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07-16-2006, 03:41 PM
Finally I got some time alone with my 57! Brought my laptop to the garage and listened to streaming oldies while I bonded with the Beast! I didn't accomplish a whole lot, but I sure got some good quality time with the 57.
Took the carb off and did a little cleaning...put it back on and now I'm convinced that I need to take it apart and do the job right! That'll happen next time I get time.
Jacked it up and took a real good look at the transmission linkage and figured out what's going on when I can't get it to shift into reverse. Now I just have to find the time to fix it.
Today, coupled with my dash painting yesterday, was the best time I've in the garage for a long time!
I wish I could find more time to do this, I think I'd get this sucker on the road then! :)
07-16-2006, 04:52 PM
Mike, isn`t it a good feeling to know that you have a few less things to get accomplished on the ride? I was off the week of the 4th and i got to spend some quality time on my 57. Of course when i do get to work on it then i try to post some new pics on my web site also.
07-16-2006, 05:09 PM
i like to take photos, too, but this time I didn't really have the opportunity to take any -- I did take a pic of my leaking carb, though!
I'm just waiting for my insurance card to come in the mail so I can get this car registered so I can take it out on the street when I get it running. I feel like I'm getting close, so getting it registered should help the momemtum!
07-16-2006, 08:37 PM
My Dad always told me.... small steps... didn't understand it until I got old. You can run a mile or two but then you have to stop and sometimes never start again but if you just take small steps, you will eventually get where you want to go.......and enjoy the trip along the way...
07-16-2006, 09:18 PM
Roger that sounds like great advice. Trouble is my small steps sometimes feel like backward steps. haha.
07-16-2006, 09:56 PM
Progress always seems to be a series of "two steps forward, one step back." Now, if the two forward are offset by three back, then there's trouble!
I agree with the small bite theory, but it's also necessary to make sure we don't take too small of bites so we don't get anywhere. It's just as important to keep to a scheduled plan, something I'm not too good at with my 57. I get sidetracked too easily!
07-17-2006, 04:05 PM
I have been guilty of this...I've seen a lot of people rush to get a piece of the project done on schedule, like fix the brakes (that where I am now). They rush to meet some obscure deadline they place on themselves (like before summer is gone) and just about kill themselves getting there. When they are done, it is half-assed and they are so tired that they stop working on it for a long time... then they get the bug again and give themselves another deadline to get something done, like PS by Thanksgiving (that's where I am next). They meet that deadline only to stop again because they busted their butt meeting the self-imposed deadline. These are the cars you see in the for-sale sections of magazines that are in the "restoration started" phase. Breaks my heart to see these cars go for a song knowing how much work has already gone into them .
07-17-2006, 07:46 PM
Good point about the self-imposed deadlines, Roger. Of course, we need deadlines or nothing would get done, but they need to be realistic and not carved in stone. You sure speak the truth about getting so tired that we let it sit for too long before starting again -- this is what I do in most areas of my life...jump in head first with all the gusto in the world and then burn out for a while before I can get back into it. I'm trying my best to not do that with my 57, I just want slow steady progress!
07-17-2006, 08:26 PM
sounds great. my most recent time in the garage was spent with my wifes daily driver...a dreaded FixOrRepairDaily!
07-17-2006, 08:41 PM
Yeah, it's always nice to be working on something that's there for your pleasure rather than something that needs to be fixed or else!
07-17-2006, 09:36 PM
Know what you mean nd.... We have always been a chevy family. Built a 73 camaro for my youngest sons graduation, built an 83 camaro for my oldest sons graduation... bought my wife a 98 LS1 when she became a nurse (her first new car). Then my oldest son sold the 83 and bought a 94 Z28.... ok.. still a Chevy... then he did the unspeakable..... he brought home a 99 Mustang GT. Broke my heart. It has been one PITA and when it breaks.. who does he call? Yep... the ole man. He is my son (however misguided) so I can't say no to him... but last week I drew the line. He wanted me to go out and buy the FORD AC and Fuel line tools. No way I am going to have Ford tools sharing the same space as my Craftsman (Chevy) tools...... ANyway... hurts me to take time away from my tri-fives to work on a Ford...... Kids....
07-17-2006, 09:40 PM
Mike... I agree with you on having deadlines... Worked for AT&T for 32+ years and had a lifetime of deadlines... Unfortunately... most of them were someone elses deadlines... now I can under-estimate the time it takes me to do something and miss all my own for a change!!!!
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