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Old 01-16-2006, 06:00 PM
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Old projects that come back to haunt you.

I started building my pro-street 41 Chevy about 13 years ago. It took 6 years to complete the frame off build and I drove it for about 4 years before I sold it 3 years ago at the Nats in Louisville.

Since then the car has been sold twice and the other day the new owner e-mailed me with some questions he had about the car. Each new owner has contacted me at least once with questions and man I'm glad I keep good records.

I'm not complaining, just commenting on the fact that when you build a car it's a good idea to keep very detailed records about what parts went into it. You just never know when you'll need that info again and it may not be for a new owner, if something breaks two or three years down the road you might not remember what part it is either.

I can tell you just about every part, down to the nut and bolt, that went into my 41 Chevy and my '53 pickup. I've already documented all the parts that I've collected for my Deuce build and what I'm currently collecting for my Max Wedge clone project. Take some friendly advise, don't just go buy something without making a note in a log book about what it is.... you just never know if you or some new owner might need to replace that part someday.


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Old 01-16-2006, 06:59 PM
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i agree
i sure do wish i had kept records of my mods. i know whats in it, but sometimes i don't remember what came before/after what else, and exactly when.
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Old 01-18-2006, 07:49 AM
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So true...

I really feel for whoever owns my s10 after me. The truck is a frankenstein. The engine is a 71, the tranny is a 73, the rearend is a 69, the truck is a mix of an 82 and an 88...

I miss the old days of just telling the guy at the parts counter what the truck was and getting the right parts. Now I have to give a detailed explanation and bring an example.

And, of course, the previous owner had absolutely no idea where any of the parts originally came from so it has been a learning experience. And the truck was a real piece of junk when I bought it.

But still more fun than should be legal.
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Old 01-18-2006, 10:25 AM
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My old ranger was sort of like that (not modified). Fortunately, it was all documented online and my brother is the current owner. He pasted it all into a file.

After me owning it for 16 years, not a whole lot was still the factory installed parts.

This is excellent advice though for any of us. Even those of us who own a vehicle will forget what year and model we swapped (borrowed, used, stolen) parts off of.
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