I think when you retire from your current career; you should open up a shop !
When/If I ever retire I could spend more than 3-8 hours a week working on my projects so it wouldn't take me 11 years to finish a project (like my last van). Hopefully jumping back on the chopped van project a lot by the end of this month
Today I made my van work a little bit. Bought a 1982 Corolla off a friend, hoping to get it running again and turn it into a vintage driver for my wife. Her 2014 Mini has been an expensive POS the past couple years. And my experience with old Toyotas is they do require some work, but that they are still more reliable than a 2014 Mini Cooper, haha! At any rate, we gave the "new" junkyard transmission a good test out in front of the car and trailer. 5000lbs +-. It did great, I was very pleased. Cheers everyone!
1991 Dodge B250 Zephyr Conversion. "Bi-frost" 89,000-ish original miles and counting. - 318TBI; has headwork and other bolt on upgrades. Runs strong and smooth! - Powertrax locker - 3" aluminum radiator. - Rear air springs, rebuilt suspension, steering stabilizer.
Congrats on the " new " trans. Nice choice on the 1982 Corola; can't go wrong. My daily driver is a 2007 Honda EX Coupe with 363,231 miles ( orig owners ). Drive my 2013 Chevy 4 X 4 Crew Cab in adverse weather and for home projects and my true love is my 74' G10 Shorty. Been down for over a year; doing a complete powertrain; and suspension build . Not to mention fuel injection, new exhaust, radiator; painless wiring; powersteering; brakes etc etc etc etc etc
Hope to have it back on the road end of May. Then I need to get a bumper sticker for the back of my van: " You're looking at my children's inheritance "