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Hot Rods EVER FINISH A HOT ROD OR CUSTOM & NOT ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS WHEN IT WAS UNFINISHED?

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  1. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,652

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    Had my 63 impala painted candy apple red...hated owning that car after that...magnet for trouble since day one...
     
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  2. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,883

    40FORDPU
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    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Acquiring project, searching for parts, building, anticipation/excitement for completion..keeps me in this hobby.
    Interest seems to fade once it's done, which explains why I've had so many cars.
    I envy those guys who keep their cars forever, even so, that hasn't been my own experience.
     
  3. sacminiwheels
    Joined: Jan 31, 2008
    Posts: 54

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    There is something to having an in progress rod in the garage and being content with working on it from time to time but not being concerned with completion.
     
  4. I too have went through a lot of cars and in my case I usually had to sell something to dive into another project, I soon realized that I hated being without a hot rod will I was trying to build another, I went through that a couple of times and it was depressing.

    I learned that I needed a project in the garage and as long s I had a driver I was content.

    Bac in the early 70's when our girls were small and we took them all over the country in a 1940 Sedan my dream car was a 1932 sedan, and I started building and trading cars until I traded my running 1939 Ford convertible to racinman for a glass 3 window body and a non running '32 original sedan.

    That was 23 years ago and I sold the glass body and invested the money in my sedan, this car u=is a keped for sure,in fact I'm driving it today. HRP
     
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  5. I am another builder that likes to sell. If I'm going to drive it, it has to look good. I'm tired of cleaning but that's the price you pay for who you are and your standards. I've driven some for test miles before paint. I didn't enjoy that much. As a kid growing up with Rod and Custom, I wanted the shiny neat cars too. :) Primer is temporay for me.
     
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  6. With a moniker like hotrodprimer you can imagine I consider primer a long term finish. HRP
     
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  7. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
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    I just get antsy and want something different.
     
  8. John ,I think you trade cars every time the gas gauge shows 1/4 of a tank.:rolleyes: HRP
     
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  9. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
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  10. For some it is the journey, the process, the acquisition and the ensuing problem solving in a “build”.
    For others it is the destination, the finished product and the pride in the accomplishment.
    I lean to the former.
     
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  11. midroad
    Joined: Mar 8, 2013
    Posts: 285

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    What about being very close to finishing but not taking the last step because it will be finished and you won't have anything more to do.
    I know the answer is "Drive the wheels off it" but that's not the same as working on your hotrod.

    Or you could build it like this and not worry about "finishing" it at all.

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  12. You talking to me? :D HRP

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  13. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,149

    ramblin dan

    I've seen this same story played out time and time again. Guys I know spend cubic dollars on a car due to a latest trend or trying to get it perfect only to find little satisfaction when it's done. It's an interesting topic and has probably affected all guys into cars at one time or another. And probably something anyone who's not into cars would understand.
     
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  14. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
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    I can relate.
     
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  15. 3W JOHN
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    I can relate. :cool:
     
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  16. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,326

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    I like my cars to run well, have a nice mellow tone the Dynomax 17749 never lets me down. I like them to handle well, ride smoothly with no rattles.. As far as looks, I just keep them clean, I like them to have that clean but lived in look.. I spray the under carriage and inner fenders with Lubriplate spray grease so riding in the rain is a joy..
     
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  17. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
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    Petejoe
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    from Zoar, Ohio

    Have any pictures of the truck you wanted to paint yellow Danny?
    We need to harass you.

    I too love having a project in the garage.
    But having it setting for 5-10 yrs would never work for me. And for me to afford a project I’d have to sell something
    Problem is I like what I have and can’t sell them. So I’m stuck. My choice I guess. But at least I can always tear apart my pickup and do something fun with it. It’ll never be done.

    I know guys who never want to finish a project. They don’t like messing with details. They’ll get them running safely and sell them.
     
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  18. Brand Apart
    Joined: Jan 22, 2011
    Posts: 678

    Brand Apart
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    from Roswell GA

    Finish??? I didn't think that was possible at least not for more than a couple weeks till I'd think of a way to do something else or someone better
     
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  19. Rick, I have posted a photo of my primer red truck in the past but I don't think I have posted the artist rendering, since you ask I took a photo of the painting my friend Fred Pearman did for me, like I said I wish I had followed through with the yellow. HRP

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  20. Driver50x
    Joined: May 5, 2014
    Posts: 118

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    I’m facing that dilemma right now. I finished my T-Bucket in March of this year (mostly). I’ve been driving it and really enjoying it since then. I’m debating painting it this winter, but I’m afraid I may not like it as much after it is painted. I also have a set of baby moon hub caps for it, but I’ve never even put them on because I decided that I like the simple, unfinished look

    Just this morning I took it to a car show in Sarasota, FL. Out of roughly 100 cars, mine was probably the cheapest car at the show. And yet it was probably one of the most popular cars there, judging by the number of people gawking at it and taking pictures of it. Every time I drive it, people are honking, waving, and giving me compliments.

    There is something to be said for a “down & dirty” hot rod. I know plenty of people disagree, but I like it this way.

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    It;s a simple fact if you roll in to a show with a hot rod that is unfinished and park next to several finished cars there is usually a crowd arounf the unfinushed cars, I have witnessed it many times,

    Some people ask questions others turn up their nose but none the less they do get attention. HRP
     
  22. dsiddons
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
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    dsiddons
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    from Indiana

    Don’t you dare paint that!


    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
     
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  23. NAT WILLIAMS
    Joined: Nov 7, 2008
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    A friend of mine summed it up for me, "If we had the money to do what we wanted to do ,it would not be as much fun." I can never completely finish a car because when you get there you start refining it till there is no joy. I build hot rods not show cars, everybody knows that, they see my cars they know that they are mine.
     
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  24. jhexide
    Joined: Feb 23, 2012
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    yeah,all these years,ive wanted a T bucket,bought a project off the site,you know, built it like i wanted,drove it to a few shows,now i want a daily closed car to drive, 20170808_160450.jpg
     
  25. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,890

    jnaki

    Hello,

    What question proposed to those who start a project with eyes wide open. My brother had plans in his head, cash saved up in his bank account and with my meager reserves, had enough money to get what we wanted to get the ball rolling on our first modified hot rod. When we started the build of the 1940 Willys Coupe for the Gas Coupe and Sedan Class, we knew we were limited in our cash reserves. But, we had enough to buy all of the basic parts to get the project rolling. Teenage work hours were free, so the only cost was going to be the actual costs of the parts necessary.

    His creativity started a small business with legal means to purchase parts at a dealer’s discount. That helped us tremendously. Plus, it gave us some business reputation transactions. We did make some money buying and selling parts to our friends, but that was not the main purpose of our small speed shop.

    Our build was limited by our budget, but it was trying to get the best product for the least amount to work in our build. Our Willys project was never in a finished state as my brother’s idea was to get the whole thing built to our specifications and once running acceptable times and speeds, get it finally finished with paint and upholstery.

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    Similar, but our 2nd version of the 283 SBC bored to 292 with blower spec speed parts.

    Jnaki

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    So, we were in the opposite. We wanted a finished project, complete with paint, upholstery and the additional mag wheels, etc. But, we settled on making it work well before we did the final steps. Our goal (U.S. Nationals) was approaching and we had jumped ahead to order the final touches (paint, upholstery, new mag wheels, new wider slicks, new Stick Hydro trans, etc.) to our completed 1940 Willys 671 SBC coupe. It was within a week of being completed and we were very proud of our work to this point. A couple of teenagers on their biggest project on a limited budget.
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    It was unfinished and we actually liked the way my brother steered the progress of the build. No regrets, unless wanting to compete in the U.S. Nationals and reach our goal of the C/Gas Class record.



     
  26. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,368

    0NE BAD 51 MERC
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    For the last 40 years of my 50 years of building cars . every time I was able to finish one of my personal cars some dam fool offered me more money than I could turn down. So I don't know if I would have been disappointed or not! Funny thing is I have some project cars I would like to sell but nobody bites, but the ones I don't want to sell everybody wants. So I do not show any of them to anybody anymore! lol Larry
     
  27. 2bubbas
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 609

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    Let you know- paint in progress on the "Hillbilly"
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  28. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 1,713

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    When I commented on a couple of scratches my buddy put on his almost new '78 Ford pick up while "off roading", he replied; "I didn't buy it to look at it".
    Never forgot that comment and try to keep the same mindset when driving my vehicles...
     
  29. fabricator john
    Joined: Mar 18, 2010
    Posts: 88

    fabricator john
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    from venice fl.

    ha ha you said "finished & car " in a sentence ,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    fabricator john
    miss you dad
     
  30. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,530

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    I've never had the 48 "finished" Painted twice and looking pretty decent but never what I'd call finished. It probably would be finished if I hadn't always been making changes though. Still, the last time I had it painted I left on a 2500 mile road trip with 34 miles on the odometer when I left the house.
    I've got a friend with a 70K + diesel 4x4 pickup that he took up in the woods the first week he owned it but is a total worry wart about his 55 Chevy that he finished over 25 years ago and maybe drives it three or four times a year. It's his "classic" and the truck is just a truck as far as he is concerned.

    I'll probably have one of my former students paint my truck this time around as he turns out some nice paint work and have a local shop do the interior and then try to wear it out in the time I have left before the kids tell me I can't drive anymore.
     

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