(09-23-2010 07:26 AM)not2old Wrote: That's ok with me. I was a Ford line teck when these cars were new so It's deja-vue. What my mind lets me recall...LOL
Oh, so you were the guy that 'forgot' to install all the missing hardware in my car
I used to have a budget and a plan.
originally i was going to do this in 3 stages.
stage 1 was get the car road worthy.
stage 2 was enjoy the car for a few years, and make repairs and improvements.
stage 3 was total restore, most likely save up cash and farm it out.
i figured stage 1 would take a few weeks and stage 2 over the course of a few years. the goal was to keep the car on the road and drivable.
my budget would be low and when i started the project it was under the assumption that the car was in good shape based on what others told me.
the secondary goal was learning about cars before 7 years ago i never so much as changed my oil myself on any car i had.
well things quickly went out of control in 2 steps.
first the car turned out to be another persons project basket case with so many problems you couldn't even count them.
this turned into something between a rolling restoration and a sitting on jack stands never moving car. it took 2 years just to get the car to a stage 1, the budget went out the window because i needed to move the car to its new residence.
once settled into its new home, more and more problems. just when i thought i had them licked up poped 2 major ones, engine and structure, and basically the car was striped down to the chassis.
what was interesting was the car actually forced me to get my banking affairs in order. while the budget for the car spun into oblivion my personal life was put in order.
so 4 years to get to the stage 2 point in my plan, and major problems still crop up because of incompetence of others.
i guess it depends on how burned out you get on a car like this, its just as easy to stop fixing something when its got 35$ in damage or 3500$ in damage if you want something bad enough you make it happen, and make sacrifices.
I'm still looking at this as a learning experience for myself, the education so far has been priceless.