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Least favorite task of restoring

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For me I think it's electrical issues followed by bodywork and then exhaust.Anybody agree?Thanks,Greg.

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Just plain starting the project. 

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No question for me, painting including all the prep, tape, prime sand clean, touch-up, prime sand clean, prime sand clean, then re-tape, paint, paint.....is the most difficult of all jobs. No room for error, everything is seen, and even minor stuff will bug you forever. I didn't even mention fully assemble, then disassemble then re-aassemble.. grrr. And if you want to hire a quality guy/shop to do it, then be ready to pay big $$$. I think it is the most discouraging part of a full restoration.

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For me, it's putting away all the tools you need to do a job properly.

It's amazing how many tools you can have laying around just to do what you thought was going to be a simple job.

Wiping them all down and putting them away is always the most unpleasant part for me.

 

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5 minutes ago, zepher said:

For me, it's putting away all the tools you need to do a job properly.

 

OK, I'm going to change my answer.

 

For me, it's LOOKING FOR all the tools I didn't put away properly after the last job. 😨

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For me it's the writing of the check for that which I cannot do...

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2 hours ago, Laughing Coyote said:

Body work.

 

 

I agree, because I can't do it very well. Laughing Coyote is actually pretty good at it, from what I've seen.

 

 

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DAVES89 said: For me it's the writing of the check for that which I cannot do...

 

Which is the other real reason I don't like body work.

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I hate the prep and painting, love the trim work.

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cleaning decades old grease and grime from the engine compartment and bottom side. once it's all clean I find the rest to be enjoyable

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Waiting for parts!

 

close second is dealing with people that bemoan the death of hobby then want exorbitant prices for everything, yes it’s rare but so are the people needing to buy it

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I hate cleaning the frame, including the front and rear axles. Don't get it clean enough and your final paint job just peels right off. 

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I'll endorse the answer for cleaning the ancient grease off old parts.  The grease, dirt, muck and whatever form the most insoluble tar on old parts.  Modern cleaners, including the purple stuff, won't touch it.  It needs kerosene or lacquer thinner to get through it - and a good wire scrub brush.  Then I have to get rid of the solvent and grease in a responsible way, and eventually clean up my hands and the rest of my grease-stained clothing.  I'd be happy to sand,  grind, fit, and paint the parts if only I didn't have to degrease them.  Maybe I need one of those parts degreaser machines with a heater in it - but I have no plans to EVER start another restoration of a greasy old car. 

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3 hours ago, joe_padavano said:

 

OK, I'm going to change my answer.

 

For me, it's LOOKING FOR all the tools I didn't put away properly after the last job. 😨

What is the quickest way to find a misplaced tool?  Buy a replacement!😁

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When they invent a robot mechanic and robot body-expert in 50 years that will do all the work for free we can all roll over in our graves and complain of the good old days when we had to do restorations ourselves for big dollars. 

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That’s funny, scraping the old grease off old parts is one of my favorite things.  It’s like sculpting for the untalented; just scape with a putty knife and before long a beautiful old engine emerges. 

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I'll second the idea of dealing with rust. Don't mind body work until it comes to replacing rusted out body panels. 


 

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I'm not sure body work is the worst job. For me it is the most intimidating job.  I have little skills in the area. The body gets ignored for a long time around here, for a long time. While I noodle with mechanical repairs. Electrical is fun and interesting. Body work? Ok I need a mentor. I admit it.

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For me it is Sandblasting big parts outside on a hot day while suited up like an astronaut, and then being pelted with sand and rust from about every direction. Hot, Dirty, Nasty job but necessary for a proper frame off restoration of most anything. That's my final answer. Dandy Dave!  

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Inventorying all the pieces when you buy the unfinished job.

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