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Willys Jeep: Framing the Situation

December 26, 2012 5 comments

A year ago today I found the Jeep I eventually wound up choosing for my restoration project. To be honest, I had hoped that I would be farther along by this point (at least have a rolling chassis), but in other ways I’m actually quite impressed with how far I’ve actually gotten. I suppose if you take the average of the two emotions it could be argued that I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

I’m at a point right now, though, that I’m starting to really understand what kind of commitment – both in terms of time and finance – I’ve put myself into. I had always known that I wanted to have someone else work on the frame, because I didn’t want to screw around with something so fundamental. After having put in $1000 for some minor welding and sandblasting, though, and emotionally coming to grips with the fact that I’m only about halfway done, puts my situation in some starker relief.

The frame has come a long, long way, and I flip-flop between my sense of achievement for how far I’ve come and the sense of dread of what lies ahead. Read more…

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