes 13 now and still enjoys it. we just spent the day together at the world of wheels and she had a great time. just keep them involved and make it fun when there younger if they have it in there blood they will always be interested. my younger daughter wants nothing to do with all this car stuff and thats ok with me to.
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$450 for an 8yr old at this rate hes on his way very fast. Ask him how he does it, I want to know. I can make it, but never seem to keep it for very long. Not sure where it goes, but wish it would come back to visit sometime

As for the age, I say the sooner the better. The younger they start the more involved they will want to be as they get older, plus the younger they start the better they will be at not only hand eye coordination but fine motor skills too as well as AUTOmotive skills Plus it will give you added peice of mind when they do start driving that if they have car trouble they will know what to do, or at least whats wrong.

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My boys are still too young and would really get in the way of any serious work (oldest is six). My nephews on the other hand (the oldest is thirteen), are really fun to work with (the oldest one in particular). The first time I let him screw around with oxy/acet torch, he about jumped out of his shoes when it popped. He's used to the impact wrench, but jammed his hand between the air ratchet and frame rail with his hand stuck on the trigger one time. I was laughing so hard I couldn't hardly tell him to pull the hose off. And for some reason, he still can't remember which way the sparks fly from the angle grinder. It's my turn to laugh now, but I remember when my dad would laugh at me. I can't have more than one at a time working with me because they end up horseplaying. It took some doin, but I can actually get WORK done with the oldest boy helping me now. I call him the "Under car specialist" I don't think there is really any age limit to working on cars, because some kids have interest when young and some don't.

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most of the time they are just happy carrying a tool around at first and you just go from there. but you do have to use a third eye to make sure they are ok.

undercar specialist.... hmmmmm i like that one
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Hey BigKid....are you willing to adopt????lol
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If he is 8 he is now eligible for go-cart racing, I think this is one of the best activities a young lad could get into. The money he has now might get him a good used cart (5HP for that age group) and with a lot of help from Dad he will be your racing buddy forever.

My oldest boy just turned 5 and his electric car is already too slow and sitting on my lap driving at the track infield just does not cut it anymore, as soon as he's old enough I want him involved if for nothing else so he learns how an engine works and can handle the tools. I've got two more in the wings for hand-me-downs so I will be busy for awhile.
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help him figure out a motor to buy for cheap. then spend the next year rebuilding it. trans next, same thing. parts here, parts there, by the time it's time to put it all together he will either be excited or ready to quit.
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Well.. When my son was born 12 years ago I bought a 67 Camaro convertible to restore for him then two years later we had a daughter. I had picked up a 67 Firebird coupe in the meantime and my plan was to build one for each but after the second child my financial situation caused me to shelve them both.
Iíve managed to spend a little time on the Camaroís bodywork but when it came to the mechanical, I had planned on having the kids heavily involved. A few problems have surfaced in the past few years. One: My son, the oldest, the one the Camaro was intended for is not interested in anything but electronic games. Two my daughter the younger, loves to work on cars but the value of the Camaro has risen so much that I cringe at the thought of it sitting in a high school parking lot.
Iíve told both of my kids that they WILL build their first car if they plan on driving but since the girl is the only one that has put any work into the Camaro she claims it but is willing to give it up for a Porsche BoxterÖ. After much discussion with my wife and searching for something for the boy that would be cheap, easy to work on, durable, and something that we could modify/upgrade to teach him about building and maintaining a sort of street rod and wouldnít worry about bodily or vehicle injuries, I came up with the M37, the truck in my avatar. I found it locally in a shed and gave $800 for it. The plan is to help him build it very close to this one: http://www.hammerdownoffroad.com/ New old stock military parts are cheap and available too! The girl, well I donít know what Iím going to do thereÖ
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