With all the big parts and not keeping track of the little things (I know these will add a substantial price as mistakes cost a lot of dough....and lord only knows I have made a lot of mistakes!! But its the learning experience from those mistakes that will save me in the long run
) I've got about 15K "invested." My parents think I'm nuts too, but you know what I always tell them?? Better money spent on the Chevelle than me buying drugs! Plus, with graduation coming around the corner, I'll have my BSME and be able to buy cool stuff like BB_Mike
Well without keeping track of the little stuff, and i still have to build an engine and get a tranny for it, and uhh some other small stuff, id say i am right at the 13k mark with about at least another 5k to go before its complete... And this is just for my 67.... I try not to think about it!
Well, let's see; about $10K on motor and accesories, $3500 on tranny, $4000 on 9" rear end and rear suspension, and driveshaft, and MSD Digital 6, and gauges/tach, and electric fans, and aluminum radiator, and, and, ....
About $25K including price of the car? Ok, maybe $30 but who is counting
Doing a frame off restoration and not knowing how to rebuild the interior of an engine, tranny, and rear end, it adds up to a lot. With it basically complete, as far as the basics I have $25,000 into it. It took all of the money I have ever made for the last 4 years and the rest was picked up by my dad because we worked together on it. It's an investment though that goes up in value and puts a smile on your face just looking at it.
'70 Chevelle SS 396
Frame Off Restoration
I paid $4300.00 for my 70 SS396 back in 1986.
Two years later with a paint job added,I drove the car down to Tenn.(Pigeon Forge car show) and a guy offered me $7500.00.When i said i`m not interested,he then made me an offer of $7500.00 and he threw his wife in the deal!!!This guy was nuts!!!
Anyway,I feel these cars are a pretty good investment.If you don`t get too carried away.
Something real close to 10 grand.
I used to add it up.
But decided its best not to leave a paper trail.
I know I'll double that in the next 5 to 10 years.
They say I'm crazy, but I have a good time.
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Not counting the 14K the first go around, this time about 18K more for minor bodywork, paint, interior, fuel injection and MSD ignition, wheels/tires, disc brakes, extras like stereo, tilt column, electric windows/doors, digital gauges, etc. I figure about 4K more for an engine overhaul and conversion to 700R4.
Obviously there is a large range of numbers as to what people have spent on their Chevelles. Remember two things. First, a tool you need to work on the car doesn't count. It's a tool, it can be used for many other things, and it doesn't get bolted to the car. Secondly, no matter how much you spend, it's cheaper than a mistress.
MY wife of 20 years. Call's my shop A black
Hole, sucking up all my available money and time.
About 14k in my 64 rag just about finished.
6k in my 65 El Camino
I do all my own work so the above is just parts and original investment in real project type cars.
Keeps me off the streets and out of trouble.
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