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Old 08-04-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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That you just want to DUMP your car? Everytime I turn around it is something else. Example, my thread Friday regarding the alternator and linkage. Always seems to be so close, but yet too far.

And it always seems to be in the window when I want to be at Carlisle. Yes, I am as close as could be. As long as I get the alternator deliverd this week I will be gold. I had a family reunion today so no car work and yesterday went to help out a Bud with his '69 BB, so lost a weekend.

Sometimes I feel it isn't meant to be. Maybe just dump the damn thing and move on.....

But then again.... F it... third life might as well move on....

Sorry, feeling pain right now....
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When I was having engine troubles with my Chevelle that's all I could think about was getting it running and sell it to and lick my wounds and move on. But being hard headed I stuck though it. Got all my issues fixed and now I am very glad I did not go though selling it The moment when you get it dialed in and go on your first long drive you will be glad you have it. Also running it though the gears and chirping the tires helps too
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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YUP>>>>I am going through those feeling right this moment....going 3rd engine in 5 years.....if this engine fails, which I am starting this Tuesday"...sell the SOB....and move on to other "less costly" things...
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Mike,
You've got too much skin in the game to give up now. Success is just around the corner, hang in there.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:55 PM   #5
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YUP>>>>I am going through those feeling right this moment....going 3rd engine in 5 years.....if this engine fails, which I am starting this Tuesday"...sell the SOB....and move on to other "less costly" things...
I went though two in less then two years it sucks
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:05 PM   #6
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You've got too much skin in the game to give up now. Success is just around the corner, hang in there.
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I'm trying Don. Sorry to say but sometimes I want to cry like a little girl. Other times, I want to just put it out in the yard, with a rag in
the gas tank, grab a Cohiba(don't do them anymore) a box of barn burners, and a 5th of Jack Daniels and have a wieny roast.

I have way too much into this car to do that I know. More than I EVER expected. But everytime I turn around, there is something else. The alternator I figured... It took a dive when I got 6 inches of water int he basement in 2011... Thought maybe, just maybe, it would have survived... NOT.

So, after I change my panties tomorrow when I get home from work, I will put her back up on the blocks and check out the shifter linkage. Ordered the alternator yesterday and it should be here by Wednesday.

If the linkage isn't the issue I will be having a field pass for sale agian this year at Carlisle.

And maybe two cars.....
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The local auto parts store cant get you a alt in less then one day??
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The local auto parts store cant get you a alt in less then one day??
Probably, but I want to replace the chrome with a chrome. Bitch aren't I
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Probably, but I want to replace the chrome with a chrome. Bitch aren't I
I just would have bought a standard rebuilt one and swapped cases. Buts that's me
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:19 PM   #10
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Why not have it rebuilt locally?
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:21 PM   #11
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Cuz I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer
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I also had more hair when i started restoring this beast...and fewer injuries, Thes just occured on this latest install...

FIRST DAY UNDER CAR



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I know how you feel......I walked away from my 63 vette for a while....I needed some space but I'm back now and ready to move forward...

I'm always told that tomorrow is a "new" day...
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:22 PM   #14
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I also had more hair when i started restoring this beast...and fewer injuries, Thes just occured on this latest install...

FIRST DAY UNDER CAR



SECOND DAY UNDER CAR

Dammit Jack! :cokespew:
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:28 PM   #15
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Nope.

Back when I was dirt poor, I just persevered.

Now that I am not in such dire straits, I just do things right the first time. I learned how to build motors in high school shop class, i learned how to build them better as time went on.

I also learned that when one peripheral thing goes bad (starter, alternator, water pump etc.) Replace EVERYTHING right then and there. Not with cheap Chinese or mexican rebuilt crap, but real GM or rebuilt by local rebuild places. Not as cheap as Autozone, but it lasts.

Need a tie rod ends? Check your steering box and ball joints, just do the whole thing at once. Otherwise, you will be replacing something else 9 months later and having to get another alignment.

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Nope.

Back when I was dirt poor, I just persevered.

Now that I am not in such dire straits, I just do things right the first time. I learned how to build motors in high school shop class, i learned how to build them better as time went on.

I also learned that when one peripheral thing goes bad (starter, alternator, water pump etc.) Replace EVERYTHING right then and there. Not with cheap Chinese or mexican rebuilt crap, but real GM or rebuilt by local rebuild places. Not as cheap as Autozone, but it lasts.

Need a tie rod ends? Check your steering box and ball joints, just do the whole thing at once. Otherwise, you will be replacing something else 9 months later and having to get another alignment.

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Old 08-05-2013, 05:01 AM   #17
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I know the feeling all too well.

Right now I am thinking about selling my 56 Corvette and using that money to finish my 56 BelAir 4 door sedan.

Does seem kind of backwards, but the goal is for the BelAir to become my daily driver. It will not be a show car, but will drive me to many shows.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:58 AM   #18
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I know the feeling all too well.

Right now I am thinking about selling my 56 Corvette and using that money to finish my 56 BelAir 4 door sedan.

Does seem kind of backwards, but the goal is for the BelAir to become my daily driver. It will not be a show car, but will drive me to many shows.
Hold on take a chill pill the 56 is what you need to save they are the
bomb put a cover on it walk away till later .
dont do somthing now you know you will regret later. Just owning
the 56 would make some people happy just to have it and dream
of its completion .They are hard to find save it ,save it save it
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:00 AM   #19
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...and a few day's off. Have your Chiba and a beverage or two. Lick the wounds and get going again.

I've owned a '72 Cpe for ten years and every time I wanted to start working on it something else happened. I've never even driven the car.

Keep the faith and don't give up. You have already invested the price of admission and a little more. It will get better.

I always say it could get worse, like still being married to the first wife. She was the one the house dropped on in the Wizard of Oz.

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Old 08-05-2013, 08:58 AM   #20
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Feel your pain and know the feeling. My weekend in the garage was 2 steps forward and 1 step back on almost everything I touched. Some days you just have to step back and go mow the yard.

This is my 3rd frame off so I have got use to the pit falls that come with dumping massive amounts of money into a car that some days just doesn't seem like the pay off will ever come. Add into that mix paying good money for crappy parts and the frustration level can get out of control sometimes.

At the end of the day it will all come together and the sweating and cussing will be worth it because you will have a cool ride to be proud of because it's your sweat equaty in the car not someone elses.

My biggest problem is getting time to work on my car as there seems to be an endless list of things that pull me from the garage. I told the wife last week that I'm about ready to take a weeks vacation and put crime scene tape around the garage with a do no enter sign on the door. Go completely off the grid, coffee pot in garage and bucket to pizz in.

Maybe just maybe I will get something done during that week. I'm at week 3 of getting my engine put together and fired off on the run stand with about another week if I'm luckly to finish this. Seems like a few years ago I would of had this done in 2 weeks easy. Oh and I just told this morning I have a family commitment next Sunday, yep another lost day in the garage.

Hang in there.
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