Sunday, November 20, 2011

One of my regular readers

tells me that he has just bought a car he plans on restoring.

While I am not a car kind of guy as such, I can certainly see why someone would want to do a thing like that. For some guys it would prove to be a satisfying and interesting project.

Back in the day I had a friend that bought a used jeep to restore with his father and the project took a couple of years because they went through practically every single part on it. When it was all over and done with, they had what amounted to a brand new several model year old Jeep.

It was pretty cool.

Of course, if they went to sell it they would have never gotten their money out of it even if they paid themselves a buck an hour, but there was a lot more to it than that.

For one thing it was quality time for father and son and things like that can not be bought.

For another, it got the pair of them out meeting interesting people. This was long before the days of the internet and car guys had circles, clubs and swap meets. Getting help was a lot of word of mouth and chasing things down. The pair of them met an awful lot of intereting people during the course of the restoration. That has to count for something, too.

WHile I do not know what kind of skills the reader has or how far he wants to go in his restoration project, I'll say that if he has basic skills, patience, desire and time to go for it.

It seems to me that a project like this is not so much having a restored car as it is the satisfaction of rebuilding it and meeting people of similar interests.

GO for it, if you wind up with something that isn't a perfect restoration, that's OK because it will be YOUR restoration. You have your plans and dreams to follow and I wish you the best.

Follow your dreams.

To those who laugh at dreamers, think carefully. I read somewhere that there are dreamers who dream at night and most of this is little more than vanity.

Then there are dreamers that dream day and night about something and keep trying to accomplish their dreams. These are the people to watch out for because they will eventually overcome and live their dreams.

Follow that dream of restoring that car and put yourself into it. Do the best you can and accept nothing less than the excellence you are capable of. While there may be areas you do not excel at, the best you can do is the best you can do.

Good luck in the pursuit of your dream.

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