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Old 08-13-2009, 12:23 AM
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Default well if no one else will...

I will.

I know that I have had my original build (1600dual port bone stock way old) up to 112 MPH bouncing it off the red line (just before the fan belt tore itself apart and my motor almost ripped itself to pieces, oh and this was down hill with a backwind with a friend following for verification). I also remember very clearly the feeling of hitting 70MPH in my car, the car would simply settle into the ground dropping about an inch and a half but it was a little wiggly at those speeds but awesome!!!!.

I have been pulled over EVERY SINGLE TIME I have been behind the wheel of my car, on the open road from LA to San Fran to Vegas to Salt Lake... This includes getting rope-towed at midnight by my GF at the time, to my warehouse to start working on it... never a ticket, one police escort home (my electrical system collapsed at 3am resulting in no lights of any kind, the officer was very nice, most of them just want to know what the hell a long haired kid is doing behind the wheel of this car they know nothing about and thinks is some high-end exotic!).


as for costs... I don't know that a single person that jumps into what we do that wants to actually admit (to themselves mostly or their wives/S.O's really) what we have dumped into these things...

I can toss out a few random numbers for some perspective:
Original Car - $4500.00 (totally built and totally mint but later discovered to contain horrible build quality under the skin resulting in a complete tear down and ditching of the Swing Axle Chassis / Pan)
New Chassis - $2500.00 (fully built IRS based corvair powered baja bug later ditched the engine/trans package due to weight and complexity of servicing the corvair motor)
911 transmission and adapter package - $3500.00 (5 spds is spendy)
Suby STI Engine package - $4500.00 (brand new with full harness / ecu and bits)

so that there is $15000.00 cash.
and that is all I am going to talk about cause that makes my stomach turn a little...

in fact, I just want to delete this now that I have put those numbers out there. But it's important for the reader to understand that I have had this car for over 10 years. So my investment has been over the span of much time, and I think equal to my investment in coffee... so I don't feel so bad, almost... Also, I quite smoking 4 years ago and in doing so took that 5+ dollars a day and put it into a jar... over the 4 years, I "Earned" my STI Engine, paid for in cash money so I don't even consider that an expense.

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anyone else wanna put up some numbers and make themselves sick?!
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:45 AM
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He, He I'm in the mode of not mentioning ANYTHING of my plans for this car to my wife, yet.

Shell love the end result, just not the journey to get there!

Congrats on quitting smoking! Im working that right now. Perhaps I can fund my project the same way?!
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:07 AM
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4500 for the car
another 12000 for all the work.
fiberglass repair, painting, wiring and everything. i
ts still not done but almost.
but im young and stupid so i think its worth it.

everything is stock so it will cost more klater down the road
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:28 AM
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Thank you for being honest. It is amazing how much money and time these projects take. Even more fun is how many people think that they can do these projects with out investments. I purchased my kit for $4500. I put no extra money into it beyond maintenance for many years. I am now $3000 into my Subaru engine upgrade. Once it is running again, I will start looking for WRX engine.
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:45 AM
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When I bought my car, my wife said to me "We need to talk about a budget for you. What do you think you'll spend on this car?" Scared out of my mind, I sat there for a minute, hm'ing and working calculations in my head, and was just about to say roughly $10,000. I apparently sat there for longer than I realized. She finally said "Nevermind... I don't want you spending any more that $20,000 over the next 10 years.

"OK... I think I can manage that!"

So my total to date, no idea. But here's what I know...

Purchase price - $5,000
2 flatbed trailer rentals - $200
Parts from CIP1 - No idea - but at least $500
Parts from MooreParts - ~$1800
Money spent at Ace Hardware for new tools, various nuts and bolts, supplies - about 3" of receipts worth.

All told, I think I'm about halfway to my ceiling, which makes me kinda happy I haven't gone ape-crazy with stuff, but also scares me that I MIGHT run out of funds!!! I'm glad I took so long to calculate.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:24 PM
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well i can say i got one hell of a deal when i bought my sebring. i traded a jeep cherokee for it. had all of 1600 bucks in that jeep and it ran, for the most part. lil parts here and there, with new tires on the rear, i think i'm only at 1,000 for now. just put in a new set of pedals over the weekend, with new clutch cable, bigger throttle cable. still tweaking to get it right. kinda lost my top end now. seems slow above 2500 rpm. course parts for my 2.8 v6 have been pretty cheap. most i spent was for a rebuild on my carb. de worth it though. was gettin only like 15 when i first got it, now 20-23, so def worth it! don't know what it tops at, haven't really tried. kinda played atleast round 80, but my speedo only goes to 80...so dunno
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:02 AM
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For my last kit car build, I kept perfect records of every expense. This was a mistake. If I were to walk around the car and add up everything from the head and what I see, I will only be at 60% of how much money I have put into the project. I laugh when people talk to me at car shows about how they could build a car like this for half of what I did. For me the ROI is a part of the journey.
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:14 AM
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Default Hmmm-- Should I keep my mouth shut?

With 6 sterlings It would be Wise!!!.....
I know you guys won't believe this..
But by buying carefully, and looking hard I've actually made or or I'm ahead over 13 thousand and own all the cars outright, have enough engines for all of them, and ALMOST all the parts to complete everyone of them. Do I have alot of work ahead of me? sure! but It sure beats what my 201k has done. And you wonder why my wife has no problem with me buying these? Although everytime I say one is going to be for her to drive I end up selling it, NOT A GOOD THING!

The secret is to go quality, try not to make too many mods, and do your research, price what you sell fairly, and try not to make it a business!

Awww BULLHUCKY!----- I"ve just been lucky and have had alot of ideas and help from you guys! Thanks!

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Wow...well you saying that you have at least $15,000 in it kinda just scared me...

I spent $1,750 on the car... which right now is basically a really large, cool looking go-kart. By that I mean it starts, and drives just fine, but can't be driven on the road (things like seatbelts, electrical, windshield defroster, etc.) are keeping it off the road (by law ). I just hope that I don't spend a ridiculous amount of money in the completion of this car which includes, and probably is not limited to installing all of the electrical, lots of body work, paintjob, interior, and complying with ct laws (same as above and more).
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:03 PM
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$15K sneaks up on you fast. You'll find yourself looking for any reason to go to the local hardware store... just to look around, maybe you'll find something that will work with the car, or make it cool. You'll also find you're asking for car parts for Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Passover.... any holiday that MIGHT include a gift to be given. You'll lay awake til the wee hours of the morning thinking about the car, ways to style it, improve it.... making VROOM VROOM noises in your head.

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.
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