Challenge automobiles are exhausting.

For these of you who haven’t learn Project 51’s introduction, I got here to this realization by diving head first right into a sea of elements that I hope will be reassembled right into a 1951 GMC pickup.

I did this figuring out find out how to wrench a bit of bit, however not practically with the extent of confidence I have immediately. All through the venture I’ve managed to bob up and down like a buoy. A number of the time issues have gone swimmingly; different occasions I’ve discovered myself shipwrecked, surrounded by bits of scrap steel and elements receipts.


Aquatic analogies apart, house tasks are a warfare fought on a number of fronts. Money and time are the obvious rivals, nonetheless the psychological skirmishes are simply as vital. Tasks will be draining, particularly throughout the levels the place they resemble little greater than a burning pile of cash.

Earlier than I set sail (sorry) on my journey, I had plenty of individuals inform me concerning the ‘five-year curse’. Yr 5, of getting an motionless object, appears to be roughly the time most individuals lose curiosity and abandon ship (dammit).

2020 marks my fifth 12 months with my venture, and whereas I had my doubts concerning the curse moving into, I completely get it now. An amazing quantity of change can occur in a five-year span. And these adjustments – which regularly don’t have anything to do with the venture – can flip what was as soon as a dream right into a nightmare.

Round 12 months three I spotted I wanted to work on retaining my psychological state constructive all through the construct or it might by no means get completed. Listed below are three issues serving to me keep on monitor…

Step 1: Make Lists


Folks way more profitable than myself have written at size concerning the significance of making lists.

There’s a well-known saying that goes: ‘How do you eat an elephant? One chunk at a time’. That’s a pleasant quote, however even nonetheless, an elephant sandwich is loads of bites and one’s sure to get drained, or on the very least full alongside the best way.


Lists are an effective way of organizing stray ideas and breaking giant methods of a car into smaller bits. My lists are divided, and I rewrite them pretty typically. At the moment they’re separated by chassis, cab, motor and suspension.

The straightforward act of operating a marker by way of a job has confirmed extraordinarily satisfying. Mockingly, so does including new issues to the record. It’s proven progress in my very own skill to anticipate the scope future duties earlier than they throw my timeline off.


My lists additionally assist management scope creep. If a brand new thought pops into my head I record it out. Grounding expectations in your individual actuality helps handle disappointment. For instance, a number of individuals recommended I add a turbo; it’s ‘simple’, they stated.

I listed it out, measured stated record towards my very own expertise, and at the least for now have opted to remain naturally aspirated. The abilities required to place a turbo package collectively – correctly – would possibly push me nearer to the 10-year curse…


Considerably associated to the above, I’ve additionally developed an odd behavior of not fully cleansing my work bench till the present merchandise on my record is accomplished. It’s a little bit of a foolish ritual, however one which helps maintain me on job. The thought of cleansing my bench, half manner by way of one job to begin one other, is sufficient of a deterrent to see the unique job by way of. Admittedly, it’s a drawback if I’m truly working from the desk.

Step 2: Get The Household Concerned


A lot of the work that’s taken place between replace one and this one has centered round sheet steel, be it repairing it or hanging it.

Constructing a core assist, making bumper mounts, changing cab corners, cursing out door hinge pins – these are all drawn-out duties that aren’t significantly fascinating to examine. These duties additionally appear like completely zero progress to these in my family.

Nonetheless, every of these jobs facilitated the truck resembling a car, and that brought on significantly extra curiosity within the venture across the dinner desk.

Specifically, my six-year-old son has taken a reasonably eager curiosity within the truck. Each few days he needs to come back out to both take pictures or assist bolt one thing collectively.


And right here’s one in all his photographs. Now and again my spouse has even wandered into the storage to supply an additional hand. Their encouragement not solely retains me going, it additionally permits me to steal just a few further minutes out of the week to toil away. Passing the bug down a era isn’t half unhealthy both.

Step 3: Rejoice Milestones


My remaining tip is to have a good time milestones, and there are lots of other ways to do that. Usually individuals select grownup drinks; I select merely staring on the rattling factor. I can’t inform you what number of occasions I’ve opened the storage, checked out my progress, then closed the storage as soon as extra.


You realize the saying when you don’t flip again and take a look at it you don’t have the precise automotive? Effectively, I believe when you don’t take the time to take a seat and stare at your venture – typically in full silence – you then’re not constructing the precise car.


Taking a second to take a look at how far you’ve come is fully value it, even if doing so briefly delays any type of measurable work.


Throughout COVID-19 quarantine, I labored my manner by way of an inventory of things I had beforehand reserved for the physique store, and in doing so revealed a chance to push the truck outdoors as a unit for the primary time since 2016.

Fittingly, I used to be capable of get the identical pal that set me down this path to assist. The inspirational-to-me truck he as soon as owned is lengthy gone, now changed by a brand new longterm venture.


True to Speedhunter type, I couldn’t go away you with out at the least just a few pictures of it.


Having the ability to step greater than two-feet again and take a look at one thing I carried into the storage in items was an virtually indescribable feeling. I had one thing to indicate for the bloody knuckles, caffeine-fueled mornings, and considerably thinner pockets.


After all, the truck now has to come back again aside to maneuver ahead, however taking just a few hours out of my day to drag it off the jack stands and ensure my imaginative and prescient is the place I need it to be was extremely worthwhile.


Psychological fuel tank refueled, I’m able to push by way of to the following milestone and strike just a few extra gadgets from my record.

Storage warriors, what strategies enable you to see your venture by way of to the tip?

Dave Thomas
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