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After I sawed the stripped and stubborn original shock mount off the shock tower, put away the power washer and removed two layers of skin from my hands (a good afternoon I think), I decided I should total up how much money I have spent to date. Uh oh......this can't be right.....can it? Holy cow! $2100 to detail and freshen the engine compartment! I guess I'm in the thick of it now huh? Woo hoo...this is livin'!

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Don't you now your NOT suppose to keep records of the money you've spent on your 'stang? What is SWMBO found this information, you'd be singing in the Vienna boys choire! *LOL*

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For once, I have her by the preverbial short hairs! I bought here a new car in December, so she can't say anything for at least another month or two. She has been given specific instructions not to bother me until after the Knott's show. (although I have noticed her writing things in a small book, so I fear she may be formulating a list....oh oh!)

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I'm on my second plastic grocery bag for receipts. SWMBO knows I am spending a lot of $$$. She has really got patience. I am composing a summary of my weekends efforts (P.S. received Mannel's book - Oh my God bitchen!) and will post later. I think I got about 12 hours of sleep since Thursday (It was a real tough one, with St. Patricks day and all).



Steve Leslie, 65 coupe in restoration. 302, toploader, A/C, disc brakes, bench seat

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NEVER EVER TOTAL THE RECEIPTS!
What good will it ever do, and it can only be used against you. Now before its to late and she finds out on her own (you know she will find out, they sense these things) you should go get a her gift of appeasement

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Haha .... this is what I worked out with my wife ... She is really good about the project, and makes sure I don't go too crazy (which is good, it forces me to do more work on the car and clean things up better instead of rushing it <G>) ....

Anyhow, I bought here a 95 Eddie Baur for 18k so the deal is I get to spend 18k on my car now :) ... about 12k to go!

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I spent $25K on her Beetle, so if your logic holds up, I can build a full up trans-am style road racer and still catch no flack. Hmmm...........I don't think so.

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That's the way I do it...if she gets on me I bring up her $22,000.00 Toyota, once you start adding in interest, taxes, and increased cost of registration her total gets pretty big. Of course she says that I'm always driving her car while she can't even drive mine (I'll teach her to drive a manual as soon as I can afford that new Centerforce clutch, but then I don't know how she'll do with manual steering and big tires).
 
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What Lypheus neglected to mention was that another part of the deal was that he was also to mention "My wife has been a perfect jem through the whole process..."

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Sounds like a great way to go. My wife spent $58,000 on her new car a year ago, I have $14,000 in the '66, $8,000 in the '91, and $24,000 in the Toyota which I am selling. That means I've got $36,000 to go Shelby shopping with as soon as the stock market starts to recover (maybe a year or two.)

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I bet there's a clause you haven't caught yet,

I learned a very valuable and costly lesson when I bought the 66 Thunderbird convertible 428cid, and didn't bother to tell her what I had done, until it was already on the transport and being shipped across the states. So now I don't hide anything, including reciepts, otherwise it usually will cost me at least double for the item I bought. But then again, I don't go out and show her the reciept unless she ask, but by then, I'm pretty good at changing the subject quickly. To this day she doesn't know I spent 5k on R.C. Airplanes and equipment a few years back. I wont lie to her, but thank goodness she never asked. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif


I figured this time I would sit down with my wife and figure on the direction I wanted/needed to go with the Mustang restoration, and to inform her on the potential cost involved. She gave me 100% approval on what ever I needed to finish the mustang. /forums/images/icons/smile.gif BUT..... there's a catch, her car is next to be restored, a 1955 Nash Metropolitan Convertible. And I must give her car the same attention and pocket book that I give the mustang, (Hmmm! maybe that's why she suggested a different color of interior for the stang instead of the brand new upholstery I already have for it. She's trying to increase the cost, so I won't complain about $$ when it comes to her project restoration.) ALSO.... I'm not even to consider putting hers off to start on the T'bird, which had crossed my mind!

At least she doesn't mind me spending money on the restoration projects, so she says......... I just have a feeling once hers is done, there goes the endless supply of funds for my Tbird. /forums/images/icons/frown.gif

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I guess I'm glad I'm not you then, me I get to keep building up ... 12k and couting :)

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Heh ... ya I don't know what the Nash's are worth, but it sounds like you got the same as me ... she gets next pick and right now its looking like a 53 Vette!

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That's not bad. I have a '66 Vintage Burgundy coupe, too, similarly equipped to yours I think. By the time I'm finished (yeah, right) I expect to have $8-9 K in it, including the purchase price. Who cares, it's only money and we're all having a helluva time.


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Well guys, it looks like I got a ways to go to catch up LOL I've got 5100 in mine now and all I have to do is recover the seats (not ripped just want new) and the best part is SWMBO has bought a lot of the parts for it!!!! she loves this thing as much as I do. It is great having a wife that shares interests the next project is a 1940 ford 1/2 ton pickup we'll see how much that one costs??? well............. maybe not!!!! John

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Everytime I think about how much it will have cost me, I almost give up. As far as the SWMBO goes, she decided a couple of years ago, we should have seperate checking accounts. OH WELL, it's my money. BTW....can someone tell me what SWMBO mean???

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A few years back I went to a huge car show with a friend to take pictures of "his wife's" Nash Metropolitan. This guy was a classic chevy dude that bought and restored the Nash for his wife as a lark. I've never met anyone that is as much of a perfectionist as him. For instance, he totally restored his '57 Chevy by himself (his 2nd restoration ever) and got a Gold Award (960 out of 1000 points???) the first time he showed it. Was he happy? NO! He bad-mouthed the judges for the 40 points they deducted. The biggest deduction was because his trunk paint was in too good of a condition to be a factory paint job.

Anyway, he bought this Nash and restored it with the same gusto as he had the '57. He was picking people's brains for details like "What color do you paint the shipping brackets on the frame?" Other Nash lover's didn't have a clue. No one had probably ever begun a restoration with the mindset that he had.

He told me he and his dad had 400 manhours in the paint job. I don't mean body work. I mean the fricken paint had 10 MAN WEEKS of work in it. Thing is, it was still a Metropolitan when he got done. Looked new. Looked shiney. Looked like a Nash. Not my thing I guess, but I got some great pictures for him.

Good luck with yours. Let's see if you can get the paint done in less than....say 350 hours.

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SWMBO means She Who Must Be Obeyed. I had to ask about a month ago too. I spent so much time thinking what it could stand for and never could. :)

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I guarantee I won't have 400 hours in the paint... on the Tbird, Maybe? I bought the Metro when I was 19 and NOT married for $500 bucks, It was sitting out in a field under a great big oak tree. It had very little rust, mostly surface rust, it was complete and in good shape except the previous owner had thrown a rod right through the side of the block. He had a spare motor that came with the car.

I decided to sell it a few years back, and that's when the wife took the pink slip and hid it, and decided to claim the car for herself. In a way I'm glad she did, because I found out some interesting things about the car within the last couple of years Like, 1955 was the last year for the metropolitan to have a solid paint job, (tell me the last time you saw a metropolitan with a factory solid paint job, not the common two tone you see all the time) Also, I found out there were only 1078 Convertibles built that year.

The metro is "Canyon Red", and I figure there are probably only a handful of the convertibles left, and very possible I could have one of the last 1955 solid red metros left.

It probably doesn't make it much more valuable than any other, but who knows!


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