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Old 06-08-2011, 12:47 PM
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I wish I only spent 15000 on my sterling.
The wife still nags me about it. It was all paid for before we were even dating...

Pray that there isn't any big wrong with it. Do all the work yourself.

Hogwit dopes your school have an auto shop class?
If it does see if you can get the class to do some work for you...
My high school auto shop class use to do that all the time.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:48 PM
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At 14 I don't think that $15,000 can disappear from me too quickly...
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:58 PM
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Yes my high-school does have an auto body class, but no they won't work on it, they each have their own projects, and I tried to get in the class, but I didn't get in, so that's out.
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:18 PM
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$15K sneaks up on you fast. You'll lay awake til the wee hours of the morning thinking about the car, ways to style it, improve it....
You have not purchased a car.... you have purchased an illness, a mistress, an evil task-master that you can't seem to stop thinking about. It tortures you... and you LOVE it.
Bingo!

The car I just bought was represented as complete, running and legal. Which it was. Except for everything that was wrong with it and items that definately need to be brought up to current specs (seat belts, brake lines, etc, etc..).
With careful planning you can sneak a low budget into a project car, but don't expect it to be what you want in the end. My most expensive purchase was my dune buggy, both in the original purchase and what I eventually dumped into it to restore it to what I wanted. When it sold I got approximately 1/3 of what I had invested... and that was close to $15K over the course of two years.
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Oh yes Letterman, you hit the nail on the head there,... you got 1/3 what you had into it, in return.

One cannot presume that any car will be an investment for the positive cash flow concept.

Hell I'm going the route on my car that warren referred to as the "dream setup".

Ive got myself so far, invested into the car including purchase:

2000 for the motor, trans, and electrical system
4000 for the car
1000 to have it shipped
and
another 1000 for misc stuff so far, and Id consider my self low on the expenditure route thus far.
But also realize, I'm doing far more than a lot of people. Im going with a WRX Subaru setup.


I still need another 1000 for the Porsche 944 bits
800 for the heater and AC system
250 for the rad
2000 for the flipped diff and other parts for the trans
not to mention wheels and paint, and upholstery....

And that's only getting the stuff, not getting it all in place and ready to use/drive/show

So yes like Nic said,... 15K will sneak up on you quickly! So learning how to be a DIY'er is a plus in this hobby.


Working on cars is definitely a hobby, and a passion, despite the cost it does have the reward at the end for all the hard work. Its just a matter of staying the course.

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Old 06-08-2011, 04:18 PM
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Well according to the guy, under the exterior, its pretty much all new. So I think that I'll do all the body work, then have it spayed (profesionally), then have someone (a professional) wire the entire car, have our favorite mechanic go through its mechanics, and by then I should be a broke 16 year old who just put a ton of time and money into the car which I won't be able to afford to put onto the road.
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:18 PM
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Forgot add a new interior.
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:58 PM
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Now quick question,...

Are planning on doing this yourself? Or are you planning on "hiring out"?

Then how much of an interior are you planning? total custom, or just a refreshing of the current interior?

I just two days ago walked into Jo-Annes fabric store, and got a price of about 5-600 bucks just in materials. But for me its a completely custom interior. That doesn't include the sewing, and installing it.

Just some things to think about.
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Wire it yourself. It isn't rocket science, and if you get a loom from say, Painless Wire, everything is already marked out to where it goes. It's then just a matter of stringing everything to where it needs to be... plastic conduit epoxied in body cavities makes for a neat job!
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:01 PM
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Wire it yourself. It isn't rocket science, and if you get a loom from say, Painless Wire, everything is already marked out to where it goes. It's then just a matter of stringing everything to where it needs to be... plastic conduit epoxied in body cavities makes for a neat job!

Well first sorry for my none caring typing lol
So true even do as much of it yourself I have been toying with cars along time I buy and sell as a side job and you CANT make money by spending money IS WHAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED.. Not how can I change my working tail lights too the neat cool ones I see Is there any interior? if so is it riped or torn if not clean the parts and get the armor all And update when you have the money. You will learn alot.
And Painless Wireing is about 30 min from my house NEAT SHOP

1.Car complete most lights working top headlights 1000.00

2.Motor was locked up not trying to rebuild I look craigslist over for a few weeks and found a 89 caviler running great 250.00 2.8 mpfi

3.Traded what was car for motor swap with a friend new timing belt plugs oil filter he also did that for the car50.00
4.Brakes out. New master cyc 40.00 new pads 20.00 ok will say 75.00 did work myself

5.using the existing wireing on motor and car got all lights working and motor running still need to update new sensors for mec gauges 0.00

6.Paint was so dull I could not see a reflextion Got some compound and alot alot of work alot still needs to be done 40.00 paint job

7.Insides all that could not be fixed was the drivers seat 75.00 rest soap and lots of towles and armor all 75.00

Drove to its first show in along time I call it Stump the car guy day.
So im in for a about 1500 for a sebring 2.8mpfi 135 hp right now with a running stoping all lights working but brakeslight easy fix car tires are old but holding air right now so good till I ready to go no fancy rims no fancy inside but still looks sharp What im saying if it not broke Clean it paint it.
Sorry for my rambling

One more thing a little back in the post you were worred about 75hp and the link with the orange race car that has a 100 hp Looks like he's flying kinda good here and that is a nice link found him on facebook also
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