Projects. We all have them and all hate them to a certain extent. The project I want to talk about today was suppose to be a fun silly project. A joke if nothing else but it ended up becoming much more. I had no clue how it was going to impact me until a year after I completed this task.
I built a hot rod. Probably not what you had in mind, but it was a passion of mine for over a year. Now that I think about it, hot rod might not be the best term but it is what I call it. I purchased a fully functional and driving 1965 Chevrolet C20 Stake Bed truck. It was an old work truck from a local company that purchased it new back in 1965. That company is still around and I later found out that a relative of mine used to drive that truck in high school when he worked for that company. After a brief discussion on the phone with my wife, I convinced her to let me buy it. I actually drove it home that very day and began using it around the farm and just having a good time with this old truck.
One day while surfing around on YouTube, I discovered these guys that had been doing engine swaps with late model power and turbochargers all on a budget with mostly junkyard parts. After watching the smiles and hearing those “wicked” sounds, I began to brainstorm and daydream about doing the same modifications to my own truck. After all, it was purchased to be a fun “beater” vehicle. So the planning and budgeting began. I am not going to go in depth on the changes I made to this vehicle, I have videos on my channel that do that. Besides, this blog is not about the platform but about the task.
So after spending an entire year of late nights working on this thing, I completed it. Well not technically but to a point to where the goal I set for myself was accomplished. I achieved this goal with very little outside help, both in terms of finances and knowledge. I researched until my fingers hurt on the internet and books and other local with much more knowledge than me. The big picture is that I am not that mechanically inclined to take on such a task but with perseverance, I conquered. I set out to build something that was far beyond my skill level but by being patient and resourceful, I built what I had envisioned. A “sleeper rat rod farm truck” for lack of a better term. You may not be able to tell from looking at the exterior, but underneath lies a beast. A wolf in sheep’s skin.
Now achieving this overwhelming goal was really a “love/hate” mission. Things would go right and I would get aggravated, but wouldn’t give up. I continued put new things in an old vehicle mostly through trial and error. It was after the “dyno” session, several months later in fact that I registered and insured this vehicle so that I could actually drive it. I left my house one Saturday morning heading for work in my own home built project vehicle. Something I completed and built with my own two hands. And it worked! Not only did it work, it worked well. It was fast, it sounds awesome, and drives great. I had done it. I put my mind to a task that I thought I didn’t know how to do and built my very own dream vehicle.
So some time went by, I had my fun toy sitting in my garage and I was looking to fill that void of completing a challenging task again. Achieve the achievable. I was an over weight person. I wrote a blog earlier about my weight loss, which I set out to tackle with the very same mindset as I did with my truck. Eight months later I hit my weight loss goal and now focus on maintaining my weight and staying active. So that has slowed down and I have been looking at “what’s next?” Something new and exciting. I know, lets create an online business. Something along the lines of a successful YouTube channel or a blog. Heck, why not both? I haven’t been able to cross those of my list just yet, but I am learning and trying something new. Something completely foreign to me. Why not? What do I have to lose. I am aproaching it with the same borderline reckless/can do attitude. So we’ll see what happens.
The point about this post is to show you that even if you feel like something is out of reach or beyond your skill level, you can figure things out. YOU CAN ACHIEVE! Just focus on small task at a time and you will see that they add up to those large tasks that you have been putting off because you’re intimidated or feel you lack a certain skill set. We have access to loads of information these days at out fingertips. You just need to find your motivation and begin your Life Changing Project! Whatever it may be. So with that, I bid you farewell and good luck!
– Justin R. Van Horn