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Title: Cutting down to the bone
Post by: firedome on March 03, 2013, 08:32:11 AM




Well, now that it looks  like the '70 F3 'vert may be SOLD (we got a big deposit, and New Owner is now just waiting for good weather to drive her down to Scranton) I've very tempted by several more cars I love, including a '56 Savoy... BUT the more I think about it (dangerous) and the older I get (inevitable), I believe I've come to the conclusion that it's hard to own/maintain/store/drive more than 1 old car for the average (read: non-wealthy non-young) car guy.
I'd rather have just one car that I can finish, store, drive, and enjoy rather than spread out too thin with 4-5 cars, as per usual, that will end up sitting undone and degenerating. Maybe it's acknowledgement of advancing age,  declining energy, or limited funds. Not a fun thing to think about, but the time has come to get real,  so we won't be buying that '56, and we WILL be finishing the '58, with hopefully some time still left to enjoy her... more details on that project soon to follow, with pics.




firedome2013-03-03 13:38:11
Title: Cutting down to the bone
Post by: firedome on March 03, 2013, 08:39:19 AM


(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/58/Amoco+58.jpeg)


Title: Cutting down to the bone
Post by: firedome on March 03, 2013, 08:40:25 AM
Back in the day... and back to the future for our '58


Title: Cutting down to the bone
Post by: Brian on March 03, 2013, 09:56:41 AM
Is that a current pic...or one you found?  Cool non the less.

I have limited myself to two vehicles...and I'm still young-ish. ;)   I realize the temptation to buy more, but have to look at things logically.  I don't have enough room to keep what I have at home, and if I got more then what? 

I'd advise picking 2 cars...one more original, and one you can hot rod....best of both worlds.



Title: Cutting down to the bone
Post by: azblackhemi on March 03, 2013, 11:38:50 AM
You probably have a very good idea there Roger. The only problem I would have staying with one car is I enjoy the hunt just as much as having the car. Then again all the free time I would have by not surfing the net for my next "victim" I'd be able to get alot more done on what I already have.
Title: Cutting down to the bone
Post by: Brian on March 03, 2013, 03:49:24 PM
Ahh internet hunting...one of my favorite past times!(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley4.gif)


Title: Cutting down to the bone
Post by: Steve on March 03, 2013, 05:25:16 PM


I can look, but can't touch
Title: Cutting down to the bone
Post by: Jacques on March 03, 2013, 10:17:34 PM

Roger, very wise decision! Keep only so many cars as you can afford time&money to keep the stuff running. Recently the rent for my garage was raised again, and went way above what I was prepared to spend for rent so I'm moving out; also sold the project and parts, as its easier to move out when someone else picks up the stuff and pays for it, instead of myself having to pay rent for a trailer/van to move the stuff.
Sjak Brak2013-03-04 03:23:14
Title: Cutting down to the bone
Post by: Leaburn Patey on March 04, 2013, 07:34:38 AM
I am on a car diet as well.
Been buying a car a year and I have to stop spending and focus on  finishing the BoaB.
2009 bought the 300C
2010 bought the Waygun
2011 bought the Phord Escort pizza car
2012 bought the 400 K car.
Now that the 300C is paid off,the Phord went to the junkers,this year I am hoping to move ahead on the BoaB.
The K car will be doing pizza duty during the summer and that will fill up the BoaB budget fund.
Plus I am taking on a couple small Mopar projects nextt month to make some BoaB money as well.
Roger,yes,cars are an addiction that is hard to stop.Some of us do recognizee that there is a point when to know to say when....LOL
 
 
Title: Cutting down to the bone
Post by: firedome on March 04, 2013, 09:04:25 AM

Ya'll are right about the "hunt"... I do love it so. I figure I've had over 150 cars in 47 years of driving... that's nuts!!

If I could only hunt for and buy cars just to re-sell, I might be able
to get my jollies & be ok, but I always gotta play with it and all
that, then 1/2 of the time end up selling at a loss!  Not a very
good way to run a business!



Sjak, what do people pay for garages in Holland? I currently pay $60/mo
for the vert (and it's leaving soon), but that is cheap, even for here
these days.


firedome2013-03-04 14:06:42
Title: Cutting down to the bone
Post by: Jacques on March 04, 2013, 12:05:38 PM
It really depends on where, how big etc. But my rent went to almost $475 a month for a garage with lots of storage space and heater, with room for 3-4 cars, lots of parts and tools etc. I share it with a friend but we decided we did not want to accept yet another raise of the rent. He's keeping his 71 Cutlass 'vert and meanwhile found a place in a garage with a few mutual friends, where there's a 69 Fury, 70 Challenger, 64 Dodge and a few more cool cars, and a much more realistic rent ($120/month per car with 24/7 access and plenty of room for repairs.

As for myself, I'll see what I do. I also have other time&money-absorbing hobbies, although a recent leg injury is currently keeping me from doing those as well (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley17.gif) so doing a lot of reading now, and some studying. Old cars are nice but having one still swallows loads of money even when I'm not involved with it, so maybe I'll have a short break. Then again, you never know what you run into.....