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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. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,555


    Hate rust/hole repair, sanding and bodywork in general. But, when it's done it can be the most rewarding part of building a hot rod, right up there with the first start up and first drive.
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  2. Oldioron
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 577


    What she thinks I spent. :rolleyes:
    What I say I spent. ;) I don't
    What I did spend. :) I don't know

    Of course she's my exwife now :D
  3. Binkman
    Joined: Nov 4, 2017
    Posts: 155


    Interior work,
    I do everything else but can't sew a stitch.
    I hate being held hostage by the likes of LeBaron Bonney, etc.
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  4. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 2,101

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Electrical for me and I really dread not having the proper tools for the job at hand.
    Sometimes you have to purchase the tool because no one you know has it and I hate to borrow someone else's tools.
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  5. You won't have to worry about being held up by LeBaron Bonney anymore, they filed for bankruptcy. HRP
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    Joined: Jan 30, 2014
    Posts: 302


    I've enjoyed all of it. But there was the day when I was altering the wheelbase on the Stude. Car body is on blocks, rear frame half is gone, I'm standing on the ground, but inside the car with torch in hand saying to myself, "why the f#@k did I do this?" But it wound up all good and it's been a fun car. Just gotta get the new engine to live. DSC_0286.JPG
    Last edited: May 18, 2019
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  7. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,606

    T&A Flathead

    Sanding. Hate the sanding.
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  8. pkhammer
    Joined: Jan 28, 2012
    Posts: 325


    Body filler and sanding. Don't mind welding in patch panels but I'd rather leave the rest to someone else.
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  9. Agreed, always the worst part because you know your at square one.
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  10. Pats55
    Joined: Apr 29, 2013
    Posts: 157

    from NJ

    I dread cut and buff. I have girly arms
  11. Finding the money. I've practiced deferred gratification for more than 43 years, the '29 AA is still far from running and at 70 I'm now having serious doubts that I can get it on the road before they pull me off the road. But yeah, all the other stuff, too. Right now I'm on my fourth iteration of fabricating floorboards, without a bead roller or an English wheel, both of which would make the job easier and look more professional. I'll forego those and put the money into rebuilding the engine and transmission instead.
  12. I have a small garage that is shared with my wife's car. Moving stuff in and out so her car is inside during winter and storm season has been no fun. The drive has pretty good angle uphill. I wish I would have bought a small tractor to move stuff about 20 years ago. :)
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  13. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 824

    from norcal

    I did This as a “mock-up” 15 years ago. Now it’s time to finish, out with the bellybutton in with a Rocket, on with fenders , off with “Patina” on with paint.
    Fun times though shaken’ it down
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  14. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 1,506

    from NKy

    The worst for me is greasy dismantling and dealing with a rusty exhaust removal . Most of my tinkering time lately has been on my Power Wagon with a diesel or my Harley . You know both of these would make the Valdez , seem leak tight . Greasy road grime on the Harley and a slobber hose dripping on the diesel make for lots of potty words , and tons of laundry . I guess it could be worse , I could have been sent to clean the bilge by a Marine !
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  15. deucendude
    Joined: Oct 31, 2008
    Posts: 447

    from norcal

    Fixing other peoples messes. Scratching fresh painted parts during assembly.
  16. I don't like bodywork, so I usually don't get that far, but what really uncorks me is having to go back and trouble shoot/repair something I've already finished. An example, I love wiring, but if there is a problem I will avoid trouble shooting it for months!
  17. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 7,261


    Working on it!
    Seriously I'll do as much as I can and only source out what I can't do including engine / transmission rebuild/assembly, trim and some minor body work. I know my limitations and won't even attempt colour on it however everything before that is OK, even the rubbing down. Problem solving / making things fit / work, design / fabrication and assembly etc is a walk in the park.
    Parting with my hard earned $$$ is another thing I dread however I need the parts / labour etc. Then I need to save up to spend it again. Now that I've joined the ranks of the unemployed in retirement I need to be frugal, not a tight wad, and use common sense. This may not end well because common sense isn't that common.:D:p
    However if I laid down the colour I might as well have grabbed a bucket and broom! I've too much time and money invested by this stage so I call in the experts.
    Last edited: May 19, 2019
  18. Bigchuck
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 1,118

    from Austin, TX

    Holy crap that is a mess! Hope you have lots of penetrating spray, patience, and torch gas!!
  19. lcfman
    Joined: Sep 1, 2009
    Posts: 145

    from tn

    Under dash work!
  20. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,507


    DSCF7473.JPG DSCF7474.JPG
    Whole lot of patience, spray , big hammer, and parts car. no torch yet. heres the powerglide.
  21. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 1,165


    My goal is to get a good driver, perfection not required! That sure makes everything easier!
    I can and have done everything myself, but there sure are parts I would rather not do. I'll install a good running motor rather then rebuild one (the use of modern motors makes that easier). Being a line mechanic and a welding shop owner for all of my life leaves me with a lot of experience, a bit of knowledge, and a lot of learned wisdom.
    I can do all the structural and metal work a car (or truck) might require, and I can do, and understand body work and painting, but my patience only allows me to do the body work for a short time, then I'm done. That makes the paint look pretty bad, so I usually use cheap paint, which needs to be redone in 3-4 years. Then I can do a bit more body work before I throw more paint at it. By the 3 or 4th round, the body starts looking pretty good. Upholstery work sucks, I dislike doing most of it. My stuff tends to have in insulation in it, and maybe door panels. Some junk yard seats are pretty nice, cheap carpet on the floors and I'm OK with it.
    I suspect my recent retirement will present the dislike of taking so long to be able to buy the parts I will need for it. Gene
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  22. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 9,347

    from Raytown Mo

    Man at first I was going to say taking stuff apart. Like driving out kingpins and perch pins out of axles that have been sitting longer than I’ve been alive.

    But you always win that battle with a torch and a big hammer.

    So I gotta say wet sanding paint getting ready to cut and polish. It’s tedious, easy to fuck up, and if you dick it up real bad you get to do a hell of a lot of extra work.
  23. All the dumb questions at the drive-in, Is that a Merc when its a Hudson etc.
  24. I've been a mechanic, done body and paint, a welder, and even worked a bit with canvas and leather, but I hate replacing rusty floors and don't like building engines I can do it, just don't like it..
  25. norms30a
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 533


    Measuring, with no training in any kind of mechanical stuff I worry about measuring wrong. From installing a patch panel or welding something to a frame, fitting parts, you name it I measure 10,000 times sometimes I walk away and come back the next day to measure some more after sleeping on it.
  26. olds vroom
    Joined: Jan 29, 2010
    Posts: 790

    olds vroom

    Definitely wiring

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  27. 29moonshine
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,254


    motor or trans the rest I enjoy
  28. I hate tearing stuff apart...once I can start putting parts back onto it...I feel much better...

    Then the wiring is never been my bag...I don't understand it and I have never understood it...I stumble badly with it...

    Then actually driving them...never been a fan of driving them...

    Yes I know I am weird but I am what I am ...

    Last edited: Jun 16, 2019
  29. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 25,468


    Glad I'm not alone Mike! Wiring will always be a total mystery. Driving leads to braking things, and I never enjoy redoing anything. Bob
  30. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,764

    Dave Mc

    The worst part is after spending a year or two Buying and Building , hitting all the swapmeets , not finding the quality parts you wanted , dealing with the jerks at DMV . then totaling up what you spent $ and realizing , you could have taken less than half the money and bought a nice finished car with a title and drove away the first day .
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