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im Just tired of it all. Same old crappy tune ups and trouble shooting the same thing. Cant get quality parts. Hard to do my own work anymore with a bad back and knees plus I cant see.
very frustrating trying to work putting my glasses on and off only to step or roll over on them by the time im done.

If i pay for work its a crap shoot. Very few places know what they're doing with these old things.

5 years ago when i had the car painted I bought all new chrome and most of it is already tarnished and pitted. God forbid if the car was outside what it would look like. quality of repop parts pisses me off.

I think its time to move on with my life. just dont know what this crap is worth. Maybe just sell it all and buy a new Shelby. it will blow the doors off both of these things put together and handle too with no squeaks and rattles either lol

id imagine both cars would move pretty fast. after all these decades Im at the crossroads for sure and im not sure what to do
 

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im Just tired of it all. Same old crappy tune ups and trouble shooting the same thing. Cant get quality parts. Hard to do my own work anymore with a bad back and knees plus I cant see.
very frustrating trying to work putting my glasses on and off only to step or roll over on them by the time im done.

If i pay for work its a crap shoot. Very few places know what they're doing with these old things.

5 years ago when i had the car painted I bought all new chrome and most of it is already tarnished and pitted. God forbid if the car was outside what it would look like. quality of repop parts pisses me off.

I think its time to move on with my life. just dont know what this crap is worth. Maybe just sell it all and buy a new Shelby. it will blow the doors off both of these things put together and handle too with no squeaks and rattles either lol

id imagine both cars would move pretty fast. after all these decades Im at the crossroads for sure and im not sure what to do
Although I get frustrated sometimes with our car, I always take a break and get back to it with enthusiasm. Personally, if you just started to feel this way, I'd store them (or leave them alone) for a month. If you still feel the same then for sure, sell them. Sounds like you still want to be into cars (you mentioned a Shelby) so you want to stay in the hobby. Just my .02
 

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I get it. Heck, I'm only in my 30s and still sometimes asking myself if it's worth it messing with an old car, especially when there's no one in my social circle who shares the interest. I'm always working solo.

In my opinion, if your heart's not in it, do as you're thinking and move on. You won't feel obligated to spend your time doing something that you don't have a passion for and you'll probably find yourself happier and with lower stress. Not to mention that the cars will get passed on to someone who will enjoy them and take care of them. My dad is one of those guys that can't bring himself to sell anything - even if he's not enjoying it, he can't bring himself to sell it to someone who will. He's ended up with a 2000 sq ft garage full of junk that's rotting away. He's not enjoying it, and he's not letting anyone else enjoy it either. To me, that's one of the saddest things there is. If the cars aren't bringing you any joy anymore, relieve yourself of the burden and pass them on to someone who will. Both you and the buyer will be happier.
 

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My wife had me try a craft beer with my burger the other night. It tasted like crap, and I told her so. she said it's a little like drinking wine, and you have to acquire the taste. I said why in the he77 would I continue to drink something I don't like in the hopes that it'll get better?!? I'm sticking with my Busch Light and calling it good. Connecting the dots- if you don't like it, punt and move on, but if there's a chance you might acquire a taste, then keep working with them. Only you can decide what you want; do like Rebel said and walk away for a while..... maybe enjoy a Busch Light?
 

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It would take more than back, knee, shoulder, ankle surgury plus prostate cancer ( I beat it) and arthritis to to pry my cold dead hands off my 68 Mustang steering wheel.
 

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Ive packed it in twice. Sold thousands of dollars of parts for peanuts, gave away as much as I sold. Sold cars for far less than they are worth. Spent thousands storing cars that werent worth storing, kept the garage crammed full, parked new cars in the driveway because my classic had a leaking cowl and needed the garage, spent thousands of hours on the net, drove thousands of miles to junkyards, spent God only knows how much on tools I used once, maybe twice, dragged my wife along through all of it.

I told her I wanted to sell the 65, she said I was nuts and the car was staying.
 

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im Just tired of it all. Same old crappy tune ups and trouble shooting the same thing. Cant get quality parts. Hard to do my own work anymore with a bad back and knees plus I cant see.
very frustrating trying to work putting my glasses on and off only to step or roll over on them by the time im done.

If i pay for work its a crap shoot. Very few places know what they're doing with these old things.

5 years ago when i had the car painted I bought all new chrome and most of it is already tarnished and pitted. God forbid if the car was outside what it would look like. quality of repop parts pisses me off.

I think its time to move on with my life. just dont know what this crap is worth. Maybe just sell it all and buy a new Shelby. it will blow the doors off both of these things put together and handle too with no squeaks and rattles either lol

id imagine both cars would move pretty fast. after all these decades Im at the crossroads for sure and im not sure what to do
One of these will fit the bill 2020 R’s are only $80k




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Oh yeah, I can relate. Consider if you get your Mach 1 dialed in nicely with an electronic ignition, maintenance will be pretty minimal; mostly oil and filter changes. Surely you can find someone local to do those things for you if need be.

It's a matter of what your passion is. My Mustang club has slowly evolved into mostly newer Mustangs for all the reasons you mentioned. You go to the dealer and get a worry-free car you can drive cross country with more power and better handling than the classic. For most people, it's win-win.

Then again, my club went on a long haul cruise last summer and stopped in a small town for coffee. All the cars were lined up on the main street. There was a Saline, a new Bullitt GT and even a new Shelby. We drew a crowd and every person walked right past all those new cars, stopped in front of my 1970 Mach 1 and said, "Who owns this car!". I feel the same way. And that's why I fight the good fight. To each his or her own.
 

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yeah but im out of fight. tired of it. everything i did to the car besides the paint and exhaust is 30 yrs old now. if the heater core goes im not doing it again.
 

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Weve had several newer Mustangs. My wife drove a 14 V6 premium and loved it until she got a 17 EB premium and loved it even more. Now shes on a hybrid kick so we have an Accord. My neighbor bought a 05 GT premium vert new and loves it. Drives it 4-5k a year when the weather is nice, changes the oil once a year, air filter every 2 years.

Thats not a bad way to go.
 

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It’s hard to get excited about anything when you’re body lets you down. I get it.
 

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I can’t imagine participating in the hobby if your heart isn’t in it.

I’m about 30 years in and have never been deeper in it. My car is currently down in a minor way (electric fan wiring) and my daughters project 66 needs everything over the next 2 years. Needless to say, my heart is very much still in it.

Into the fray!
 

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Oh yeah, I can relate. Consider if you get your Mach 1 dialed in nicely with an electronic ignition, maintenance will be pretty minimal; mostly oil and filter changes. Surely you can find someone local to do those things for you if need be.

It's a matter of what your passion is. My Mustang club has slowly evolved into mostly newer Mustangs for all the reasons you mentioned. You go to the dealer and get a worry-free car you can drive cross country with more power and better handling than the classic. For most people, it's win-win.

Then again, my club went on a long haul cruise last summer and stopped in a small town for coffee. All the cars were lined up on the main street. There was a Saline, a new Bullitt GT and even a new Shelby. We drew a crowd and every person walked right past all those new cars, stopped in front of my 1970 Mach 1 and said, "Who owns this car!". I feel the same way. And that's why I fight the good fight. To each his or her own.
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One of these will fit the bill 2020 R’s are only $80k




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ahhh thats the ticket. wouldnt have to do anything for a good 15 years..
dump the 2 i have kick in $30K and im done

but insurance would be a killer i guess for a weekend car
 

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I have packed it in on a few vehicles I have owned in the past and very much regretted later. It can happen or you might take the money and never look back once you have sold everything. That can happen too. Keeping old vehicles running does sometimes get tiresome and I can totally relate to the parts problem and lack of quality chrome.
 

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Sold thousands of dollars of parts for peanuts, gave away as much as I sold. Sold cars for far less than they are worth. Spent thousands storing cars that werent worth storing, kept the garage crammed full, parked new cars in the driveway because my classic had a leaking cowl and needed the garage, spent thousands of hours on the net, drove thousands of miles to junkyards, spent God only knows how much on tools I used once, maybe twice, dragged my wife along through all of it.
LOL. Been there, done that. That’s why it’s a hobby, not a career! I’d be homeless if it was.
 

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Take a break from the cars for a while... maybe a month or two. If you don't feel different after the break then go ahead and sell them. We all are going to get to that point sometime eventually as we get older.
 

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If your biggest frustration is your vision. That's an easy fix IF you haven't had your cataracts out yet. Multifocal IOLs will give you excellent distance and near vision and the new trifocal IOL gives you distance, near, and intermediate vision. Well worth the money. Other than that, its reading glasses and they suck. No way around that.
 

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I'm guessing you had a bad day working on something and your venting. I get it, if I get 5% of what I think I planned to get done it was a good day. I can no longer plan what I'm going to each day. Now I just go until I breakdown. Usually about two-hours of easy work and I'm broken. I'm in too much pain to continue. The pain sucks the life out of me. Meds don't work, the best thing is to try and sleep to escape from the pain. Even when I'm working on cars in my dreams I'm in pain in my dreams. My whole life revolves around working on projects, which is why my body is shot at only 58 year's old. Between work and home I literally wore it out, used of the cartilage and vertebrate discs. If this was a 1000 year's ago natural selection would have had a wild animal kill me before I had gotten into this bad of shape. The worse part is knowing its going get worse with time.

I cannot keep up anymore with what I have spent my entire life accumulating. I won't pay anybody, not because I'm cheap but because I want to do it myself. I don't want a car somebody else built for me. Why would I want a car somebody else built?

I had another interest, I "had" a vision of retiring and fishing off the rocks at the SoCal beaches and then they went and turned it all into a marine preserve. The places I fished as a kid. There went that dream. I don't know what's worse, getting old or living in CA?

I can't bend-over because it hurts too bad. I can't see unless I take a picture of something and enlarge it. My brain wants go work on stuff and my body just flips me off and refuses to cooperate. I'm only 58. two back surgeries, three shoulder surgeries and a failed cornea transplant. Now I'm living on pain pills and they only get rid of 20% of the pain.

I use to maintain 100% of everything, on 157 phone company vehicles by myself. All the repairs, services, Bit inspections, aerial boom inspections, tires, smog inspection, all of it done in-house by me. Now I don't feel like working on just one of my 15 Ford projects. I spent the morning at the neurologist for back and leg pain. I either sell all this crap that took my whole life to acquire. I should sell the cars but then its all over. Everything I worked for so I could retire and restore cars. I brake lathes, hydraulic press ignition scope. hoist , rotisseries, distributor machine, gas, mig and tig welders. A paint booth. A 2500 sf garage. I have more equipment than 90% of the auto repair shops and probably ten-times the knowledge. I let my smog license expire, I let my 17 ASE certifications expire. I let my Class A truck driver's license with a hazmat endorsement expire. I use to help write the CA State Smog License questions for licensing technicians. I let that go. I can't do any of that stuff for a living anymore but I did not expect to get to the point I didn't want to work on my own stuff anymore. The pain has just worn me down. I just don't get up out of a chair, I have to think about a minute because its gonna hurt big-time.

If any you guy's are young and you think you want to be a mechanic for a living you better think twice. Go get a Mechanical Engineering degree. Be the guy that designs the cars not the poor guy that works on them. All of the Verizon mechanics are breaking down in their 50s. Three-quarters of them have had shoulder surgeries or shoulder replacements. Then there is that exposure to chemicals. I'm having some neurological issues. I just have to wonder about all those gasoline baths I've taken, year's of absorbing carb cleaner and antifreeze did not damage my nervous system. Not to mention the asbestos I use to blow it out of my nose from doing clutch and brake jobs. I keep waiting for one of those asbestos seeds to spout.

Cars are a terrible hobby and an even worse career choice. But the brain wants what the brain wants. For some people its cigarettes, alcohol and heroin and for others its Mustang fastbacks, 4-speeds, shaker hoods. As hard as it is for me to drag my butt out to work on my projects I'm no going to let this old body stop the 18 year-old kid that lives in my head!

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