Friday, January 3, 2014

Father/Son project……do you have one?

There is just something about a father getting to share time with his son or daughter as they work on a car project together.  It’s an age old story of a dad who finds an old car that he wants to purchase and restore back to its original condition or hot-rod it to his liking.  After buying it he decides it would be a great way to work on it with his son and spend quality time as he teaches him about the workings of an automobile.  Now if you are like me your ability to do the restorations and/or modifications yourself may be limited, but it can still be fun to plan and strategize the project together.  There are so many things that can be decided on together like tires, wheels, paint, engine work, gears, etc. When you work on these things together your son will begin to take ownership in the project.  He may even decide he wants to drive it when you complete the work.
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It seems that time is our most valuable procession these days and everything is competing for it!  No matter how hard we try, there is still only 24 hours in a day and most of our weekends are filled to the max with other tasks and duties.  I've heard it said that the only thing you will wish you could have changed when you are old is to have spent more time with family and I am already old enough to agree with that.  It’s never too late to get started, so what are you waiting on??

A good project car or truck can also be a wise investment if you choose the correct vehicle and are willing to fix it up for the purpose of reselling it for profit.  Craigslist and e-bay are full of vehicles that can be turned or “flipped” for a decent profit if you find one that doesn't have too many issues.  Now keep in mind that those Saturday morning shows make it look easy, but you must be willing to take a gamble sometimes.  I guess the bottom line is win or lose, if you are spending more time with your son or daughter, it’s a success!

I currently have a car project (Mustang GT) and my son has had many good ideas and suggestions for modifications/upgrades……..I just hope when we are finished he’s not going to want to take it away from me!