Senior Member - 2019 Exceptional Action Award
This is one of those questions I have asked myself when I walk through a car show or a cruise night. I have been working on cars since I was 9, well 7 if you count the day I got a hold of one of my dad's screwdrivers and started taking the interior a part of a 59' Impala my dad had in the driveway ! So I had never taken any of my projects to have someone else work on them, I was lucky to have my dad or bother to help when I got in over my head ! I laid in bed one morning trying to figure out how many engines I have changed in my life, I stopped at over 2 dozen ! The same with body work ( worked in a body shop for a very short time after high school) I have always done all my own, with mixed results ! Ok so moving to present day and at 61 and dealing with health issue's like many us as we get older, now what? My Elky needs to have it's drivetrain updated, that means engine, tranny and rear end, it's also need body work finished, interior updated ! The obvious elephant in the room is always money ! I'm guessing if most of us had the resources we would just buy one already restored or just pay to have work done? But honestly working on my Elky or any project has always been an enjoyment, tons of satisfaction and of course pride when you turn some piece of crap into something ! I'm sure there will be a ton of different responses to the poll because we are all at different stages in our lives. When I see Gene Winfield at 93 start working on his projects that is just amazing! About 10 years age when I was still out in the field inspecting, I pulled up to inspect a new metal carport, an "older guy" ( properly the age I'm now) was waiting for me and he had a cool 63' Falcon for sale. Of course I asked how much and he started to tell me his story, he had the car since high school, now he had some heart and vain issue's in his neck and he could no longer work on it. I said "well he could still drive it" and he said "if I can't work on it what is the point", what is the point? Thank you to everyone who has responded to the polls and all the great feedback from them !