QOTD: Built Not Bought?
There is definitely a sense of pride piloting a machine — be it car, pickup, or an off-road rig — that you built up with your own tools and your own two hands. We’re not talking about Factory Five levels of build-it-yourselfness, however, but rather the satisfaction of putting in the wrench time to either restore or modify something to your own liking.
YouTube is rife with channels of gearheads doing just this, so when the DIY Gang Family completely rebuilt this barn burner of a Hellcat, it got your author thinking: what’s the most-ambitious project you’ve ever attempted?
Having a garage helps, of course, as does access to a yaffle of tools and a phalanx of family to help move the project from Rescue 911 to Concours Quality. This (re)build took nine months but produced a better-than-stock Hellcat, at least from a power measures perspective. Leaving aside the obvious metallurgy questions about stiffness and strength after being exposed to high heat for a long period, this Hellcat from Hell looks great once again.
What’s the most ambitious project into which you’ve decided to jump? A rust repair that was a lot worse than it seemed at first glance? Some sort of oddball engine swap that sent all the car’s systems into an electronic snit? Attempting a clutch replacement on a 1992 Ford Escort and getting halfway through the job only to find you don’t have the tools to complete it so you need to roll it soundlessly down a hill to your buddy’s garage to finish the job there?
(In case you’re wondering, this author has experienced all three, including that strangely-specific last example).
Sound off below, gearheads.
[Images: D.I.Y Gang/ YouTube]
Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.
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