A mechanic’s work is never done. Especially when it comes to muscle cars.
Summer is already over, fall is in full swing, and Project Corvette is still being worked on. Yes, someday she’ll be back on the road, peeling rubber. But for now, the Vette may yet again be parked for the winter.
That is the problem with old cars: You’re always working on them. There’s never enough time to enjoy the fruits of our (mechanic) labor.
Before you bash an enthusiast for buying a pristine, fully restored classic for mega bucks, ask yourself a question: What is your time worth?
Add up all those hours, over the course of several years (if not decades), and you’ll get what I’m talking about. More often than not, it’s worth it to bite the bullet and pay up front. All you have to do, then, is wash and wax it, and fill’r up.
Like many readers, I lack a thick wallet. I do most of the work myself. Of course, this takes way too long. I have to admit, many times I take on more than I can chew.
Yes, there is a true sense of accomplishment, a feeling that DIY work is a rewarding learning experience. I also enjoy the fact that my craftsmanship results in a higher level that far surpasses what the original factory ever dreamed of.
The bigger question is: Why do we work so hard and push ourselves to the limits, all in the name of a classic car? Is it for the challenge? A desire to showcase our work ethic? Sentimental attachment?
There’s something else.
Perhaps it all comes down to one thing: stories. We yearn to create them and we long to share them. There’s no more powerful a story than a little nostalgia wrapped in 4 wheels of excitement.
It is said that a writer’s work is never done. Well, combine that mental approach with an old skool mechanic’s passion and there’s one heck of a reporter, uh, storyteller.
So the next time you start feeling overwhelmed or, heaven forbid, curse the day you purchased that rusty project, remind yourself one thing: You’ll sure have great stories to tell.
Project Corvette and I wouldn't have it any other way.