In Reply to: Re: probably :) posted by justin on December 21, 1999 at 15:50:09:
: : Thanks for the tips. As far as the new paint goes, I think it is because they own a body shop.
: And, what is a compression test?
the information posted above is all very good, however, it may be overwelming right now. I don't know if this is of any help but I am reminded of how I started driving "Character cars". In the mid-60s when I was in high school, My father drove a hillman until it could go no more. One saturday I was awakened by a tow truck towing another dead hillman down the driveway. When I asked dad what he planned to do he replied " Well son, you are old enough to drive now, and if you can make a car out of these two wrecks...it's yours.
Under my fathers careful tutelage, I tackled the bottom end (to this day I can't look at cream o' mushroom soup without thinking of my first glance at the cylinders), put in new valves, rebiult the carb etc. Since dad was a businessman and not professional mechanic, I would sometimes have to befriend local shop owners for tools and advice. I found they were often kindly disposed to a young man who would say " I don't want you to do it for me just tell me if I do it wrong."
I rebuilt every mechanical part on that car (except the rear end which was good) and even re did the interior. I learned how to paint at a local shop. And the result was a vehicle which I not only was proud to park on campus but I had built with my own hands.
This was one of the finest things my father and I ever did together. And the lessons he taught me I still use today.
I am sure my contemporaries would agree your father is fortunate to have a son whose interest is geared toward an "engineering project" as opposed to much of the lesser diversions of your generation. He would be well advised to support your project with your enthusiasm. Twenty years down the road you will both reflect fondly on this endeavor.