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Hot Rods Building mistakes you won't repeat

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. Not spending enough time block-sanding with a loooonnng board and guide coats. :(
  2. Dennis D
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 665

    Dennis D

    Corvette looks serious! D
  3. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,077


    When I was much younger, I'd rush into a job without thinking out a clear plan, screwing up the project and having to start all over again. Not too bright, as I did it a couple of times, before I saw the light. Now I spend too much time planning and don't get a whole lot accomplished, but what I do is done right.
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  4. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,205


    When a friend/sorta business partner trimmed the 38 he did it in the early 80's diamond tuck, I really wanted a simple pleat job, he and his wife (RIP) did a decent job but it is dated:( He checked it out a year or so ago at a car show and was surprised that it held up for this many years:) The Monza seats are not "period" but they have been very comfortable, something that is more important for me at this stage of my life.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2018
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  5. Hren59
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 92


    Failing to photograph assemblies, wire routing etc because “there’s no way I’ll forget how that went together”
    jimgoetz, Chavezk21, kaspar and 13 others like this.
  6. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,429


    Constant speed, constant motion.
    That's how it's done.;)
  7. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,337

    from oregon

    I bought it 30 years ago, hadn't even touched a welder up to that point, the hardest part was differentiating whether I was doing something wrong or the setup/settings were off.
    Atwater Mike likes this.
  8. I think my biggest building mistake is sinking too much money and time in a car that I am not in love with. I tend to buy a money pit, keep it too long spending money on it then lose interest in it.
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  9. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 5,336


    Don't box a frame w/o securing the rails.

    Good thing I like scrap iron to build stuff with....
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  10. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 5,336


    Hmmn...constant voltage I think? :)
  11. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,632


    not starting the project with the most complete vehicle available. every time I turn around its $.50 - $5.00 - $50.00 for some little damn thing I don't have.
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  12. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,429


    Constant voltage on mig, definitely, but constant speed and constant motion using any type machine are key to a good weld.
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  13. Stock Racer
    Joined: Feb 28, 2010
    Posts: 686

    Stock Racer

    Popping about half of the spot welds out of a floor pan, then realizing the original is repairable. Now I get to fix the spot welds before I actually repair the floor.
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  14. Chopping the top, filling in the cowl vent, trying 4 different engines before settling on one.
    All this added years to my project. As someone else said several "trends" came and went during the build.
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  15. I forgot that I did this too. My very first serious mistake. Young 20s kid, borrowed welder, teaching myself how to weld; welded the whole length of the front frame rails without stopping except to change rods. Afterwards, the right frame rail was higher than the left. If I had only had more knowledge....
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  16. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 1,058


    The only people who don't make mistakes are the people who don't do any thing and that is the biggest mistake of all.
    When my dad retired he said he was done making mistakes. It was time to let the younger people make them.
  17. dirt t
    Joined: Mar 20, 2007
    Posts: 4,718

    dirt t
    from Kingman,AZ
    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    Mine was not tac welding everything.
    I'd weld a part to frame and later have to move it to clear some thing.
    Now I build the complete frame fit body and engine mounts then remove everything and finish welding.
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  18. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,487


    Made engine mounts and installed engine while truck was on stands. It looked fine until I got it off stands and realized engine was about 3" too low. Left it that way. Fix it later, later later:D
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2018
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  19. classiccarjack
    Joined: Jun 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,458


    Ever sit in a car, weld in a roll cage, then remove your welding gloves just before grabbing the bar you just welded on to get out of the car? Yeah... About the same level of ouch. Only I think that my pride was hurt more than my poor blistered hand. LOL

    Sent from my Moto Z (2) using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  20. classiccarjack
    Joined: Jun 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,458


    My daily grind! If that car was tough for you, don't ever attempt a Airflow or a Plymouth Truck... I am about to start making parts by hand on the truck! Sigh

    Sent from my Moto Z (2) using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
  21. jailbar joe
    Joined: Nov 21, 2014
    Posts: 362

    jailbar joe

    my building mistakes start with the letter A the time i get to Z...they are not a mistake anymore
  22. 32fenderless
    Joined: Jun 7, 2007
    Posts: 255


    Still the neatest A coupe ever! I first saw it at the capital city street rods rod run(can’t remember what it was called) while it was still in primer.

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  23. elba
    Joined: Feb 9, 2013
    Posts: 622


    Built my first 38 Chevy with a GM sub frame and loved it . Built my second with a Mustang 2 . The sub fame car was much much better .
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  24. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 2,903

    Corn Fed

    Dang, you have a great memory. It rained the evening of the show and I didnt have a hood or windows in it yet. That woulda been 1989 because it got painted that winter.
    Still have the car but it hasnt ran in many years. The 302 smokes bad and the C4 leaks like crazy. I oughta get them rebuilt, go thru the brakes and put it back on the road. Just too many other projects I guess. At least I never sold it. I've had it 34 years now.
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  25. dragginwagon2
    Joined: May 31, 2017
    Posts: 35


    Hey s55mercury66 what do you mean by marginal chrome?
  26. johnold1938
    Joined: Apr 19, 2009
    Posts: 403

    from indiana

    HOW ABOUT THIS ONE GUYS, replaced 9 inch rear end axle bearing seals and pinion seal with new napa parts and wow leaked worse then before ALWAYS CHECK FIT BEFORE ASSEMBLE
  27. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    Pretty much any chrome that has lost it's luster, not pitted, but not really shiny either. A paint job with bright shiny clear, will show just how bad the chrome on a vehicle really is. Chrome is really just a clear over nickel plating.
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  28. dragginwagon2
    Joined: May 31, 2017
    Posts: 35


    Gotcha. Thats what I thought but just wanted to make sure it wasn’t some old school stuff that was added to paint. Lol

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  29. Dangerous Dan
    Joined: Jul 10, 2011
    Posts: 362

    Dangerous Dan
    from Graham Wa.

    NEVER,NEVER,NEVER use JD Blitz black again!!!!!!
  30. Pick the next project to allow for my larger size and older age. I could fit easily into a '29 A coupe when I was 19 or 20, but an AA cab at nearly 70, that's a different thing. Also, I should have learned more things much sooner, and gotten more experience under my belt, from fabrication, welding, body work, painting, engine and transmission building.
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