We are still asking: What did you get done on your Bolt today ????
The question, initially posted May 23, 2005, was:
"Whatcha do on your Bolt this weekend?"
After 51,906,997 views, 7378 replies over 185 pages, this thread in General Truck Talk is a happening! And it's not just weekends anymore.
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Originally Posted by Hotrod Lincoln
Good grief- - - - -I've trashed or given away better looking sheet metal than that stuff! I wonder what my old 59 Burb that's been parked for over 20 years would be worth? It's one of those "IRWIPI" things! Jerry
I talked to a body shop who was restoring an AD cab when I first got my truck, and his comment after I described my project was "Buy a new cab". But that wasn't the point. The truck has some history and I wanted to keep it as original as possible, so rebuilt the rust bucket. That and I needed something to keep me off the streets in retirement (it worked. )
Kevin Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com] #2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up. First car '29 Ford Special Coupe Busting rust since the mid-60's
I look at fixing basket cases this way. You might suggest that I am crazy to even try it. I say that you are way too late on your assessment of my mental state. I need a pointless hobby like this to occupy my egg shell fragile mind to prevent me from being really dangerous to society.
Since fixing vehicles has always been a way of keeping a roof over my family's heads and food on the table instead of a hobby, I have a somewhat different take on what's worthwhile. I also think it's sort of foolish for supposedly mature adults to get passionately dedicated to a particular brand name of rust bucket. Of course, I also think it's foolish to spend thousands of dollars on equipment to be able to waste time smacking a little ball with a stick and then chasing it all over dozens of acres, BTW! Jerry
"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" Kris Kristofferson
Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
My 53 cab was actually in a little worse shape than the one you're starting on. I too thought: Well, at least I'll be a better welder when this is finished. My cab is about finished now, and I do believe that I have become a better welder, although I still have lots of room for improvement. The good thing is, I will have most of the nastly looking welds pretty well hidden soon. I wish I'd started when I was a little younger. I think that you not only become a better welder, but you also get a better feel for what to replace, and what to leave alone. We all probably do a great job of keeping the grinder disc manufacturers profitable. It's easy for me to say "don't get discouraged", but I still do once in a while. The bottom line is: were saving some very cool vehicular history from being melted down.
Mike Burns 1940 Chev 1/2 ton 1953 Chev 1/2 ton 1953 Ford Victoria 1950 Studebaker Starlight Coupe