In article <002a01c12aa3$2a578860$4ede4cd8@f3j3v6>, John and Chris
>Well the wife is kinda strict for a while then she lightens up. I had
>thousands in high performance parts in my 96 TA and she is just a little gun
>shy. She has seen me go through a lot of cars and gets nervous when I start
>another toy. Hell my TR8 was just un-Godly expensive, super fast, and
>everytime I drove it I broke something(too much power).
>So my history shows a pattern of excess and she is just trying to keep me a
>little more sane with this one.
If you can agree that you are allowed to spend money on repairs, but not
on performance upgrades (which seems a suitable compromise), then you
should be fine.
Since I got my Spit in February, I think I have probably spent about
GBP1000 to replace parts that were missing or broken, and maybe
GBP500-750 on labour. There are only three missing parts that I still
have to find (the two seat catch handles and the rear trim for the
hardtop), one major mechanical repair that needs doing (engine strip,
re-bore if required, replacement of piston rings, rebuild), and a fair
amount of bodywork de-rusting (most of which I will do myself), and then
I can start thinking about performance upgrades (front springs, shocks
etc.). In other words, on repair and maintenance alone, I am spending
about GBP225 per month, and expect to do so for at least 12 months...
Running an old car is not cheap - although my insurance is now GBP350 a
year less than it was, and my car tax refund of GBP55 should arrive any
Michael Hargreave Mawson, author of "Eyewitness in the Crimea"
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