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Ever feel like calling it quits from the hobby?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RICKY~RICARDO, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 5,439


    Sometimes, I sit down and contemplate the amount of time, effort, and especially money I have spent on cars, tools, etc, etc, etc. It's only then I realize, I have't spent enough money yet! I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
  2. fordflambe
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 330

    from Houston

  3. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 4,811

    Bandit Billy

    I like someone's tag line on here a few years back that said something to the effect "If I had all of the money back that I wasted on cars in my lifetime, I could buy more cars". 'nuff said.
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  4. No, never, not. Its in my blood.
    I came from a car family.
    It's like being in the mob.
    If you're in it from the can never get out.
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  5. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,338


    I'm the opposite I want to spend all this money, but I gotta buy my wife insulin and insulin pumps

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  6. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 2,036


    I think about shit canning everything, everyday, until I walk by whatever heap I have up on stands, taking up way much more room than it deserves...and I have a beer in my hand and think..."ya know, after I do XXX and XXX then some XXX, it'll be a lot closer to driving"...then I usually start doing something on the heap and remember why I've always done things like's like playing golf...if you want to play well, you stay focused on chasing that little ball around fr 4 or 5 think of nothing else, not your job, your kids, the wife, problems you have, etc...

    So 4 or 5 hours on one of my heaps is free therapy for me.
    Joined: Jul 20, 2016
    Posts: 364


    In 2007 I got frustrated with the "bolt together" folks, quit and sold my hand built '34 Ford pickup.
    Now in 2017 at the age of 78 I'm building again. I guess it's an incurable disease....
    Oh well!
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2017
  8. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 2,036


    You're a time capsule Phil!

    Is it done yet? :)

    Just kidding ya on your typo, all in good fun...but thinking about it, if Marty McFly was tooling through the area in that DeLorean...never know!
  9. You mean, besides right now?
  10. Hombre
    Joined: Aug 22, 2008
    Posts: 729


    Phil, and a damn cool project it is too. I love those old tall T's. Don't let those "bolt together" folks get you down again, you got a car to finish...
  11. What's ironic is Ricky,the member that started this thread must have ultimately decided to call it quits,he has been MIA for almost 2 years. HRP

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  12. TWKundrat
    Joined: Apr 6, 2010
    Posts: 108


    Never. I'm always telling my brother that when I die he needs to get a dozer and dig a big trench to throw my ass in along with all my cars and tools and cover me up. Kidding of course. I'd want to pass them on, but I can't imagine a life without my tools and some ongoing projects.
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  13. InstantT
    Joined: Aug 15, 2012
    Posts: 601

    from SoCal

    Almost every time I'm working on something I think this is the dumbest hobby ever.
    Then I lie awake at night and think about whether I should put a cam in the Y block, or squeeze a hemi in the 39.
    Then I get up and google image search induction setups for engines I don't own.
    And then I'm tired at work and think, "This is the dumbest hobby ever."
    Rinse, repeat.

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  14. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 4,748


    Nope. Never. I'm compelled to do this.
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  15. NO NEVER ! I started building models, and loving {Hot Rods} as a kid. And they been a part of my life ever day since. When I get too old to drive my Hot Rods. I will just go back to building my models again. Lol ;) And I'll just sit in the old coupe and enjoy all the memories. Ron...
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2017
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    Joined: Jul 20, 2016
    Posts: 364


    My son John started out the same way, customizing models, and went on to cars. Now he works at SALTWORKS in Sarasota, FL. Check out their Facebook page.
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  17. Hombre
    Joined: Aug 22, 2008
    Posts: 729


    I think a hell of a lot of guys do in fact quit, that is why there are so many unfinished projects. Some folks just do not realize what a pain in the butte this can be. I sometimes go for long periods of time were I feel like I am getting nothing done.

    What I have found, and think it might be a good idea for many folks, is I always have a car to drive. There are more driving and unfinished cars than you can shake a stick at. Maybe the interior is not done, or the body still needs work etc. If you can get into it and just go for a drive, visit some like minded people and do a little bench racing and shot the shit some it helps. You can come away from that revitalized and ready to hit it again. While I do not do the car show thing at all, I do enjoy the cruise in's. Setting on the fender of a car, your car, finished or not helps you get back into the pile of bones back in the shop.

    Just about any of "US" can find a drivable car that you can use now, while you are working on your project. when the project is up and done you can flip the driver if need be, or maybe use it for your new project and just trade places with the other one. Looking out of the shop and seeing that car you can get in and actual go somewhere in gives a guy a whole new prospective.
  18. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,395


    Old thread but we have busloads of Americans coming to Canada to fill their prescriptions at a discount. In the good ol' USA a vial of insulin that costs $300 is only $30 here. I knew our drugs were lower priced but I had no idea how much...
  19. If there is a cure I don't want it! :D HRP
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  20. town sedan
    Joined: Aug 18, 2011
    Posts: 991

    town sedan

    Been a car nut since before I can remember. But, after 26 years in the auto parts business and the last 19 years at new car dealerships I've come to hate cars. Not on topic cars for the HAMB, but late model gadget laden abominations that wouldn't start no matter what without more computing power than we landed on the moon.

    Glad this thread came back up, I feel a little better now after expressing my true feelings about the industry I chose to work in.

    What Hombre said above about needing an old heap for driving while slowly collect parts for my long wanted (since jr high school) roadster project makes too much sense. In fact I've found myself thinking very similar thoughts lately. Of course getting my '60 Fairlane driving would seem logical, it only needs transmission work and maybe a new distributor, not to mention what ever else it might need after sitting for the past 17 years.

    Anyway thanks for listening and maybe I should look for a job in the plumbing supple, or grocery store business...,
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  21. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,672

    Jeff Norwell
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  22. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,507


    I am fortunate. Instead of a vacation home, I built myself a nice shop and have been able to collect a few nice cars. Now that I'm retired, I have some to choose from to drive and always have a project in the works. Years ago, Buster Henderson coined the phrase, "mood car"....I work on it when I'm in the mood. So, my 49 Buick is my "mood car" right now. I thought I was finished with my 41 Plymouth but there are "issues" to be dealt with.
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  23. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,222

    rd martin
    from indiana

  24. Tell Lucy I’m in it to the end!

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  25. Pats55
    Joined: Apr 29, 2013
    Posts: 124

    from NJ

    Wintertime sucks. Hopefully now that spring has finally sprung you'll go out and get some enthusiasm. I spent a small fortune on the garage and really haven't set foot inside all winter. I think this is pretty common if you live in a colder climate and your garage is like a refrigerator.Just hang in there
  26. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,489


    if i get that way i just buy another project.
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  27. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 4,150

    anthony myrick
    from al

    And do what? Golf. Fish. Jog
    Crap no
  28. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 2,562


    Took a forced break from working on my car due to a heart problem. Doctor said I could play golf ,now I have a pinched nerve in my back from playing golf and heart doctor tells me I can work on my car again. Now I get to work on my car with a bad back.
    I have quit the car hobby at least a half dozen times, but it is harder to kick the habit than drugs.
    Started when I was 12 and I am 70 now and still hooked.
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  29. Rich S.
    Joined: Jul 22, 2016
    Posts: 264

    Rich S.

    Not me, I’ll never quit. I like to learn and a day never goes by without learning something about the hobby.

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  30. TERPU
    Joined: Jan 2, 2004
    Posts: 2,158


    Quit Nah. Not in my DNA.

    What would you rather do? Booze wear off (hangovers are just awful), Hookers get tired of you (I hear VD is a bad thing?), Drugs just accelerate an already bad mental state, the bank account runs dry, your shopping cart gets a flat, and your depressed and waiting for it all to end. But I guarantee you the first real Hot Rod you see will drag your ass back into this before you can sputter Vrooooom!

    Well ok, maybe this is just how bad I have our disease, but it all makes sense to me. You do you and it'll all work out.

    - Tim
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