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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 11, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Hi. I'm from Lawrence, KS and just joined, since I was able to pick up a 1980 Z28 with 54,000 original miles that was sitting in a field for over 10 years. Mice ate out the wiring, but the T-tops are still tight, and only minor body damage to one rear fender. Surprisingly little rust on the frame and underbody also.

I'm a boiler/turbine mechanic, but haven't worked on cars since the 80's, and my wife thinks this is the worst $400 I ever spent! Now I have to prove her wrong, so I'll be looking on here often for help getting my new baby back on the road again.

I look forward to talking with you guys/gals.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 11, 11:24 AM
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Right on Dave. 400 bucks well spent. And welcome to the site.
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Welcome Dave, First mistake and the biggest one you can make when taking on a project is pitting your wife against the car. Proving her wrong is only going to build a wall between you her and the car. If you do prove her wrong she will hold it against you for the rest of your life!

It's really just a play on words but what you need to do is win her over. This is a subtle game where no one ends up being wrong or eating crow and both of you come out winning. There are lots of basic things you can do initially that can set the right direction but sealing the deal comes when you can find personal connections between the car and the two of you.

Start by introducing facts like spending time on the car will keep you close to home and not out with the boys at the tata room. It will also keep you close by but out of her hair, let her know most of the time when working on the car you don't mind being interupted if she needs you for something and that if there is a time when you need the whole day you'll give her advanced notice. Get her involved, have a couples saturday where you invite the buddys and wives over, the gals hang out on the patio painting their nails etc, the guys help you with that project you need more than 2 hands and you clean up early enought to fire up the BBQ and socialize as couples!

Go about this right and you'll have her full support and maybe she'll even start lending a hand. One last thought is get her thinking about what car she would like to have. You only want one project at a time but not a bad idea to have the next one in the thought process!

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Re: New Memeber (2nd Gen) Need to Prove my wife Wrong

Been married for 20 years, wife is NEVER wrong. I learned that the hard way bought year 5 or 6. Beyond that Dennis is 100% correct. My build took 14 years due to raising kids, sports, school, etc. and now my wife is happy to go to shows with me in the Camaro.

Show her some pics and prices of similar cars in good shape, not show cars and explain to her that one day the Camaro will be your date car. That should work.

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Welcome, Dave. As said, good advice, include Wife.
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Welcome to team camaro!! Good luck with the wife!!
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Welcome to the TC Crew, Dave.

It's pretty obvious we're on your side...but as pointed out...you might win this battle, but ya ain't gonna win the war!

If you can get her to play some small part in the build, or get her some project/hobby mechanical in nature, she might be more pliable towards your endeavours.

Just watch the outlay of cash...she will be.

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My wife didnt approve of my 68 project and often suggested I haul it to the scrap yard.
Now she loves to go cruising and to car shows. I WON !!
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this should explain your chances of being right.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 11, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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I like your ideas! Sounds like a good idea for a BBQ!
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 11, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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All good ideas. I learned long ago that a happy wife meant a happy life!. The problem is that she bought her classic already restored, now enjoys driving it all summer long. She doesn't see the potential that I see in the Z28. And she does not like a car that she can't drive. She also doesn't know when I'll find the time to work on it.

Thanks for the warm welcome, I look forward to talking often.
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