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When I look at my box of parts of things I plan to fix or change i feel at times my rebuild will never end.
I have managed to get a few of the goals I set but lately....
Now add this Texas heat my progress has stopped.
I know I need to set some small goals to get back on the success track.
 

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Definitely - My major focus this summer was to install an ClassicAir A/C system in the car as I live in Houston. I put a lot of smaller issues on the same plate as well, but nothing major, and what was supposed to be an A/C install turned into fixing wiring issues from PO, finding that my cowl was leaking and fixing that, and numerous other issues that you find out about when you go in to fix the "small issues". I get frustrated, especially when I am upside down in my car trying to fix wiring in my dash, but overall, once you get "over the hump", its very satisfying.

I am finally starting to put mine back together (3 months later), and knowing that I am a few weeks from driving it again makes it worth it.

I added a $500 A/C system to my garage that made working in the car at this time of year tolerable. BlakeTX has a thread of what various people are doing, which gave me some additional ideas.
 

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Last year I started a 30 day engine swap.

Im still a couple months away from having an engine back in.

The To-Do list grows and grows. Everytime I line out one item, Im adding two more.

My 67 is in great shape compared to some of the rusty projects others have taken on, I keep reminding myself it could be a lot worse and a lot more work.
 

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I stalled when it became time to start sanding lol. Sometimes ya gotta walk away and take a break.
 

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I think if you haven’t gotten frustrated, you’ve never really restored/worked on an old car. It’s just part of the process.

I’m dealing with it now. My car has been in paint since October.
Extremely solid/straight car, not a difficult job, but the guy is a perfectionist and has a normal operation to run while working on my car. We were finally close to paint and now have run into a rear valence fitment issue (not surprising) that’s delaying us further. I’m just ready to have my car back and start putting it together, but patience is the name of the game with this stuff.
 

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I've been trying to just drive and enjoy mine because I know what's going to happen when I take it apart for paint. 😢
 

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Imagine dragging a rusty hulk around to three states for 20+ years..... Eat that elephant one bight at a time. And if its too hot, cold, windy, etc... to work on it, don't be hard on yourself. I do it for the enjoyment of it, if the weather is taking away that joy, I wait.
 

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Imagine dragging a rusty hulk around to three states for 20+ years..... Eat that elephant one bight at a time. And if its too hot, cold, windy, etc... to work on it, don't be hard on yourself. I do it for the enjoyment of it, if the weather is taking away that joy, I wait.
After my car being down& under a tarp for nearly 3 mounths after the water leak fix went into many other fixes, I found having the boxes of new parts is great when you pull the tarp off for the last time(lol) you have a lot of the add on's & changes done. Most times if you have an issue start searching the vmf site & someone has found a solution. One thing I can say is working on my mustang projects are always like a present i don't ever know what I'm going to get .
 

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I went to look at a Mustang for sale. 1st thing I noticed as it was sitting in the driveway was the crankshaft pulley embedded in the windshield. It was a Chevy person, trying to get the alternator, water pump, crankshaft pulleys to line up with the power steering and AC. He had bought a lot of pulleys and nothing was lining up, and he lost it.

Price was cheap, I bought it, but it had to be gone ASAP.
 

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Q: Who hasn't been frustrated and discouraged with a car build?

A: Nobody!

I think car TV shows present an extremely unrealistic view of building cars. Sure, wealthy guys simply stroke a check to custom shops who do all the work in a matter of months. For everyone else, get on the struggle bus!

Please see my build thread for multiple examples of frustration and discouragement. I bought the car thinking I could get it done in one or maybe two years. Ha! After eight years, I got it on the road. But, of course, I'm still working on it.
 

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I'm on year 21 of my restoration, there has been many days of frustration and disgust. I have moved 2 houses, had my car in a shop for 7 years waiting on metal work and primer, and another 5 years wrenching on it in a storage unit when I had time. Now It's finally in its own garage for the last 3 years and I have managed to put in a drive train. Only 6000 more things to do. Find a small goal to occasionally re-inspire why you bought it in the first place. Mine will be brakes and lines this month (I hope..lol)

Happy Wrenching!
 

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Every time I do something to my 67 vert I'm like thank you lord that at some time someone did( probably paid to have it done) all this work on this car for it to still be in the condition it is. But at the same time as I start something I'm always afraid that as I peel things back its gonna BE OMG ! Never having fooled with a mustang vert ( only the 57 fairlane& 61 galaxie verts as a teenager) I 'm not sure if some of what I think are repairs on the pans & inner rockers are not in fact some not so great factory install of the extra parts to stiffen the car up . The 57 & 61 were both full frame cars & were in fantastic shape ( unknown to my stupid self at that time) & did'nt have any of the welding I'm seeing while working on the interior projects. Any way I 'll still take the small setbacks
 

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I only get to see the problems and imperfections up close, hear every one of the little noises and the whines...is it about to break or has it been doing that forever? and it always electrifies me when I take her out and see other people's reactions to the car. I sometimes fixate and think after all I've done is it really just a polished turd? Then I see her again through other people's eyes and remember how special a 52 year old running driving car is to most folks...and that I've paid almost no one (an exhaust guy) to do anything and that I started out with nothing but a roller chassis with a blighted interior.

I find two things that help, are to keep lots of photos, even if you don't post them online to look back at the progress from say a year ago. You think to yourself....wow I really didn't know jack back then and now look how far things have come.
 

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I went to look at a Mustang for sale. 1st thing I noticed as it was sitting in the driveway was the crankshaft pulley embedded in the windshield. It was a Chevy person, trying to get the alternator, water pump, crankshaft pulleys to line up with the power steering and AC. He had bought a lot of pulleys and nothing was lining up, and he lost it.

Price was cheap, I bought it, but it had to be gone ASAP.
Funny thing about the Fords I found that usually what ever I had as a kid( mostly the early windsors ) was what I had to buy parts for unlike my buddies who had chevys and most parts fit everything chevy made. Had a few chevys over the years but always wound up with a Ford . Here I am 55 years later with 6 Fords of various years in different running conditions & 3 Toyotas as primary daily drivers .
 

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Mine sat for 15 years when my ideas exceeded my ability. I bought a 429 and a C6 for my 67. I took out the old 289/c4 and got lost in all the things I needed to do before I could do what I wanted. I finally got it mostly finished and back on the road last year after 4 years of working on it. I took the engine out just before my son was born. He thought it would be cool to work on it together in high school. He is 21 now. I was actually that guy people approached about the mustang in the field, saying I was going to fix it up some day. Give it time.
 

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Money. Nothing on my (nearly 10 year) build was done on credit so there were times when actual work stopped while I saved up for the next purchase(s). When a largish chunk of money would come in I tried to buy a more expensive thing on my list figuring eventually things would progress at a quicker pace that way, faster downhill so to speak. For instance, even though it would just hang on a stand for years the engine was one of the first things I bought. This wasn't very smart of course, but for me, knocking the big ticket items off early meant commitment and made the light at the end of the tunnel seem brighter.

Sometimes I would talk to myself, alone and out loud. I would point and say silly things like "Hey Mr. Cowl, guess what? You're done and I'm never going to have to weld on you again".

I never, ever stopped working on it, even if that meant just doing research (ye olde cantankerous VMF search function) or poring over parts catalogs, revising lists, or planning ahead.

When frustrated I would envision it done, driving it wherever my imagination took me.
 

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Been there, and doing that. My Shelby sat apart for 13 years. But I knew, one day, I'd have it all together. Keep your eyes on the prize.
I've said this before: You can take a Mustang apart in one week end. It will take years to put it back together.
 

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I've experienced frustration on small tasks like the occasional broken bolt or whatever, and I certainly have been stalled by budget when I was originally building my fastback years ago. That was discouraging.

With that said, I think almost 30 years of classic ownership has taught me patience and to embrace the process, so in the big picture, I would actually say no. At this point, the planning and doing is at least as much fun as the driving. That took a big philosophical shift to get to that point though. Now that we're building my daughter's coupe, I smile through every task, even the parts that aren't inherently enjoyable.
 

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It always happens. Good thing is I can walk away for an hour, a week, a month....
it‘s a hobby, and they’re old vehicles, things don’t always fit as planned, and projects snowball into bigger projects. Getting past the challenging part is rewarding in the end, as I still thoroughly enjoy driving the car.
 

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i think everybody who works on old cars gets frustrated at times. my biggest problem is being a procrastinator .
 
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