I recall being parked next to a gentleman at a local car gathering who had a great looking GM pickup, late 50’s model, and a father and son walked up to him and asked for his advice on a similar GM project truck THEY were working on. “Sell it” was the man’s advice. Which the two took almost like a slap in the face. The man continued “How old are you son?” “16” the kid replied; “I got this old GM truck from my Granddad to restore and drive.” The man looked at him sideways, “Well, the problem is it’s going to take more money, and more time then you or your Dad can imagine, my truck took me 4 years of constant work and lots of money to get to this condition. The man stood up and smiled “I’m not trying to be negative, you asked for my advice and I’m just telling you the reality of it. You’re going to graduate high school, want to go on to college – which takes money. So, you’ll have to choose… Oh and you’re going to discover girls, dating takes money too.” I’ve seen so many projects cars and trucks started, then sit while young men go off to college, start a career, marry and start a family, and the project deteriorates under a cover. Eventually Mom and Dad want this car/truck off their property. But you don’t have time or space to finish it. All the monies and time you did put into it, are wasted. Now I’m overhearing all this and knew it was not the answer either of these guys were looking for or expecting. But I had to hand it to the older voice of experience, (or his perspective anyway). And some of the pitfalls he was referencing are listed here. Maybe instead of restoring a project, buy a GM that up and in running condition. You’ll pay more upfront, but you’ll have something to drive and enjoy now.
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