How to Keep From Getting Burned Out on Your Hotrod!
One of the easiest ways to keep from getting burned out
on your hotrod is often the most ignored...
Ok, you know when the guys on TV are tearing a car down
to completely restore it and are tearing parts off and
throwing them across the shop?
Yea, don't do that...
Your garage isn't a shop on TV... (but if it is, send in
some building tips!)
One of the worst things you can do is totally tear your
car down to the bare body and frame. It's fun because it
doesn't take much skill and anybody can do it. However,
when you look up and that car you bought is exploded all over the garage and the back yard, it's totally overwhelming.
Most people at that point simply give up. They don't have
a clue where to start. They let it set for a few years. Then after lots of nagging, they practically give it away as an unfinished project. All that lost money...
You know, you've seen the classifieds...
Don't let this happen to you!
Now, repeat after me:
Try to keep it driveable!
It will keep you from getting burned out. Is it finished
and the way you want it? Not yet. But man is it fun to drive and play around with.
The first thing you want to do is get it running anyway.
I don't care if that's not the way they do it on TV.
For most of you this will be your first project. This will keep you from getting discouraged and overwhelmed.
Building hotrods is a matter of small steps. Brakes, making sure your suspension is safe, getting the motor running well enough to drive, modifying the suspension,
building a new motor, modifying the body, painting, upolstery, etc. are all single steps.
If you keep your hotrod driveable, you'll only be down a
short time on any of these steps. And when you're saving
money for some parts, gathering info on what you're going
to do next, etc. you can still drive your car!
When you drive it, you tend to bond with it. Single projects become fun, not work. You tackle more complex
steps as you gain skills working on your car.
All of a sudden, you've got a hotrod!
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