|Originally posted by Rn2016:|
This is a very intelligent and practical way to look at it. Indeed I think many of these types of projects the person would end up spending as much as the price of a much better car. Which in the end only leaves one reason for it, because you really, really, really want it, because it's unique or something like that. But it can't be only about performance when the same money would buy you something better and more modern.
This is where I am coming from. I work in the performance industry and I see many big ideas and crushed dreams with empty pockets.
Everyone can dream but only a few can pull it off and even they can struggle.
To often these cars end up not running right, not near as fast as the should be, unreliable or stuck in a garage someplace not even running still needing thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars to be right.
We built a car at work that was a AWD street rod with pretty much a unlimited budget. It took several years to get it right and even then it still had some warts .
The car had the best of everything like a Engine built by John Lingenfelter after several engine failures. Syclone frint dtive and ZR 1 rear. The clutch had to give to a Auto ad it ate clutes with 0-60 Times in the 3 second range.
The drive shafts were titanium but they would flex and knock oft the oil filter. The body flexed badly, the Indy style suspension rode harsh. Even as we drove it around Reno at Hot August Nights the gas gauge failed.
For sure it hit a lot of attention but I really would have aged to had spent that much money with a car that was so fragile.
Now there are people out there like Mark Stielow that builds ultimate cars that are built proof. But with a major engineering degree and being one of GMs best engineers he know what he is doing and he also uses the best fab shops to help. He also has deep enough pockets to pull it off.
Then the final issue is return on investment. Most times these cars can have 3-5 times in them vs what you can sell it for. The question is can you and your family afford that.
I too used to have wild a$$ ideas too when I was young but I have learned much as I have aged and seen so many losevtheir shirt with a un drivable car in the garage.
The bottom line make sure you can do the job right or you can afford to have someone fo it right if you need to do this. If not keep with in your skills and budget.