Been prowling around these forums for awhile now and am already putting some of the great advice here to use. So I just wanted to take a quick minute to invite you to check out my new blog. As car enthusiasts I figured you might get a kick out of following along with our less than conventional restoration we affectionately call The Impala Project.
From our “What is The Impala Project? Section:
“Remember that time is money.” – Benjamin Franklin (1748)
This quote from one of our founding fathers pretty much sums up one of two main themes for this project. How many of us have thought, one day when I have the money, I’m gonna buy an old car and either fix it up or pay someone else to?
One day, when I have the money…
Well what if you had the ability to substitute money for your own time? By doing as many things as possible by yourself, you may not have to wait until retirement to rebuild that old mustang you’ve been eyeing.
There’s only one problem with this in my case, and in it lays the second and most important theme of this blog. I have ZERO mechanical knowledge or skill. I grew up in San Diego, the son of two thoroughly white-collar intellectual parents. My skills have always lie more in the internet than the garage. In spite of, or maybe because of this I have always envied those craftsman who are able to take something dull or useless and transform it into something functional or beautiful.
But what if I could use those internet skills and research skills to teach myself a skill? What if all those how-to books sitting in the bookstore could actually teach me how to do something I’ve always wanted to do?
And that my friends is the goal of the Impala Project, to take a rust bucket of a car, pulled from the Nevada desert and attempt, to rebuild it from the ground up. Along the way, we’ll rely on books, YouTube, classic car forums and the kindness of those more knowledgeable than myself to find our way.
Is it even possible? We’ll see.
If it sounds even a little fun, come check things out at www.theimpalaproject.com
By all means, please feel free to contact me with any thoughts or questions.
The Impala Project
P.S. Be sure to check out the first link in the "Research Resources" section!