1964 Valiant "Get Runnin & Drivin"

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    RustyRatRod 30 Degrees Outta Whack FABO Gold Member

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    Thanks. I am ten years your junior. I started in this business when I was nine, so been at it a while. As many health problems as I have, I finally sat down and made the decision that the rest of my life wouldn't be worth a damn if I kept pushing myself for people who didn't care anyway. Our finances can stand me retiring (again) so I did it. I was hurt on the job several years ago and went out on total disability, but it got the best of me and I had to find a little something to do. Upon my hiring, I was promised that the corporation game of more numbers every month would be overlooked in my case because of my experience and health issues. It was. For a while. You see where this is goin. lol With plantar fasciitis (look it up it's a bitch) AND being type 2, my feet are essentially dying. If you caint stand long, you caint do a whole damn lot.
     
  2. halfafish

    halfafish 66 Valiant, hot-rod in training FABO Gold Member

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    Sorry to hear about the health business, I hope it improves for you. Having your body betray you sucks.

    I completely get the corporate nonsense though - that's what caused me to pull the plug a couple of years ago. Too many people who never drove a truck making stupid policies and decisions for the people that actually do drive trucks. And refusing to listen to anyone who knows what they are talking about (Mr. Halfafish, that policy was crafted by a recent graduate with a Master's in Business - what degree do you have? Oh, not much just a high school diploma and 40 years in trucking...). Policies got harder to support (I was a manager) and increasingly I was struggling with keeping my thoughts to myself. I figured I'd better leave on my terms or I was going to get canned for speaking up. Best decision I ever made.

    That said, keep up the good work on your car, it's a beauty! I've been following it since you brought it home. Your ingenuity is an inspiration to those of us not so gifted with mechanical knowledge or experience.
     
  3. RustyRatRod

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    Good grief! That describes my situation to a TEE, not including the health issues.
     
  4. rumblefish360

    rumblefish360 so close yet so far away

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    And then they wonder why they can not get decent qualified long term workers who not only support but help the company grow.

    Instead, they get a high turn over of workers that know nothing except what the computer tells them with no customer skills of not chase customers away. The job gets cheapened and pay stays low inviting only dumb ass’s and stupid high schoolers looking to make money on doing as little as possible.
     
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    • RustyRatRod

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      Nicely summed up sir.
       
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      • RustyRatRod

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        Right pan spotted in. Gettin there.

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        • rumblefish360

          rumblefish360 so close yet so far away

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          There ya go! Woo-Hoooo!
          It’s now, 1 less thing.
           
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          That's how I am working on it. About 20 or so minutes at the time. Chippin away.
           
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            Lookin good ! I need to do my floor pans now..
             
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              More work. Got the right side done. Now clean everything up and paint.

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                Got the block back from being cleaned, pressure tested and bored. A hot rod slant needs to be a hot rod color so.......come to find out the safety red I'm going to paint the car is dang close to the IH red everybody says to use.......plus it was on sale at Lowes. lol It's a pretty badass oil based enamel, just like what I have in the gallon containers. Same part number, in fact. I think it looks good. RED for sure. lol

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                • rumblefish360

                  rumblefish360 so close yet so far away

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                  RED!!!
                   
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                  • Kern Dog

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                    Hey, man...That is a pisser.
                    A guy at an O'Rielleys here in CA sits on a barstool, I call him "Barstool Bernie". Too bad you couldn't make it work for you.
                    It is a sad thing when knowledgeable people are not valued. In the mid 80s I sold new cars and knew the specs and stats of the cars I sold.... but I didn't have the proper mindset to sell.
                    I worked at a "Chief Auto Parts", a competitor to Kragen/O'Rielleys. Again, I had a decent basic knowledge of cars but didn't do well in the "corporate" environment.
                    In construction, we have to deal with CAL-OSHA. These college educated idiots sit in A/C chilled offices and come up with safety programs without ever knowing what it is like to drive a single nail . It is such an offensive thing to be told how to safely do something by someone that has never done anything. These assclowns live by stats and figures and have zero experience in the real world.

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                    Good luck with the Plymouth.
                     
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                    • RustyRatRod

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                      Even though all of the floors are not quite ready for paint, I couldn't stand seeing the new pans gettin surface rust, so I painted what was ready. Go ahead and make fun of me, yes I brushed it on. It went on good. Second coat coming soon. and yeah, it's red. lol

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                      • sireland67

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                        Nothing wrong with a brush, it will put it on heaver, plus with carpet, you will never see it.
                         
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                        • oldmodlover

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                          I agree. Not a damn thing wrong with brushing it.
                          At least you are not trying to "hide" anything.
                          You are building a driver. I like that.
                          Keep it up.
                           
                        • famous bob

                          famous bob mopar misfit

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                          rusty , have u ever seen the deep bright blood red that came on some 66-67 belvederes / Would look killer on that valiant !!
                           
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                          • RustyRatRod

                            RustyRatRod 30 Degrees Outta Whack FABO Gold Member

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                            I don't think so. Have any pictures?
                             
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                            So true, I went down to the local Advance Auto and my cousins kid was working there, I said to her, you don't know anything about cars? She said yes I know, but I am learning.
                             
                          • famous bob

                            famous bob mopar misfit

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                            yeah, but their not real clear, doesn`t do the red any justice at all.

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                            famous bob mopar misfit

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                            entire car was red , white only on the sides , (sox/martin copcat" , and of course the primer before the touch up. sorry NOT MUCH HELP. Well worth looking the color up tho----
                             
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                            DT 3277 CHRYSLER NUMBER . REALLY MUCH SHINIER THAN WHAT IT SHOWS
                             
                          • famous bob

                            famous bob mopar misfit

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                            '76 DARTSPORT DRAGCAR', POSTED A FEW MINUTES AGO, HAS A ENGINE BAY PIC THAT LOOKS LIKE IT .
                             
                          • pishta

                            pishta I know I'm right....

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                            Shiii, I knew a guy who painted his hood with a brush! It came out so good he did the entire car...didnt quite look as good as the hood on the side panels but not anything a lot of wet sanding couldnt fix. Did it up in Hawaiian Air Red, sort of a race hemi color. He had gallons of that from his work, aircraft maintenance contractor.
                             
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                            • rumblefish360

                              rumblefish360 so close yet so far away

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                              Smart move Bobby. Beats making more rust on the new metal.
                               
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