Originally Posted by 1Gary
I can't tell you guys the number of times on here and other forums I read about a guy building something and the words "cheap and budget" creep into the post.I come from a generation where if you building a car,that was the number one priority.That you would skimp and work two jobs and do side work to afford the best out there.Now today's hot rodder tell me things where so much cheaper back them.The is just pure horse hockey.When I was coming up as a hot rodder,what we made for wages was kind of the same relationship to the cost of parts as it is today.The idea of a "budget" never came into the conversion as building a car.In fact it was a joke.
As I try to advise guys(and no I don't accept a game plan of a budget),it almost like I have to be a life's coach.All the frills of cell phones-texting-150 channels of cable TV that they just can't live without certainly makes we wonder about their level of commitment and when you tell them they have to work maybe two jobs,it like your talking a foreign language.When you tell them about the shiny parts ads for bottom of the barrel parts is more ad money then substance in the parts being sold,they reply like it just can't be,because the brand name is being advertized in a car magazine.Yeah those imported cheap junk(not because they are imported,but the quality is really substandard)
I have fought my whole life to keep my mind youthful.After all a 1/3 of it was making money mixing music for heavy metal/rock bands on tour.You had to have that outlook in order to make a living.
But damm it,today's hot rodder is a different culture wanting quick answers and short cuts and cheap,cheap,cheap.Not at all willing to pay the dues to get-er-done.Not at all willing to take on a long term project investing when money is available.Not at all willing to work harder like a second job.For those who have no money at all and not a prospect of getting any anytime soon,they shouldn't be messing with cars in the first place.Survival should be the priority.But for those who I am critical about,my advise is to take up:
BOWLING.IT TAKES A BALL AND SHOES AND YOUR ALL SET.
Sell what ever project you have and parts for it,walk away never to return.This just isn't for you.......................
Wow dude you have a lot of issues!
Maybe back in your day it was possible for a car to be number one priority but Not for my generation!
I am 20 years old and at one point I worked two jobs! I worked as a Club Promoter and a Free Lance writer. Sadly the night club I promoted for went out of business back in May and I now only work as a freelance writer which pays peanuts. I have College tuition to pay for, which is my number 1 priority not my car.
I don't have 150 Cable channels (don't even have cable), I have to cell phone because I have no home phone and I need a phone for work so that is also a priority.
I have been looking for a second freelance job with no luck so far.
I currently have an 86 Camaro Iroc-Z completely stock. Why? Because my priroities come first (College, Insurance, gas) that I don't have money for parts. Also unlike you I don't have Mommy and Daddy to buy everything I ask for.
Adults like you piss me off, grow up with everything handed to you then call kids lazy who work two jobs just to get by. DO you even know whats like to grow up in my generation? With a lack of jobs, even business degrees almost guarantee unemployment these days!
How about this, you sell all of your cars, parts and call it quits. Hot Rodding is not for *******s like you.