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Old 12-26-2012, 09:09 AM   #1
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Personally, I keep finding other things to work on. Now that I have my new engine, trans, steering, AC etc. etc. I am looking to do things that I didn't think of before. Like, tinted glass, fuel injection.
I guess the bottom line is that I like working on the car almost as much as I like driving it. Do I have a problem?? Maybe it is because in Cleveland, Ohio we can't drive for 5 months of the year.
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
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I'm not sure. I have a personality flaw it seems that means buying a neglected car that hasn't run in a while, getting it running and looking better, and about that time after driving and tinkering a year or so I lose interest and sell it with more left to do in favor of another neglected car. I have the idea that this is because the bumper C3, the Challenger, and the Pontiacs have all been cheap replacements on my way to a Sting Ray. Here's hoping that project never gets old!
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:03 AM   #3
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I guess the bottom line is that I like working on the car almost as much as I like driving it. Do I have a problem?? Maybe it is because in Cleveland, Ohio we can't drive for 5 months of the year.
I get as much, or more enjoyment working on them than driving them. When I'm done with a car, I move on to the next one. Usually I sell the finished one but I think I'll probably keep my 65 as a garage mate for my 60. I have no idea what the next project will be but it's sure fun looking.

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:06 AM   #4
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I have the same problem.

I purchased a 1972 that needed a bit of "work". I then spent the next 5 years working on it. And when it was near perfect, I started taking it to car shows. I got bored with this quick.

So I sold the 1972, and purchased a 1961 that needed a bit of "work". I have been working on this one for the last year. I will likely finish this one in late 2013 or early 2014.

I need help ....
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:16 AM   #5
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Most people love to work on their cars. But if you get it to the point that it is all good, just go get another one.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:28 AM   #6
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I have restored about 5 cars and built a 41 Willys pro-street car that took 5 years. I have found that "the trip is much more fun than the destination". Once they are done, I get anxious to start another one. Unfortunately I can only own 1 at a time, so I drive the car I just finished for a little while and once I find my next project I sell the finished vehicle and start on the next one. I am a "buy high, sell low" kind of guy - everyone who knows me tracks my progress on a car knowing it will be for sale at half of what I have into it in parts alone. This is not a sustainable business model, I know, but everyone who's done this knows it is much cheaper to buy a car all done than to restore one. But what fun is that???

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:43 AM   #7
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For me it always looks like there is something i find to do on my car.
I just bought a 14" steering wheel wrapped in black leather which i plan on mill out the spokes so it looks more time period correct to my 1964 coupe

I have to buy a 1963-66 steering wheel hub that i need to mill down for the bottom spoke for the new steering wheel
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:52 AM   #8
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Until I found this forum, I always thought I was a one-of-a- kind oddball that would buy a basket case and spend months bringing it back from the brink, drive it a few times, then sell it for the cost of the parts in the project alone and replace it with another derelict.
Its great to see that you are all just as nuts as I am!

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:58 AM   #9
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Personally, I keep finding other things to work on. Now that I have my new engine, trans, steering, AC etc. etc. I am looking to do things that I didn't think of before. Like, tinted glass, fuel injection.
I guess the bottom line is that I like working on the car almost as much as I like driving it. Do I have a problem?? Maybe it is because in Cleveland, Ohio we can't drive for 5 months of the year.
Woods,

Ain't that the truth. I too have got the winter bug to do a shoulder belt install as well as replace the windshield with tinted version AND put in 4 way flashers. All this after just having a 5 speed installed, 'course added Classic Auto Air 4 years ago as well redid the seats last winter (with your insight, ), stayfast top install in '11...the list goes on. Not into selling and buying for another project. Just seems I'm really NEVER done with her.

Just making her more user friendly for the long hauls.



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Old 12-26-2012, 11:24 AM   #10
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Anyone having trouble finding a project to work on is welcome to come over to my garage and dive in. The beer is always cold.

Sounds like maybe some here are so desperate for a project they might pay me to work on my car
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I'v gone through many cars and Corvettes but always kept the 55 Corvette because back then no one wonted a 55. Now have a 61 544 Volvo to play with, just like to keep doing something to get me out of the house. But I drive the 55 vary often so it also keeps me maintaining it and collecting parts if it needs them.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:35 AM   #12
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Roy - I got a Corvette calendar for Christmas. The picture on the 1st page is of a 1955 Corvette done in yellow with a green top. I knew that combo was available but I've never seen a picture of one. I can't believe they only made 15 of those really nice-looking copper Corvettes that year while they produced 120 of them in that hideous yellow/green combination.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:14 PM   #13
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So I am not alone. In the past I bought, restored and sold a lot of cars. I was planning on keeping my current 65 coupe. However, I am running out of projects and getting the itch to dive into another one. I found a 64SS project car but you can get REAL upside down on this real fast.
( mine was stolen and I always wanted to get it back) I guess it is not about the $.
For now I am fighting the itch and planning on installing the tinted glass and maybe Fuel injection. Probably not the right moves but I don't care.

BTW, RatDog, If I lived closer I would take you up on your offer.

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I don't have another restoration in me All I do now is drive them and fix them when they break. I still enjoy doing my maintenance and I love to polish them. Sitting in the garage with a cold one isn't so bad either
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Oh boy, can I relate to that one. I think it's been five cars ago that I said "I can't do this anymore, so this is my last car that needs a major rebuild".
I just starting another one last week (end of the world 62 rebuild), but this is really the last one.

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You die!
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:13 PM   #17
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I'm just the opposite. I'm the guy who buys your car when you get tired of it for 1/2 the price you have into it, drive it for a couple years and then sell it at a profit. Well at 55 I decided to build my own but at my age I don't ever intend to sell it because I will never recoupe my money. I'm 58 now and i'm still not done yet. I planned on 5 years as I just have so many other things to do so I go weeks at a time without touching it. I will eventually hand it over to my son and maybe build another one in my retirerment.
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You die!
Precisely. The projects don't end. You do.
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Until I found this forum, I always thought I was a one-of-a- kind oddball that would buy a basket case and spend months bringing it back from the brink, drive it a few times, then sell it for the cost of the parts in the project alone and replace it with another derelict.
Its great to see that you are all just as nuts as I am!

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Lol...this sounds like a therapy thread! CA- Corvettes Anonymous.
I'm not even finished with mine and I'm starting to look, my wife wants to haver committed
Bob

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Until I found this forum, I always thought I was a one-of-a- kind oddball that would buy a basket case and spend months bringing it back from the brink, drive it a few times, then sell it for the cost of the parts in the project alone and replace it with another derelict.
Its great to see that you are all just as nuts as I am!

As I heard many years ago:
"The worst thing that can happen to a man is to accomplish all his goals"
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Lol...this sounds like a therapy thread! CA- Corvettes Anonymous.
I'm not even finished with mine and I'm starting to look, my wife wants to have me committed
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