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The Winter Blues

WHAT ARE THE WINTER BLUES?

Something happens to all of us hotrodders every January. Once the buzz of the Holidays are over, we all go through the Winter Blues.  There a lot of reasons in play that add to this holiday hangover. First of all, it’s usually cold outside. It could be that you spent a little too much on gifts and you’re trying to get your finances back in order. Maybe the looming April 15th tax deadline hit home when your 2017 W-2 just showed up in the mail and you’re certain that you owe the IRS. You probably over-indulged on the cookies and eggnog and you just can’t seem to separate yourself from the comfortable confines of your couch. Your hot rod project is being neglected, but don’t let it get you down.  Round Six is here to help!

TIP ON BEATING THE WINTER BLUES

The Winter Blues can be attributed to three things. Money, Time, and Weather.  Here are some suggestions on how to get through it.

MAKING MONEY

Nothing happens without money, but many people don’t realize that they’re sitting on cash. All of those spare parts that you’ve got in your shed or garage that you’ll probably never use can actually make you money. There are many different places to sell those parts, such as www.Craigslist.com, www.LetGo.com, www.OfferUp.com, www.ebay.com, www.Facebook.com, or even your bulletin board at work. Always remember that “Appearance is Everything”. Clean the part, paint it if necessary, and stage it nicely when you take the picture for the ad. How many times have you seen a For Sale ad for a part that’s laying in a pile of junk, or a dirty car with boxes piled on top of it? Make the potential buyer think that YOUR part is the best one that they’ve seen so far and they need to call your number ASAP. Set your prices reasonably, and consider trades if the other party has something you need for your own project.

 

 

TIME MANAGEMENT

We can’t slow down or speed up time, but we can manage it as effectively as possible.  There are many things that can affect your free time, such as your work schedule, family commitments, school, or a long work commute. Try to set aside a block of time each day to work on your project, even if it’s just a couple of minutes. Those minutes can add up! Maybe you even can bring the part inside the house to work on it (but check with your significant other before attempting this!).  Make a “To Do” list, as this can help you keep you focused on task completion. Do an inventory on your project and make a “Parts Needed” list. The inventory will keep you from wasting money on buying parts or hardware twice. It’s also a great opportunity to throw away the junk that always accumulates inside the vehicle or on your workbench.

 

 

 

COMBATING THE WEATHER

This can be challenging, but you can definitely do things to help you deal with the winter weather. If you have a garage, try to figure out a way to keep it warm while you work.  Propane powered heaters can do a great job in knocking down the chill in the shop. If you’ve got a wood-burning stove, that’s even better.  Many all-weather mechanics swear by their insulated coveralls,  beanie caps, and mechanic’s gloves.  An added trick is to wear surgical rubber gloves under your mechanic’s gloves to hold the heat in.  Use a heavy moving blanket or an old comforter to lay on the floor if you have work underneath the vehicle. If you’re working outside, a tarp or a barrier to serve as a windbreak or as a heat insulator definitely helps. Do over-do it, and take breaks to warm up whenever you need to.

 

GET MOVING!

The most critical step to getting through the Winter Blues is to GET MOVING. It’s like deciding to exercise or to go on a diet.  The hardest part is to make the commitment to start the process.  Rely on your fellow hotrodders for encouragement or help. Post pictures of your progress on your favorite internet site.  What car fanatic doesn’t want to see progress pictures? Positive comments and encouragement from fellow gearheads can do wonders for your motivation. With some effort, you can make great progress by Springtime, but the only way to know this is by shutting off the TV right now and get moving.  and as an added bonus, it might just make those holiday pounds drop off at the same time!  And post up some pictures because we LOVE that stuff!

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  1. Eric Hibbs
    January 16, 2018 at 4:01 pm — Reply

    Large flatenned cardboard boxes are a pretty good insulator against a cold concrete floor. Double them up if necessary.

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