Make a Plan

Hot Rod - - The Return Road - Zach Martin News Ed­i­tor @hotrod_zach

There’s some­thing to be said about go­ing into a project will all of your ducks in a row. In my own ex­pe­ri­ence of own­ing a project car that’s been sit­ting for more than 6 years, I can’t stress how im­por­tant a plan is. I’m not talk­ing about a “let’s get the en­gine and trans in today and get the drive­shaft or­dered” kind of plan. I’m talk­ing about a com­plete, de­tailed list about all of the minu­tia that needs to get done ev­ery time you work on the project. Be­ing as thor­ough as pos­si­ble can only help you out in the long run by bring­ing your stress level down and leav­ing room in your brain to be cre­ative and en­joy your project.

My 1968 Mus­tang was run­ning and driv­ing when I bought it, but it’s true col­ors quickly showed af­ter driv­ing it on a daily ba­sis. The list of needs got big, it snow­balled out of con­trol, and the com­ple­tion date got pushed fur­ther and fur­ther back. Now that I’ve ac­tu­ally sched­uled time in my weekly cal­en­dar to fin­ish it off and have goals for each day, I can see the end draw­ing closer than it’s ever been.

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