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Old 10-22-2001, 10:26 AM   #1
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Default What it cost to restore a vette! WoW!

I was adding up what we have in our "70" Vette, and was wondering what others have spent! I have completed every mechanical issue, including:
Engine, trans, drivetrain, suspension, steering,and chasis and we still need to do a strip and paint, carpet, clock, bumpers, and mufflers and including the cost of the car have $14,000.00 in it and estimate it to final out at about 18-19k! However, the car will be nearly new and where can you get a nice car like a vette for 18k!
WoW! I know it can be depressing adding up those bills , but I thought it might be an interesting poll.
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Old 10-22-2001, 10:29 AM   #2
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I am not suprised and 18 to 19k is still a Bargain for such a spectacular car....I am doing most of the work my self and figure I will have about 15k into my car..but it will be just like a new vehicle when I am finished.....Try getting this kinda attention and enjoyment out of a new vette!!! I think NOT
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Old 10-22-2001, 10:40 AM   #3
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Default Re: What it cost to restore a vette! WoW! (spokewrench)

The last time I added up my receipts it was somewhere between 20-21K including the price of the 'hulk'. I did 96.5689 % :conehead of the work myself or the price would have been way too high. Very expensive for sure. Hang in there..... :crazy:
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Old 10-22-2001, 10:55 AM   #4
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Yea, my estimates are in the $20-25 range, but that is with a way too expensive engine.

Besides, I'm hoping that 10 years from now 20k will seam pretty cheap for a '69 :rolleyes:
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Old 10-22-2001, 11:06 AM   #5
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Yea, my estimates are in the $20-25 range, but that is with a way too expensive engine.

Besides, I'm hoping that 10 years from now 20k will seam pretty cheap for a '69 :rolleyes: [/QUOTE]

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Old 10-22-2001, 11:40 AM   #6
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I just dropped $2,500 in shocks, rotors, calipers, etc, etc... and that was just in parts - me doing the labor (at a major discount is prices also I might add)

Over the years I never bothered adding it up... and I haven't on the Camaro either and that's another money pit. But it sure does get expensive and never ending :p:
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Old 10-22-2001, 02:34 PM   #7
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It is a never ending process as well.......I will always be upgrading my car!! Click the image to open in full size.
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Old 10-22-2001, 03:58 PM   #8
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You are not alone. My bills are up there with yours for our '69. Thankfully I am on the down hill side.

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Old 10-22-2001, 04:36 PM   #9
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In one of the past Hot Rod mags a guy confested to spending $100,000+ on his ride. I think it was a 442 or something like that. It's like you house, just keep investing and one day it will pay off.
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Old 10-22-2001, 04:55 PM   #10
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Spent 4 grand last year on a few odds and ends :D
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Old 10-22-2001, 08:18 PM   #11
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Yeah, it's alot, but it's paid for when finished :cool: All you have to do then is drive and enjoy :seeya
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Old 10-22-2001, 09:47 PM   #12
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Probably $8,000 in original costs and $8,000 more to date, never to be returned. Not too much more left to do but it has been expensive; at least for my wallet. No regrets despite a few home repairs that waited in line. The proverbial smilies/mile have been just wonderful. The Wife took the day off today for the last ride of the year. Rain tomorrow and frost/snow closing in. It was a fitting end to a wonderful Corvette season: I cannot put a price on the great times this summer. There were cruises with the local Corvette Club, local show-and-shines, charity events, I managed to get to Carlisle, etc. Storage comes this Thursday until April. The white stuff is coming. Return on investment (ROI), much more than the dollars put out :).

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Old 10-22-2001, 10:06 PM   #13
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Default Re: What it cost to restore a vette! WoW! (spokewrench)

I have $17,449.34 into my 68 including the purchase price but who's counting. I still need a machine shop to rebuild the engine and then paint the car which I have already stripped and sanded. Will be under $25K when done I hope but will then have a new 68. Did all the work myself and you can't put a price on the enjoyment of working on it and how they look when done.
I tell my wife "some stick it in their veins, some in their noses, and I stick it in the garage" so no problem.
Keep going, you'll get there and it will be worth it when you're done.
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Old 10-22-2001, 11:12 PM   #14
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I look at it this way, when I was younger, it was nothing to go out and spend 2 or $300 a weekend in Booze and having a good time, now I have something to show for it, besides if I woke up now in a different state in a girls bed I don't know, the wife would kill me, Vettes are keeping me alive as I see it.

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Old 10-22-2001, 11:24 PM   #15
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I love this place, you guys make me feel good about how much I have in mine and how much more I have to go. :yesnod:

Tom, LMAO :lol: :lol:
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Old 10-22-2001, 11:44 PM   #16
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O.K. so we're not the only ones spending alot on our toy. thanks for all the honest replies -Spokewrench and wife. :cheers:
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Old 10-23-2001, 12:03 AM   #17
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It has been a lot cheaper for me since I got in on the deal ZIP put together a few weeks ago. I bought $1015 worth of parts (for my rear bearing replacement turned frame off restoration project) that would have cost another $250+ if it weren’t for the 5% online order discount, 10% off for an order over $850, and the free shipping promotion that was offered up until yesterday… now I have extra money for my ’64 Goat! Thank you ZIP!
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Old 10-23-2001, 12:05 AM   #18
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Yea, my estimates are in the $20-25 range, but that is with a way too expensive engine.

Besides, I'm hoping that 10 years from now 20k will seam pretty cheap for a '69 :rolleyes:
10 years from now these cars won’t be allowed on the road in many areas. What do you think that will do to Vette values?
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Old 10-23-2001, 12:19 AM   #19
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In one of the past Hot Rod mags a guy confested to spending $100,000+ on his ride. I think it was a 442 or something like that. It's like you house, just keep investing and one day it will pay off.
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YES, I read that article also!! The title of the article was the $164,000 question. They reviewed some of his expenses; Apparently he had to redo several parts of the car over and over again!! I dont understand why he kept paying to have it all redone. Even reading the article I still couldnt understand where all the money went!! The funniest part was that in spite of the title of the article, the guy actually admitted to having OVER $200k in the car!!! And it looked like a fairly ordinary car after all that!! Umbelievable!!!


and... I dont believe that in 10yrs our cars will not be allowed on many roads. MJ
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I can safely say I've put about $5,000 into my baby this year...and now that I write it down :eek: :eek: See up until now I've never added it up....gee thanks for posting this topic, now i feel wonderful. :lol: just kidding, but this is the first time I've really thought about it. And here I was thinking I didn't even make 5K a year(it seems like that cus all my $$ goes into the vette, so Im always broke)...but I couldn't be happier.

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