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Old 05-19-2011, 05:39 PM   #346
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another vote for leaving it!
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:58 PM   #347
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Hell yeah! Leave it.

Sure, more would be fun but would just be over the top. One's enough.
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:26 PM   #348
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this year you speak of- its the fastest year in hotrod history. not counting those stupid hack and whack tv shows that are on every channel now.

my 1961 shoulda took a year and its going on 16 yrs now.

when you get done, you will have to make up a name of some hotrod shop 200 miles away and said they did it for you. Or else you'll get every schmoe in the county bringing you the rusty remains of a twice wrecked nova or falcon and saying--"I don't want nothin fancy- just do it like you did your truck." and you probably don't want a dozen lumps sitting round the shop waiting for some customer to make progress payments.. or maybe you do. most shops think its easier to make quick money on late model stuff.
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:28 AM   #349
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this year you speak of- its the fastest year in hotrod history. .
It looks like I'm close to finishing, but I still have a few months, luckily.


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when you get done, you will have to make up a name of some hotrod shop 200 miles away and said they did it for you. Or else you'll get every schmoe in the county bringing you the rusty remains of a twice wrecked nova or falcon and saying--"I don't want nothin fancy- just do it like you did your truck." and you probably don't want a dozen lumps sitting round the shop waiting for some customer to make progress payments.. or maybe you do. most shops think its easier to make quick money on late model stuff.
ha! Too funny. I've been in the middle of working on the truck, and had people ask me if I do bodywork, to which I reply "not for money".

I could do up these trucks for someone else, but DAMN they would have to be pretty well funded. I'm not keeping track of the hours, I probably should have.

regarding the late model quick money - Midas has it right. Mufflers + Brakes are easy money, and in the NE swapping tires around 2x a year pays well, and there is lots of work. *MOST* people up here run snow tires.

I run a small one man show operation, and turnover in the parking lot is what makes money, not filling the lot with stuff that sits.
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:58 AM   #350
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The best shop I ever worked with was a one man show in a two bay garage. One bay was for his projects. The other bay was for customer projects. You generally stopped by late when he was finishing for the day and chatted him up. If he liked you and liked your project you were in. He did amazing work and was worth way more than he charged. But half the fun of going there was checking out "his" side of the shop.
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:57 PM   #351
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The best shop I ever worked with was a one man show in a two bay garage. One bay was for his projects. The other bay was for customer projects. You generally stopped by late when he was finishing for the day and chatted him up. If he liked you and liked your project you were in. He did amazing work and was worth way more than he charged. But half the fun of going there was checking out "his" side of the shop.
For us 'car nuts with no money or talent' that's 3/4 of the fun!

I'm kinda thinkin about a Jeep truck. Get a J10 or J20 and doing something on a far smaller scale than MZ. I dig the lines on them old Jeep trucks... I'm curious how much sandblasting then painting the frame would run me.

I have thoughts in my head about an 8' bed chassis but change to a 7' bed and extending the cab 12" but I know that's WAY beyond anything I would remotely try and I don't have the $$ to have someone do it for me.

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Old 05-23-2011, 05:27 PM   #352
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Gummee, I used to live in MD.

There are a couple powder coaters that can run a whole chassis through their ovens. The coating process includes having the chassis sand blasted.

IMHO, that's a deal. The place I used frequently is called Maryland Industrial Coatings, and they're in Westminister MD. They're just what their name says: not many colors, they work cheap, and the painters aren't the brightest bulbs on the tree (they drilled a hole in cosmetic area on one of my parts -- a 12' long railing with a closed end -- I'm definitely holding a grudge, but you don't have that issue with a chassis).

Maryland Industrial Coating

There's another place that did really great creative work (big color selection, pearl colors, two tone, etc.) -- I've seen their work, but never done work with them -- in Boonesboro, but I don't know if they can do big parts.

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Old 05-24-2011, 08:03 AM   #353
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Thanks

I'm definitely gonna be on a budget, so one color is absolutely fine.

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Old 05-24-2011, 09:40 AM   #354
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:21 AM   #355
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:04 PM   #356
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:41 PM   #357
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The best shop I ever worked with was a one man show in a two bay garage. One bay was for his projects. The other bay was for customer projects. You generally stopped by late when he was finishing for the day and chatted him up.
You are one of the few kind and considerate and get a pass... unfortunately most are clueless and self centered/serving.

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And if you don't, then they go away wondering what's with the attitude or saying he's hard to work with. Ask me how I know.


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Old 06-08-2011, 12:56 PM   #358
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Found your next project...

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Old 06-09-2011, 10:01 AM   #359
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I was real close to pulling the trigger on a CL ad for a '51 Chevy 1-ton pickup, but when I called, the seller said his kid (who did the CL ad for him) had left a zero off the price. I declined. I'd have offered 1/4 or even 1/3 of his asking price but I was so very shocked I didn't mention it.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:37 PM   #360
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