One of the most rewarding aspects of building stuff for me has been learning new things. Whether it be paint and bodywork, which we're exploring in detail this month, engine building, wiring, or upholstery, it's always nice to add another feather in your cap of abilities. I've learned a handful of things over the years, mostly from either watching others and asking stupid questions until I understand the subject at hand or from reading technical articles in books and magazines. For the most part, I didn't have the benefit of being taken by the hand and given thorough instruction. It was sink or swim as I bumbled my way through most aspects of truck building. In fact, that's still the way I work today—bumbling.
I hate to say this, as it sounds extremely cliché and egotistical, but sometimes I feel like I forgot more stuff than I know. I can't tell you how many times I go to do a certain task and I say to myself, "I know how this should be accomplished, but I can't remember if I do it this way or …?" It's at that time where the magazines come out or I hop on the computer to give the interweb a quick perusal searching for an answer to my question. Usually, my initial instinct isn't too far off. I like to think that I've retained quite a bit of information over the years, but usually if I haven't done something with my own two hands, I seem to forget whatever it is that I learned.
For that reason, I feel that it's important for us to revisit certain things from time to time, with the hope that we'll retain the information and hopefully glean something useful from whatever the topic may be.
This month, we're focusing on paint and bodywork, something that many of us have done over the years, yet still manages to have that voodoo vibe. I know it's one of my least favorite things to do, even though when the time comes to actually do it, I'm always pretty pleased with the result—good, bad, or otherwise. It's just one of those things that always has me full of anxiety. Must be due to the fact that if you muck up a paintjob, it's a big mess to get it right.
But I always enjoy a good challenge, especially if it's something I haven't done before, so long as I can go into it with as much knowledge as humanly possible. Hopefully ya'll are like me and that's why you read this here little truck book. A little entertainment, a little eye candy, a little inspiration, and a little education all rolled into one! At least that's what I hope we provide every month. I know that's what I look for when I wander the magazine stand. Give me something entertaining to read, something pretty to look at, and if I can learn something new in the process, bitchin'!
Hopefully, I've covered all my bases this month. I know I learned a few things this month myself that will hopefully help me conquer my fear of paint and bodywork and give my welding skills a little boost as well. See ya in the shop!