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Hot Rods The value of build photos

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by denis4x4, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,180

    from Colorado

    Was having difficulty in installing the banger in my Zipper. Went to my photo file and discovered that the motor mounts were swapped side to side. I have over 450 photos showing detail stored on an old Mac Pro in the shop and refer to them all the time. Also have photo files on several house remodels that have proven invaluable. An old tablet like an iPad might even be better as you can use it to take photos instead of a phone.
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  2. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,404

    from Tampa, FL

    Yep, always helps. Good for the resale too, showing what you did. Gary
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  3. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 11,396

    from oregon

    Take it from me and back up your photo files on a seperate storage device.
    I have many build photos in photo pergatory due to crashed hard drives (2).:mad::mad:
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  4. Oldioron
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 521


    I back them up on an external hard drive that is just for photography.
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  5. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 42,062


    I back them up on three external hard drives, one is stored in the safe deposit box. And they're also all on google (the mysterious cloud), just in case.

    Just last week we were fighting sewer issues....the photos I needed were in the photo box, from the year before I started taking digital pictures (20 years ago!)
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    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 1,660


    :rolleyes: I don’t care! Taken out of context , that is funny !!!

    I had an o/t 72 Bonneville some years ago big block cat all original a perfect example of a museum piece.
    Had it a couple summers and wanted the next fun car, put it up for sale .
    A guy was interstellar and wanted to come by noon Saturday...... ok.... kinda screws up my day but sure, for the sake of the sale come by.
    He came by crawled all over the car under the dash etc etc.
    The just walked down the driveway to his car.
    Followed him down and asked what he thought?
    “ cool car! I’ve been restoring one for a few years and forgot how some of it went together!!!”:mad:

    Pics are great to remember and if you have done a proper job on the car warrant the price you expect.
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  7. evintho
    Joined: May 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,138


    I use Imgur for photo hosting and all those photos are on my laptop, also. In addition, everything is backed up to an external hard drive. $50-$60 will get you an external hard drive the size of a wallet with a terrabyte or two. More space than you'll ever use for photos.
  8. fordflambe
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 333

    from Houston

    I'm blowing apart, cleaning, and reassembling a late 40's GM convertible top frame as we speak. I would be lost without all the pics I have taken before and during disassembly. Ditto on back-up comments!
  9. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 1,277

    ramblin dan

    What I find funny is how many guys I have come across who don't have even one photo of any of the cars they have ever owned.
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  10. Not that I have personally needed to refer to all the build photos of the Ranch Wagon but I am happy I chronicled my efforts, I have been able to help others with things I did that could benefit fellow members with there wagons, a lot of things I figured out how to recreate that are no longer available and in having visual images I have been able to help ease some of the headaches. HRP
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  11. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 42,062


    I have pics of a few of them

    old cars.jpg
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  12. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,574

    from wareham,ma

    You have good taste Squirrel,
  13. '51 Norm
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 639

    '51 Norm
    from colorado

    I take pictures as I take things apart. Strangely they never show what I need to see when I have a question during re assembly.
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  14. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,429


    Squirrel is a show off! :p:D And I am jealous.
  15. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 931


    I made a build diary of the roadster in my avatar. Just for myself. It came in handy in a different way than usual. I taught auto mechanics to inmates at a prison here in California for the last 15 years of my career. Some inmates are eager to learn but all too many can be know it al wise guys. I would be explaining a principle or procedure and often get told that wouldn't work or I didn't know what I was talking about. When that happened, the complainer and I would go to my office where I had the build on my computer. I could show how and why what I said worked. I had everything from hauling the bare frame home in the back of my El Camino to driving it out of the garage on its maiden voyage, plus video clips of driving it many places. I covered engine, transmission, and rear end overhaul. Plumbing, wiring, brakes, steering, suspension, laying out pieces to be fabricated, first start up, everything but upholstery. I would drive it to work on occasion and tell my students to go to the baseball field at such a time. I would drive by so that they could see that I could talk the talk AND walk the walk so to speak. When I began the build diary, I didn't realize what a great teaching tool it would become. After that, I documented the LA Roadsters meets, GNRS, Bonneville, El Mirage, rod runs, and sprint car racing. All used to teach, inform, and reinforce how things were used on the "outside". As time went on and word spread on the yard, I got less challenges and more willingness to learn. All from an idea I got to document my 32 roadster build for my own later reference. It really works because over the years, former students , on parole and finished their term seek me out at many of the shows and runs I shared with them. Whooda thunk it!
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  16. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,111

    from California

    taking photos with actual cameras is more traditional.
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  17. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,043

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    Or you could have always called up Darryl, He would have loved chatting and setting you straight.

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