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Old 09-09-2021, 02:18 PM   #1
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I canít be the only one

I canít be the only one who starts a project and then letís it go way overkill from what I started out to do. I recently decided to redo the front and rear suspension on my 71 GMC. After taking off the suspension and steering I figured Iíd powder coat the control arms and rear trailing arms. Then it snowballed into pulley, brackets and air cleaner and such. Then inner fenders and radiator support. Rear main is leaking a bit so Iím already that far. If thatís coming out might as well send the engine mounts, crossmember and trans crossmember.
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Old 09-09-2021, 07:25 PM   #2
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Donít know what you are talking about
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Old 09-09-2021, 07:42 PM   #3
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I screwed up and told the wife it will only be a couple weeks of me taking her parking spot.🤣🤣
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Old 09-09-2021, 08:19 PM   #4
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Project creep lol! I figured a year......it took 5 Welcome to the club!
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Old 09-10-2021, 02:02 AM   #5
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Nice to know thereís a term for it.
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Old 09-10-2021, 01:10 PM   #6
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Wait!
Are you implying there's another way projects can go?????
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Old 09-10-2021, 03:02 PM   #7
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On my 65 G10 van it went from simple suspension rebuild to completely modded. The engine, and tranny swap are on the simple side.

My Camaro has been in on/off project phase for a few years. Yet has had 3 different engines which have been graciously donated to other projects. Including my C10 engine swap.

Will I learn yes. But I ignore the results because I am tired of high payments, and ugly cars. I need simple. A simple 450hp truck. As simple as that. One that I can fix while I promise never to do this to myself again, but I lie alot to myself.
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Old 09-11-2021, 01:28 PM   #8
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Wait!
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I know of no other🤣
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Old 09-11-2021, 01:33 PM   #9
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On my 65 G10 van it went from simple suspension rebuild to completely modded. The engine, and tranny swap are on the simple side.

My Camaro has been in on/off project phase for a few years. Yet has had 3 different engines which have been graciously donated to other projects. Including my C10 engine swap.

Will I learn yes. But I ignore the results because I am tired of high payments, and ugly cars. I need simple. A simple 450hp truck. As simple as that. One that I can fix while I promise never to do this to myself again, but I lie alot to myself.
I kept trying to talk myself out of going further but it I kept thinking ďsince Iím hereĒ. I did this with a VW squareback years back. I did a quick paint job to sell it in 2004 but after the 2 Ds( deployment and divorce) I started working on it again. While putting a new wiring harness in my foot went through the fiberglass repair in the floor from a previous owner. It ended up with the body off and hardware all plated and everything painted. Slippery slope
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Old 09-20-2021, 11:16 AM   #10
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That's about where I am. Seems there's no way out
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Old 09-20-2021, 02:24 PM   #11
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That's about where I am. Seems there's no way out
Iím trying to walk that fine line of wanting to keep chasing things I want to do and not upsetting momma🤔
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Old 09-20-2021, 11:03 PM   #12
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when you find yourself saying.."well I might as well do this since I'm here" .....you're in trouble lol
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Old 09-21-2021, 10:30 AM   #13
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Iím trying to walk that fine line of wanting to keep chasing things I want to do and not upsetting momma🤔
I hear that. Walking that fine line, it looks like I'm under the influence
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Old 09-21-2021, 10:32 AM   #14
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when you find yourself saying.."well I might as well do this since I'm here" .....you're in trouble lol
That's been my whole project....and all I wanted to do was change out the motor mounts.
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Old 09-21-2021, 03:15 PM   #15
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What's project creep? I left the drivetrain and suspension alone but tore the cab and front end apart, welded in the new steel, and painted it in 30 days. That included reassembly and me redoing the wiring harness. Luckily it was a daily driver so I could say good enough. I did cheat and already had the doors done before tear down. That was an 18 hour a day marathon but it was all the time I had so it had to be done on time since I took vacation and did the work 7 hours from where I was living and the truck was my daily driver.

Seriously though the best way to avoid project creep is to keep it mobile, even if it's not a daily driver. Most things can be done over a weekend other than final body work and paint. This method let's you find the issues ahead of time and allows you to adjust for it. The second you stop using this method the project will scream to a halt. Also when this happens the checkbook tends to come out alot more. Face the fact that there are some really nice rides here but I don't know of to many Concourse restorations going on. Just my thoughts and advice.
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Old 09-23-2021, 08:54 PM   #16
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Iím just waiting on for my powder coating to be done next week. Hopefully my hardware will be done at the players next week or week after. Rear end is out and cleaned up waiting for paint. Gas tank and all lines are out now too. Iíve been spending a few hours each morning scrubbing the underside and framerails. I donít hunk Iíve convinced myself that I donít need to drop the frame although itís really close and would be much easier to paint. I am going to paint the firewall since a color change is in the plans so no better time than now for that. Luckily my wife just kind of shakes her head when I talk about my plans for it😎
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i hear that. Walking that fine line, it looks like i'm under the influence
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Old 09-30-2021, 05:35 AM   #18
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The term is " sensuous". Sensuous is already in there, then you might as well do all of the rest.
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Old 10-02-2021, 05:00 PM   #19
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Thatís awesome
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Old 10-20-2021, 10:48 AM   #20
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Watch out!! That's how many frame-off restorations began!!
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Old 10-20-2021, 06:58 PM   #21
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Yep. I talked myself out of pulling the frame. Took some convincing
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Old 10-29-2021, 07:45 AM   #22
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At least you do not have many layers of a rusty onion to peel back.
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Old 10-30-2021, 01:43 AM   #23
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It has the normal rocker rust. Other than that not too bad. I hen I get the electrical set up in the garage I can start on that. All in all itís not too bad though.
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