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Projects Are you less picky on your builds the older you get?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BJR, Dec 23, 2020.

  1. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,705


    I have found that I am less picky on my builds the older I get. Now at almost 71, all I want to do is finish my 49 Buick. So I am letting things go that 10 years ago I would have fixed. All of which are cosmetic, but I just want to get it done so I can enjoy it before I meet my maker, or can't drive anymore. Any one else feel the same?
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  2. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,463


    I'll let some things slide however I'm still a PITA when it comes to my cars. I can still be critical of my work years down the track and can be pedantic when I see some things done by others to their cars and think, why when there was an alternative solution or that could have been done better.
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  3. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 6,915


    Oh hell no, exactly opposite. Stuff I'd figured was good enough 20 years ago I won't let slide now. I'm much more particular now, so much so it's hard to get anything done...
  4. bill gruendeman
    Joined: Jun 18, 2019
    Posts: 449

    bill gruendeman

    Maybe less picky, but my tools and skills are a LOT better. My builds come out better now than when I was younger and picky, And I am happier
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  5. bill gruendeman
    Joined: Jun 18, 2019
    Posts: 449

    bill gruendeman

    Brian, I was too particular and could not do anything because it wasn’t up to “my standards”, I had no skills.
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  6. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,757

    seb fontana
    from ct

    I don't keep doing "new" builds.. Might improve an existing or a repair. Too many other interests to sweat bullets for the cars alone, got to spread it around. No house maintenance, only snow, leaves. All else I tell wiffy to find some one and hire them which doesn't work out that great.. His tools are here but he hasn't been back since before Thanks Giving!
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  7. No, I actually do a lot better job now than when I was in my 20's. I think working on aircraft made me a lot pickier about how I do things...
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2020
  8. More picky now at 73. The more you know the worse it is.
  9. kabinenroller
    Joined: Jan 26, 2012
    Posts: 568


    I find that I am becoming more fussy about details as time goes on. Fasteners have become an obsession, it started a number of years ago when I started doing restorations. Sometimes it is a curse being anal about the details, but the results make it worth the aggravation.
  10. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,312


    I know better now so the stuff I do comes out better than it did before and I am picky too.
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  11. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 1,621


    Have you seen some of the hot rods I've slapped together?:eek:
    Been called a lot of things...but no one has ever accused me of being picky.:p
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  12. getow
    Joined: May 9, 2016
    Posts: 173


    I guess theres a fine line. As long as im assured the fix is literally fixed. If im not sure it going to last, ill do it again. And old saying in the dealer world, if you dont have time to fix it right the 1st time, you WILL the 2nd. Ha.
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  13. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 3,453

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    I agree. It's like i learned how to do better over the years.
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  14. Unique Rustorations
    Joined: Nov 15, 2018
    Posts: 558

    Unique Rustorations

    Yep, pickier now. Also when I’m looking for parts I’m far critical. Some want a ton of money for junk “easy clean-up” BS that I walk from now.
    That goes for tools as well.

    I will say thou I’m far smarter about project creep than I was 30 years ago. I’m not blowing it all apart like I use to if that was not the plan to begin with. Randy

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  15. I think I am more picky (anal) about my builds the older I get, I know my last ground up build I wouldn't let anything slide that at one time I would have considered minor and just keep moving on to the next project. HRP
  16. birdman1
    Joined: Dec 6, 2012
    Posts: 1,067


    I figure screw it, I'll make it better later, I want to drive it before I get. Covid. LoL
  17. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,506


    My family has a number of old sayings and one is "How you do one thing is how you do everything". At my advanced age it takes me longer to accomplish my goals but I still finish them as well or better than in the past.
    Merry Christmas to all the HAMB!!!!!
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  18. Reidy
    Joined: May 13, 2016
    Posts: 137


    Picky is an interesting word. I would say I aim for good quality and safety, but level of finish is different. I will now accept a slightly lower level of finish or use a different product knowing that the aim is to look reasonably good and be functional, as opposed to looking great and getting pissed when each new mark came from use.

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  19. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 20,660


    It's the opposite. I say it all the time.

    My standards are higher than my skill level.
  20. I used to be frustrated that things were not perfect, now that I am capable of making it perfect I don’t feel the need to. I put so many miles on my stuff that I’m happy with respectable.

    This old car stuff is supposed to be fun.

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  21. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,074


    No, I got much more picky hanging around this place for the last 18 years.
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  22. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,399


    yes, I am....
  23. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 6,934

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    At 75 I'm getting pickier. When I spend the kind of money it takes today I want it right.
  24. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,654


    Turned 70 today, and still want everything I do to look perfect. If you are going to look at it for the rest of your life why not? There was no rush to drive a project 50 years ago, why start now. Merry Christmas to everyone, 2021 has to be better.

  25. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,758

    from PNW

    My last build is forcing me to be 'way over the top' picky. There ain't gonna be any curbs to pull over to if shit starts going south.
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  26. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 2,177


    I'm kind of both ways.
    When I was younger, I would evaluate all the possible things that could go wrong, and work towards a goal of building until I reached the point I had those things covered. But at that time, attention to details and finish were the last things on my mind. If it looked good from 20' away, I was good with it.

    These days, I worry a lot less about what might, but probably won't happen. I think a lot of years and a lot of miles behind the steering wheels of hot rods has softened my concerns over what I could overcome during a build to cover things that might happen. I do find myself thinking about details and finish a lot more then I did when I did earlier in life. I've reached the point where I want it to look good from 10' away, and look really good from 20' away. I'm still not too concerned about what others think about my rides.

    I don't believe "picky" would be the proper word for me, probably being "more realistic and being more aware" better fits. Gene
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  27. Happy birthday Bob! Have a Merry Christmas

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  28. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,192

    from Nicasio Ca

    Don't sweat the stuff you can improve after it's on the road, do the other stuff right. My heaps are far from perfect but driving them is more important to me, and going for a drive after an improvement is all the better.
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  29. Tickety Boo
    Joined: Feb 2, 2015
    Posts: 1,269

    Tickety Boo
    from Wisconsin

    Yes, less picky on cosmetic but more picky on mechanicals ;)
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  30. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,728


    Yup...doesn't matter if your wiping your behind or cleaning the kitchen Windows.. Give it 110 percent or go home...
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