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I'm almost three years into this project now and I sometimes get overwhelmed and think I bit off more than I could chew. I thought at the very least this rambler body I found for my project was pretty much rust free. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. I'm getting burned out on the fabrication part of the project so, I decided to start some of the body work. The rear quarters on this car are bolted along the top and welded everywhere else. As I cleaned along the seam where the quarter bolts on I noticed discoloration in the very thin original white paint. So, I removed all the bolts and was able to gently pry the two panels apart enough to look between.....RUST.

I tried telling myself that it's not that bad and In the past I probably would have poured rust converter in and called it good. But, I've already committed so much time to this car and read so many treads on proper rust treatment I felt I had to remove the quarter to see how bad it was. Man, what a pain in the _ _s. my first quarter panel removal was not a thing of beauty. The next day I removed the other quarter and the rear sheet metal. Every seam where there is an overlap there is rust so, an already overwhelming project just got worse.

Anyway, just curious how you guy's and gal's stay motivated on the long haul projects.

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Hi American

Don't feel bad. I've had my piock up for over 14 years and it has never seen the road. Raising kids kept me fromworking on it. Now I try to do alittle each day. When I get frustrated with one part I will jump to something else on it. Reading the different forums and seeing what others have accomplished helps to keep me motivated.
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Looking at the pic you posted, in my mind I could see a great finished car. Those old Ramblers are cool car when done right. You look like you have a great one in the making.

Try stepping back and picturing the end results. Remember what got you started on it? It is like seeing the well at the end on the trail on a long desert hike.

PLEASE, keep plugging away. I want to see it finished.
 

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Back in the day, I got a good deal on a 66 Mustang. It needed a little work to get where I wanted it, but something always came up to distract me. What I found out was hanging around guys who were buiding or owned a Mustang, really got me going. You get to share ideas and seeing someone elses completed car always helped to get me off my butt. One guy even offered to help me patch the rusted rear quarters. Sometimes, a nagging buddy can have the same effect as a nagging girlfriend or wife.
 

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Let's go at this from another angle...

What the hick are you doing? How can you ruin all that cool petina? No RAT ROD is complete without a LOT of rust. You WERE shooting for a RAT ROD, right? :confused:

Just kidding... After all the FINE work under the skin, you HAVE to clean the outside. Just keep plugging away. Remember that the skin is only so deep and THAT car needs to be done RIGHT.
 

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"I resemble that remark..."

I haven't touched the 49 Hudson, other than to move it into its new home, in almost 1 full year!

I know the money I need to finish it has come and gone and I got shut-down working on it in the driveway at my old house...then it took another 6 months to find a place with a shop to buy and now - I have the killer shop and no money right now to buy parts!

But I still have some fabrication to do...think of it as the "cheap" stuff that you can DIY on ~ The rest is just spending money to bolt parts on!
 

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Wow, that photo sure doesn't show anything I would call serious or project-threatening. Take care of it, clean it up, weld it up, fix and paint it up and move on. What you're showing wouldn't make a rodder or restorer from England or maybe Ohio even slow down to take a breath.
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Rust?! Rust?! :eek: You call THAT rust ?! Man, you don't know what rust is..................... Make a trip to the Midwest, we'll show you REAL rust.
 

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I can understand you being overwhelmed but just take a step back and look at all you have done in the last three years. Compared to that you don't have much left to do. Someone on this board once said something like - you shouldn't look at how big the project is and be overwhelmed. Look at it as a whole bunch of little projects that will eventually get done - one at a time. Good luck with the remaining work! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Hippie said:
Rust?! Rust?! :eek: You call THAT rust ?! Man, you don't know what rust is..................... Make a trip to the Midwest, we'll show you REAL rust.
Here's some Sturgis, SD rustout for you...had to replace the entire trunk pan... fabricated by hand, since no one makes parts for mine either :evil: ...I know your pain :pain:



 

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Here's some Sturgis, SD rustout for you...had to replace the entire trunk pan... fabricated by hand, since no one makes parts for mine either :evil: ...I know your pain :pain:

Yeah! Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about! :thumbup:
 

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When I need motivation I go buy a new tool an practice using it on one of my projects. or I go out an find a deal on more parts, like today, a friend of mine stopped in to borrow a four-way to change some tires on some cars he was scrapping, one has a 9 inch ford rear, I ask him how much, he said I could have it. I hope he brings my four-way back.
 

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That looks like an awesome project.

I've been balls deep in a big project for the last year. I got really burnt out at one pointed, and didn't even want to look at my truck. I just took some time away from the project, and did some things I wanted to do for myself. It had been about 10 months since I had spent any money on myself for anything other than clothes and shoes, which are necessities. So I bought some CDs, some magazines, and played my bass for about a month straight. Been back on the project like a madman ever since, like when I first started the build.
 

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home brew said:
Someone on this board once said something like - you shouldn't look at how big the project is and be overwhelmed. Look at it as a whole bunch of little projects that will eventually get done - one at a time.
americanLT1...Let me first say that you have one AWESOME ride!!!! That baby is nice and I can hardly wait to see it finished. I can fully understand what you are going thru. I am streetrodding my '47 Chev sedan delivery and come Aug. it will be 10 years since I started it. I too had to do A LOT of fabricating (not near as much as you have) and I am now getting to the "fun" stuff (bodywork, wiring, interior, etc.). I have had many times when I have been overwelmed and I've tried many of the suggestions that have been brought up here. But, for me, the one that works the best is what Home Brew said. Concentrate on smaller individual projects and eventually they will all come together to make one beautiful ride that you will be extremely proud to say "I built that!!!" Good luck and keep your head up.
 

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Hey guys,

Finally got to the computer this morning. After a full day of cleaning and sanding yesterday and reading through your post this morning I fell much better about this project. I really appreciate the support and encouragement. It's hard to be patient at times because everything takes much longer than I thought it would but, most of that is because I had to acquire the tools and skills to build what I have so far. This is the first fabrication work I've done so I'm not very quick. Rambo the dog, you're right. I don't have a clue what real rust is. If I had to deal with rust, like the pictures you sent, I would need serious therapy....although, when I tell people I'm building a hotrod rambler most feel therapy of some sort is in order. I wish I had a dime for everyone who asked, Why that car?

I usually reply with, What would be more humiliating that having your new vette toasted by a nash. Although, It may look like slow motion with me shifting that 6 speed. This will be my first stick car since the 72 challenger I had over thirty years ago.

Hotrodders.com has been a life saver for me through the construction of this project. I have spent countless hours reading and researching at this site and the wealth of information and help is amazing. I know it has saved me from many a costly mistake.
 

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AmericanLT1 -- what you showed is just where some moisture got into the seam -- barely surface rust! I bet it cleaned up with scotch-brite!! Seriously, your regular paint prep will take care of that. I'd call it virtually rust free, especially for a car that age! If I bought that car as rust free (or any car) and found a little light surface rust, I wouldn't feel like I was misled at all.

I'm USAF and have been all over, so I've seen it all! There are cars here in Dover, Delaware (the farthest north I've thankfully had to live) that I'd barely consider parts cars hauled up for restoration! I'm originally from South Carolina (mid state). Cars rust there, and it's rare to find a 30-40 year old car with no rust, but there are still 30s hulks in the woods that are salvageable. Now those will usually need floors and rockers, but all else usually reasonably solid. My first duty station was Idaho. Old cars out there have surface rust -- but that's after sitting out in the weather for 30+ years!!
 

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Maybe its the warm environment. To easy to sit back and think next week :)

I get a mandatory 2-3 month break from heavy work on mine called unheated NY garage. Come first heat, I can't wait to get on it. Around August, September I get rushed again.

I do know your pain though. Mine is taking more time than I would like also, except it's just a More door, top hat dodge.

I found what really keeps me motivated is having driven it for the first summer I had it and wanting to get back on the road.
 

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Yep, know what you mean. I take it one chunk at a time or as a couple of the guys on here tell me you eat an elephant 1 bite at a time so that's what I've been doing. When I look at the big pic it gets daunting so I go back an do a little something to see progress being made. Of course I too don't work on it a lot in the winter but I get motvation from being on here talking with the guys/gals and going to car shows in the summer. 5 years into it and now I finally got some paint on parts of it now I'm even more eager to get it on the road this spring. Even if the interior is not doen I can drive it, Yah, baby! :thumbup: Yours is looking fine take a break and go back at it. One bite at a time.
 
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