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Hot Rods Man, I am burned smooth out

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Roothawg, Jul 8, 2021.

  1. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,978


    I have hit a wall. I have built 3 cars in the last 5 years and I am getting to a point of saturation. Cars are all I have done since I was 12 years old. I eat, sleep and dream about hot rods and customs.

    I guess I will have to let them sit for a bit, until I get out of this funk.

    The wife and I have recently picked up a recumbent tandem bicycle. Started riding that this morning to help clear my head. It will make my Dr. happy as well.

    Might be away for a bit. That will thrill some, I'm sure.

    Love the HAMB, but I am smoked.

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  2. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,616



    Hang in there brother. Take some time away to decompress, spend some time with family and the Lord, and I will look forward to seeing you back here somewhere down the road.

    Rest well brother!

  3. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,941


    Get some miles in your legs and come up here and visit for that mtb vacation we talked about. Our Fall temps are best. The beer to miles ratio is good as well.
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  4. Boatmark
    Joined: Jan 15, 2012
    Posts: 301


    Been there. I do what you’re doing - walk away. Hobbies are supposed to be fun. When it’s not fun I close the door for a while. I’ve also gone to the extreme of selling the project, taking a break, and starting again on another car. Fell out of love with the car, and just wasn’t going to enjoy pushing it to completion. I was jazzed about the next one, and ripped through it!

  5. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,421


    Three cars in five years, that is a lifestyle I just can't understand, enjoy the vacation. Bob
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  6. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,836


    three cars in five slacker! get back to work!
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  7. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 3,258


    I know exactly how you feel. The heart attack a couple years ago and the oppressive summer heat here haven't helped one damned bit. My sister returned an old guitar that I had given her so I've been plinkin' on the old six string in front of the A/C when it gets too hot to be in the shop. That and spending too much time on the HAMB and other internet pursuits. Progress on the projects has slowed to a trickle but they are creeping forward.
    Take a break but try not to feel guilty about it, this stuff is in our DNA so we wouldn't be right if we quit. We just have to learn how to throttle it some like the FED drivers of old. And don't neglect your HAMB followers, we look forward to your posts even if they were just a travelogue. Look at how interesting Joey U's roadster thread is....
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  8. When it quits being fun is when you end up unhappy with the finished car. Sometimes a life direction change is needed to put everything back into perspective...
  9. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,666


    A break is always good.....probably should have taken more of them!
    Pretty sure most of us ol pharts have been where you are now.
    I keep telling myself......the two I have now are the last but why do I keep searching for sale sites! :(
  10. Sometimes a change of direction is in order. I put my car hobby on the back burner a few years ago and started building guitar tube amps. Now back to the cars. Go figure. It is in the DNA.
  11. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,961

    from KCMO

    Dude it’s road trip time! I ditched car shows and even meet ups in late 2018 and just started road tripping and driving the old cars.

    Get out of the shop and get some windshield
    Time in, makes everything better. And share your adventures with us ;)
  12. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 2,068


    A year for me, just getting the bug now, take a break, it's not over, although it feels like you want to quit, in my case, I don't want to build any more, more, I want to help my buds sort through their cars, fix things they can't. You don't have to leave the board, hang around and offer advice or criticism.
  13. rusty valley
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 2,826

    rusty valley

    I agree ^^^ road trips are what life is all about
  14. typo41
    Joined: Jul 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,572

    Member Emeritus

    just open the HAMB and peruse and not answer,, it is cathartic
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  15. 54chevkiwi
    Joined: Jun 28, 2020
    Posts: 274


    i know how you feel..
    Im only 37 which will get scoffed at being jaded haha but i started painting cars in the collision industry at 17....
    My whole life ive always hadto earn a certain amount of money to pay for a shed to store the car letalone be able to buy parts. And im just now realising how much id rather be free and easy and what ive missed out on tied down by a car..,
    My current one here i started in 2013 and its still not driveable...
    Currently im thinking of all the other things i wanna do, places i wanna be, other occupations to do.. but it still comes back to being tied down to having to have a shed for a car that doesnt run... and not being able to sell a non running car

    i know the easy answer is to sell it, and i had tried for months but there was no interest...
    Its also hard for me to come to terms with selling it because even though i hate cars, i have nothing else going on, no idea where to start... no kids, no family, no woman, no pets.. for me its not really an interest, its just been my whole life so far.. i mean, cars have been my identity since i was 17, so its difficult to come to terms with being nothing once thats gone you know...

    many people i know lost interest in cars because its so much time and so expensive.. theyve all found better bang for the buck hobbies that are more fulfilling to them without such an investment...
    I Can see that. Im thinking now what im going to get out of it when its done wont be worth it... pussy? Fame..? Money..? Nope.

    sorry its not uplifting and all about me haha, but.... i appreciated the time to sympathise and ability to vent.
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  16. And people wonder why my cars aren't painted lol. Look at cars every day, moving from car to car, suspension here, floors over there, blocking filler on this one, blocking primer on that one, cutting glass for the one behind me, gotta sand and buff the one sitting outside..... yeah, i wanna pull mine in at the end of the day and do it all again :rolleyes: i go to a firehouse every 3rd day to decompress. But i usually just think about what has to be done when i get back in the shop. Go decompress root, i like to fish :D and drink ice cold beer :cool: IMG_8435.jpg
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  17. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 860


    x 2 on what Thor1 said. And, like Lloyd may be suggesting; stop wish'n & go fish'n .........
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  18. silent rick
    Joined: Nov 7, 2002
    Posts: 4,411

    silent rick

    i suppose you brought that bottle of water along for the fish to stay hydrated
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  19. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,957

    from Nicasio Ca

    Bet you could mount a cool engine on that bicycle.
  20. 55blacktie
    Joined: Aug 21, 2020
    Posts: 453


    I'm 66 and couldn't finish 1 car in 5 years. I've been doing a body-on restoration on my dad's 55 Tbird since 2012. The older I get, the less motivated I am. Sometimes other priorities get in the way. I, too, have considered cutting my losses and walking away. Regardless of what others might think, it's just a car. Your family might appreciate being able to spend more time with you; just don't talk about cars.
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  21. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,862


    Pictures or it never happened;)
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  22. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,978


    Yeah, I have lost my mind.
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  23. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,862


    Catch and release, right?
  24. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 7,253


    Ya know, you could have just built that…
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  25. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,862


    I've tried balancing on a motorcycle with my knees higher than my butt. There's more of you that contacts the ground when you crash:oops:
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  26. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,688

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    I see the problem right away - that thing doesn't have an engine!
  27. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,211

    from Burton, MI

    I've been burned out for a while now. I still have and drive my Shoebox but haven't done any cruises or shows in prolly 5-6 yrs. And I'm ok with that.
    I'm an outdoors type of guy. I live in the woods when I can, restore forestry tools, cut my own firewood, watch the's more relaxing than my car hobby has ever been.
    Life's short. Take time to look around.
  28. Hang in there Root! And if you need to chat, just hit me up!!

    Hey...a nice vaca in NC usually does the trick!

    Prayers, Brother!
  29. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,978


    Oh, trust me. I researched it. But, that opens the door for another project. I am project poor right now.
  30. Root, I think we all hit that wall every now and then, if you need to get away from the Hamb for a while do it, but your absence won't go unnoticed.

    The bicycle will be good for your health. HRP
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2021
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