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Where did all my money go?
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I design power electronic modules for the Auto industry – specifically with Jaguar… (pronounced in Americanese as “Jagwaaarr”)
 
Before being elevated to leading the innovation platform for JLR; I started my engineering career as an earwig (cockroach)- actually believing there is such a thing as a left handed spanner, then a trainee engineer, rising to grunt engineer, then engineer, then lead engineer, then engineering manager and now engineering director.
 
All this means that when I was a cockroach I was impoverished… poor … on the scrap pile of western society with the sort of prospects normally associated with lepers. Chin
 
Then rising through the ranks I gained some pay advantages. Little by little my wallet grew… I bought all sorts of trash that other human lifeforms seem to buy… a house, a VCR, a fruit juicer, a digital watch, a lava lamp, a TV, a car.
 
Then, I got married when I thought myself stable enuff to have one of those colossal money corrosives …a wife!
 
Then daughter came a long and sucked up the rest… by which time, with a little luck, promotion happened and now I am where I am today …milking the big automotive machine, making a few hundred people do my work for me.
 
Then I bought a 1971 351 Cleveland Mustang Mach 1 in Green with underslung aluminium strips and a big burbling exhaust note that can sink volcanic islands.
 
Now look at me ...


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#2
I feel your pain sir, I feel your pain....
Bought a car I thought didn’t need much, and engine let loose fourth time around block...

Now I’m arse deep in the “while I’m at it” rat hole....

Where to stop, where to stop.
THAT is the question.

It was a 650hpish cleveland stroker in a 68 Coupe.
I’m actually taming it down to be in the 500hp range to make it more streetable.


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#3
It's known as either a money pit or black hole Smile

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Earning more money doesn't guarantee wealth, just guarantees paying more taxes Sad



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#4
It is no worse than owning a boat, a motorhome/RV, or God help you, an airplane. As to where the money went, part of the answer is you indeed did spend some. The other part of the answer is the government relieved you of a large portion of it before you saw it. I've looked at the tax structure of several European nations and each time come away feeling less angry about the taxes I pay here. I admire anyone in Europe that has the determination to build and maintain an old American Car.
   So is it Jag-U-R?
Chuck
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(05-29-2019, 02:08 PM)c9zx Wrote: I admire anyone in Europe that has the determination to build and maintain an old American Car.
It's not that bad. Keeps us healthy: by doing all by ourselves and there's no money left to buy drugs.

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71 429CJ. In progress
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A good attitude to have and you are correct about the drugs. Chuck
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I, like others, know how you feel having spent what's left of any retirement funds
Things are so bad I had to send the missus to China by herself to visit family while I stay home and look after our first born Mustang
Being near one of the most remote cities in the world and the dwindling Aussie dollar doesn't help either
Thinking of starting a GoFundMe page to cover the fuel costs once I've given the Government the rest of what I can salvage from my finances just to get this vehicle on the road
Oh well back to looking behind the couch(sofa) for some coins
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(05-29-2019, 06:21 PM)OzCoupe72 Wrote: I, like others, know how you feel having spent what's left of any retirement funds
Things are so bad I had to send the missus to China by herself to visit family while I stay home and look after our first born Mustang
Being near one of the most remote cities in the world and the dwindling Aussie dollar doesn't help either
Thinking of starting a GoFundMe page to cover the fuel costs once I've given the Government the rest of what I can salvage from my finances just to get this vehicle on the road
Oh well back to looking behind the couch(sofa) for some coins

I completely understand how you feel Oz, I recently completed my annual income tax paperwork and even though I pay about $2 grand a month in taxes, I still owe almost $10 grand this year. They get you coming and going brother.

Tom
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#9
Ahhhhhh yes, where does it end? When I first bought mine, I had plans to get it exactly the way I wanted it. After some "sorting out" and interior work, I just want to drive it which you can't do if it's in a constant state of repair. The paint and drive train aren't perfect, but they will do. I'm in "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mode now.

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My money seems to disappear whenever I respond to those nice emails from folks overseas that want to give me millions of dollars if I just send them $500 in a wire so they can access my bank account for the deposit. Funny...I'm still waiting for those deposits...

Let me check your shorts!
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