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Folks Of Interest What part of building a car do you dread?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, May 17, 2019.

  1. I love building cars, I love the designing, laying awake in bed and dreaming, building the chassis & doing the metal work, I even enjoy the wiring but when it comes to body work that's where I have a problem, I have tried most of my adult life and I just can't get the body smooth enough for the paint to look right.

    I have friends that do killer work and they have done their best to teach me but they have been unsuccessful.

    That's a big reason my user name is HOTRODPRIMER because many of my hot rods ended up that way due to impatience on my part. HRP
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  2. Bert Kollar
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 892

    Bert Kollar

  3. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 11,347

    from oregon

  4. Sandblasting. "Finished" my car 2 years ago and I'm sure I'm still getting the sand out of my ears. Not going to build another car until I can afford to pay someone to do that part for me.
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  5. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
    Posts: 1,000

    Sky Six
    from Arizona

    Wiring, its tedious and I always screw something up.
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  6. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 786

    from norcal

    Tear down, especially if it runs and drives
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  7. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 656

    from Indiana

    Figuring out how to pay for it without the wife finding out!
  8. Taboo56Chevy
    Joined: May 21, 2018
    Posts: 334


    1000x this! I prefer spending hours long boarding a panel over wiring.
  9. For me, bodywork....
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  10. indcontrols
    Joined: May 29, 2013
    Posts: 57


    I'd rather wire 50 cars than deal with rust repair !
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  11. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,334


    I'm dreading body work. Fortunately for me I found a donor car with solid floors so that helps
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  12. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,090


    Everytime I think I got it right , it´s still not goood enough.But the better I get at it, the more I like it...
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  13. Mr T body
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 1,889

    Mr T body
    Alliance Vendor
    from SoCal

    Rear ends...... gear oil. Nope, don't like it one bit.
  14. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,416

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Cutting/buffing final paint.
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  15. das858
    Joined: Jul 28, 2010
    Posts: 605


    Body work , but I am improving slightly!
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  16. Rust repair / body work. Well it's not goin to do itself so I better get at it.
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  17. I love the smell of 90 weight gear oil, it reminds me of race cars.

    I also love wiring!
    I can't stand bodywork.
    I don't have the patience for panel fitment door gaps, window regulators ect...
    If the doors open and stay closed going down the road good enough.
  18. Sporty45
    Joined: Jun 1, 2015
    Posts: 608

    from NH Boonies

    I don't mind any of it, except fixing rust/rot, especially when it was hidden. I've ground off up to 3/8" of bondo on my Olds just to find poor metal work and rot that needs extra time to fix. I think whoever did the previous "repair" was more of a sculptor than a body man!
  19. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 9,489

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    Since I’m a welder/fabricator the building part of my 26 RPU was enjoyable and easy.

    I dreaded the body and paint but once I got into it I learned a lot and found out that I enjoyed it.

    After that I dreaded the wiring however now that I’m into it with a good kit from Rebel wire, again I’m enjoying it and like the other parts of my build is going well.

    I’m going to get it together and inspected and licensed, then next winter I’ll sew the upholstery.

    I think some the dread came from the fact that this is my first build from scratch fabricating the majority of everything including the chassis.

    But I realize now that it’s not really that bad :D:cool:

  20. flux capacitor
    Joined: Sep 18, 2014
    Posts: 651

    flux capacitor

    Welding up lengthy replacement body panel spot welds for me , back & forth for what seems like an eternity . I’m just not into panel bond epoxy’s. Flux
  21. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,503


    What I call the "coal miner" stage. Everything you work on in the early stages is dirty, greasy and grimy, so you come out of the shop looking like a coal miner every day until you get past that stage. I enjoy doing it all except painting. I don't paint any more than I have to and I don't do upholstery....yet. Hopefully, I won't ever have to but it's really hard to find a good upholsterer. Most are retiring.
  22. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,216

    Atwater Mike

    I wired 3 cars last year, a 350 powered '30 A coupe on TCI chassis; a '40 Ford tudor sedan w/389 Pontiac; and a T bucket.
    Would you believe the '40 was easiest...just more 'open space' for where I wanted to place stuff. I've wired (from scratch) since 1956. Still like it.
    He had a fender off the '40, left rear...some cancer there, at the studs top front of fender well.
    I cut a strip out, then cut a matching 'patch strip', (18 ga. aluminum killed from Modesto steel) and welded it in, oxy-acet, my Victor Aircraft set.
    Owner/builder said, "Hey, can I hire you to do the front where the hood fits?"
    My answer: "Not for a million..."
    I can do a little, but it's not my favorite. I could do it all, but I'd hate it.
  23. I suppose I must dread finishing one. I don't like the tedious details that need to be finished to call a car finished. I guess thats why every one of my cars still has some finishing touches yet to be accomplished. When I get one 95-99% done, I leave it and start another.
  24. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 596


    Body work. Really enjoy the metal work part! Hate the body puddy and sanding part. Put too much on then sand too much off.
  25. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 21,617

    Jalopy Joker

    taking $$ out of my wallet to pay for anything - never add up receipts
  26. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,080

    from California

  27. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 596


    So true!! Also, never allow the wife to see the pile of receipts or total.
  28. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
    Posts: 855

    0NE BAD 51 MERC

    Stripping paint and rust. When I had my big shop I had an in house plastic media blasting booth and system, another booth was set up with a 600 pound sand blaster and all where supplied air by a large desil air compressor. When I decided enough was enough with dealing with suppliers and employees and CUSTOMERS!! I sold the big shop and my down draft spray booth and my commercial blasting equipment . So now its air sanders and a 100 pound blaster supplied by a couple 10 hp compressors and working outside. What I use to do in a couple hours now takes a couple weeks!! It SUCKS!!! Larry
  29. louisb
    Joined: Oct 13, 2008
    Posts: 913


    Body work and paint.
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  30. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,486


    Taking 55 year old parts apart that have set it the dirt the last 42 years. the rest is easy. DSCF7406.JPG

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