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tearing things apart seems to be the relatively easy part compared to putting them back together and having them work properly.



as for oil changes.... I remember when I was a kid I couldn't fathom actually paying to have some greasemonkey change my oil and now I can't imagine bothering to do it for myself. I'd need hundreds of dollars worth of gear I don't have just to pull it off, and that doesn't even take into account the trouble of disposing of a couple gallons of dirty motor oil and ruining a tshirt.


I'll sit in a waiting room, drink free sodas, use my laptop on free WIFI and watch just enough to make sure the greasy boys are giving me the good synthetic stuff I'm paying for.

I'll change my own oil in my hot-rods, because no self respecting hot-rodder will take his hand built car to the local Kwik Lube and have a 17 year old wrench on his car. But I will let said 17 year old change the oil in my daily drivers. I don't believe I've ever changed oil in my dailies. Only in my '27 Ford and '51 Chevy....one of which is in Houston, and the other will never need an oil change again since it went head on with an 18 wheeler last month.

You're right....you reach a point in your life where your time, effort, and slick spot on garage floor is worth the money you spend for somebody else to have to deal with that problem. Exactly why I don't mow my own lawn anymore.
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I JUST finally caved and got a lawn guy last week. I can feel the cold grip of old-age approaching. As for oil changes and any repairs, I'll still be doing them 100% on my time. I didn't rack up damn near every tool made just to let them rust in my garage
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You have an advantage with the oldies, a man and a oil pan can actually get under them with a wrench.... to be honest, I'm not even sure my car has a drain plug since I've never actually seen it. without ramps or a service pit, a fucking drain pan won't even fit under there. I briefly considered getting a topsider pump, but again, that's just a new set of problems.

I still mow my yard though. Mowing the yard is actually almost therapeutic to me.... oddly relaxing. And my yard is 3 acres, so paying someone to do it would be pretty damned expensive


(though in all honesty, buying a new mower every couple of years isn't cheap either, but i digress)

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I JUST finally caved and got a lawn guy last week. I can feel the cold grip of old-age approaching.l:



I did a bunch of yardwork last Thursday and I'm still feeling it a little



I mowed, did some trimming, cut down a bunch of tree limbs that were threatening the integrity of my metal roof, mixed and poured cement for my little dead dog's backyard grave, mended a little fence, cleaned off the back patio.... etc etc



...still feeling it. We all lose in the end, bro. :-/
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I'm going down swinging then
I let my house just go the past year or so since the GF moved in. Finally just comitting my time after work while she's away (still bartends at night) and I just tackle one big thing at a time. Both spare bedrooms are finally organized, and I just theew a fresh coat of paint on my back patio Saturday afternoon. I literally felt like I couldn;t relax in my own home until I got everything back to the way I had it when I was single, which is when I had all the time to keep my place tip-top. Now to just keep hacking the hedges back 3 feet at a time over the nxt couple of months to reclaim the sides of my home. Such a fucking bitch at this point. Some of the trunks are 8 inches in diameter at this point. I let them go... bigtime
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I let my house just go the past year or so since the GF moved in. Finally just comitting my time after work while she's away (still bartends at night) and I just tackle one big thing at a time. Both spare bedrooms are finally organized, and I just threw a fresh coat of paint on my back patio Saturday afternoon. I literally felt like I couldn;t relax in my own home until I got everything back to the way I had it when I was single, which is when I had all the time to keep my place tip-top. Now to just keep hacking the hedges back 3 feet at a time over the nxt couple of months to reclaim the sides of my home. Such a fucking bitch at this point. Some of the trunks are 8 inches in diameter. I let them go... bigtime
What sucks on the car side is the fact I've had lowering springs for like 5 months and haven't found the time to do it. Back in the day I would have put everything and everyone off to knock it out, and now I'm cleaning my house or doing brake jobs for less mechanically inclined friends. I need some me time at some point. Just need to figure it all out.
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That's kind of the situation I was in. I let things slip until I couldn't stand it any longer and went into a manic MAN VS YARD mode. I won, but not without some combat losses.

Occasionally my wife is annoyingly wise. For weeks she'd been telling me to get off my ass and tackle that shit 'it's just going to be more work when you finally do it!'

yep. I knew she was right. Of course it didn't help gain her sympathy that the next morning I rolled out of bed sounding like someone riding a bicycle over a sheet of bubble wrap.
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That's kind of the situation I was in. I let things slip until I couldn't stand it any longer and went into a manic MAN VS YARD mode. I won, but not without some combat losses.

Occasionally my wife is annoyingly wise. For weeks she'd been telling me to get off my ass and tackle that shit 'it's just going to be more work when you finally do it!'

yep. I knew she was right. Of course it didn't help gain her sympathy that the next morning I rolled out of bed sounding like someone riding a bicycle over a sheet of bubble wrap.
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I"m only on 1/4 of an acre. Cost me $30 every 2 weeks. For that, i have a hard time justifying buying a lawn mower and edger, and gas, and sweating for an hour in the Texas heat. Or, I can pay an army of mexicans who knock out the entire yard in 15 minutes, while I'm either working on hot-rod, drinking a beer, or masturbating to midget porn.

Sometimes the tradeoff is totally worth it.
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Awwww hell....shit just got real. Put the body on my chassis yesterday. I'm quite giddy with excitement now.







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Update

Update - Body is officially mounted. Took me longer than anticipated. It required some cutting on the body and it kind of freaked me out and I avoided working on the car for a couple of months. There was a 1/2 inch gap between bottom of body and top of frame rails that bugged the shit out of me. The culprit was the front bod mounts on the body. They had to be cut out, and resized to take out a 1/2 hump in the mount, then welded back in. Doing so, also required cutting the cowl panels which was a kick in the nuts because they were completely rust free and its forcing me to now have to put in cowl patch panels.

But I finished modifying front body mounts 2 weeks ago, and finished the rest of the body mounts a week ago and body is officially mounted. Modified 2 front mounts, and fabricated 4 more - 2 in the middle, and 2 in the back. Doors are a little bit out of line - still shut, but the reveal is about 1/2 an inch off. I'll shim the body with the body mounts to get that back in line...worst case scenario, i'll have to make 2 more body mounts to give another connection point to sure everything up.

Last Saturday, it was time to mount the motor and transmission. Luckily, I only had to cut a 1 inch by 6 inch patch out of the firewall to get it to fit. If i were running an automatic tranny, that would have required a lot more cutting. Took me longer than it should have, a full day to square up, cut and shape motor mounts to fit, and weld in. But its done and i think it sits right. Dropped the front of the car a good 2 inches too adding to the rake.

Next up, mount radiator and grill shell and steering. Steering scares me. Once thats done, i'm taking it all apart, and painting the chassis (black), then put it all back together. From there, nothing else should be terribly difficult. Just lots of work and lots of time. Still have floors, gas tank, run fuel and brake lines, dash, guages, seat, wood kit for roof, lights - front and back, wiring, finish motor assembly, clutch......and who knows what else. Thats just at the top of my head. Still don't know if i can meet my goal of driving it to Austin in April, but i'm going to try like hell.

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Man it's coming together just fine. Amazing how small that engine looks from the side. You going straight out the back with some big primaries to fill that cavern of an engine bay, or maybe some sweet ass sides? Love the work so far brother. Keep cranking!
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what happened w/ the accident? did you get reimbursed? don't remember the particulars or who was at fault
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Man it's coming together just fine. Amazing how small that engine looks from the side. You going straight out the back with some big primaries to fill that cavern of an engine bay, or maybe some sweet ass sides? Love the work so far brother. Keep cranking!

My goal is to run a full hood - not just the top like some people do, top and side skirts. Was hoping my model A hood would fit, but it looks like its 1 to 1.5 inches too short. A custom one is going to cost me $750, and that stresses me out a wee bit. I can probably pull top of radiator towards firewall a bit and fill that gap and not be too noticable, but the bottom will be more difficult. Probalby going to have to suck it up and buy a new hood.

Don't see full hoods often on these. I like it because A) It'll be different and make my car stand out from all the other half million model A hotrods on deuce rails. And B) it reminds me of the old bonneville salt flat racers.
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what happened w/ the accident? did you get reimbursed? don't remember the particulars or who was at fault

Was technically my fault, but not because of anything i did. My car is the one that caused the accident, so, yes, its my fault. Still pretty sure the rear end broke free of frame, but I'll never know for a fact.

I totalled the semi i hit. Insurance put up a fight and stated that they were only covering liability but wouldn't cover the car. I called and made a lot of threats that apparently held ground, and they came through and paid for the car in full. My ex is actually having it fixed surprisingly enough. From the firewall back, the car was still solid. the A-Pillar was a bit wonky, firewall was pushed in, dash was jacked up, and the floor was buckled, and the passenger door was toast. Obviously, the frame and motor were beyond gone. Motor had a huge hole in it.

She picked up a monte-carlo for $800, parted it out for $500+, and is putting the body on the monte carlo chassis. Before we split, I looked for a grill for the '51 as the one on it was cracked. I found a dude selling the grill, 2 absolutely perfect fenders, a hood with one dent in the very front, and 2 doors for a 4 door. Gave $300 for all of it. I ended up giving all of that to the ex so she has all of the front sheet metal. Her "friend" is supposedly fixing it all for it. I say "friend" in quotes because i'm pretty sure they're fucking. You don't (re)build a car for a "friend". But you might for some pussy.
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