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Im sick of the build getting the best of me .

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by carcrazyjohn, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,844

    from trevose pa

    Tell me your war stories .Tonight I laid the snaps out on the body and brass screws snapped ,another 10/00 bucks down the tube ,Had to redo body work on those two screws also ///////////////////
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2011
  2. slickhale
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
    Posts: 756

    from Phoenix

    happens to me every time i touch something lately. dropped 3 oil pump driveshafts down into the pan in about 20 min the other day cuz i was trying to be lazy. everything i've ever owned has been " if one more damn thing goes wrong i'm selling this peice of shit", my cars always knew they were empty threats tho.
  3. Machinist surfaced the head and block on a 170 too much. He insisted on putting it togther. Long story short I had oil in the water and visa versa. Nothing a 200 didn't fix.
  4. hozem396
    Joined: May 4, 2011
    Posts: 287

    from ohio

    If you work on cars you will always have to deal with Murphy and his damn laws! I had parked my 31 in the garage and 3 days later it wouldn't start. Checked everything out, removed the starter, put the starter back on & it started! Drove my 59 Caddy & one week later when I connected the battery the horn started blasting. I still have not figured that one out! I had to disconnect the horns. Might as well get used to it!
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  5. Never2low
    Joined: Jan 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,115


    If it was easy, everyone would do it.....
  6. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,034

    from Hawaii

    I bought an abandoned project '51 F1 in March. The deeper I get into it the more I find that has to be redone. Its amazing how people cut corners, or just don't know any better. The bright side is I'm getting to know every inch of this truck, even though the "parts to be redone, fixed or replaced" list is growing higher and higher. I'm not getting sick of it but I have said a bad word or 10. :eek: :D
  7. modelacitizen
    Joined: Jun 24, 2006
    Posts: 877


  8. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,366


    Yesterdays battery cable replacement on a friends 70 falcon went bad,the post on the starter busted when removing the nut. I am glad I have junk starters in the shed and built another,what should have been a 10 minute repair turned into a 2 hour event.
  9. Harris
    Joined: Feb 15, 2007
    Posts: 863


    Last month I spent 12 hours rebuilding and shoehorning a 500 ci Caddy into my 53, got everything where it needed to be. Ready to test fire: wired, fuel, went to put on the starter and SNAP there went my starter solenoid. Had to wait a week for the replacement.
  10. MedicCustoms
    Joined: Nov 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,094


    It will drive you crazzy sometimes but its all worth it when you drive it down the road.... Just think of it this way no pain no glory.....
  11. big_jae
    Joined: Apr 22, 2010
    Posts: 53


    fuckin a!!
  12. JimC
    Joined: Dec 13, 2002
    Posts: 2,227

    from W.C.,Mo.

    "Some days are diamonds, some days are stones"
    "Sometimes, the hard times won't leave me alone"
  13. chep58
    Joined: May 3, 2010
    Posts: 6

    from sc

    Daddy said " if it's got tits or tires it's gonna cost ya son". He was right!
  14. Rich Rogers
    Joined: Apr 8, 2006
    Posts: 2,019

    Rich Rogers

    my 55 fought me almost every step of the way from day 1. After over 5 years of stupid problems that never should have happened to begin with, I "THINK" I finally have gotten the better of it. Everything from body fitment with new panels to wiring, constant brake trouble, engine only running right when it wanted to for no apparent reason and the list goes on. I swear that when it was cut apart in 1985 and left for junk that it was cut apart because the damn thing was possessed, but I think I'm winning and I refuse to give up..........
  15. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,427


    started working on the daily yesterday at 8:00 am. changing out a-arm bushings, new shocks, pads, turn rotors. %$#$% cheap ass phenolic piston on RH broke, NAPA had to get one in from warehouse (same day!) but the silly delivery driver took it to the wrong store. Finally get the Rh side back together, start on the LH. #$&^^% piston on that side breaks there too! 5:30 crap, NAPA is closed, but VatoZone had one, 20 miles away. get it. Core charges are a bitch too. gave up and drank beer at 8:00 pm. the battle resumes today
    Oh yeah and the brand new bottle of brake fluid (cheap plastic again) nose dives of the tailgate, busts the cap open and immediately drains 90% of its content onto the driveway. Fortunately it wasnt as hot here in Tx as usual on Saturday, only like 89, because it was raining. On me. Sunday was better, clear and 100. I swear i am not making any of this up.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2011
  16. gasheat
    Joined: Nov 7, 2005
    Posts: 713

    from Dallas

    In my situation, I get up and close the garage door behind me. When I am ready to talk to it again, I open the garage and think "If I didn't own this car, I would be trying to buy it."
  17. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,428

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    I can totally relate John..
  18. salf100
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 431


    Had a car in high school with ghost issues. Everytime I released the E-brake, the car would shut off!! I trouble shot it for week and nothing. So then I just ripped the whole brake assembly out and threw it away, no more problems!
  19. Fenders
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,922


    Boy did that bring back memories... In the 1960s I had a '49 Ford convertible with ghost issues... once in a while when I stepped on the brake pedal it would not go down -- until I pulled the hood release!! then the brakes worked.

    I never figured that one out......
  20. GTSDave
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
    Posts: 133


    Got some new low back buckets to put in my 51. Started pulling the old seats and found lots of wiring that I didn't like.

    Then decided the carpet was old and tired pulled it and found the floors have been rotting underneath......

    As of about 20min ago, I had nearly the entire interior out laying in the driveway. Looks like that damn snowball effect is in full swing.

    It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't like I was working on the surface of the sun out there right now. At least the OSPO will work better in all this heat.

  21. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,987

    Member Emeritus

    It seems like all of the good ones I've had put up a fight of some sort. Seems like they want you to put in a little extra effort before surrendering.
    The reward for me has been excellent service and many smiles per mile after the first test drive.:cool::)

  22. Picked the front end up by the spring perch to make it easier to finish the brakes. Installed the lines, but when I let the car down and the spring compressed
    the lines stretched like a tight rope. Another trip to the parts store and another $40.00.
  23. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    This one has been tougher than all the rest for me. I was beginning to lose confidence. Am I finally losing it? Maybe so but I keep trying.

    My old friend Tom used to say you just have to be smarter than the wrench. I'm not so sure anymore.:D
  24. Lucky77
    Joined: Mar 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,483


    Hot rods are the biggest waste of time, money, effort, blood, sweat, and tears ever. Well, at least they are until you fire it up and take your first spin around the block. I had an epic meltdown in the fall of 2006 and was ready to scrap everything, sell what I could and cut my losses. I vented my frustrations on the HAMB and the next day I couldn't believe the ammount of support and help I received. fab32 actually came over and showed me how to square up the chassis and we basically started over from scratch. A year and two weeks from when this picture was taken, I was driving my sedan. And here's what it looks like today.

    The point is, it sucks and if it was easy everybody would do it. But I promise every frustration, and set back will be erased when you take it for a spin. Best of luck.

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  25. yblock292
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,938


    damn 50 started vapor locking, only 105 degrees out, then voltage regulator shot craps...........
  26. SuddenDeath
    Joined: Apr 23, 2010
    Posts: 186

    from Florida

    When those things start happening...I say out loud "Now why is it I do this again? Thats right, because its fun!" Just have to chuckle to yourself and just keep at it. Eventually, you'll be driving around in it and it will have all been worth it!
  27. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,378

    from Michigan

    The hot weather doesn't make it easier. You'll get 'er done, John. You're gettin' really close on that roadster.

    I've heard it said that all the little things toward the end of a build can wear ya down.

    Keep up the good work, and enjoy it the best you can. Looking forward to seein' your HOT ROD on the road!

  28. i gotta remember to do this. thats a real perspective twister... i get sick of projects alot, sell them when they are about 80% finished, then a year later look at them done with happy new owners and go "WTF was i thinking? i wish i had that back!"
  29. slickhale
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
    Posts: 756

    from Phoenix

  30. HotRod60F100
    Joined: Jul 13, 2004
    Posts: 1,198


    Did this with a o/t 69 Mustang fastback,a week later after I sold it the new owner was buzzing all over hells half acre in the thing.

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