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05-23-2007 02:11 PM
lookatme i have two projects. one is the "REAL" project, that i put the majority of my effort, and that i want to turn out the best. the other project is the running beater project parts truck. (theyre both 71 chevy trucks). when i get real down, looking at the project truck, and hearing about it from the folks, i take the other out for a drive and bang the gears for a couple of hours. mind you its a rusted hulk that doesnt have a straight pannel on it, BUT i know that my finished truck is going to be just as much fun. it helps to have a driver project for inspiration

05-23-2007 01:56 PM
35WINDOW Keep your chin up! I, too, have had my up's and down's, and, about a Month ago, was at a real low. Like twistedmini, I took a weekend off (which usually I have a conniption fit if I miss one), and took a trip. I thought about the car on my off moments that weekend, but when I got back I was rarin' to go.

Take a few days off-it'll give you some perspective, and you'll (hopefully) go back at it refocused.
05-23-2007 12:38 PM
americanLT1 I'm with you there gearhead. Now I'm trying to get the sheet metal back together on the rambler and nothing fits, not even close. I knew I was in trouble when I drilled the spot welds and the panels had a lot of spring when they came off...kinda like they were under a lot of stress. Plus removing the roof rail opened up a bucket of worms, thats another long story
05-23-2007 10:13 AM
Gearhead forever For me the fabrication is the easy part...Getting the body straight and whatnot is getting tough though...don't know if I could ever be a body man.

What I want to know, is how do I motivate the wallet to keep the project rolling??
05-22-2007 09:04 PM
STRODDER Keep plugging along. Just get it running and rolling so you can drive it. Then do a little at a time. I had my 56 Belair for 23 years, and looked done but still not finished to my plans. It's never done. I sold it a few month ago, now starting another project. My goal is to make it run and drive first. If it takes another 20 years to finish at least I'll be having fun with it. That motivates me.
02-24-2007 05:03 PM
38 special Yep, know what you mean. I take it one chunk at a time or as a couple of the guys on here tell me you eat an elephant 1 bite at a time so that's what I've been doing. When I look at the big pic it gets daunting so I go back an do a little something to see progress being made. Of course I too don't work on it a lot in the winter but I get motvation from being on here talking with the guys/gals and going to car shows in the summer. 5 years into it and now I finally got some paint on parts of it now I'm even more eager to get it on the road this spring. Even if the interior is not doen I can drive it, Yah, baby! Yours is looking fine take a break and go back at it. One bite at a time.
02-22-2007 12:02 PM
Magnus_Jager Maybe its the warm environment. To easy to sit back and think next week

I get a mandatory 2-3 month break from heavy work on mine called unheated NY garage. Come first heat, I can't wait to get on it. Around August, September I get rushed again.

I do know your pain though. Mine is taking more time than I would like also, except it's just a More door, top hat dodge.

I found what really keeps me motivated is having driven it for the first summer I had it and wanting to get back on the road.
02-22-2007 11:57 AM
farna AmericanLT1 -- what you showed is just where some moisture got into the seam -- barely surface rust! I bet it cleaned up with scotch-brite!! Seriously, your regular paint prep will take care of that. I'd call it virtually rust free, especially for a car that age! If I bought that car as rust free (or any car) and found a little light surface rust, I wouldn't feel like I was misled at all.

I'm USAF and have been all over, so I've seen it all! There are cars here in Dover, Delaware (the farthest north I've thankfully had to live) that I'd barely consider parts cars hauled up for restoration! I'm originally from South Carolina (mid state). Cars rust there, and it's rare to find a 30-40 year old car with no rust, but there are still 30s hulks in the woods that are salvageable. Now those will usually need floors and rockers, but all else usually reasonably solid. My first duty station was Idaho. Old cars out there have surface rust -- but that's after sitting out in the weather for 30+ years!!
02-11-2007 09:16 AM
americanLT1 Hey guys,

Finally got to the computer this morning. After a full day of cleaning and sanding yesterday and reading through your post this morning I fell much better about this project. I really appreciate the support and encouragement. It's hard to be patient at times because everything takes much longer than I thought it would but, most of that is because I had to acquire the tools and skills to build what I have so far. This is the first fabrication work I've done so I'm not very quick. Rambo the dog, you're right. I don't have a clue what real rust is. If I had to deal with rust, like the pictures you sent, I would need serious therapy....although, when I tell people I'm building a hotrod rambler most feel therapy of some sort is in order. I wish I had a dime for everyone who asked, Why that car?

I usually reply with, What would be more humiliating that having your new vette toasted by a nash. Although, It may look like slow motion with me shifting that 6 speed. This will be my first stick car since the 72 challenger I had over thirty years ago. has been a life saver for me through the construction of this project. I have spent countless hours reading and researching at this site and the wealth of information and help is amazing. I know it has saved me from many a costly mistake.
02-11-2007 07:36 AM
Originally Posted by home brew
Someone on this board once said something like - you shouldn't look at how big the project is and be overwhelmed. Look at it as a whole bunch of little projects that will eventually get done - one at a time.
americanLT1...Let me first say that you have one AWESOME ride!!!! That baby is nice and I can hardly wait to see it finished. I can fully understand what you are going thru. I am streetrodding my '47 Chev sedan delivery and come Aug. it will be 10 years since I started it. I too had to do A LOT of fabricating (not near as much as you have) and I am now getting to the "fun" stuff (bodywork, wiring, interior, etc.). I have had many times when I have been overwelmed and I've tried many of the suggestions that have been brought up here. But, for me, the one that works the best is what Home Brew said. Concentrate on smaller individual projects and eventually they will all come together to make one beautiful ride that you will be extremely proud to say "I built that!!!" Good luck and keep your head up.
02-10-2007 09:41 PM
Twisted Minis That looks like an awesome project.

I've been balls deep in a big project for the last year. I got really burnt out at one pointed, and didn't even want to look at my truck. I just took some time away from the project, and did some things I wanted to do for myself. It had been about 10 months since I had spent any money on myself for anything other than clothes and shoes, which are necessities. So I bought some CDs, some magazines, and played my bass for about a month straight. Been back on the project like a madman ever since, like when I first started the build.
02-10-2007 06:44 PM
nissan When I need motivation I go buy a new tool an practice using it on one of my projects. or I go out an find a deal on more parts, like today, a friend of mine stopped in to borrow a four-way to change some tires on some cars he was scrapping, one has a 9 inch ford rear, I ask him how much, he said I could have it. I hope he brings my four-way back.
02-10-2007 06:13 PM
Originally Posted by Rambo_The_Dog
Here's some Sturgis, SD rustout for you...had to replace the entire trunk pan... fabricated by hand, since no one makes parts for mine either ...I know your pain

Yeah! Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!
02-10-2007 05:43 PM
Originally Posted by Hippie
Rust?! Rust?! You call THAT rust ?! Man, you don't know what rust is..................... Make a trip to the Midwest, we'll show you REAL rust.
Here's some Sturgis, SD rustout for you...had to replace the entire trunk pan... fabricated by hand, since no one makes parts for mine either ...I know your pain

02-10-2007 04:41 PM
home brew I can understand you being overwhelmed but just take a step back and look at all you have done in the last three years. Compared to that you don't have much left to do. Someone on this board once said something like - you shouldn't look at how big the project is and be overwhelmed. Look at it as a whole bunch of little projects that will eventually get done - one at a time. Good luck with the remaining work!

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