The Non-Mechincal Hurdles of Restoring and Modifying Cars

So restoring or modifying a car will have hurdles, no way around it, face ’em and deal with ’em.  I think one could list them for days and still not cover them all.  But let me cover the psychological ones that I’ve encountered. (Beside the dual persona necessary to own and owning up to owning  a Ford and a Chevy….oh don’t worry you read the multiples talk to one other…right?…what ever you say….Yes they won’t have to read that again…we promise.)

Again, I’m sure there are many, but one by one I’ll list mine and discuss.  It’ll be good for us…I mean..me!!!

Most of these stem from always longing for that special car and then finally getting one.  Now, if you pick up a “project” car then chances are you aren’t going to get where I am until at least you have it running, driven it around while and developed that special bond.  You know the bond I’m talking about, where you’ll do anything to spend time with it.   Like take the long way to work even though you might be couple minutes late or the “Sure honey, I don’t mind running to the store for you for the 14th time today.  ” I don’t mind missing a little of the game.”    That bond.

I bought both of my cars in very good to excellent condition.  The Mustang was my almost daily driver, even when it was just a 6 banger and the Vette replaced my Celica as the daily driver..by design.  So I developed the bond pretty quickly.

This bond drives “fear”,  yes, I said it…”FEAR”.  Fear that something might happen to the car, a crazy fellow driver, a knucklehead in a parking lot, the old guy that leaves his shopping cart in the parking spot next to you on a windy day.  All truly horrible, truly.

But there is one thing worse, breaking the beloved thing yourself.  It’s like accidentally stepping on your pets paw or knocking your child down while playing basketball.  It a can actually make you feel ill…right?  You all following me?  CAN YOU DIG IT? (from the movie Warriors).

Remember, I’m the Average Guy I have a basic skill set, you won’t find me (Yet) pulling the tearing down an entire working engine.  At least not alone and even then with much trepidation.  I can’t image being deprived of driving my dream, due to circumstance within my control..that’s just NUTS!!!!!

If you are on a limited budget this multiples the fear 120 fold…AT LEAST.  You break it….you have to wait to get it fixed.  Then your significant other is going to AT LEAST mention how much it might cost (over and over and over)   errrk…(when every you see…errrk…. in the middle of my written thoughts,  image a quick brake screech – this means I’m braking for a side note…”witty” comment or in this case a disclaimer) “The commentary in this blog relates to a  fictitious individual, any similarities or assumed similarities that might point to an actual person are merely coincidental and not intended to be projected onto my very understanding spouse.”  (Love you..Honey!!!)   (pssssst..how was that…pretty good huh?..Yeah that should cover my butt…JUST fine.  Of course we have a very nice couch!!!)

OK..enough therapy  for today ..more tomorrow.

Thanks for  reading.

Tim

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