19 August 2010

Realised I hadn't posted anything here for 6 months. Work has been proceeding on the car - as slowly as usual :). Here's a few updates.

Top front wishbone parts in the jig and finished product

Same for bottom front wishbones

Need to finish the parts and jigs for the rear wishbones and get them welded soon. Then all of the various brackets can get welded to the chassis, the suspension bolted together and the car sit on it's own wheels for the first time!

Off to the Leyburn Sprints in the morning so another weekend not spent in the workshop I suppose. Sometimes, having fun is more important.

Anyway, till next time.

16 February 2010

Tired - Oh so very tired :(

Well, the 6 weeks leave got canceled for work and I stumbled through the end of the year tireder than ever. The leave is re-booked for March/April and should (all things being equal) let me actually get some quality time in on the car. We did sneak a whole three days off work in November to go to the Nationals and it was well worth it.

A member on one of the forums I frequent ribbed me (gently) about my slow progress and, perhaps because it touched a nerve, I replied quite honestly with my feelings on the matter, as follows:

To me, progress requires the convergence of three different sets of resources - Temporal, Physical, & Emotional. I need to simultaneously have the time, the money (or materials or whatever), and the mental enthusiasm to achieve anything.

For a very long time, I had no physical resources - no money, no materials, not even space to work although I had time and enthusiasm to spare. Eventually, changes in my work and household situation meant more money etc was available but with a contingent loss of time and energy. For the last six or twelve months I've had the money and I've often even had the time but mental energy is at an all time, soul crushing, low. And trying to work on the car when I really, really don't feel like it just makes it worse. So I don't.

It's a hobby. It'll be finished when it's finished. If it has a deadline, it's a job, and I already have one of those.