There's an old adage that goes something like this: the amount of junk that one person can accumulate is directly related to the amount of space said person has to fill. Put simply, if you can fit three cars in your shop, at some point you will, regardless of the fact that you only have "one" project. Or, if you're like me, if you can fit three cars in your shop, at some point you will have four cars, a motorcycle, a spare chassis, a belly tank, and shelves overflowing with spares, regardless of the fact that I have only "one" project. What drives this incredibly masochistic desire to inevitably paint one's self into a corner? I wish I could answer that.
It started about five years ago when I began my '29 roadster project. My '55 Chevy was running and I had just moved into a nice 1,400 sq ft shop. Being the only project at the time, there was plenty of room to park the Chevy and build the roadster in the back two bays. About a year into the project, I picked up a '52 Ford that was supposed to be a quick and dirty build as a daily driver. Well, as these things often go, that project soon spiraled out of control until it reached the point where it sits today. Rusted-out fender corners, running boards, and damaged sheetmetal was replaced, and caressed to the point where a quick and dirty primer job just wouldn't do it justice. New bed wood from Bed Wood & Parts and sheetmetal from NPD got the bed sorted, further improving the original truck. When it came time to decide which direction to go as far as paint was concerned, the original idea of a quick primer job was soon scrapped since it seemed only slightly more work to do a nice, shiny, two-stage, cut-and-buffed job. Nearly a year and a half later and I'm still coming up with little trick things to do to the truck, pushing the completion date back little by little with each new one. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming stories on the F-1.
Another project that you can just make out is Eric Geisert's California Hauler '41 Willys pickup. Sat upon an S-10 chassis, Eric started the project roughly four years ago when he was Editor of Kit Car magazine and turned it over to me to finish up about a year ago. Like the F-1, the Willys project has also seen its share of turmoil that often arises when a build starts at one shop and ends at another. Trends, ideas, and concepts change that cause builds to take longer than originally intended. Like the F-1, we'll be covering a few key aspects of the Willys as it progresses right here in CCT.
As if all this wasn't enough, I'm currently gearing up for yet another project purchase, this one a little more near and dear to the hearts of CCT readers. In last month's Haul Monitor column, I asked you guys to hit the CCT forums and let us know what kind of project truck you'd like to see us do. Our goal is to build a reliable daily driver (this time for real!) that is realistic enough that any one of you guys could build. We're limiting the tech to things that can be done in an evening or over a weekend and keeping the modifications down to simply what's necessary when it comes to safety and reliability with maybe a few creature comforts thrown in for good measure.
With that said, I probably don't need to point out that I'm a pretty busy guy. And this magazine business just seems to get in the way of me having fun in the shop, but isn't that how every job goes?! For now, I've got to keep my nose to the grindstone and try to get some of these projects finished! Oh yeah, did I mention the '56 Ford Courier or the '52 Chevy sedan sitting outside the shop?! We'll save those for another day. See ya in the garage!