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If you watch my silly you tube videos a while back I did all the rust repairs and quarter panel skin on this car. I didn't do the rust repairs how I really wanted to on this car and had I done those repairs in this time I would have stood my ground on how I really wanted them done. The quarter was done to my liking though and couldn't have asked for a smoother repair. Did most of the bodywork and blocking as well. Here the car is getting polished out for The Pomona Grand Nationals coming up, and to think about it, I haven't even seen the interior yet, but I know it looks awesome. I'll take more pics when it's all cleaned up and at Autorama, as I'm not attending The Pomona show.

btw, the fender gaps are off at this time if you have noticed due to the stupid billit hood hinges which came late. they never fit good so it was like starting over from scratch. The hinge to apron will later get shaved down a tad cause it's off, but that will be after the show. the hood will be propped up at the show so hope no one comes and closes the hood-lol





 

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Cool Henry, very nice indeed. But I am going to stand next to the car at the show and tell everyone the hood doesn't fit. :D

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there's a laundry list of things I can point out on this car but I'd rather not. Just happy to be doing work with the old yoda and the guys next door and to then finally see the end result. I can knick pick all day on most cars we do and am capable of doing better but it is what it is.
 

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The cool part is Henry, YOU know there is a choice to stop or continue going with the level of detail. When you walk into a show like the Grand Nationals and can pick apart quality of the detail, it's a good feeling. (I'm not talking so much choice of mods or something like that, THAT is opinion)

Because I know you can, you can look at America's most beautiful Roadster and see where a few more minutes could have been spent on something to make it even closer to "perfect", there is NO stopping how far you can go with detail, when you have the ability to know that, knowing when to stop on each project is the hard part!

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it's the hardest part about it. thorough estimates would help us most in those regards, which is tough when most customers don't want the car to get blasted and epoxied and blocked before a cost is given.
 

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That's a good looking car. I would guess it to be a build cost of around 60k.

I like beautiful, perfect cars but I don't want to own one and I damn shore don't want to pay the bill to have one built. I like to drive them. This Chevy screams to me, Drive me hard! After watching B/J a bit, I appreciate the nice cars that are used for drivers. Nice job, Henry.
 

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That's a good looking car. I would guess it to be a build cost of around 60k.

I like beautiful, perfect cars but I don't want to own one and I damn shore don't want to pay the bill to have one built. I like to drive them. This Chevy screams to me, Drive me hard! After watching B/J a bit, I appreciate the nice cars that are used for drivers. Nice job, Henry.
I think the number is 165k. Our shop got about 25k I'm guessing. It should be a perfect car and we got the right team to do it...but then again, I can take any car at any show and find something wrong with it. It's just as good as any car in that range.
 

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I'm going to do it, don't challenge me! :D Looks awesome Henry, nice display too.

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thanks. it comes with a matching bike as well but I guess it's not done yet. I think the custom frame was 20k alone.can't wait to take pics of the interior.
 

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Car looks awesome Henry great job...Any thoughts of going on your own any time soon?

Ray
I've learned so much this past year thru mentoring and mistakes. i feel to be the tech i want to be i will have to be around someone who either knows more than me or is better than me for a good while. still learning.
 

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I've learned so much this past year thru mentoring and mistakes. i feel to be the tech i want to be i will have to be around someone who either knows more than me or is better than me for a good while. still learning.
Brilliant Henry! And one of the biggest mistakes talented guys make, they think that a good bodyman can be a good businessman, those are two TOTALLY different things. If you do plan on going it on your own, spend as much time studying business as you do your bodywork and you WILL be a success.

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Brilliant Henry! And one of the biggest mistakes talented guys make, they think that a good bodyman can be a good businessman, those are two TOTALLY different things. If you do plan on going it on your own, spend as much time studying business as you do your bodywork and you WILL be a success.

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Brian, your so right....I've seen many a good technician open their own business only to find that they can make as much or loose as much on paper as they can by doing the work. They go hand in hand and it's valuable to know the business side as well as the technical side.

Good attitude Henry, just keep on learning and I'm sure you'll be OK...I know I'm still learning and that's one part of any trade or business that won't ever stop.

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Beautiful car Henry. Hopefully your customer understands that 165k is not big money for a show car. More than likely the car that won 1st place was a 300k car. You did your part I am sure. It is beautiful.

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Sure would be nice if some homebuilt got first. I have seen it before, passion prevails. :D

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