Boy! Here I was feeling pretty good about finally having a "decent weather" Friday (no rain) to cut out of work at noon and go work on the Cougar. And then, SPLASH!!! I was hit by that proverbial bucket of cold water. How am I going to enjoy getting the car ready to paint when all I can do is think about taking two steps back for every one step forward? About how much money I threw away...what a minute...okay, I'm over it.
Cost? Cost? "We don't need to think about no stink'n cost!" Its Friday and I'm going to work on the Coug! As I told my spouse more than once, "its either cars or a girlfriend." (My humorous attempt to put things in perspective). If she knew the true total she would have gotten me two girlfriends by now!
It sounds like we are dealing with the tax man when talking about our cars, wives and money we have dumped (er I mean invested). I am in the same boat. I keep two sets of books. I'm well over 10K and need plenty more.
I just restored my 69 vert and I have over 16k into it. Way more than I was expecting but NOS and repro parts are way expensive. And yes, my wife knows exactly how much I've put in and she still loves me.......... so she says.
Now the restoration on the G car which is up and coming is another story. I'm sure that will be the test of the marriage!!
Listening to you guys I don't feel so bad (stupid). I am into the upper leagues of what you guys are talking about now that I am committed to the body work (did the 351W performance set up last summer 10K+ on that alone).
Thing to remember is the price of Cougars is as low as it will ever be IMO for the next 20 years and while there are lots of NUTZ (enthusiasts) around now we will eventually go the way of all prior classics. You can get T's and A's for $10K alll day long now.
Cougars are a good investment IMO due to lower initial costs and the value of said Cats goes up every year. I have seen prices triple in fifteen years so in essence a Cat I bought for $150 is now worth $450 ;-)
In 1990 we did up a Boss Eliminator and it cost $18K to do so when BossECats were only valued at $12K. Now they go for up to $40K. Hang onto your cats as long as you can if interested in getting your $$ back. Its a lot more fun having the cougars than having a fat bank account w/little to no interest accruing and for you married guys remember you can always get another wife but Cougars are harder and harder to find as they ain't makin/ em anymore.
Holy Moly Jon, 30k. I don't think my marriage is that strong. I bought the car for $9500 so I am already 1/3 of the way there and with the parts that I've been accumulating I can see how 30k can creep up quickly. God help me.
And Ray, I agree, hang onto these babies. Drive em, enjoy em and watch the values go up. My Hemmings Muscle machine magazine has had (2) write-ups in the first 4 issues. Something tells me that they are going to start appreciating quickly and soon.
I've even thought of just mothballing my 69 that I just restored and hopefully it will go up enugh to recover my cost plus....
Well I don't buy new cars and see them depreciate (good justification for whatever I spend). I quit keeping track after 6 months and only worry about how to rat hole enough for the next part or tool. No 12 step program here. My wife doesn't know because I don't know.