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Old 07-01-2005, 10:58 AM
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Order of operation?

I'm having a hard time deciding on how to proceed with this project. I have limited funds but can't stand still on this as it will never get done. The cab just went back on the frame with partial metalwork completed. Id like to get this truck running/driving and do the body around it. I was going to paint the firewall before reinstalling the drivelineand brakes etc.. I was thinking of painting to the hinge area of the door jambs so I could re-assemble the front clip and then finish the door jambs later. (still body work to be done at the cab corner and rocker intersection) After looking at this slow moving project for 4 years my psyche needs to see something coming together on this project....

Any sense in this plan?

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Old 07-01-2005, 11:37 AM
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whatcha workin on GEARHEAD??

is far as i know when your going though unfamiliar stuff its gonna take time and some back and side steps but you need to have a finished plan before you can start
i make lists and outlines so that when my mind goes into DUH mode i have a back up plan and it fun to cross stuff off of a list
my best advise @ this point take your time do it right and you will be happier in the end
most of us only get to use theses skills a few times and each predecessor is a improvement over the previous one

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Old 07-01-2005, 09:07 PM
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Thanks Rob. Its an 87 SWB Chev. 1st project as you may guess. I have tried making lists, but I always seem to not look at it or change my mind. I do have an overall plan, but I find things have changed due to finances and the fact it has been going on so long. (Ideals changed on what I'm willing to spend on a truck that will never be worth that much.)
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i know its not easy
obviously you need to figure out you price range
what really works is the out line list i could help you figure it out but i need a lot of info
as far as changing you mind well that why pencils have erasers

let me know if i can help

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Focusing

Yeah been there done that with the never ending project..and the short of funds deal as well..These days I just try and pick something to do and focus on that till it is done then pick on something else..when I run out of things to do I guess its done..

just keep on keeping on...

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i guess what im tiring to say is you have to be able to visualize the end project(the light @ the end of the tunnel)
and while you are on you journey be able to zoom in and out so you dont loose perspective i know 4 years is a long time ive got stuff right now that have been on hold for a decade of more and its down right depressing but @ the same time its what keeps me going
I just hope i get to do it before i croak because i wont start it unless i know i can finish it
( if you gonna do something do it right the first time) is how i think.
all im lacking @ this point is a shop and some $$

sorry did i get lost

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I'm commited to finishing the project as I have too much time and money invested to walk away. I quit doing cash jobs because it just gets in the way of time on the project...which takes the funds away also. Hmm..... catch 22. I'd like to get it running so I can get it in and out of my garage (then I can do some serious cash work again)
As far as the vision goes...I even look at it imagining I can hear it fire for the first time etc....nuts eh?
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It's that imagine'ing,(that a word?) Which keeps you going. I'm like most as I have to do work to fund MY projects.
Which is the problem. My 'BEE is a VERY big car and will have to go across one end of the shop instead of in just one side. That basically kill's my paint production. Every time I get to a starting point for it,someone comes in with something to do. A tailgate,golf cart,helmet,ect.
Besides the storage factor,you have to disassemble vehicles for a complete redo and I have no place to stash parts till I get to them.
I planed on buying one of those surplus shipping containers for this but the house landscaping endeavor this year required the spare cash. Got to keep the wife happy sometimes.
Still, Whenever I get down about it,I take a trip to the race track and after a few lumpy cam's fly by,restores my faith that "One of these day's"

Inspiration comes from the strangest places,so as long as your keeping that dream alive,it will come true. It just takes longer sometimes. The cool thing is that the car has increased in value almost triple what I paid for it and I haven't done a thing to it.
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