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Alright guys, back at it and now getting hourly pay, so things are looking up. This guy found me at the NC chevelle show 1.5 hrs away and literally lives 7 mins from my house, he's seen me driving around and the car at shows. He's building muscle cars and hot rods to owner's spec and has asked me to come in to lend a hand and also wire things up. Trying to get adjusted to working 2 jobs, hoping the extra income will manifest some updates to my rust bucket.

This is a 71 chevelle that's been handed to a couple shops, we're gong through it to get it as finished and reliable as it can be. Holley sniper setup, rewired engine bay, and am cleaning up under the dash. :oops:
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This is after, but I had not dressed the wires up in loom or terminated the battery connections.
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Who wantsa meataballa?? Previous shop "installed" dakota digital gauges:
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This is after, waiting until we reinstall the dash to clean up the radio and steering column wiring
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I started a business several years back (not car related) and like you, I wanted to give the customer the best. If they wanted "A", I gave them "A, B and C". I was quickly going broke with labor costs when my mentor told me, "Randall, Good enough is good enough. Give the customer what they pay for. Nothing more, nothing less. When you go to the store and buy a loaf of bread, they don't give you two loaves to keep you coming back. If you want two loaves of bread you pay for two loaves of bread. Give them what they pay for. That's all they expect. It's a quality job and great customer service that keeps them coming back."
 

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You鈥檙e an artist! I rewired my car 15-20 years ago, had never done anything like it before. Used a Painless harness. It was a learning experience! Everything works, but I wish it was as neat as yours

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Alright guys, back at it and now getting hourly pay, so things are looking up. This guy found me at the NC chevelle show 1.5 hrs away and literally lives 7 mins from my house, he's seen me driving around and the car at shows. He's building muscle cars and hot rods to owner's spec and has asked me to come in to lend a hand and also wire things up. Trying to get adjusted to working 2 jobs, hoping the extra income will manifest some updates to my rust bucket.
Bingo. I learned a long time ago that I'm not working for free on sympathy jobs. You pay for my skills and ability. I don't see how anyone could flat rate a wiring job. Everything of this nature should be time plus materials.
That is how it should be and a brand new wire harness should also be provided. Flat rate on a wiring job like that is just too tempting to butcher stuff to try and save time.
I once had a job as a helper in a large Ford dealership 1977. The lead mechanic would tell me to punch in and then out when I finished anything he assigned me to. I didn't know it at the time but they would call in our times spent to the local Ford admin. when any problem cars had to be worked on. So even they paid hourly for time spent on wiring problems.
 

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Buttoned up the wiring last night and let the big block breath! Happy to report 0 issues and man does it sound healthy. I'll get beauty shots when it's finished, think I'll be over there Sunday to help install the bumper and valances.

 

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Nice work, Jeff. Just think of the synapses you are building. The more you do it the faster it should go, to a point.
In one sense you are a volunteer fireman. Your are stopping fires before they happen.

You know what they say, "If you want something done, give it to a busy man."
 

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71 Chevelle is ready to go to it's owner!! The sniper has a weird throttle issue like the engine vacuum is holding the throttle blades shut. We're extending the throttle cable mount on the cam to help with that. BUT all electrical is solid and everyone is happy. After driving that warmed up 454 I understand the big block torque statement. Trying to nudge the throttle blades open with that sticking issue just lit the tires up with 0 effort. Next up is a 60 something Catalina. Will have pics and info soon!

 

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You do PCB layout work? I've been in the PCB manufacturing industry for a bunch of years off and on...In CA and AZ. :)
 
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