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01/29/03 Update

I looked at the calendar today and realized there’s just two days left to get the January update published before its February. These monthly updates sneak up fast!

On the car front, the roll cage is back and black! It will soon be bolted in the car and I‘ll be able to finish a multitude of things that had to be put on hold until the cage was finished.

When I look at the car (I do that more than I care to divulge) the optimist in me says, “wow, there’s really not that much left to do and this baby could be on the road!” and the pessimist Counters with “You wish! You still have all the little fiddle fart crap that takes forever to attend to.” So, I just keep plugging away on it little by little, pay check to pay check, knowing that someday it will be finished. It’s best not to think about the vast amount of work that’s left or worry about a completion date. A “Street Rod Shop” with a talented crew could get this thing on the road in less than a month. I’m just one guy with a few friends - I’m afraid it will take a bit longer.

I’ve often said that the way I keep from loosing interest in a street rod project is to visualize it as a group of small projects, not one huge one. I think you also need to exercise patience. You probably all remember the impatient guy in high school who bought new speakers for his car and then ran wires over the seat and propped them up in the rear window - ready to slide off into the back of your head in a sudden stop. They sounded like transistor radio speakers because he never spent the time to mount them properly. Spending a few extra minutes to do something right the first time can provide great satisfaction and frees you up to do your next project… right the first time.

Now that we’re up to date on the car, lets talk about people. In a recent article I told how appreciative I was for the help of my friends. This project literally wouldn’t be here today without the help and support of a lot of people.

I’ll skip a long-winded “Academy Awards” type acceptance speech, thanking everyone by name including my dentist, and just say, “This project would not be possible without the help and support of all of my friends and family, the project’s sponsors - and God”.

For most of us street rod building is a hobby. It’s something we do in our free time for enjoyment. When you look at the available free time after working all week, maintaining a house and yard, attending school, church and family functions, and all the other things that eat away the hours in a day… it’s a wonder we can ever finish a car. When you take into account the time that’s donated by friends who also lead busy lives with projects of their own - you realize how extraordinary they really are. I’m truly blessed.

I’m sure there’s a couple “Renaissance Rodders” out there who have every tool know to man and can handle every aspect of construction without outside assistance, but the majority of us rely on the help of others more than we sometimes realize. We don’t own a wheel balancing machine and a paint booth. We can’t lift the body on and off the frame by ourselves. We don’t own a car trailer to haul it somewhere during construction, and on and on... When Project33 is finished it will be the result of a group effort.

Until next time - Keep the shiny side up!


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