that's the $64,000 question. since i am less mechanically inclined than your sister (even if you don't have one) i would have to pay for anything done. in addition, i am really, honestly, truely hoping to keep the car in one piece as much as i can. really, i am.
This is actually a reply to 73XR-7owner. We started talking about a subject that had nothing to do with the original thread we were on, so I thought I would start a new one and maybe recieve a few more replies back from others from this board. Like you 73XR-7owner, many of us started out the same way at one point or another. The first time I did any automotive work was helping my dad change the oil on his Bronco when I was 13 years-old. I gained most of my automotive knowledge from books and magazines, you would be suprised how much you can pick-up from reading a few mags. Before I knew it, I was reading every muscle car magazine I could get my hands on. I have never taken an automotive class, picked up most of this from reading and paying attention to others working on thier rods. This alone can help you become more mechanically inclined and can save you a few dollars down the road on some things. No reason to pay a mechanic for a tune-up or items like that, unless you want to. Just buy a small tool set and go from there. I too have run into a few road blocks where I didn't have the correct tools or the knowledge to tackle some jobs like rebuilding an engine from the ground up or rebuilding the center section in my 9" rear. Some jobs are best left to the pro's and have it done correctly. I have a guy who restores and works on old muscle cars who I take my Cougar to. From the photos and what you have been saying, there isn't too much you said you want to do to the car and the car looks great already. I myself enjoy taking my car to the drag track from time to time. My car is pretty much set up for that type of abuse. Attahced is a photo of my car, it has changed a bit from how it looks in the photo. Also, I attached a few links below of the Tri State Raceway in Iowa and a picture of a Cougar that races pro. There are some sweet and nasty cars there. Hopefully I'll have mine down in the 11.5's or low 12's next year. Hopefully some of this has helped you out.
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