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History How many years did it take to build your current car or truck?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,357


    upload_2017-3-27_19-39-15.png Found this old channeled Roadster body in 1962, sold it in 1975, bought it back 25 years later, still a work in progress. Bob
  2. You give me hope for the eventual completion of my own project. At least I'm not the only one carrying a piano in a footrace.
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  3. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 1,868


    I bought the 57 in 1990 and finally drove it in 2009. The 29 started as a frame and cowl in 2013 and I hope to drive it in June 1490660380146.jpg 1490660422096.jpg
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  5. wutnxt
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 321


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  6. <<<Got the word that I could build it in '01. Saved all my money until '04, then spent it all. Got it running in '07 and drove it as a daily since. Interior in '09. Tore it up a few times. Got 75,000 miles on 'er now. When she gets about 100,000 miles, then I'm going to redo 'er again and keep going. ;)
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  7. TudorTony
    Joined: Jun 2, 2013
    Posts: 216

    from NJ

    Got a '67 442 in '80, did halfass resto and sold in '84 bought back from the guy's father when he went up the river in '86. Been restoring correctly since, really just started to really get stuff finished since retired last summer. Just finishing up headliner & carpeting and it's done right.

    Faster on my '35 Ford Tudor Slant bought in June '14 finished in March1 '16. Older, more time more money to throw at it.

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  8. jvpolvere1
    Joined: Aug 19, 2016
    Posts: 176


    I started the resto of my 63 Corvette in 1978. Most mechanicals are 90% completed. Numbers matching 327/340. Not finished yet. Only been at it for 38 years. Not driven since I started. Don't rush me.

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  9. Five years this time, but a false start in the 1990's, and it was put aside in the mid 1960's. So fifty plus years to build it as I wanted it.
    1929 Ford Cabriolet with four cylinder A motor
    A fair number of modifications from original, and 2000+ hours of my time.
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  10. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,787


    Thirty years and counting. It's the journey. This is winter, 1987. I was 21. Notice I ran Americans on it back then, too. JPEG_20170328_055550_-1992626474.jpg
    Joined: Jan 30, 2014
    Posts: 346


    20 yrs. I've been messing with my stude, built it, totalled it 3 months later, then it sat in the garage for almost 10 yrs. Pulled it out, rebuilt it, then altered the wheelbase. Been having a ton of fun drag racing with it. Interior is still not done, new 464 inch Buick for it is almost done, hope to be deep in the tens with the new power. IMG_20170107_213607.jpg IMG_20150919_064513.jpg 455819-1364130577-263169d0a084842d3bcc4ee82b520d49.jpg IMG_20150919_064628.jpg IMG_20160407_033637.jpg
  12. Bolle
    Joined: Jul 29, 2011
    Posts: 1

    from Sweden

  13. Alaska Jim
    Joined: Dec 1, 2012
    Posts: 289

    Alaska Jim

    I have had my '29 roadster for a bit over 15 years. It was a running and driving car, though not road worthy and very rusty when I bought it @ 2002 started taking it apart soon after, and then stalled out in a million pieces until last month. I am starting on it again ( got to find all the pieces again, tons of new parts everywhere except where they should be ) work will be slow with my bad back but I am going to do what I can when I can. retired now, have time, but now fixed income
  14. wheelnutmarc
    Joined: Feb 19, 2008
    Posts: 86


    15 months of evenigs and weekends trashings, with lots of help from a friend and his dad,Who without i never could have done it on my own.
    (had a other project sitting for twenty years)

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  15. Danny I know it says current, but as I put the picture of my COE on which is the current vehicle that's taken me from mid 2011 to the beginning of 2015, about four years.

    This just made me think of the others.

    My Center Door has been worked on recently and to be honest it's better now than when I first rebuilt it way back in 1978.
    However the longest build for me was my sons 29 Model "A" this took just short of seven years.
    The quickest build I have ever done was my 27 Model "T" coupe and that took just two and a half years, and I don't know why

    But what's already been said I think is that we are never completely finished, it's a in our blood. :D

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  16. Ringleader
    Joined: May 30, 2010
    Posts: 51


    Most take me about a year give or take... been buying them closer to done because building them from ground up just costs too much... my 55 gasser on the other hand has been getting built for past 6 years but always getting pushed back to prioritize on others.or changing my mind on the direction of the build.. hopefully it gets done this year....

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  17. CamSweet
    Joined: Sep 11, 2009
    Posts: 24


    Two one year chunks. Fortunately the body was in fairly good shape. Over a year, I yarded out the flathead, three speed and banjo rearend. I split the wishbone and put in a smallblock/th350, paralell leafs and a 10bolt. I got it on the road and found out the takeout motor/tranny was worn out and I didn't like the way it drove. So over the next winter, I rebuilt the engine, did my own tranny rebuild and put in a Mustang II front suspension. It runs and drives like a gokart and i can jump in it any time and go....

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  18. Took me right at 10 years to build the yellow deuce. Body was made from 2 body's. Is now a nice all steel hot rod.
  19. melsfine39
    Joined: Apr 24, 2009
    Posts: 235


    my39 two.jpg
    My Fine 39 took 5 years. Did all the work myself except the paint, and I helped with that.
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  20. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,686

    from wyoming

    It took me almost 9 years to complete my coupe. I also took a 2 year break to build my stepson a 68 chevy truck and a summer to get married and finally a summer of a kitchen renovation. I was motivated my the hillclimb in Colorado and got it together just in time for it last fall. I still have to put a top on it and interior. It will be more than 10 years before I get it all finished.

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  21. aussie57wag
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 233

    from australia

    My coupes sat like this for about 15 years. But in the shed. But i have done a 39 roadster, 64 holden, got married had kids and built a house in the mean time. So that has slowed progress abit.

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  22. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 4,973

    Deuce Daddy Don

    Bought frame, body, hood, 4 fenders, running boards, deck lid, dropped 5inch front axle filled & drilled, radiator shell & grill in 1962 for $500. No engine, no trans., no rear end, no seat.---Wife wanted to know what I was going to do with all that "Junk"---She wanted new drapes!!
    Finished in 1968----All black enamal with Cragars & white letter Goodyears.
    Repainted in 1976-----Blue with black fenders.
    Repainted & upgrades in 1996---Metallic maroon with black fenders. 2009_07121962-----19680001.JPG 2009_07121962-----19680010.JPG 2009_07121962-----19680020.JPG 2009_07121962-----19680030.JPG 2009_07121962-----19680035.JPG 2009_07121962-----19680001.JPG 2009_07121962-----19680010.JPG 2009_07121962-----19680020.JPG 2009_07121962-----19680030.JPG 2009_07121962-----19680035.JPG NEW WHEELS.jpg
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  23. Blake 27
    Joined: Apr 10, 2016
    Posts: 676

    Blake 27

    My ten year progression. 1.jpg 2.JPG 4.JPG 5.JPG
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  24. I got my '40 in 1970, drove it for a few years and finally parked it in '79. Tore it down to the bare frame in '87, made good progress for a couple of years then got sidetracked by life, career and a move. Got divorced in 2002 and it went into storage at my son's shop. Finally got interested in it again a couple of years ago; just got the paint done last month and am slowly putting it back together. Working too much to have much time to spend on it now, maybe when I retire... but, then I won't have the money to put into it.

  25. jeffyg82
    Joined: Dec 23, 2013
    Posts: 108


    My 53 took me, my dad and bro 6 years did everything except the exhaust ourselves [​IMG][​IMG]

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  26. 41 coupe
    Joined: Nov 29, 2009
    Posts: 290

    41 coupe
    from bristol pa

    It took us 7 years, and it has been done for 8 years. I don't know where the time went? 20160725_145840.jpg
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  27. cshades
    Joined: Sep 2, 2011
    Posts: 490

    from wi

    007.JPG 004.JPG 286.JPG 182.JPG When I was 11 in 1974 I bought a 1939 chevy truck, I am still working on it. I bought a 1940 chevy truck to build in 1989 so I would have a better idea how to do the 39. I still work on the 40 but I have been driving it since 1998. I bought the 41 coupe in 1999 so I would have more room on trips than the truck, I finished it in 2001. The Nova I have had since 1981 drove it(rarely) with poor body work and white paint to hide the poor body work until 2009 when I finished a rotisserie redo on it.
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