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June 2013 Rant - Editorial

Posted in Features on June 1, 2013
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How many of you have a project truck or SUV that you've been trying to finish for longer than you can remember? You're not alone. I, along with thousands of other enthusiasts, am with you in our own “fantasy off-road league.” One in which we dream of getting our 4x4s finished and out onto the road again someday.

I personally have more garage queens (actually, dirt-lot queens) than I'd like to admit right now, and it's frustrating every time I look or think about one of them. The money that we throw into them, with full knowledge that we'll never get it back out. The time we spend on them, with nothing but dreams to justify the work and money spent. And the heartache given to us for that “piece of junk” in the drive or garage. I don't know how many times I've heard friends and relatives tell me to sell my projects and just move on.

It'd be one thing if we could actually drive them, but all too often a project 4x4 reaches a point of non-operational status.

All you can do is grin, bear it, and think about a better time—hopefully not far in the future—when you'll be driving your ride, middle finger extended (just kidding), proving everyone wrong who said you'd never finish your project.

Do not give up! I have faith that you can do it. If you stay with your project—and have a good enough argument for your wife, girlfriend, or mother on why not to sell it —then one day, your truck will be done. It may take more months (even years!) than you intended, but finishing a project is one of the most satisfying feelings that you can have. There is nothing like being able to hop into a truck you built, turn the key, and drive off into the wilderness knowing that you're familiar with every piece of your off-road ride.

Don't let your project fall victim to permanent demise. Save your truck from doom! Get out in that garage and turn some wrenches.

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