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AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
12/31/21 6:03 p.m.

This one of the last remaining active and helpful auto forums on the internet.  I think it helps that it is not marque or racing genre specific.  I get so many good ideas here.

That said one of the best is 30 minutes in the garage / shop per day.  That's 3.5 hrs per week.  So I fully intend to average 30 minutes per day in the garage and away from the internet working on my stuff.  Cleaning and arranging the garage also counts.  Taking used fluid to recycle counts.  Trips to get rid of scrap metal (old rotors) counts.  Working on my challenge MR2, Camaro, Boxster or Subaru count.  The point is to be consistent and dedicated.  If I'm out of town for work, I can excuse that, but I can also make up the time on 3 day weekends!  

Anyone else crazy enough to join in?  

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
1/1/22 3:39 p.m.

I'm going to try that as well, I have some odds and ends on the Corvette and want to get my Monte Carlo put together.  I also want to try to meet more people and get to more events.

dean1484 MegaDork
1/1/22 4:08 p.m.

I need a garage first. 

rslifkin UberDork
1/1/22 4:09 p.m.
dean1484 said:

I need a garage first. 

30 minutes per day building a garage counts, right?

rob_lewis UltraDork
1/1/22 5:21 p.m.

30 minutes a day average, so if I put in 3.5 on a Saturday I'm good?

If so, I'm in. I need to work on my garage and get stuff moved out and thrown away, including my mini project. Already planned for that this year and this'll keep me honest. 


frenchyd UltimaDork
1/1/22 5:36 p.m.

In reply to AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) :

I'm already there.   My goal for the year is to go vintage racing. With the Jaguar. 

bluej (Forum Supporter)
bluej (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
1/1/22 5:45 p.m.

I like this. One of the things that kept me going through the later half of 2020 and first half of 2021 was keeping a regular schedule of Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday evenings being my garage time after dinner and getting our little one to bed. I can usually count on 2 hours each session, and it really helped when my mental health was at it's worst. It's time to get back to that.

My only other resolution for this year is to actually update my build thread blush

1/1/22 6:02 p.m.

I need to join this party.

Great irony is that with retirement and the Covid driven fact of almost unlimited time to work on the cars, I seem to not touch stuff anymore.

moxnix Dork
1/1/22 6:18 p.m.

I should join in.  I managed 30 mins today.

Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
1/1/22 6:19 p.m.
rslifkin said:
dean1484 said:

I need a garage first. 

30 minutes per day building a garage counts, right?


californiamilleghia UltraDork
1/1/22 6:27 p.m.

Sell a few cars , get a couple cars running , and then buy some more cars !

I need to go on a 10 step detox ,  but I would probably want to do that at Hershey swap meet !

My name is ........  and I have a car problem.........

PS.....there is this junkyard with 50-75 cars and more tumbleweed than cars , my buddy is trying to buy it......  should I enable him ?


Indy - Guy
Indy - Guy PowerDork
1/1/22 6:53 p.m.

In reply to californiamilleghia :

Uh...... Yeah !

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
Antihero (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
1/1/22 7:02 p.m.
dean1484 said:

I need a garage first. 

This is me too


I'm tired of working on cars in a snow bank so that's on my list for next year anyway

Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
1/1/22 7:06 p.m.

So far this year i haven't bought any parts. And ive sold more eheels than ive bought. 

However, the resolution is this: finish repairs and maintenance before starting new builds.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
1/1/22 7:30 p.m.

I'm going to try this. 

I'll have to do it on a weekly average.

I'm away from home for at least 12, sometimes 13 hours on my work days, and other than a lunch (which is rarely the full time allotted), we don't get breaks. They run us hard, I saw 25 cases on Thursday. 

Even so, I often will try to get a few minutes in the garage. I'll need to start a time sheet. 

AAZCD-Jon (Forum Supporter)
AAZCD-Jon (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
1/1/22 7:40 p.m.

I'm going to try to get out of the garage more. I do want to keep at it regularly, but too often I'll spend the majority of my days off working on my cars and motorcycles rather than getting out and enjoying them on the road and trails.

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
1/1/22 7:41 p.m.

Awesome!  Yes 3.5 hrs Saturday counts.  So would 1, 1, and 1.5.  The idea is to get in the garage shop regularly and make regular progress!  

Today I removed the wobbly steering shaft on the Camaro (loose rag joint), and finished putting the plastic conduit on the new battery cables.  Now I have to decide on the correct changes for the steering shaft and rack.  I'm leaning towards the much better LS1 stuff for my LT1 car.  

Appleseed MegaDork
1/2/22 1:28 a.m.

Rebuild carbs. I have at least 5 engines that need good, deep carb cleanings. If I can get one done every 2 weeks, that's only a month and a half. 

eastpark HalfDork
1/2/22 7:36 a.m.

As soon as I'm back home, I'm in too!

preach (dudeist priest)
preach (dudeist priest) Dork
1/2/22 8:48 a.m.

30 mins a day changed my life. I need to get back into it as my shop is showing it's usual winter issue of allhorizontalsurfacesgetpiledon-itis. berkeley that E36 M3.

My real car goal for 2022 is to strip the Opel and maybe get it to the toob guy. 2nd is to cull the herd more by selling the Westy and the Taco.

gunner (Forum Supporter)
gunner (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
1/2/22 10:01 a.m.

I swapped snow tires onto the forester and corolla yesterday and ended up spending about 3 hours total doing it. What it showed me is that I need to reorganize my garage (as in throwing out a bunch of stuff Mrs Gunner has deposited there over the last six months)

classicJackets (FS)
classicJackets (FS) SuperDork
1/2/22 10:12 a.m.

I have been working on the 30 minutes as well, for the last few weeks. I have a several year case of "stash this here" and find a surface to put XYZ on, so it's been slow to move on from. But, i'm already finding it easier to DO the work that I want to go out there and do.

hybridmomentspass HalfDork
1/2/22 11:00 a.m.

I jumped on the half hour a day train a bit back and have logged some of my progress in a thread here


I promise I'll update with early Jan pics of before and after SO FAR...but it's raining today and bleak. I'd rather have soem good light in there next pics.


But my resolutions - just be better this year than I was last. In any way possible. More organized. More charitable. More loving. All this can relate to cars too lol

84FSP UltraDork
1/2/22 12:07 p.m.

I have to keep my race car running well enough to race it.  I also need more classic car in my life...

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
1/2/22 6:31 p.m.

Started working on the Subie short shifter and bushings today.  The short shifter isn't going into the cup as easy as advertised.  I'm going to get under the car and take the entire linkage out to do the bushings anyway.

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