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11-12-2009 11:44 AM
silentpoet My goal with my new 68 caddy is to do it all. I will get to learn a ton of stuff about interior and some body work. I might not install the windshield myself, but that is about it.
11-10-2009 08:02 AM
mgold Don't have enough tools to do even do builds yet!
11-09-2009 01:10 PM
johnnykool6 99%er here! No block boring machine, but keep my lathe, bridgeport milling machine, kwik-way valve machine, tig, and presses all busy in my little 2-car garage! By busy, I mean holding up parts for storage purposes! Takes ten minutes to clean off any one of them! My 10 year old son's my best helper... Keeps telling his friends, "this junk will be mine one day!" Teaching him is what does it for me! (just hope he's a little "tidier" than me!) BUILD ON!!!
11-09-2009 08:11 AM
bobjob I was part owner of a custom car/motorcycle shop in the 70's.. had a shop next to "molly" in so cal. used to spend some time over there and pick there brains on partners wife's family did interiors,, and I learned a lot from them.. I was a machinist,, my partner was a cal. certified welding instructor..learned that there is NOTHING you can't do,,,,only things you haven't done yet... hey look at me now I can almost work on a computer... still type with 1 finger,, hunt and peck,,hunt and peck,, getting faster........
11-09-2009 07:38 AM
Fast Eddie D Outside of machine work, all work was done by me or under my supervision. Engine, tranny, rear end, body work, paint, everything done right in my shop. And it was worth it.
11-08-2009 03:05 PM

I started with a 30 chevy truck firewall,radiator,and straight axle.I built the cab,doors,bed,frame,and a ton of little parts.
11-08-2009 02:20 PM

Hey ,..are you looking for a fight...????I been builing cars and bikes since I am 12.I buit boats Planes,a rocket or two,Trucks Hogs and garages,log houses,Yachts,Bomb shelters and outhouses.Kites model cars,bologny sandwiches,Cakes,pies and spagetti.Hey did I miss anything?????
11-08-2009 01:56 PM
torrey My dad would definitely be considered a "100%" builder. Engine, transmission, paint and body, everything. The only thing he doesn't do is the machine work on the engine. He's even built from scratch two rotisseries for his '53 XK-120 (one for the frame, the other for the body) and a paint booth.
11-08-2009 12:26 PM
farna Like most I do 80-90% of the work on my cars. Farm out the machine work, but do all the planning and assembly on engines. I have rebuilt auto trannys, but probably will never attempt one of the newer ones. The only thing I didn't do on my Rambler is the final paint, though I did 90% of the prep, including primer. I did paint under the hood and the interior with single stage acrylic in the exterior color (which is base/clear). I did part of the upholstery -- I covered the door panels and station wagon rear side panels and wheel wells. I cheated with the seats -- I went shopping at the local pick-n-pull and found some that didn't have much wear and were the style and color I wanted.
10-27-2009 11:47 AM
Some is better than None!

First: All due respect to the quality of cars in this thread. Further cudos to those that have the talent to perform 100% of the work needed to build these great rides.

Second: I'm ate up with jealousy, because I wish I had the talent, the garage, the tools, or the time to spend on my project and do 100% of the work.

Third: While my elky was done (mostly done) when I bought it, at least I'm getting to build my first big block. But I can't claim 100% on that either. Machine work was done by Butch Kernodle, and I rely heavily on my brother David (he's got talent and "the touch") during each step of the build.

OD: Like most of you I love cars, I've been into them since 5th grade, worked on my 57 Ford (trans repair) when I was 14, and have sold some of the best cars ever that I should have kept (Chevelle, Camaro, GTO, Corvette).
10-27-2009 10:10 AM
Houston54 I am close to 100% but there are a few things I farmed out on the 54 such as motor machine work, transmission rebuild, differential rebuild, front/rear glass installation, and exhaust bending.

Other than that I turned every screw, nut, bolt, welded and prep every body panel, laid and sanded all primer, laid and buffed top coat, routed all wiring, installed interior, and am enjoying every single mile I put on it every single day.
10-27-2009 06:29 AM

100% builder. i guess im more like a 90% i don't have the equipment to bore and machine parts. everything else is done by me though, i just cant stand to let someone else touch my ride. The first project i built was a 56 Chevy pickup, me and my dad dropped a 454 in there and changed it to a 5 speed instead of the three on the tree that was in there. Now im workin on my 72 Nova and i am the only one who has touched it, unfortunately i got to send it to someone to get it painted cause i anit there to do it.(tryin to get it ready for a show in April). all i can really say is if you can build, the build its just more fun to do it yourself.
10-26-2009 12:24 PM
Arrowhead It's all about learning new things for me. Plus, I like to have control over what and how things get done. The T Bucket I built was a "kit car" so everyone thinks that's cheating, but I learned a lot and there was still a lot of work. The Mustang was total gut rehab and I did that myself including engine, trans, interior, bodywork and paint. Heck, I was even an "owner" of a couple vehicles and didn't do anything to them except drive 'em.

Now I'm doing bodywork and paint on a friends '55 Thunderbird and they are actually paying me to do it. My current project is a Factory Five '33 hot rod. That's another "kit car", but there is still a lot to do.

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10-26-2009 10:27 AM
Originally Posted by BarryK
Centerline, that is a beautiful 41! Nice job!...........
Thanks Barry. That was the first car I ever painted. Totaled up the cost once, including sandpaper, primer, Chroma Premiere base and clear along with the Chromalusion flames and I spent over $1800 just in materials, and that was back in the early 90's. You could probably double that now. That's why my truck was done with Omni single stage (with a final coat of 50/50 clear mix), and why my Deuce will be done with Martin Senour base/clear from my local Napa store. Out here, especially up in the mountains the closest jobber supply is in Flagstaff 2 1/2 hours away. Its just easier and probably cheaper when you count the time and gas, to pick up MS at Napa.

By the way, Steve's Chevelle looks great with the Southern Polyurethane black and the realistic flames he had done. His health is keeping him from working on it as often as he would like but he will eventually get it done I'm sure.
10-25-2009 11:03 PM
Originally Posted by speedydeedy
I qualify because the only thing I don't do is sew my own upholstery. I do the rest that doesn't need to be sewn.I build my own engines except for the machine work. I build my own tranny. I narrow my own rear but buy custom axles.I build my own frames from scratch.I wire my own cars from scratch or with kits. I chop my own tops. I do all my body and paint work,even custom and building fiberglass body parts from scratch or molds,and make my own molds .I am slowly building what will probably be my last car. It is a 31 Ford A coupe.I have had some help from NEW INTERIORS but because of my disability not because I couldn't do it,but because he could do it much faster and save me a lot of pain.He is a good friend and one of the few I trust to weld on my frame.

You know you can count on me... Anytime your ready.. Chop!! chop!! Let's get it done...
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