No flames from here. You are correct on all points. It is a 6 of one, half
dozen of another type of thing. It is also a matter of personal preference,
opinion, and resources. As you say, time is money. At the moment I have
more time than money. If I had $3K-$5K readily available, I probably would
go that way. But I don't, so I'm doing it in smaller chunks. And I prefer
it that way, at least at the moment. This is really my first try at the car
restoration game. Perhaps when I get several cars under my belt I'll feel
differently. As of now, I'm still having a blast. And that is the bottom
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of Paul Tegler
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 11:23 PM
To: Tim Psensky; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: Overpriced Spitfires? - what's the difference?
What the heck's the difference in buying a $3-4K Spit
that only needs $1K-$2K to make it nearly perfect... vs.
buying a Spit for $400 and dropping $4-5K into it,
trying to get it to look as good. No rewelded metal work
will ever be as clean (or straight) as an original in
reasonable shape to start with. Time is money...it's
cheaper to buy good.
BTDT both ways...too many times. (historically, 8 now)
I'll buy the $3K versions any day.
Flame if you care to...but I've never sold a Spit for less
I put into it...and that's after putting 10-20K miles on
Yes.. you stumble on excellent
deals sometimes...and I usually pass them along.
Every buyer (of my past projects) has been very happy
with the deals they got. One is even on this list.
How's PJ (Rat) doin' Dan? :-)
Paul Tegler email@example.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim Psensky" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 10:57 PM
Subject: RE: Overpriced Spitfires?
> I agree with Bill Gingerich, I bought my first
> spitfire (a 1973 with a '79 or '80 engine and radiator
> setup) for $1200. It was a Florida car and in pretty
> decent shape. Drove it for a year until I moved to
> upstate NY and sold it (for $1200 I think). I also
> bought a 'Parts car' while in Florida for $100. The
> body was 100% rust free! My current project cost me
> $200, but really needs some work. Still, when done I
> hope to have less than $4000 or $5000 into it.
> Considering most new cars sell for somewhere near
> $20,000 these days, and a decent used car is at least
> several thousand dollars, I think the uniqueness of
> the spitfires and the fun of driving and fixing them
> is a real bargain.
> As a side note, I only have names for my car at 1:00
> AM when the new parts won't go on right.
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