I need to exercise my brain more... its become a lump of mush that sits atop my shoulders uttering.... you want your model a how low? sure... chop another shoebox... you bet! Where'd the youngsters go? Youthful exuberance and all that shit... old dudes who have the money to buy the latest and greatest littlest damn doohickey that only him, the guy who built his car and GOD will know is there.. those guys are ok in my book but? Where's the kid who HAS TO think out of the box? Uses his MIND to build something awesome? If I hear I'm building a "Rudy" truck one more time I'm gonna puke. I love Rudy to death but jesustapdancinchrist let it go... you're building a fucking HOT ROD! Make it YOURS! You're supposed to one up your pals. Thats just how it goes. don't question it. Keep up with the Jones' man.."back in the day" they couldn't afford a paint job.. but they'd paint the damn thing with a vacuum cleaner when they could! You could buy a $50 HVLP gun from HF, $300 "complete paint job kit" from Ebay, beg borrow or steal (rent) a compressor and get to gettin it on! If you think for one minute that any red blooded American hot rodder that lived through this shit when it was happening, when it was really happening, wouldn't have dropped a couple bills on a 283 that out of the box gave you, what? a hundred horsepower more than a flathead??? wouldn't have done it?!?! Well then you haven't been paying attention! So before this whole traditional hot rat rod project reserve set at $15k thing started, you could go to the Hot Rod Reunion... get up 7am'ish.. grab some breakfast and head out to the track... and still be able to park at the end of the bleachers... Or Paso... pre- registration and getting into line at 3AM sucks hairy donkey balls. Even the most sacred of reliability runs is being over-run. Some people need to learn to keep a damn secret. Where'd the hoodlums go? The guys who'd do burnouts and throw beer bottles at old ladies? Internet car clubs are gay. Having some online "pals" who dig the same things as you do is ok (as long as its legal) but GAWDDAMN t-shirts?!?!! Go to local car shows, meet new PEOPLE (not names on a screen) and have some fun! You will be so surprised when John Q Billet Rodder says "man, I got a bunch of old stuff that I took off this thing just sitting in my shed.. you want it?" You wanna know how much its worth? Whatever you're WILLING to PAY. DRIVE your shit. Don't post on the internet asking if you can or what you need to do to do it... the damn thing was new at one point! SOMEBODY drove it everyday and didn't think twice about it! I'm burned out. Cars are stupid.