Thanks for all the compliments, it helps keep me motivated to be able to put up new progress pics.
I don't actually have a huge amount of experience in building cars. Most of my career was spent in construction with cars being a hobby. I had not really "built" a lot of stuff untill the last 5-7 years. I am completely self taught.
About 12 years ago I wanted a custom bike, so I decided to build one. I didn't know how to weld at the time and had never done any metal work. I taught myself to weld with a 110 wire feed we had at work. I built cabinets and was a finish carpenter in my twentys so I was good with wood working. I used a wood router to machine my own hand and foot controls including master cylinders. I made my own frame and pounded out my own gas tank. I still have the bike , it turned out pretty impressive for a first attempt at something like that.
My cabinet making evolved into ornamental precast concrete. This is actually where I learned most of my sheet metal work. I would carve something out of wood then make a rubber mold with a steel mother mold to use to cast concrete. The sheetmetal was critical part of my molds, it had to be closely fit to the pc to be casted to make the rubber mold the right thickness. If the rubber is too thin it rips, to thick it is very expensive and very heavy to handle. Most people use fiberglass for their molds but I started using 14 ga plus 1" square tube to make my molds last longer. I got alot of experience doing this.
When construction started slowing down in CA I had an opportunity to go to work at a so called hotrod/restoration shop as a fabricator. I worked there for about two years, learning alot about the industry and how NOT to build a car. I decided I could do alot better on my own. Luckily I have a lot of friends with cars needing work and had some nice cars of my own to show what I could do so I was fortunate to have a good start in my business. Throughout my career I have taken evey opportunity to learn anything new I could. I never used a mill before I bought one etc. So I spend alot of time on my own cars learning new stuff. And luckily I have a great customer base that is willing to let me be creative on there dime. The rest is learn on the fly! When it comes to building stuff square is square so all types of experience really help and makes for a well rounded skill set. (so i think)
So that is a very short version of how I learned what little I know. The only thing I claim to be good at is my woodworking, although its been awhile and I would probably cut off my finger.