So Ive got a couple of automotive projects going and sometimes its nice to have a helping hand. Some things I did by myself when I was younger are just much easier to do with help ... the old body just aint what it used to be lol. So I hired a couple of my nephews. Brothers aged 13 and 15. For now they will just be helping me one day a week for two hours. I pay em five bucks an hour. On the first day, I wanted to feel em out a little and see if they were really interested in helping Uncle Mark, or were they just doing this because their parents were prodding them a little. They both seemed sincerely interested in doing this, even though neither of them know jack about working on cars and trucks lol. I did a tool test. Grabbed a bunch of tools off my bench and asked what they were. They got the hammer and one phillips screw driver. I was really surprised at how much they didn't know. No idea what a pop rivet tool was, which I suppose is understandable, but they didn't even know what a pop rivet was. Didn't know vise grips, channel locks, etc etc. I also did an engine test ... Know what this is? No ... Its a carburetor. This? No ... Those are headers. These? No ... Those are valve covers, do you know what they are for? Covering valves? LOL, close enough. I'm comparing them to me when I was their age back in the late 60's and early 70's. But it was different times I guess. Ive been a car nut since I was very little. I needed to take the hood off the Unibody. I said those look like 9/16 bolts. So I showed em how to find the correct socket in the tool box and fit it on the ratchet. How did you know those were 9/16? ... I guess after awhile you just look at something and know *shrug* They are good kiddos and I hope they stick with it. Should learn a few things and have some fun along the way. I promised their parents its always safety first here, so Ill try to always send the home with all their fingers. But there may be a cut or busted knuckle now and then. I was talking to some buddies about my nephews total lack of car knowledge and we talked about this. When we were kids we built hundreds of models. Cars boats planes choppers on and on. Very few kids today do this sort of thing. I do have hundreds of car magazines. As i see them start to show a little actual interest in cars, not just I'm making five bucks an hour to help out, I will start sending a few of them home. Of course none of the magazines in my collection are newer than 75, and a majority of them 50s and 60s. Hopefully Ill be able to steer em in the correct way (my way lol) to enjoy classic cars and trucks. Truck as I got it ... Its a project that belonged to a friend. Chevy 350/350, Mopar front clip, all done at a pro shop. Had a friend shoot a coat of primer on it The boys have actually been at it for several weeks. Ill try to post pics chronologically. Here they are with the white board to make a punch list of sorts ... The plans are to strip down the front sheet metal. Pull all the stock wiring. Strip out the gauges. Paint, clean, rewire etc etc. All stuff that shouldn't be too tough and help them keep their interest up.