As you know, I have been following various projects my readers are building plus a couple of dream cars I have been wanting to build. I have not had much information on the builds lately and that is quite common this time of year. For some reason, the fall seems to be a slack time for working in the garage. Maybe it is the cooler weather, work tasks or even worse…lost interest. Yes, some of my friends have pushed their projects to the back of the garage and have lost interest in finishing the project. I don’t think it is anything more than the time of the year but I could be wrong.
Holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, require a lot of energy for everyone and the family comes first in most households. Maybe you need a new radiator to continue on and just can’t justify spending a $1000 for a new Walker radiator right now. Some of you may be just tired of the high cost of labor and parts required to build a nice hot rod. Others may have found a finished hot rod that fills their dreams and have decided to purchase rather than build. Whatever the reason for the slowdown, many shops will have to adjust their services to attract new customers. I always thought that offering maintenance items such as tune ups, lubes oil and filter changes, chassis inspection checks and a host of other mechanical items that require attention during the dormant months of driving your hot rod.
Shop owners will find that most cars will require some additional work once they have the car on the rack (service writers 101). Owners will normally agree to fixing items that require immediate attention but be sure to have a conversation and consent prior to doing the work. No surprises when presented with the bill will make a smooth Â transaction. Projects will continue to be started, stalled and sold so your business model should be based on other services you can perform. I know it is nice to have a $50,000 + project roll in the door but those may be few and far between. You may even want to offer to sell some of your customers projects for a fee. Remember, you know the car better than anyone.
The weekend brings the Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield and it should be a good one with warm weather and lots of hot rods and race cars…and maybe a project or two for sale in the swap meet area.
The Central Coast Roadsters made a trip to the Sierra’s for the weekend. Can you imagine pulling into the park and finding a row of roadsters like this. WOW!
Old school Mercury looks good sitting on the ground and sporting no hood which exposes the all important 6 carb manifold.
This project was stored in a trailer for several years as the owner passed away. Bruce had a vision and finished it to his taste.
Here is another project that got stalled and was available a couple of years ago. Driveways are good storage areas for projects.
The iconic Deuce hiboy is sitting in garages all over the world and may or may not get finished. They can usually be had for about 60% of the owners investment.
Not for the faint of heart this phaeton project would require some skills and lots $$$ to complete. Maybe that is why it was for sale.
A sport coupe is rare and not often turned into a hot rod. We all have big dreams but sometimes have to succumb to reality…. For Sale.
While looking for a sedan I found several projects in this condition. A stalled project sometimes rests in place for many years.
Here is my favorite find that I should have purchased. A 33 phaeton with a stance like this would sure look good in my garage. I believe it was in WA area.
Wednesday’s Project (Not stalled)!
An AMBR contender starts with a plan like this one and a quality builder like Stoker’s Hot Rod Factory.
Executing the plan with the selected builder takes a lot of planning and hard work. Deadlines are important when working to make the show time.
Terry is pushing to have the car ready for the GNRS and has built several cars over the years. I love the color and style of this Deuce. Good Luck Terry!