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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jmountainjr, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. Shutter Speed
    Joined: Feb 2, 2017
    Posts: 876

    Shutter Speed

    'Hammered my louvers out flat.
    Helluva lot easier to sand and paint.
    Yes, I am insane.
  2. slim38
    Joined: Dec 27, 2015
    Posts: 446

    from Sudan TX
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    People still think I'm crazy for building a shop to put my 38 in. When I started building the envious people would ask "what you buy building that for?" I'd say awhh it's so I can have somewhere to put my old truck in. They'd say "that piece of junk? " Yep but it's my piece of junk. 20180829_124055.jpg 20181108_145654.jpg
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  3. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,722

    from Idaho

    I got a bunch of louver action rifles .. they please me greatly when autos fail to do the job.
  4. My projects are my relaxation for the everyday world.
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  5. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 2,777


    Sometimes I question why I do things to my car that only I will ever notice. For example, did I really need to have a 5 1/2" wheel bolt pattern on my car behind those repro '50 Merc hubcaps?
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  6. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,980

    from Michigan

    All I had to read was,
    "...sanding louvers..." Lol.
    I've said it before. Some of this hot rodding stuff...especially body and paint some of the most physically taxing and patience-testing of any "art" I can think of. Like you have to be a hard-ass yet have a light touch and good eye at the same time. That is, if we want our stuff to look good. And we do. As you obviously do.
    Keep up the good work. :)
    Your fingerprints will grow back. :D
  7. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 660


    Heard tell that’s thirsty work. Stay hydrated
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  8. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 950

    from landis n c

    I think most people that think we are crazy are actually JEALOUS!!!!!!!
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  9. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 1,120


    Challenge my sanity? Hell no! They are my mental therapy.
  10. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    After being out of the old car hobby for many years while doing family things and getting kids educated, I thought I'd get back into it for relaxation from a stressful job. Trust me it hasn't always been the relaxation I thought it would be. Sometimes its pretty stressful getting these old parts to fit and to function the way you thought they would. I guess some of us handle stress better then others. Getting tired of those one hour jobs that actually take three hours.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2019
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  11. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,782


    Gman, remember it's supposed to be a hobby. Hobby=Fun! My Dad always asked why I messed with old cars and I would say that it's my hobby. He said that none of his hobbies ever involved work!
  12. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,253

    from KCMO

    Fuckin leaf blower dude always out during windiest day of the month. Sometimes I like to guess what’s inside that house that they see a hurricane and think “I’d better go battle the leafs”
  13. G-son
    Joined: Dec 19, 2012
    Posts: 744

    from Sweden

    On a windy day, once the leaves are airborne they might not land again until they've moved four miles. No need to control where the leaves go, as long as they don't stay on his property! ;)
  14. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 3,347


    I tried playing golf. It drove me crazy. I went back to building and restoring cars. Do I get stressed occasionally? No, frustrated. But that passes....eventually. The satisfaction when I'm finished more than makes up for it.
  15. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,564

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    No offense to the louver lovers, If thats what you like thats great but I do wander, Is part of the fascination with them, That someone is able to do that many without screwing up? to show a talent for bragging rights? A flex of a automotive art muscle? Honestly I do admire them for that reason but as far as the look, I cant say I care for them unless they are serving a function, cooling purpose.
    They are obviously cool to many,maybe even most however I guess I may not be seasoned or knowledgeable enough to appreciate them more???
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  16. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,471

    ramblin dan

    Quit bragging!
  17. Jmountainjr
    Joined: Dec 29, 2006
    Posts: 1,337


    In my case, I like the look but with the gas tank in the rumble area the louvers are functional as well.
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  18. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,570


    I'm around people all day. In my shop with my projects is how I retain my sanity!! Then again, I haven't ventured into the land of louvers..
  19. I have to barrow a phrase about alcohol from Homer J Simpson. "Hot Rods, the cause and solution to all of life's problems!"
  20. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,260


    Sanding louvers? I recall asking myself "what was I thinking?" more than once while working on the hood.

    Working in the shop restores my sanity, while simultaneously causing my friends and neighbors to question it... 5A6109E2-88D5-4B0B-9A9F-C399B4C816F1.jpg
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  21. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,980

    from Michigan

    I know what you mean.
    But it's a lot of others these days who are insane.
    We're some of the only sane people left.
  22. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,040

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    My "hotrodding" started out as soon as I had my drivers license, at that time, in those days of being a kid with little money, big dreams, and no real place to work on one, it would have been easy to question my sanity.
    Making minimum wage, buying a set of headers, new intake, carb, chassis component, etc. then installing them immediately, knowing good and well I had to complete the project (outside in the gravel driveway, all weather conditions) in time to go to school/work the next morning, and my only way to get there was my one and only car, I just disassembled.
    These days it has changed from insanity to sanity, as I have an area to work in, have the funds, and when/if something presents itself as a major obstacle, I can close the shop door, and walk away from it, allowing me to be stress free, and to regroup.
    My sanity from these cars/these days, derives from a sense of anticipation, accomplishment, and pride completing a project by myself, with my skills/tools, and knowledge I've gained from experience, and desire (albeit, I'm not churning out show cars, but driver quality cars).
    Oh, yeah I love my louvers on my '4o, and already have a louvered hood for my '41 project.
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  23. Yup... and 1/2 of those nice new parts you made go into the junk bucket. Try to re-purpose the hardware... That was me and the clutch pedal linkage on my Ford. Heim joints, nice #8 hardware (stainless since I am OCD..), 3 machined iterations of clevises... in the end I used 1 heim joint and a threaded spacer. And 3 weekends...
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  24. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,136


    It's hot rods and race cars that give me sanctuary from all the screwy things going on in the world. Peace, serenity, and sanity are preserved while working on or driving my cars! AND, I don't mean those miserable jelly bean grey 4 door sedans everywhere!
  25. mnjeff
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 98


    louve this thread....
  26. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,782


    Sanity or Insanity, why would anyone spend a week (on and off) to get an old piece of metal ready to paint? It's only going to be a wall hanger to boot! IMG_1682.jpg
  27. drtrcrV-8
    Joined: Jan 6, 2013
    Posts: 1,419


    Pray tell :What is this "Sanity" thing you refer to?? & is it available for purchase somewhere?
  28. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,782


    Yes, but they have to run tests first!
  29. Moselli
    Joined: Feb 16, 2009
    Posts: 99


    I like louvers but I hate snakes....
  30. It is the only thing that keeps my Sanity!
    Who did those louvers ? I love those rounded old style louvers!

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