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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Have any of you suffered stomach problems from Mustang build related stress?

I'm trying to figure out my stomach problems and narrowing it down to the build of my 69'. I don't feel it in my mind but I know stress creeps in without your knowledge sometimes.
My blood pressure seems to have risen a little also. It's got me thinking that I may be acting a little anal on this build. I may have to relax on this a little and let it just come together.
I sorta blame these car show I watch. They turn out such great cars I feel I need to do the same.
Just wondered if any of you were in the same boat as I am.

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I get really stressed sometimes and that's when you need to step away--and for as long as necessary. It's supposed to be a hobby, not a job but when it starts giving you the same feelings you get from a job then something needs to change.

I'd also suggest to stop watching those shows


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They get their cars done in under an hour. Why are you so slow?

I had to walk away from mine for a while and it's frustrating knowing that I can't work on it, but much more satisfying when I can. Scale back your plans and you'll enjoy it more. You'll also take the time to do it right.

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Automotive stress test:
Have someone remind you that your car is rusting, and lecture you about how much work it's going to be.
If you feel the need to double over in pain, you've found a source of stress/anxiety.


I'm not trying to be funny. I had a overworked co-worker that was having anxiety attacks and didn't know why. I started yelling "get to work, work overtime" and she doubled over right there.
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I don't believe in stress. Serves no purpose. I just go with the flow like floating down a lazy river.
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Do you tend to get fixated on something big that you need to accomplish? This makes me "driven", to finish whatever I am doing...especially if it's something that I just want to finish....like sanding down the primer on my '66. No longer an "enjoyment", just push push push to get done. This creates stress and exhaustion because it's hard to make an "I'm done for today" point to stop and let it go. Is your mind working over "the problems" at work or home, while you should be resting your brain? I do this a lot. I need to do like "Rambo" said, "Let it go....Let it go"...
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Do you tend to get fixated on something big that you need to accomplish? This makes me "driven", to finish whatever I am doing...especially if it's something that I just want to finish....like sanding down the primer on my '66. No longer an "enjoyment", just push push push to get done. This creates stress and exhaustion because it's hard to make an "I'm done for today" point to stop and let it go. Is your mind working over "the problems" at work or home, while you should be resting your brain? I do this a lot. I need to do like "Rambo" said, "Let it go....Let it go"...
I would say that some if this applies to me. I have the attitude now of "this is my car, I am the one working on it and paying for it so if you don't like it don't look". It's just that I wanna do my very best and do it right. It has cost me some time and some extra money doing it this way. However I don't feel like I am stressing or worrying about anything. I've just noticed I get a sick stomach when I start thinking about the car. It has to be subconsience but whatever I think it is stress related and from the car. I started the tear down in Oct. 2014 and have spent enormous amount of time on it doing everything myself. I am not feeling burnout at all. I guess I am going crazy.

ps. the car show builds are addicting as there really is nothing else on that interest me.

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I would say that some if this applies to me. I have the attitude now of "this is my car, I am the one working on it and paying for it so if you don't like it don't look". It's just that I wanna do my very best and do it right. It has cost me some time and some extra money doing it this way. However I don't feel like I am stressing or worrying about anything. I've just noticed I get a sick stomach when I start thinking about the car. It has to be subconsience but whatever I think it is stress related and from the car. I started the tear down in Oct. 2014 and have spent enormous amount of time on it doing everything myself. I am not feeling burnout at all. I guess I am going crazy.



ps. the car show builds are addicting as there really is nothing else on that interest me.

I get that feeling you're talking about when I am thinking about almost anything these days. It's especially associated with a task that I'm not sure how I'm going to do it but really needs to be done.


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I stress so much about work, thinking about the Mustang is my reprieve. IT can be stressful if it's fighting me of course, but generally speaking, the old car is stress relief more than anything.

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I stress so much about work, thinking about the Mustang is my reprieve. IT can be stressful if it's fighting me of course, but generally speaking, the old car is stress relief more than anything.
Yep. I get that way about school and the Mustang has been a great outlet for stress.

I try to maintain not that I'm going to make the car perfect, but that I keep making it better.

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I try to maintain not that I'm going to make the car perfect, but that I keep making it better.
Oh yeah. "Perfect" is a unicorn that you're never going to catch. If I had to have an anxiety attack over every rock chip or whatever, I'd get out of the car hobby and do something else.

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Ha, you guys must be young. Working on the 69 is therapy.

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I got stressed out about the last one I did but A) it wasnt my car and B) i wanted it done so that I could start on my car. I worked myself into the ground...it really was unhealthy.

Anyway...with mine I set long term milestones. 30/60/90 day goals. That helps it be a lot more manageable. It's easier for me to stomach (bad joke...sorry) "in 30 days i want to have the engine built, in, and the cooling system done" than...by the end of this weekend I want to have the engine built.
I just started getting serious about the body work this weekend. So now I'm mixing up my short, mid, and long term goals to include things that are perceivable gains since body work takes...forever. Meaning now, i throw in things like "30 days: epoxy prime, interior painted <-cause that doesnt take NEARLY as long and I can see the progress immediately".

I also keep my expectations in check. I'm not a professional. I'm just a dude with the tools necessary to build a car. I know my car is never going to be a show winner...it may never actually be IN a show. Mostly because I dont care about that crap. I just care that my car looks good to me, is fast, stops great, handles well, and most of all...is FUN



...i do worry sometimes about my wife figuring out exactly how much money i have in the car though...that sometimes does keep me up at night...
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I do get stressed out by Jane, but in a totally weird way.

If I'm working on a project on the car, I'm pretty okay. If things start going badly, I'll worry but it's more a nagging-in-the-back-of-my-head worry than a sick to my stomach worry. More frequently, I'll just drag my heels if things aren't going the way I want them to go.

If I'm working on a project and I'm at Chas's house (the guy who did bodywork/paint on my car, and who also taught me to rebuild an engine), then nothing matters. Doesn't matter what kind of terrible thing is happening, I am cool as a cucumber about it. One time I lit my car on fire at his house and the flame was burning up the carpet in the passenger rear floor pan and had almost reached the rear seat and I just blew it out like a candle and laughed about it.

If I want to drive Jane, I get knots in my stomach. But as soon as I'm actually driving, everything in the world is allllllllrightttt. I could not possibly be bothered by anything while driving that car.

This is true despite 3 years of daily driving and tens of thousands of miles... every morning when I go to start her up, I've got butterflies. And 30 seconds later as I back out of the garage, I'm fine.

Cannot explain any of the weird reactions. It's a kind of ying/yang of stress and total zen all wrapped up in the same vehicle.
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