For me owning and driving a vintage car represents an bit of a paradox. First, we are all quite spoiled by the "new" cars we tend to drive everyday. No matter how hard I try, it is difficult to avoid carrying over some of those expectations to my old cars. We all know what they are. I currently have a few cars that are not daily drivers, including a couple from the 60s and 70s which I absolutely love! When I am able to take any of the cars out to drive or to a car cruise, etc., I am very proud of them and really enjoy sharing the cars and the histories with others. But here is what inevitably happens; when a week or two go by and I am not out driving them, and get really anxious to take one out on the open road and enjoy the ride. When I am out driving them, all I can think about is how to make them better. It is rare for me not to have some kind of "to-do" list after going out for a drive. Mostly minor things, but they add up, to a point where I will start to avoid going out again until I get most of the "to-do" list done, only to come up with a few more items to add to the list. Don't get me wrong, I like working on them too, but the pursuit of perfection is a bit ridiculous, and it really gets in the way of total enjoyment. I am smart enough to know that my expectations are not completely realistic, but that is little consolation when I stare at the list and know I can still make some improvements. It is the reason I tell people that a restoration project, not matter how extensive or limited it may be, is never done. So what should I do? That's the paradox, but there is no way I would ever give up on the hobby, I just enjoy it too much, even when it is frustrating. I guess these are the pros and cons.
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This reminds me of my youth, when I was first learning and working on cars. Mostly my own junk to keep it running, but soon friends and their parents were asking me to look at their junk too. Before I knew it, I was trying to fix things I had no business working on and with each success came more requests (and some repeats). Definitely not good! In hindsight, I learned a lot about cars from the experience, but mostly I learned not to work on other people's cars.
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