Same for me, it’s about enjoyment and learning.He is absolutely right...I have(mostly) finished the metal work at almost 300 hours and have only recently moved on to modification. I don't know how extensive your metal work would be...but I had floorpans the entire way, cowl, trunk floor, both quarters, fender aprons, front crossmember, and tailight panel(there were some bracing mods in there as well)...parts alone have run at least a couple thousand at this point...plus the $2200 for the car itself....probably another $3000 in mechanical stuff coming...and $2000 in paint and body(doing it myself) will put me in the car around $9500 best case scenario(more realistically $15000)...I could go out and buy a good driver coupe for that easy with very little wrong with it. That is money alone and doesnt touch time involved. If I took that 500 hours and worked side jobs at $20/hr...that is close to $20,000-$25,000 invested(or $15,000-$20,000 with $10/hr side jobs, depends on what you value your time at) so from a pure monetary perspective it makes far more sense to buy a finished car(or at least one with minimal work needed). It is different if you look at it as a hobby and entertainment(which is what it is to me...I get more enjoyment solving problems working on my mustang than say watching Netflix)
As for a lot of the other commenters who stated they would change shells, good for you guys. Apparently I should have stated more clearly that I was not looking into that option and would not look into that option at all.
Thank you though, because now I sure as hell am not giving up.