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Gearhead forever 06-14-2003 03:17 PM

Just wondering how important it is to people to have a well equipped shop V.S. It will I seem to spend as much time building things for the garage as I do working on my project. (sandblaster, axle stands, rotisserie, eng. stands, storage, hyd press etc...) I could spend the bucks and buy all this stuff, but can't seem to find exactly what I want. I'd rather work on the garage, changing things to make the project go smoother and more enjoyable. The downside is the truck will likely never get finished... Is anyone else of the same frame of mind?

crazy larry 06-14-2003 04:04 PM

I hear ya'.
If i'd have saved all the money i've spent on tools etc, I could have bought a new truck or had the one I have done by someone else...... but thats ok, I consider it an investment that will be reaping good returns way on down the road....

but the way i look at it ( no offense too any COMPETENT professional mechanics) ( I feel the same way about doctors too) I can do as good a job OR better than some bozo who could give a ratsass about my ride, and for a heck of a lot cheaper. and i can do it the way I want.... and having all the right equipment makes a huge difference.......

and I figure the time I spend working in my shop as part of my salary....... if i was paying $60 an hour for labor at a shop, I should get at least 1/2 that..... I spend it all on parts.....
I wonder if my wife really buys that, or is she just humoring me????

Biggarmike 06-18-2003 09:55 AM

Money spent on tools and fixtures isn't really wasted, it depends upon how much you use it. If you will use something only once or twice, you may want to farm out that portion of the work. If you enjoy restoring and fabricating, the sky is the limit. (if you are talking for a paying shop rather than a hobby, depreciation works into the equation too) I usually have 2 or 3 projects going at one time, and finish about 1 or 2 a year, tops. I buy alot, but still farm out engine machine work and body off and on work. I can't justify the lifting equipment and rotisserie for as little as it would get used.

my rule of thumb, if it fits in the toolbox, on the shelf or in a cabinet, I'll buy it.

straight6nova67 06-19-2003 10:45 AM

sorry posted on the wrong thread.How do you delete a post if you find your on the wrong thread.I tried but it wouldn't let me.

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