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How many of you are "That Guy"

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bilt, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. Bilt
    Joined: Jun 23, 2011
    Posts: 311


    I was reading a thread about "that guy" that has all the parts you need rotting away in the barn and will not get rid of them because "one of these days I'm going to do something with it." I hate that guy then it hit me like a ton of crap.....I'm turning into "that guy". I've hoarded more parts for stuff I'm going to build and still it sits in moth balls. Thank you H.A.M.B (and Dr. Phil) for making me realize I'm turning into "that guy". Time for me to throw away the moth balls and grow a set of balls and build a cool rod with the stuff I've hoarded.

    I'm not the only one out there so show us your "Moth Ball" projects!!!!

    Holy Crap I just turned the forum into a bad episode of Oprah!! lol
  2. chevyburb
    Joined: Apr 17, 2006
    Posts: 169


    I've been thinking the same thing!!! As my 75 year old friend told me "we don't have many summers left"! Shit! I looked in my back yard @ my shop & there lined up are: '50 Ford 2dr, rust free; '53 Chevy 5 window sitting on a boxed chassis with NASCAR trailing arm suspension & AMC Pacer front clip, bagged; '31 Chevy Coupe, basket case; '31 Ford closed cab pickup (supposedly my next project); '40 Ford 2dr sedan, rust free other than the floor; '57 GMC Carryall NAPCO 4x4, Pontiac motor, Hydramatic, PS, PB, all the original seats. This doesn't count the '59 white over pink coupe de ville, '55 Chevy Suburban, or, last but not lease, FAYE.
    Shit, when you see it in print, it looks crazy. I need to live to 117 (now 67) or sell some shit. Any takers???
  3. boutlaw
    Joined: Apr 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,231


    DAMN Burb, you better be getting after it, or you will need to be 117, at least. I'm 63 and have been selling off, devoting all my time to the 31 coupe build, and its taking about 10 times as long as I thought it would, and I'm fricking retired. You got some great stuff, but you probably won't have time to do it all, YOU are definitely THAT GUY! Sell some stuff and take a deluxe trip to Bonneville, Hot Rod tour, second honeymoon, whatever....enjoy the proceeds from your collection..............
  4. was there ever a good episode???:rolleyes:

    and burb i would love to take that '50 ford off your hands, unfortunately i'm flat broke:(. oh well

  5. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    Holy Crap I just turned the forum into a bad episode of Oprah!! lol[/QUOTE]

    You're giving yourself too much credit
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  6. So I am 66 and I have one project that is going on 24 years now. I really hope to finish that one. But i have started to give some stuff away that I realize I will never use. Then I catch myself collecting more junk.
  7. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,066


    My old boss showed me this one. Take a tape measure, extend it to say 80" representing years lived, subtract your age. The, subtract 2-5 years on average for each car you have set aside to build "someday".....................not a lot of inches left are there?
  8. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,618


    That's not such a bad thing.. At least you're realizing it. First step is admitting the problem. :D Whether you decide to do something about it or not is up to you. I wouldn't judge you either because.. Honestly, if you had warehouses full of cars you worked hard to attain, or even a little dinky shed out back full of parts, then I can imagine that it would be hard to find the desire to sell them off. You could become "hip" with the youngsters who are into the kind of cars you like and really help them out in the process all the while keeping this hobby going strong. So it has it's possible benefits.

    I must admit I do have concerns about becoming "that guy" although I shouldn't because I'm still young compared to this crowd. I've already thought out several ideas on how to prevent myself from achieving that status. Whether they work or not can only be told in time. One goal I have right now is I have some SBCs, SBC stuff, and other little street rodder stuff that I would like to exchange for more traditional stuff. That's not a big deal compared to hoarding but it is a minor step in the process.

    The way I see it, it's a progressive "disease" we'll call it. Kind of like putting a frog in a pot of water and slowly turning the heat up. The frog doesn't realize it but he eventually becomes dead.

    Heck, I'm young. I'm rambling. I don't know what I'm talking about. I'm just going to sit back and listen to you veterans talk and hopefully I'll learn something out of this.

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  9. Triggerman
    Joined: Nov 18, 2006
    Posts: 578

    from NorCal

    I believe I was becoming "that guy" some years ago. So, I started selling stuff that I thought I would never get around to building. I still have OT cars I should sell but it'll happen in time. The point is, just like TexasSpeed pointed out, I recognized I had a problem and am trying to do something about it.

    Chevyburb, I am surprised you have not run afoul of the PC police with all that cool stash in the bay area.
  10. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

    There was a guy in the local Buick Club exactly like that. When I got the INVICTA back in 2000 I wanted to use a pair of Nailhead Gran Sport valve covers on it. (They're Factory Issue diecast aluminum and are embossed with "BUICK" on the bodies.)

    I knew he had TWO (2) Pairs of these stashed away, along with tons of other Buick parts, so I asked him if he'd sell me a pair and told him I'd pay whatever he felt was a fair price. That's when he told me: "No, I may be using them I'll just hold onto 'em." BTW: He didn't own a Nailhead that he would be able to use them on.

    So, I called Moon and picked up a beautiful pair of their "no name" diecast units, and had them on the car within a week. They look fantastic, but would have liked the Gran Sport units.

    Oh, and it's ELEVEN years later, and the guy still has those units stored in his garage. But, hey, maybe someday...

    Jonnie King
  11. Strange Agent
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,879

    Strange Agent
    from Ponder, TX

    I'm never going to be "that guy."
  12. 61TBird
    Joined: Mar 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,640


    Since I live close to you(and I went to Campbell High until it closed...), I can bring over the "adoption" papers and you can leave them to me...:D
  13. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,523

    from California

    Did somebody call me?
  14. brandyspaw
    Joined: Mar 29, 2008
    Posts: 49


    Not so much parts, but I've had a project car sitting in storage for a few years now. I have to either get off the pot and get the car finished or
    sell it off. I'm getting old enough now and seen enough family, friends and
    neighbors dying off that I don't want to put my wife in the position of having to get rid of the mess if I checked out.

    The cars 1,000 miles away where we used to live and would take a major move now that its apart in 2 different places. The body shop where the
    body, fenders and hood are stored is always getting requests if its for sale so I am getting to feel like I'm becoming "that guy" who owns the 57 and "no its not for sale." Problem is I need to sell one of my cars before I have both the room and money to bring it out here and finish it.
  15. Get off my lawn.......:mad:
  16. Deuce Roadster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2002
    Posts: 9,519

    Deuce Roadster
    Member Emeritus

    I was becoming that guy ... :D some years ago.

    Then on the advice of a older, wiser man ... I sold off most everything but the DEUCE ROADSTER and 32 Ford parts. Then for once I had a pocketful of CA$H ... and started making real progress on the roadster.

    I do not regret selling any of that stuff ... because I got the 32 roadster on the highway the way I wanted it to be. NO saving up, no cutting a corner ... no excuses :) :)

    IMHO ... a working man does not need or can do justice to over one project at a time.

    :eek: :eek:
  17. Hotrodbuilderny
    Joined: Mar 20, 2009
    Posts: 1,646


    That would be me, I am so bad that if I need a part I have I still go out and buy it, because I might need it some day, and don't want to use the one I have. i have 21 projects, if I finished 1 a year I don't if I would make it, yet every time I say I am going to thin out I make a list of what I am keeping and what I will sell, 3 hrs later I am readjusting what stays, so I still have them, this has been going on for 20 some odd yrs. I got down to seven a few years ago, and next week I am going to look at three more, I have seven at my house, the rest are scattered all over some as far as
    240 miles away it is a disease for which there is no cure. anybody that talks to me for more than a week gets to store one lol
  18. i have always been "that guy"
    who has stuff
    who was going to do something with stuff
    who knows stuff
    who knows someone else who has stuff
    and lately has forgotten what stuff i have and who else has stuff

    what were we talkin about ? who me..?

    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011
  19. kwmpa
    Joined: Mar 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,241

    Member Emeritus
    from Pa

    yeah ive become that guy but i want to sell stuff now
  20. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,452


    If I had the money to buy a bunch of cool stuff I'd definitely have no problem being that guy.
  21. Dyce
    Joined: Sep 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,913


    Yea but I really am going to build 3 or 4 rods and I need spare parts for each one right:D... I really started getting rid of stuff I never plan on using when I had to move. What a pain in the ass hauling all of the stuff you know is worth $$$ but don't plan on using. I sold most of that off now and reinvested the money in tools.... Selling is easyer if you reinvest the money into parts of tools you need....
  22. Never2low
    Joined: Jan 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,141


    You're a museum curator not a hoarder.:eek::rolleyes::D
    Just let me know when a janitorial position opens at your house.:D

    Jeez, way. Your left overs look better than my main, and only, project!
    I wish I had the money to be a hoarder.:(
  23. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,017


    I'm trying to move stuff along. Did good with parts. But I want to sell my 63 Hawk. I'm down to $1500 now for a good running project car. Regestered and driveable. Where do I go from here. May as well give it away. My Lark is done end to end with all new parts (383, 4 speed, 9 inch, ect) $7,500 to much. Where do you start with a Packard powered Vega, Bonneville Altered coup? If I sold this stuff I'd have room for my 52 Stude 1/2 ton.
  24. Reindeer
    Joined: Mar 3, 2005
    Posts: 224

    from Finland

    I try to avoid to be That Guy. I'm just 46 so I may have too much time to hoard if I don't keep eye on myself. I could easily make a list of cars to get/build for the rest of my life but I know I should avoid to do that in real.

    I've already had four Model A's, commuter, truck and Harley at the same time couple of years ago. Plus parts to build more.
    I didn't like some of the cars buried in the snow because I didn't have room and I was worry about possible theft because I didn't have those at home.

    Now I'm with two A's less I still plan to sell the bike which I don't ride much and possibly this avatar car which I don't drive much either and....most likely end up with buy another one or two.

    I'm always excited when I have a new project and head full of plans.
    I have to be careful to really build and get things done not just hoard.

    Just an idea popped to my mind to try to sell the Roadster here first. See the for sale section soon.
  25. nefareous
    Joined: Nov 21, 2008
    Posts: 360

    from maryland

  26. coupe33
    Joined: Nov 23, 2004
    Posts: 622


    I am that guy but I am working on it.
  27. I am that guy and happy to wallow in it. I'll have to live to 527 though but being I'm going to live forever - so far so good. I look at it this way, I'm preserving history for the next generation to enjoy. I'm saving things from becoming the next Prius.
  28. orange52
    Joined: Feb 21, 2003
    Posts: 454


    They can have it when I'm dead, I'm sure my wife will give someone a hell of a good deal! :)
    It seems every time I sell something, within 6 months I find I a use for it. Then I kick myself for getting rid of it, therefore I just put it on a shelf for later.
  29. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,253

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    In this economy, I feel my back burner project cars and parts are my "401k". Once I retire, I can sell them off, get them to roller status then sell/trade them or build one or two to drive.
  30. Chaz
    Joined: Feb 24, 2004
    Posts: 5,016

    Member Emeritus

    I'm that guy. THe guy that bugs me is the young guy with the warped sense of entitlement who thinks iShould part with any of my collected stuff just cause he'd like it for a project

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