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What it cost to restore a vette! WoW!

Old 05-12-2014, 10:30 PM
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If you can leave the body on and upgrade do it
Things change once the body comes off. Stuff that looked Ok all of a sudden doesnt once new stuff/paint goes on it never ends. Lost out on driving thecar almost 10 yrs due to that compulsion

small price to pay for smoking a Ferrari
Bingo! nothing funner than smoking a 100k euro car that runs 11s. Or at least keeping up the expression on their face is priceless. I dont care if they can do it with the AC on and a latte in their right hand.

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Old 05-13-2014, 02:37 PM
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I'll be a pile of money into this '72 when finished, maybe ahead of the value, maybe not, doesn't really matter. When it's done I will know what I've done to turn that rolling heap I bought into the cherry Corvette it is when finished and no amount of money can buy that kind of satisfaction.

It's the reason I have done these restorations and customs over and over for most of my life, there is nothing that approaches that feeling when you look at it finished and can say "I did that".

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car $16,000 when i bought it in 1981
engine $15,000+
Suspension and handeling $3,000+
Braking $4,000+
interior $3,000+
Wheels and tires $4,000
Transmission and drive train $4,000
miscellaneous stuff $2,000+

grand total: $51,000+
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I know that feeling. I'm 67 and got my Vette in 2009, and I ain't going to grow up yet,
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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.
Yeah, I tried that "some stick it" comment thing with my X-Wife... and she promptly told me where I could stick it... and now she's my X-Wife
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