Originally Posted by Tango
Thanks for the kind words Cadillac --- This project has definitely been a "learning experience" so far. Good thing I enjoy learning new things, eh?
In fact, anyone considering diving into a skoolie conversion should look at it just that way. Rather than being intimidated by the many new skills necessary to tackle such a project ...embrace the opportunity! Look...I'm an old fart who has been and done a lot over the years, and yet the list of things on this build, just to date, that I had never done before is long and still growing. So you youngsters dive in. Be fearless. Read, read, read and then read some more. Ask questions, get opinions...then do it your way. Just maybe the best parts of this whole adventure are developing your own processes for solving problems...and letting go of the fear of making mistakes. You WILL make mistakes. But those are usually what you learn the most from. I routinely "undo" any number of things I have completed, back up, take another look, than have an "aha" moment in which I (hopefully) gain a little clarity.
Will my rig be perfect? Not hardly. But it will be mine, built by my own hands, my own way and will have provided me a wealth of new understanding on many levels. Not the least of which include patience and persistence.
Well...probably more persistence than patience. But hey...I am working on that one too.
I think people going to shows or watching the TV shows can automatically get discouraged because they see the "ONE SUPER BUILD... oh wait the one build made super by way of TV cameras and editors..."... and think theirs has to be the same way...
I myself also take a different approach.. I look at it for me building it is fun.. and also building it is at least half if not more of the enjoyment I get out of a project.. sure it was nice to build a hot-rod and get the kudos at the gas station, and the neighborhood kids with big grins when I layed strips of rubber.. but alot of it for me was getting to that point..
for me, I had a bus, got into it a bit.. but the timing was wrong, I did some really cool stuff to it, then I got engrossed in starting a business, and I lost it to fire..
But I look at any project like it may not be the last.. so esp for the young ones out there.. maybe you wish you had a bigger bus, or a different engine, etc.. or you build your kitchen and see someone;s else and like it better.. think about the fact your build is yours, and guess what you can make another one later if you want.. nothing stops you..
and there are those on here that have done just that, and each time they get smarter and more efficient at it..
the first time i ever took an engine apart I thought "holy crap what do I do with all these pieces??".. after I did it a few times, i got quicker and better.. to the point I could sit down on a saturday morning with a bunch of pistons and rings and lifters and stuff .. and then be out on the town squealign the tires that night....
and yeah I blew stuff up.. I put bearing caps on backwards.. or dropped lifters into the oilpan,
wiped out more than one A/C compressor trying to get my "closed loop" system perfected
AND everyone has limitations.. and thats when its OK to ask for help.. like me and body work.. I just dont have "what it takes" to do the finish work on a body.. so in my case I ask for help.. in the form of a shop..
and those here can trade skill-sets with each other.. over the years in my hotrod days.. more than once i built an engine or installed an Air conditioner for someone.. and turn, they welded in a set of rockers, or floor-pans for me..
Skoolies are less common than hot-rods but a lot of times if your city or town has a local hotrod garage. (just drive around in the spring and look for the classic cars on the bay lifts).. those guys can do a lot of things at often reasonable prices, or can point you to people who can...