This is my day job, now...

Discussion in 'Antique Automotive Service' started by Smartin, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. Smartin

    Smartin Staff Member

    As of yesterday, I will be working for myself. Originally, I was going to shoot for the beginning of 2021, but we agreed to make the transition at the end of this month....

    For those of you reading this that have no idea what I'm talking about, I started Antique Automotive Service in 2014. It start out as small jobs like stainless trim polishing and detail work. Since then, I have been involved in several full cosmetic restorations and am nearing completion on a full nut-and-bolt rotisserie job. Many more are on the list. I'll be a busy guy!

    Despite the backlog of work, I am always looking for smaller jobs to use to fill in the gaps for when I am waiting on cure time or parts deliveries.

    Thankfully, I am hitting the ground running, and have been prepping this the for 5 years.
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  2. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    So whos gonna fix sprinklers? I might wanna get on your list with the Wildcat.
  3. Smartin

    Smartin Staff Member

    The irrigation company is in good hands. I still have ties to them, but I won't be doing anything on the job.

    I'm curious to see how fast things move now that I can do this every day. For the last several years, I have only been able to work as time permits. I usually would try to get in an hour or 2 after work, and then as much as possible on the weekends...but I have to have a life too. So it was like 10-20 hours per week of car stuff. That will likely triple now.
  4. flynbuick

    flynbuick Guest

    Adam--one day you will look back and ask yourself, "Why did I not make the jump sooner?" The cream always rises to the top.
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  5. breakinbuick11

    breakinbuick11 Platinum Level Contributor


    Congratulations! One of the first threads I remember reading on this board was your engine compartment restoration of your old Centurion. I’ve followed every restoration you’ve done on here since and think you made a great decision. Best of luck!
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  6. bignastyGS

    bignastyGS Maggot pilot

    Good for you Adam..Your work and ethic speaks volumes..Wishing you eternal success!
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  7. buicksWILD

    buicksWILD Well-Known Member

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  8. techg8

    techg8 The BS GS


    "Cause I know what it means
    To walk along that lonely street of dreams

    Here I go again on my own ...."
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  9. buicksWILD

    buicksWILD Well-Known Member

    Goin' down the only road I've ever known
    Like a drifter, I was born to walk alone
    And I've made up my mind I ain't wasting no more time!!

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    BUQUICK I'm your huckleberry.

    Congratulations on taking this step Adam. You will do very well.
  11. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    I have no doubt you will have success, the work you have shared on this forum is top notch. Congrats Adam.
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  12. cjp69

    cjp69 Platinum Level Contributor

    Congrats Adam!
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  13. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    Congratulations and good luck. As a guy who was self employed for a long time, I'll say, don't forget to stop and smell the roses!
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  14. 12lives

    12lives You die once. You live every day.

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  15. tubecatgs

    tubecatgs Finally a 4 speed......

    Congrats man!
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  16. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    Congrats! No doubt you'll do quite well - You're very efficient. Sooner or later the question will become how much, if any, bigger that you want to get (i.e. hiring people). As a one man show, you own a job. There's a famous business book on this subject, the title of which escapes me but I have it here. If you're interested I'll find the title.
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  17. Gallagher

    Gallagher Founders Club Member

    The E Myth is one of them. I'm probably due to read that one again.

    Congrats Adam. Can't wait to see more pictures of your work.
  18. Max Damage

    Max Damage I'm Working on it!

    Congrats. I like to say "I work for myself, and my boss is still an a-hole."

    I am thinking about having you polish up my trim too. I'll PM on that soon.
  19. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    That's the one I was thinking of. Thx!
  20. IlliniGSX

    IlliniGSX GSX #401


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