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Does it always take twice as long and twice as much?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BaBa, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. BaBa
    Joined: Jun 2, 2011
    Posts: 114


    Today is the 2 year anniversary of when I started on my hot rod truck and it is 99.9% done. Now I realize that is not a lot of time but I am retired and honestly thought I could get it done in 1 year. I also thought I could do it for around $10K ha ha ha...
    Does this happen to everybody?
  2. birdman42
    Joined: Jan 18, 2012
    Posts: 400


  3. RFH1931
    Joined: Aug 14, 2006
    Posts: 323


    Yes !!!!!!!!!!
  4. Mr Lucky
    Joined: Jun 15, 2010
    Posts: 54

    Mr Lucky

  5. rockfish
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 445


    You're fast and got off cheap.
  6. Most of the time ,
    On your next one you'll spend twice as much up front for more complete unit and it will take half as long.
  7. Are you sure about that?
  8. Rob68
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 495


    Yep. Bought my 58 F100 in August of 2011, still not on the road. Just needs nickel and dime stuff to get it going as a driver but I just don't have the nickels and dimes. Someday though.
  9. It only cost you twice as much and took twice as long? Man did you get off lightly!

  10. NOPE!

    Sometimes it's 3 or 4 times more!
  11. dirt slinger
    Joined: Jan 30, 2010
    Posts: 645

    dirt slinger

    Wish I was 99 percent done. It's been 3 years and 10 grand.

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  12. revkev6
    Joined: Jun 13, 2006
    Posts: 3,351

    from ma

    this was my thought when I read the title!
  13. mustangsix
    Joined: Mar 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,315


    Congratulations! When you reach the 99% completion stage, you only have another 50% left to do....
  14. KenCrete
    Joined: Jun 1, 2012
    Posts: 157

    from Milwaukee

    Absolutely!!! if not 3x's!
  15. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    I think your math might be a little off there. It takes 3 times as long and costs 4 times as least in my experience. :eek:

  16. .. life gets in the way.
  17. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,272

    from California

    if you don't add up what you spent you will never know how far over budget you were. that would take care of half your problem. as for the time thing...just tell yourself you were "taking your time and doing it right".
  18. Model A Nut
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 65

    Model A Nut

    I think I am about 2 1/2 times where I wanted to be and a year later past my goal. Still got lots to do!!!!!!!!! Between life challanges and just deciding to do a nicer job, I guess it isn't to bad a deal.
  19. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 5,151


    Murphy...was an optimist! ;)
  20. rustang
    Joined: Sep 10, 2009
    Posts: 710


    99% done only means it is time to start making changes..... :)
  21. davidbistolas
    Joined: May 21, 2010
    Posts: 962


    Just wait until it's twice as long and twice as much as twice as long and twice as much. And then double it.
  22. yblock292
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,937


    YEP! Just proved it to myself on the 51 build! Figured up how much to spend and how long it would take.............double on both! Funny i've always told guys this, now it happened to me
  23. NickJT
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 640

    from S.E. PA

    I wish!

    Nick's 2nd law of hot rod affordability says that the actual cost is directly proportional to the integral of initial cost divided by project length, plus or minus $10k.
  24. Ole don
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,915

    Ole don

    Think of the time as therapy, and the cost as an investment. I know a racer who said it cost just as much money to race today as it did forty years ago. All of it.
  25. Doc Squat
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,375

    Doc Squat
    from tulsa, ok

  26. Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
    Joined: Oct 21, 2012
    Posts: 480

    Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
    from Outside

    It only takes twice as long and twice as much $$ if you're super lucky. Usually its 3 times as long and 4 times as much like stated already. It's literal, no sarcasm whatsoever.
  27. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,975


    10X more,with no end in sight,and I'm re-doing a lot of what I've already done..
    When you take forever to finish something,all those little fuckups you thought would be OK really come back to haunt you.
  28. Greg in Jax
    Joined: Jun 27, 2010
    Posts: 209

    Greg in Jax

    What 49ratfink said. Never add it up and it doesn't cost much at all.
  29. Dane
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,351

    from Soquel, CA

    Not always, if it's done well it takes 3x... :D Truth!

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