Make a Plan
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.