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Technical how do you manage your hot rod "to do" list?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hemi Joel, Mar 14, 2020.

  1. Early Ironman
    Joined: Feb 1, 2016
    Posts: 549

    Early Ironman


    Get some stick on whiteboard sheets and plaster some of your cabinets. I’ve got them on electrical cabinets for those to do lists. Parts cabinet for its own. Then paint supply cabinet for body and paint to do lists.
    When you go to each cabinet, your list is right in your face!

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  2. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,371


    I've nearly done everything now that needs to be done, bar a few things. I can see what's left to do and know how much it'll roughly cost me. With all my cars I've always had a 'TO DO' list that I work through adding things that need to do that I'd overlooked. I work through the lists until there's nothing left to do. Then there's that Excel spreadsheet that I maintain to keep track of actual 'Costs to date'. Knowing how much time I've invested is something that I don't keep track off, this is money saved and not paid to someone else. :eek:
  3. BoogittyShoe
    Joined: Feb 18, 2020
    Posts: 330


    I got tired of looking at my car in"as was" condition, (Mexico sun-broiled), so I started working on the body. Sometimes I do what will have the most impact in the least time, like the hood top. Sometimes I do the hardest work (recently pulled, filled, sculpted most-procrastinated dent) so that it gets easier from there.
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  4. scoop
    Joined: Jul 4, 2001
    Posts: 1,282


    I did this with chalkboard paint.
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  5. With the stock cars, each car had a cup hook screwed into the roof above the windshield. We'd hang a clip board from it with paper with 2 columns, mandatory and wish list. The wish list side was rarely checked off.
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  6. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,223


    I used a lot of “to do” lists. As Joel mentioned, they can be a great way to gauge progress. I also kept a notebook with part numbers, wiring schematics and other relevant details for future reference.
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  7. Chappy444
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,164

    1. Maryland HAMBers

    Just a white board (and a file full of receipts)
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  8. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,570


    You can make all the list you want, they all cone to a halt whey you are out of project money. Bob
  9. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 882

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    That's when you need to make a new list. A list of ways to make extra money! :)
  10. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,570


    People joke about it but stamps are about the only things selling on eBay now. Like Wrigley and his chewing gum, got to make it on volume.
  11. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 3,253

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    The memo app on my phone. Also copy links for parts that i need to order Screenshot_20200315-195425_Memo.jpg
  12. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,818

    T&A Flathead

    I’ve used white boards, note books, etc.
    on my drivers, I tape a list in the windshield when I put them away for the winter.
    My son made me this painting that has the lower section painted with chalkboard paint. He free handed the 48 convertible. He was 9 when he made it for me. I love it.
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  13. I tried a whiteboard, the Grand kids drew pictures, wrote messages to me, etc. on it. It then became art and had to be preserved. They were 6 and 8 at the time.. They're now 24 and 26 and I still have the whiteboard with the original artwork on it stashed in the rafters. I went back to dead reckoning and my less than perfect memory.
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  14. 4 pedals
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 742

    4 pedals
    from Nor Cal

    I have 3 white boards in my garage, one generally for my car, one for my son's car and another for stuff like weekend projects/house maintenance type stuff. When I'm on something building it, I only need a weekend's worth of stuff to do. I'll get some done, some not. I'll cross off what's done and add the next thing until there's no more room, then I'll take a picture, clean it all off and only write the un-done things.

    I also keep receipts for my cars in binders, I can look back for part numbers when I need to buy a replacement part. I don't add up the totals.

  15. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 1,428


    List ? Hell no...I put "making a list" in the same category as "reading the instructions":mad:. Just ain't gonna happen. Probably a good idea but takes the challenge out of it. I prefer the chaos and confusion seat of the pants building method.:p:D
  16. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,925


    Well I am going to say I could and sure need to a lot better. was far better at it 40 years ago than I am now and round to it seems to be a factor that hinders things. I was looking at 4x8 ft white board at Habitat the other day for what amounted to pocket change for what it was. I didn't have the truck that day and didn't get it but thought how nifty it would be for the under 20 buck asking price.
    I do have a smaller white board/cork bulletin board in the inside of the garage door to write notes on and need to mark down what I intend to do on a project and mark it off.
  17. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 614


    I have a long list, not enough $$$ and ....let's see, where is that list anyhoo
    no wonder i was never a manager....l o l
  18. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,813

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    I get out in the garage and use the time I would have pissed away on an Excel spreadsheet to actually accomplish something on my build or other shop related tasks.

    When I want to remember something I write it down in a notebook on my bench.

    Once I complete an item on my project it's usually pretty easy to move on to the next item without spread sheets or even notes.

    The notes are most important when it comes to ordering or picking up parts and supplies.
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  19. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,570


    Using an Excel Spreadsheet is on my list of things I don't know how to do, along will all things !Phone related.

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  20. A 2 B
    Joined: Dec 2, 2015
    Posts: 124

    A 2 B

    -- TO DO LIST --

    1 - Do something, even if it's wrong. - Practice makes perfect.
    2 - Repeat until you get it right. - One step forward, two back.
    3 - Get a second and third opinion. - Work is OK, but found out I'm stupid & ugly.:(
  21. jetnow1
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,641

    from CT
    1. A-D Truckers

    Never seen you so no opinion re ugly or not, but judging by what you wrote you are not stupid.
    At lot of truth in 3 simple statements.
  22. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,788

    from Minnesota

    Buy car.
    Make white board list of items to do
    Run out of marker as the list is that long.
    Sell car.
  23. Multiple lists in Excel.

    I can sort it into any order I want, add things without having to rewrite it.

    Works for me over the last 5 projects.
  24. 57 300
    Joined: Jan 1, 2010
    Posts: 252

    57 300
    from 211 Maple

  25. Aaron65
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 285

    from Michigan

    I just keep a notebook with lists for each of the cars of what needs to be done. I have a Word document for maintenance on each, so when I finish a job, I add it to the repair log. I have 7 old cars now, and I found I was finally starting to forget when I last flushed the coolant, changed the oil, etc. on each.
  26. fresh hops
    Joined: Oct 19, 2019
    Posts: 51

    fresh hops

    I tape a sharpie on a string to the windshield or rear window. I put my burn down list of things needed to get done and I also use it to make a list of things I need to get, I have to write it down our I will forget it. I think oh crap I need this or I need to do that, having the list close to the location I'm working has been working for me for years.
    I also keep a notebook for each project when I have multiple pages of things to do or buy.
  27. As hard as I go at it and cross off things on the list it seems to grow exponentially . Although a productive way to accomplish things and be organized sometimes the list is a pain to look at.
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