So much that I don't want to think about it. But since you asked, the 67 that is starting to rust and bubble thru the PO's paint job has about $9K into it, including purchase price.. The 70, which I haven't actualy started yet is about $4K, including purchase price....
BTW, welcome back, we did miss you..
This is just a rough estimate but I think I have about $2500 in mine, including the purchase price. The reason why it is soo low is because I needed a car for my highschool year and I just wanted to get it going and looking good. Plus, I did all the work myself. Trust me, the car needs totally redone so I will be spending tons of money real soon when I get my truck done.
I am fairly frugal but I am an impulse shopper if I find a good deal. The purchase set me back $3000 and I have spent $3200 so far on mods that include:
Brake system complete teardown and rebuild (lines, master cylinder, drum rebuild kits, wheel cylinders, drum turning, and FW bearings)
Re-arc and rebuild rear suspension (springs, bushings, shocks KYB, etc)
Front Shocks (KYB)
Monte Carlo Bar and Export Brace (Chrome from Mustangs Unl.)
Tires (Big O crapola tires)
Axle and differential seals
new intake (Performer RPM)
plug wires (mallory 8mm)
Front and Rear Fender Extensions
Rear Fender Bumpers
Mercury scripts and Cougar badges
billet distributor (Mallory)
heads (351W D00E and a set of GT40p for future)
headers (Hedman 88300)
Speakers (2 Sony X-Plode 3 way 6x9)
Seat Covers (Black with Red Dragon AutoZOne Specials)
Floor Mats and Steering Wheel Cover (Black with Flames)
$100.00 for raffle tickets
$450.00 for new custom made headliner
$90.00 for mercury script emblem
$2.75 for custom "Tiffany" namelate
Taking 3rd place in class of ten 60's classics + only Cougar there............ Pricless
Now Redcat.... whole different story. Engine came out Friday... Papa needs a new set of rings!!!!!
Well lets see i paid 600 for the car, and let's see:
Weiand waterpump 100.00
Edelbrock Intake 120.00
New Flowmasters 100.00 (both together)
Holley Carb FREE
tune up stuff 70.00
Total(so far) 1020.00
Many more to come and much more cash to come...lol
So now you all know why my cat lloks so welll not finished...LOL
Currently I have about 5k in the 68's restoration, and really want to keep it under 9k. For the 70 convertible I have done about 2k in work on top of the 8.5K initial purchase price. In the end though any amount of money is worth the joy of driving these classic cats
Well if any of you have seen my gallery here you may notice I have been busy lately with my 67 Standard.
I have not added up the receipts but my folder is nearly an inch thick.
The list of current upgrades includes
Ford Racing 5oh Crate engine w/ K-code exhaust manifolds
Total Control Prods. Power Rack and Pinion
Global West Upper/Lower tubular control arms
67 4 Piston Disc Brakes
Sanden A/C Conversion
Rebuilt Heater w/ Hi flow evap
1968 Rear Window defogger
1968 Tilt-A-Way column
Stereo and CD changer with kick panel speakers and rear package tray speakers using 67-8 factory speaker buckets and grilles. Infinity and Pioneer speakers.
Replaced every line with Stainless Steel lines
I'm sure we've ALL spent a ton of money (maxed out a credit card or two) in our love for the Cougar. Personally, I would rather hear about how WISELY that money was spent!
I'm much more pleased hearing about the guy who scoured the swap meets for months and found a used Weiand Stealth manifold for $40, and then spent another $10 to have it blasted back to almost-new condition than I am about someone who called Summit and had one overnighted (for the extra $15) to them.
And in the same vein, how about the guy who determined that a late '70's (I think) LTD headlight switch is the same as the one in a Cougar, and only costs $9 at AutoZone.
This hobby is more than expensive! Hats off to those who share their knowledge in a way that helps the rest of us save both time and $$$$!
Sorry, I didn't mean to rain on the thread, and my comments are certainly not directed at those who have commented here... :uhoh: