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Old 02-16-2010, 03:15 PM
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Why paint it; I want to drive it!

I have been working slowly on my '53 Ford Rat Rod for 4 years now. It runs, drives and stops, but the paint and interior is coming slow. I have done the front seat, and most of the rough body work, along with all mechanical work. I have decided that I am going to assemble it, register it, and drive it this summer, regardless if it is painted!

How many others have done this too? I will get the Blitz Black on it sometime (maybe this year) but I want to get behind the wheel and put some miles on this old car. What do you think?

Mike K

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Old 02-16-2010, 03:46 PM
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Sure sounds good to me. It's your project so do it your way !

Good luck to you.


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Old 02-16-2010, 04:11 PM
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My car is 4 colors and I drive mine every day.
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:15 PM
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Lot of guys do that and I have seen some cars that guys have had long term that were driven in primer and then over time aquired chrome and paint..Not everyone does a car in a week like on TV..

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I have been working slowly on my '53 Ford Rat Rod for 4 years now. It runs, drives and stops, but the paint and interior is coming slow. I have done the front seat, and most of the rough body work, along with all mechanical work. I have decided that I am going to assemble it, register it, and drive it this summer, regardless if it is painted!

How many others have done this too? I will get the Blitz Black on it sometime (maybe this year) but I want to get behind the wheel and put some miles on this old car. What do you think?

Mike K
It's the thing to do today.
To drive an unfinished/ work in progress is KQQL.
Drive it Put some miles on it .
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No matter how you slice it, working on your car is still WORKING. Drive that puppy and smile till your face hurts.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:13 PM
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I've driven may cars in primer. And a few that primer would of been an upgrade. It sounds like your 53 has everything it needs to provide miles of fun. Drive it.
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:21 AM
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DRIVE IT!!!! it'll take a year to wipe the smile off your face.....waiting until its perfect is still waiting and perfect never comes....
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:15 AM
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Daadbodyman is right on the money. Perfect never comes. Drive the wheels off of it.
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:33 AM
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I have a 63 carryall (burb) that i've owned for 25 years now ... drove it every day.. primer finally washed off leaving me with a urban camouflage look .. I finally stopped it to "re-do" it .. started another project .. so it sits .. i may put it back on the street the way it is .. you will never be done with your projects .. and if other people don't like it ,,,f --- them ....
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:46 AM
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There's a good reason to drive it before paint and that's that you always find something else that needs doing that would screw up the paint later.

So....enjoy.
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The thought of painting my own car is terrifying, and I can't afford a pro so...

"primer grey- all the way!"

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Old 02-17-2010, 09:18 PM
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Took 4 years to get my Caddy together in epoxy, ready to blow it apart for paint and final assembly. that was two summers and 4000 miles of smiles ago. Im taking it apart right now for paint next month. no regrets.
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A project may be done...but it's never finished. My 48 p/u is going to be on the road this year probably minus paint, bed wood, pretty engine compartment, etc. I need to drive it. Get it in it and have fun.

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I take points OFF, for shinny paint.......It's hiding something... I'm also tired of working on mine I've even got exposed welds epoxied with no bondo I'm driving it... its fun time now...and if the world ends in 2012 I'll have no regrets...I got to drive it for a couple years...
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