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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hrm2k, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,698


    For the last year and a half, I have been helping a young guy hot rodder redo his car. We took the body off the frame; installed a notch kit in the back of the frame along with a custom trailing arm air bag rear suspension ;An aftermarket Mustang II with air bags and disc brakes; an Accuair system in a custom trunk; A complete new electrical system and tonight I finally decided to take a picture or 2.





    A couple more trips to his house and this thing will be on the road. Getting his newly reupholstered seat in place tonight finally gave him an idea as to what it will feel like ( seat was totally broken before covered in foam and a mexican blanket )

    Congrats did good
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2013
  2. Nick Flores
    Joined: Aug 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,357

    Nick Flores

    That's really cool! I wish I had someone to help me out when I got started with cars. Might have saved me a few million dollars worth of electronics, big wheels, and other such non-sense.
  3. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,790

    Staff Member

    You are a hero.
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  4. Drew.Morris
    Joined: Mar 8, 2010
    Posts: 74


    That thing is looking good. You will post more pictures as it progresses right?


  5. everyone needs someone to 'bounce off', either as a supporting friend or mentor, and think that's it's great you've been assisting in these ways, as the outcomes are benificial for all parties, and to be commended.

    Look forward to seeing more.


  6. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,698


    Guys, this was not about was about the heavy lifting and work he has done......I just helped
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  7. He learned more than just how to do car stuff. He'll go on to mentor someone someday.
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  8. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,949

    metal man

    Looks like he's going to have a real nice ride. About you or not, it's really good of you to help this kid out.
  9. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    VERY cool gesture.
  10. Good on You! Called Karma!:)
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  11. kracker36
    Joined: Jan 21, 2012
    Posts: 756


    Great to hear of a youngster working on a nice project. Im sure that you made a friend!
  12. e-tek
    Joined: Dec 19, 2007
    Posts: 424

    from SK, Canada

    Very nice. I often wish I could pay it forward as well, yet I have never met a youngin' who wanted to come to the shop, learn and help - as I did when I was young.

    On a total side note - does the seat seem a little high? Maybe just me....
  13. Mentor, Hero, friend, whatever it's called,
    You're a good man!
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  14. Thanks John, I really do appreciate everything, even beyond the scope of the car itself.

    John drives 25 minutes each way at least 1-2 days per week to my house to work with me a few hours per night. He fits it around my schedule, not his. He works in a garage that stays cold, even when I stop pinching my pennies and run the torpedo heater. He's always snagging tools from his own garage to bring up to mine, and then missing things when he goes to work on his own stuff. I've been incredibly fortunate to have someone with his character, willingness, and patience help me learn the ropes and how to not cut off a finger--even when the project went from a 6 month build, to a year and 6 month build.

    As everyone has said, I've had a great mentor and friend made through this experience; and it's overwhelming how much I've learned and now want to continue pursuing to refine and grow. So again, thanks John.

    All sappiness aside....even though the car is still far from done and needs A LOT of body work, it will feel really good to be able to finally drive this thing out the door shortly.

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  15. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,693


    It sounds like both of you got something very valuable out of this and that both of you are enjoying the build - way to go. The Hamb could do with more stories like this. How about a build thread?
  16. John,don't sell yourself short,We all know you are not looking for recondition or praise for helping a young man get his dream on the road.

    I also believe you both are enjoying the build and learning from each other.HRP
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2013
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  17. ......Don't be too modest, John. It's guys like you who made this hobby what it is. You are to be commended..............Don.:)
  18. Gator
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,016


    Yeah, but good on ya for bringing another one into the Fold... :)
  19. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john

    .....Very nice.....its always good to help people
  20. Great job John. Wish I woulda had someon like you to mentor me
  21. Ranunculous
    Joined: Nov 30, 2007
    Posts: 2,466


    Looking good,Jesse!
    John's a cool guy! He knows everybody(even other ex-printing reps)is a hoot to talk with and hang around and is very knowledgeable when it comes to hot rods.
    He's just damn dreamy...
    This country needs more mentors and old guys looking out for us young guns...haa haa
  22. KustomCars
    Joined: Jul 31, 2011
    Posts: 3,457

    from Minnesota

    Awesome job! Lookin great!
  23. Dave Rondou
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 665

    Dave Rondou

    Helping a young hot rodder with his project is alway's a good thing. Keeing them intrested in "old cars" helps keep this hobby going. Kudos to you!
  24. Nice John!
    Look at that smile, a dream is coming true...
  25. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,544


    Now that's what the world needs! More Hot Rodders helping Hot Rodders! I'm sure there is no better feeling in life than seeing the eyes of a young rodder sitting in their Hot Rod for the first time!
  26. You're a good man, John. Seriously.
  27. Talk about paying it forward. You are certainly putting some karma in the bank. I think all of us could learn from this.

    Great job!

  28. Billy_Bottle_Caps
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 249


    Another vote here for a build thread
  29. Well played, John! :D

    I promise, that it is ok for us to be proud of you as well as the young grashopper!
  30. hoof22
    Joined: Jan 15, 2008
    Posts: 530



    What a great thread! Made my day to see this. This story about a mentor & a young guy learning the ropes is what Hot Rodding, or a lot of LIFE for that matter, is really all about. We need MORE "Johns" & even more "Jesse's" in this world...Very cool!


    PS: Another vote for a build thread, looks like a neat project!

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