Rocky 72

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About Rocky 72

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  1. There is a demand for good trim carpenters but they want you to work for next to nothing ($12 per hour $15 after a few years) and that is if you supply your truck , tools , and fuel and they expect you to let the crew to use your tools , been there , done that . The prices of the jobs have not gone down the prices are up , way up and a lot of people here do have good paying jobs , not as many as before but still they make money . That's why my plan was (if I could get it to work) was to buy unfinished projects for a good price and finish and sell , or like some of the guys suggested do repair work on older cars . I really never planned on anyone in this area to buy any cars from me if they do that would be great but I wont hold my breath . If all else fails I do plan on selling out and moving .
  2. Bernie your right about going without money for months at a time that's just the norm for me . As for the wife she thinks I should go for it , but she really likes cool cars so that makes it even better. I like all the replies cause it gives me something to think about and maybe even come up with a better plan.
  3. Isn't it really cold there ? I thought about moving to Tennessee where its warmer .
  4. I did they already have foreman and they work right with the crew and maybe harder than the crew , I'm sure you know how that goes.
  5. I know , I have seen a few at auction and cheap . So far around here there has been no problem with painting as long as your doing your own cars and not a lot of them so that's good , so far.
  6. Yeah its not worth getting up in the morning for that amount . The company I was subbing off was mostly rate work $35 and up but then all they had is concrete and I'm beat up enough as it is . If I knew that I would live this long I would have been taking better care of my self .
  7. Yeah , when I take my car out everyone always tells me I should start a shop and I have (in the past) turned down a lot of work , we will see maybe it will pan out .
  8. Restorer32 is from Pa isn't he ? I'm from Pa but I know a lot of guys that paint with no problems .
  9. I may try to do both for awhile and see how it turns out , I'm sick of the carpenter business and bidding low and the alternative is traveling for work and I'm not into that anymore . Thanks for the replies it gives me something to think about.
  10. I see your from j town I'm surprised that you guys have much work at all but good for you . I did a lot of work down that way years ago mostly for lawyers in the mid 80's . I still get calls to do remodeling so maybe I'll just do cars on the side .
  11. I hear you , I never saw the car buy they said it turned out nice but who knows what they consider nice.
  12. I have to give you guys an example of how things work up here , A few years back I had a guy call and wanted a 57 Chevy done was a really nice car and solid , he asked me what I'd charge per hour to restore the car I think I told him $20 an hour plus materials just for extra money , but he said that was to much and got the car done for something like $12 an hour .
  13. I hear you on the honey do list my house and yard have never looked so good , it makes the little women happy and that's always good. I do build hot rods but around here most guys build there own cars because they can't or won't pay anyone . About 4 or 5 years ago when carpentry was good I turned down more cars to build than I can count because I couldn't do both , maybe I should have build the cars .
  14. The problem around here as far renovation works goes is every time a company goes out of business 90% of the guys turn into carpenters . They will work for $8 to $10 an hour under the table plus their unemployment check and you just can't compete . As far as flipping houses there are so many empty houses here it's unreal , nobody wants to move here cause there are no jobs . In the last I'll say 6 months in the county I live in about 4000 mining and related mining jobs were lost . Remodeling used to be a good business (I've been doing it for 36+ years) but no more .
  15. Thanks for the replies guys . As far building cars here no problem as far as laws go , as is cars are just that . I find some good deals on projects around here because people run out of money so I think I could make a profit on these cars . Its a big decision with little choices . I'm finishing a 60 t bird now so this maybe the deal breaker .