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Projects Who make a good Project Build Log?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jawsmon, Apr 15, 2021.

  1. Jawsmon
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 28


    I would like to document all the different parts, part numbers and source etc. that I've put into my 34 International street rod. I would like a book the is already indexed so I don't have to create something from scratch. A leather cover would be nice but not necessary. I've used a variety of parts from different manufacturers i.e. Jaguar, Chevy, Cadillac, Comp. Cams, Edelbrock, and many more. Where is a good source for a book like I've described?
  2. KevKo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 544

    from Motown

    I just did an Excel spreadsheet with descriptions, brands, and part numbers. I just used a small 3-ring binder. But last time I was at one of the craft/fabric stores I saw a leather (or faux) folder that I thought would work. I think canvas would be neat as well.
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  3. Deluxe Project Planning Book – Stacey David's Gearz

    Deluxe Project Planning Book
    Upgraded version with colored tabs, more detailed pages and a clear pouch for your receipts or photos! Stay more organized with the Project Planning Book.

    A comprehensive guide to not only keep your project on budget but to keep up with all the receipts and part numbers so that you stay on track. It is also a great companion to help that gearhead enthusiast reach their goals.

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  4. Jmountainjr
    Joined: Dec 29, 2006
    Posts: 1,317


    I just used an Excel work book. Have a tab for each vehicle system. Easy to update as you go along and change parts from your original plan. Just print it off when all done and put it in a binder.

  5. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 2,098


    Good lord, it's hard enough to build a hot rod...let alone keep a detailed journal too:eek:
    Guess I'm more of "seat of the pants" kinda guy. Just the thought of it makes my head hurt. :mad::p
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  6. Frankie47
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 1,847

    from omaha ne.

    For you or for car shows? I can see it working both ways.
  7. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,057


    When I built the custom truck in my avatar. I did a "Log Book" as I went along.
    Mostly because it had so many modifications that I couldn't remember them all.
    Plus when I sold it the next owner would know what exactly I did and what parts I used. No guess work for them.
    I did an entry at the end of everyday I worked on it. Twas no big thang......
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  8. Jawsmon
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 28


    I'm not gifted with great organizational skills. I'm looking for something where I can fill in the blanks. The one that gearz offers sounds great but it's a little on the pricey side.
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  9. I figure when I start forgetting stuff I will be in trouble because my lack of documenting this sort of thing. I recently bought a car from an older friend and he sure struggled to remember what some stuff was. Kind of made me think it might be a good idea to keep a spreadsheet as has been mentioned before I forget everything...
  10. AccurateMike
    Joined: Sep 14, 2020
    Posts: 111


  11. I did one for my '40 last winter; after it was mostly "done" and on the road. One section for chassis, one for engine, another for transmission, wiring, torque specs. and etc.. Tried to include as many part numbers as I could; and also have a bunch of the aftermarket parts installation instructions in the back of the book. Hopefully it will be useful for a future owner's reference.

    It actually came pretty easy for me after spending a bunch of years working on aircraft... just another log book entry.
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  12. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,531

    from Oregon

    Wow. I can honestly say I've never done a log on any build. But I can also say I could still tell anyone today what parts I used on my 11 year old build. And of course the two since then. But if I did do a log I'd simply get a small bound notebook, and just write down details for every part I used. Can't see how it's that complicated myself.
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  13. I can't remember what day it is.
    $35.00 is crazy. $10/15 dollars is reasonable.
    I have watched his show and it's a 30 minute commercial.
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  14. junkman8888
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
    Posts: 578


    I have a "build-book" for my '63 Chevy junking/scrapping/go-getting pickup because even though it's put together with "Genuine GM Parts" none of the drive train is original equipment for that make/model/year of pickup. In other words if I need a water pump/fuel pump/fan belt/carb kit/pretty-much-any-damned-thing I'd better have the part number on hand because without it all I'm going to get from the guy at the counter is a blank stare.

    If you want to minimize the parts-house trauma and drama what you need to do is pick up a glove-box sized ledger-style book from the dollar store, divide the ledger into however many sections you need then write down the part number of everything used to build the vehicle.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2021
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  15. 3quarter32
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 371


    Pretty simple to make a spread sheet. I keep one with part description, part number, and purchased from. Also it would be handy for the next future owner.
  16. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,545


    3 ring binder, page savers and some of those subject divider pages with the colored tabs.

    I've got one for the 48 and one for the boat tail roadster.

    The one on the 48 covers more of what I did and what I used and what bought so I don't buy it twice.
    A lot of the info is for which ever of my kids takes it although I think my daughter has dibs.

    The one for the roadster has receipts, bills of sale, photos of what I bought for it. Some as found photos and some construction photos. That is more for playing the "where did you get this part"? game with the WSP inspector when it gets inspected. I did that on a trailer frame I converted into a sailboat trailer a few years back and the book answered most of the questions
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  18. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,737

    from Berry, AL

    I started one on the Lincoln in a stenographer notebook. Then I got behind updating it, then it got lost in the house and I still don’t know where it went. I don’t think the car gremlins wanted me to remember what I had in it......
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  19. speedster t
    Joined: Nov 19, 2019
    Posts: 17

    speedster t

    I used Google docs, but any spread sheet type app will work, easy to use and free.
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  20. Some of us are not computer savvy.
    Brain surgery is easy I you have done it once o twice.

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