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What a great friends and family memory.

 

It's amazing how these cars are appreciated by all generations as they were in awe of the moment. You can really tell everyone was absorbing the moment in appreciation. 

 

Very cool to see. Thanks for sharing it John.

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Keiser31,

You got the car uncovered and the garage cleaned up, then what?   Back to burying it again?

Buy some beer an invite your buddies over and get to work for a few hours and get something

done before you share the beer.  Little goals get you closer and build your enthusiasm.  Once

you make actual progress your interest will return.  Good Luck

Paul

 

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56 minutes ago, Paul Dobbin said:

Keiser31,

You got the car uncovered and the garage cleaned up, then what?   Back to burying it again?

Buy some beer an invite your buddies over and get to work for a few hours and get something

done before you share the beer.  Little goals get you closer and build your enthusiasm.  Once

you make actual progress your interest will return.  Good Luck

Paul

 

That would be GREAT if I had car buddies that lived anywhere near me. None of my "buddies" near me are ever around unless they need something from me. I HAVE been making more progress. I got enough electrical components (wiring, outlets, etc.) to get my garage wired the way I want & need for lighting. I helped a buddy draw the plans for his new home after his old one burned down. Then I helped him build it. He gave me all of his leftover components after I helped him wire the home. I have not been around my own house enough to do ANYTHING on my own stuff. Now, it's colder than a well digger's feet in February here. I wish I had a temperature controlled shop. Here is what I HAVE been working on.... 

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You can see the culprit I have been avoiding. There is a rod cap off the one connecting rod because as I was putting the last piston in (years ago), it slipped out of my hand and slid down onto the crankshaft and chipped the babbit bearing on the connecting rod. I have put the project on hold since then. I was so very disheartened about it, I stopped working on it. That was about 20 years ago. I found out there is a guy near me who may be able to fix the chipped rod bearing. I will pop it out of there soon and take it to him. We shall see what he can do.

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Something will always go wrong on a car project. It maybe small, it may be big, but don't let it get you discouraged and stand in the way of getting it done and back on the road to enjoy while you still can. Time always keeps going forward, and pretty fast at times. There is no reverse, just forward and......park. I don't think we want to be in park. ;)

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25 minutes ago, Laughing Coyote said:

Something will always go wrong on a car project. It maybe small, it may be big, but don't let it get you discouraged and stand in the way of getting it done and back on the road to enjoy while you still can. Time always keeps going forward, and pretty fast at times. There is no reverse, just forward and......park. I don't think we want to be in park. ;)

I have since changed my attitude about being depressed about it all. I now know that it can probably be fixed and I can actually afford to have it fixed, so that changes a lot of things for me. Not so daunting as I thought. I guess you could say that I may be older and wiser about it.

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John,  I know how you feel because I'm having the same problem of getting started on my 48 DeSoto.  We both need a shot of that guy's workaholic blood, you know, the tall guy with the mustache who was a plumbing contractor who had all the great Mopars, including a Town and Country.  Oh, just thought of his name, Monty Ostberg of El Cajon.  And I don't have the cold garage excuse either like you.  I've thought of hiring some helpers, but keep putting it off.  Marc.

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If I was your buddy whose house you just got fixed, I'd be willing to do do anything to help you with your project.  Maybe he can string wire in your garage, clean parts,

sweep the floor, lift and load, scrap & paint.  At least he can help you load that engine and take it to the guy who can fix it.  i thought with all the cars you spot in your town that there was a car guy community there.  Sometimes just a little companionship in a project breeds progress and enthuseiasm.  I bet you inspried that guy to help you

fix his house.   Good Luck.

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20 minutes ago, Paul Dobbin said:

 Maybe he can......clean parts, sweep the floor, lift and load, scrap & paint.  At least he can help you load that engine and take it to the guy who can fix it. 

Did all those things for about 6 years for a mate who worked on my Packard for about a year. Still be doing it now but we both moved about 6 years ago and are now 150 miles apart.

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Referencing the original post: When the old man got in the car seat and drove it I swelled up a little. How very fortunate he is to have family and friends who made this happen for him. He must have had a rush of memories and good feelings when he heard the car running, honked the horn and drove it again.

 

@keiser31 I am not sure of your situation however I will share that when working in these old cars, every little bit of progress is very rewarding. As you repair and improve various systems you get a strong sense of accomplishment and reward. If time, effort, cost, shop space or anything else are hurdles for you , you can slowly just pick away at small things. Your car does not have to be a show winner. You win everyday when you get out there, fix things, and eventually drive it again.

 

I bought an old original 1938. I pick away at it when I can. I was so elated when I got all the dash lamps, head and tail lamps all rewired, cleaned up and working again. Horn, and high beams working as new for the first time in many decades. The feelings motive me and I carry on to the next thing, keeping me interested. When I get sidetracked with my job, or many another things in my life that pull me away from the garage, I am ok with that. I get back in there when time allows and time somehow flies by again when I am in the shop. I go to bed feeling great,  putting together a parts list and planning repairs for the weeks to come.

 

Good luck with your progress. If you like, I suggest starting a thread under the restoration section here. Post your progress and photos. People follow along and make comments. It too will help keep you motivated and rewarded.

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13 hours ago, keiser31 said:

I have since changed my attitude about being depressed about it all. I now know that it can probably be fixed and I can actually afford to have it fixed, so that changes a lot of things for me. Not so daunting as I thought. I guess you could say that I may be older and wiser about it.

Man over machine - you can master it.  That being said, things do go wrong and often - and when they do I generally bring in the friend network as it is more fun to do projects with them anyway. And periodically you just need one really expensive specialist - that is fine too.

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Thank you to all who have given me votes of confidence. I HAVE been working on little parts of the car and getting parts for future installation. There IS progress albeit small increments of it. The house project set me back on the 1931 DB progress, but I am definitely inspired again with your comments. I have been getting tons of good ideas from the folks here who are restoring their cars and showing their progress. Maybe I should slow down the amount of posting I do on this site so I can actually get back to the '31.

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1 hour ago, keithb7 said:

 

 

 

If you like, I suggest starting a thread under the restoration section here. Post your progress and photos. People follow along and make comments. It too will help keep you motivated and rewarded.

I have thought about doing that, but the lags between progresses would be very big.

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1 hour ago, keiser31 said:

I have thought about doing that, but the lags between progresses would be very big.

Don't worry about the lags in between progress. I haven't posted anything exciting in a while.  It's driving me crazy not to get time to work on the car. Too much stuff going on right now and maybe a move coming up. So I watch other folks restorations which keeps me motivated. I know you will get it going again and back on the road. 

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We need to see your posts you have a lot of information  to help others.

I wanted to take my Chrysler to a local show the first of August but

 I hit a snag and I still  don’t have it done. I got to bleed the breaks again and then just some small things to do but its cold  up here in Michigan so I don’t get much done.  Ive  got it up on blocks  and the grandson wanted to take it for a ride and I told him i was going to leave it on  blocks til spring , this way I can run it and put the drive line in gear and run that through the winter.

The older I get the eiser it is for me to not do much.lol

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1 hour ago, Isaiah said:

We need to see your posts you have a lot of information  to help others.

I wanted to take my Chrysler to a local show the first of August but

 I hit a snag and I still  don’t have it done. I got to bleed the breaks again and then just some small things to do but its cold  up here in Michigan so I don’t get much done.  Ive  got it up on blocks  and the grandson wanted to take it for a ride and I told him i was going to leave it on  blocks til spring , this way I can run it and put the drive line in gear and run that through the winter.

The older I get the eiser it is for me to not do much.lol

I guess I will have to show what I have done already in the past years of owning the car.

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I thought about how much time each day I spend watching tv and surfing the net, usually to Ebay and Facebook, and playing video pool and computer chess, and thought what if I just cut one hour off of that mostly wasted time to devote to working on the car.  Also it's good to make your garage your man cave with lots of interesting things on the walls.  I have Mopar signs, Shell gas, movie posters, Coca Cola ads from he 30s and 40s, etc.  I also installed a wide screen tv because working in the garage on you car can be a lonely task and the tv provides some "company".  But the best I ever heard of how to make progress on an old car is the way I heard two young Swedish men talk about how they do it.  This was back in the 80s when they visited our car club in San Diego, and we took them out the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner.  Their car club shares the cost of renting a garage where they share the cost of the big equipment like lifts, and they all help each other with their restorations.  Boy, that is one club I'd like to join!  

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