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I posted this on my build thread, but my son's words may be good for all of us who are "stressing" about our trucks, instead of enjoying them
......All black, lots of spots that need some "help" . I think I'll drop it on the truck (after clear-coating the front). to finish the body work. Nothin' like a little gloss to show off the "bad" (or incomplete) body work.
My son looked at it and said, "just a couple spots to fix. It looks good cause it "belongs" to the truck. It's not "perfect", but you fixed it. You didn't just spend money on a repopped and pay someone to assemble and paint it. I thought you always said that a true rod was the labor of love that the owner-builder put into it, not how much money was in his bank account and how many people they paid to build it."
His use of my words back at me, brought me back to the reality that this is not (or never will be, and never was intended to be) a Barrett-Jackson showpiece.
Sometimes I forget that it is the process that is supposed to be fun, and the getting behind the wheel is supposed to be fun. Stressing over how good a job we think we did in someone else's eyes takes all the fun out of it. I'm going back to having FUN !!
Exactly. Just remember, build it for fun, build it for the memories, but most of all, build it for you and what you want, not for what some schmuck at a car show will say or judge. If you are happy with it, that's all that matters in the long run.
'46 Ford 1/2 ton
'07 Black F-150 XLT SuperCrew
plus a handful of other Fords
So, my wife and I are watching a rerun of "Home Improvements" with Tim working on his car. My wife turns to me a says, why doesn't your garage look like Tim's ?
After a few seconds of thought I said, besides being a TV show, Tim is an assembler, not a rebuilder. He buys new, pristine parts, has them prepped/painted/powder coated and then just bolts them together. I said, here's the tools that Tim doesn't have (or at least doesn't use) in his garage...
Grinders, Sanders, Welders, Paint Sprayers, and all things that make a mess before they make it pretty !
You see him build things with no tools....Must be magic. One thing that always irritated me about that show is how they make men to be so stupid.... Seems to me most everything now on TV shows men as dumb and lazy. If we were like that, how did we ever come up with these wonderful trucks 70+ years ago.
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