Welcome!fosterdl said:Hi, I'm new to this forum and just getting back into hot roding after over 30 years off. I just bought a 35 Chevy that has had hot rod work done to it a few years back, but is in need of a major overhaul. It's got a 350SB and the body is great except that the wood floor is shot. My regular job is as a self employed general contractor even though my formal education was in Auto mechanics and auto body repair. Yes, I'm an "older" hot rodder, but young a heart. I hope I can be an asset to the forum.
Sounds like we have similar background/experiences
I'm "about" 44 now and I was into cars early and about 22 - I switched to trucks and 4x4's but never lost my interest in Hot Rods
Fast forward...cough...20 years...gasp....and...I bought a 49 Hudson to rod 2 years ago finally getting myself back into the Hot-Rod end of things.
I'm a self-employed computer programmer now but from when I was 18-26 years old I was a fulltime autobody tech and owned a shop the last couple of years back then.
As a programmer the last 10+ years I've rarely had time to work on a car of any type, When I "stepped-off the ride" a couple of years ago to take some time off I purchased the Hudson and started working on it.
What I re-discovered is my love of working on cars and how much of a stress relief it is from the programming world to make fire, weld and beat on metal - especially after a tough management meeting!
I'm about mid-way through the Hudson build and I hope, once I move to the new shop, to be building 1-2 cars every year or so.
Sounds like you'll have some great input on the forum and when you get a chance post us some pictures of your new ride/project!