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Is it just me??
#1
Is it just me, or does everyone feel like giving up halfway through a build. Don't get me wrong, I will finish my car no doubt, but sometimes it feels so overwhelming with all the money I'm putting in it. This build will cost me in excess of 40k, including price of the car.

Does anyone else go through this?
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#2
It can get frustrating. I tried to keep my car running and on the road as long as I could and did little repairs here and there. It kept my interest up by being able to take it out for a spin. Hang it there and don't give up!
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#3
I went through the same thing a few years ago. I was overwhelmed and didn't feel like I had done anything and the projects kept piling up it seemed. But when I got the motor running good and all of the drivetrain buttoned up. I drove it down the road with no hood, mirrors, bumpers and open headers and it made all of the work worth the wait. That first little drive down the road was so much fun it encourages to this day to keep at it and finish.

Enjoy even the smallest of victories, it helps keep you motivated.

Jayson
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73 Mach 1 Mustang
89 Dodge Shadow ES
94 Jeep Wrangler

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#4
I don't about everyone but, I feel most experience a similar emotion. Our serious, non-hobby lives, require priority attention and delays in completing a project often occur. My Mach was stripped to the unibody and sat that way for 2.5 years before I started on it again. It took me another 22 months to finish it. It did get done. So hang in there. Besides, it sounds like you are not the chicken associated with breakfast but rather the pig associated with breakfast. You are committed rather than just being involved.

Good Luck,
Chuck
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#5
No, it is not just you and that is why it is GREAT to have a community of folks that "have been there", "are going there" or that are "current there" where you are.

I get a lot of joy out of the actual "doing it" as it is something I truly love. Of course, some of us are older and have a bit more disposable income which makes it somewhat easierSmile.

I guess I would say that it is like everything else in life. You find the things that truly interested you and you will be happy with "doing it." If you are not happy with what you are doing, it might be time to "regroup."

BT

Do the RIGHT thing.
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#6
No you are not, I ask myself everyday, what in the world was I thinking? Then something small actually gets completed and for a day or to it now I know why. I quit counting money on it along time ago, I have a folder I just put all the reciepts in. Maybe one day I will have the guts to add them up. Thats why its good to get a plan and stick to it. These cars kinda relate to life itself during a build. WANTS and NEEDS. Did I need Aluminum heads and the March serpintine system, NO, but have always wanted them. So I bought them without thinking of what other problems they could cause down the road with the build. But my thoughts are I want to do this once and not be like I hear alot at the shows, people saysing I wish I had done that when I was building Mine. It has taken a long time to this point, but it is also paid for 100%. When she does fire up and drive out I will owe no one a dime on the car so that is my saving grace in this ordeal. Good luck and keep your chin up.
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#7
The mustang was and is a rolling resto. My primary motivation is to 'keep it running', this was stronger when it was my daily driver. There was a period where it became a 'garage shelf' and was starting to store stuff on and in it.

I have a Jeep Cherokee (1982) that I did a LOT of work to in a very short period of time. I was motivated to get it completed before a yearly gathering of 'full size jeep' folks in Ouray CO. The deadline became very motivating.


'Mike'
73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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#8
I've had some "WTF have I done?" moments since I took on my project (especially right after I cut the front clip off), but I can't ever see getting to the 'give it up' point.

Walk away for a weekend (or two, if you can stand it). You'll feel a lot better when you get back at it.

Eric

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#9
If your is not on the road, find a member from here that lives closeby and see if you can take theirs for a spin, that may get you motivated again.
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#10
I am motivated as hell to get my dream car finished, I promise it will happen. It's just very interesting to see what we go through during a build, if only people knew...
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