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Old 03-19-2013, 11:45 AM
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Good to see someone your age interested in hot rods...

The other guys touched on the learning aspects and age. In most states you'll need to be 21 to own a business, so you have time to follow the advise. Get auto training and business courses. Just running the paperwork is a job in itself. I've been self-unemployed in the trucking industry for 25 years and the paperwork is intimidating. Bonding, waste generator permits and liability and property insurance can be huge cash flow eaters. Like has been said, working for others while gaining age and experience will be a huge step in the right direction for your goal. Save every dime you can squirrel away too....

Many of us seem to be of the "older" crowd and could walk in a full service station in high school and get a job as a pump jockey. From there, hanging out in the shop usually led to minor mechanical work when the pumps where quiet and moving up the chain to full time wrench. That envirenment doesn't exist anymore and it's truely sad. Mastery of electronic controls is where it's at now and the person who can quickly and ACCURATELY diagnose issues with those systems has a good chance at success. The hot rod stuff can come after the business is established and you have a couple other people who can do the everyday work for you. Trying to exist on just hot rods is a narrow field in this world anymore...
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