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    there are "starters" and there are "finishers".
    don't start unless you're a finisher. that's my only advice.

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    What's the trick to convincing the wife to let me buy a 3rd car meant only for summers/weekends? I really want to buy this, drop in an LS1, turbocharge it, and maybe even convert it to stickshift:
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    My 2004 C5 Vette -
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    My 2004 C5 Vette -
    You have good taste in cars. Do you have the glass top as well as the red one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirchyGirchy View Post
    He probably doesn't want to ruin a perfectly good car.
    yeah, that.

    My grandad gave me that car when I was in high school, and even then I had enough sense to resist trying to "hotrod it". It didn't need lots and lots of work at the time, but that was 30 yrs ago. It's been in storage ever since, I want to be able to write someone a big check and have them totally restore it. Not sure how many zeros are going to be on that price tag, but it'll get done one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonnitro View Post
    What's the trick to convincing the wife to let me buy a 3rd car meant only for summers/weekends? I really want to buy this, drop in an LS1, turbocharge it, and maybe even convert it to stickshift:
    just buy it.

    easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission
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    Quote Originally Posted by nodima View Post
    You have good taste in cars. Do you have the glass top as well as the red one?
    Thanks! Nope on the glass top. Just two choices - red top or no top. I almost never have the top on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Thanks! Nope on the glass top. Just two choices - red top or no top. I almost never have the top on.
    Not really much of a choice! I almost never drive with the top on, other than when I am drying the car after a wash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nodima View Post
    Not really much of a choice! I almost never drive with the top on, other than when I am drying the car after a wash.
    I I have to put a roof on I'll take my other car.

    Oh by the way - nice color car you got there nodima. To me, all sports cars should be red. My 2004 has 19,000 kilometers on it. (11,800 miles?). It gets put away for 6 months every winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustTooBig View Post
    yeah, that.

    My grandad gave me that car when I was in high school, and even then I had enough sense to resist trying to "hotrod it". It didn't need lots and lots of work at the time, but that was 30 yrs ago. It's been in storage ever since, I want to be able to write someone a big check and have them totally restore it. Not sure how many zeros are going to be on that price tag, but it'll get done one day.
    Used to know the best frame-off restoration shop owner in my old hometown.

    He always used to say his best customers were the middle-aged guys who wanted to restore the car they dreamed about having when they were young and couldn't afford, or the car that belonged to dad/grandad or whomever. They had the money to afford him.

    There will be few zeros after the number, but after reading Excellence (Porsche) magazine and following a few of their restos--it really takes a lot of ability and a wide range of skills to properly restore a car.

    A few people swap their "best" skill for someone else's best skill--body work for electrics or whatever--which helps, since it is the rare individual who has the full range of skills to do a complete resto.

    My "plan" will be to buy something pretty current, baseline it, and keep it running,

    And enjoy driving it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    I I have to put a roof on I'll take my other car.

    Oh by the way - nice color car you got there nodima. To me, all sports cars should be red. My 2004 has 19,000 kilometers on it. (11,800 miles?). It gets put away for 6 months every winter.
    All Corvettes are red. The others are just mistakes.

    Mine is in storage also, I have an app on my iphone that counts the days until 4/1 which is my estimate of when I'll drive her again, weather permitting. It is like the first drive all over again, every spring.

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    My weekend car now is a '95 Miata. It used to be my daily driver until I got a proper bike hauler (not a Subaru).

    This picture was taken a few weeks after I got it and a fellow Maita club member helped me detail it. Shortly after that, I got t-boned and had it repaired. It's now my toy car until it dies.

    The only mods I've done to it are Tkico Illumina 5 adustable shocks, Fat Cat upper shock mounts to lower it about 1/2-3/4". Future plans include a roll bar, stiffer sway bars, new wheels, and maybe a new exhaust.

    Love that car...
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    i ALMOST bought a 1988 VW GTI 16v for the royal sum of $2500.00. the engine was rebuilt and it had a solid interior. i decided that i didn't need it but man, that would have been fun...

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    Next time, save your energy for tomorrows ride and try not to come in 6th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nodima View Post
    All Corvettes are red.
    That sounds like a good title for a book to me

    Amazon.com: All Corvettes Are Red (9780671685010): James Schefter: Books
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Very enjoyable read if you've not already done so, I recommend it. The C5 was the car that was almost not made.

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    My 1966 mustang convertible. Ive had the car since 1986.






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    Here's the next project, after the vert is finished. To say it's a bit rough would be a slight understatement:









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    Quote Originally Posted by bocksta View Post
    My 1966 mustang convertible. Ive had the car since 1986.





    Beautiful. My first car was a 66 Mustang. I wish I still had that car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by al. View Post
    Beautiful. My first car was a 66 Mustang. I wish I still had that car.
    My first one was a '65 Mustang.
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    OMG, the car of my dreams, in the 1960's, when I lived in the UK and was a mechanic was an AH 3000. To me it was the ultimate with a Sunbeam Tiger a close 2nd. How sad it is to see that 3000 in that condition. Surely you don't plan to rebuild it do you?
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    Yet another Miata owner here. Mine is a bone stock '07. Fantastic car. Still not sure if it makes me forget my AH Sprite or remember it. ;-) Seems cyclists are good judges of cars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast ferd View Post
    Yet another Miata owner here. Mine is a bone stock '07. Fantastic car. Still not sure if it makes me forget my AH Sprite or remember it. ;-) Seems cyclists are good judges of cars!
    Miyata - the modern day Lotus Elan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    OMG, the car of my dreams, in the 1960's, when I lived in the UK and was a mechanic was an AH 3000. To me it was the ultimate with a Sunbeam Tiger a close 2nd. How sad it is to see that 3000 in that condition. Surely you don't plan to rebuild it do you?
    I originally was going to part it out to fund the convertible, then after I posted on a British car forum people were begging me not to, or to sell it whole. So I was going to sell it on Ebay, but then Mrs69 said "hey you should do that one after the Chevelle" .

    It's doable. I've seen worse cars brought back. The interesting part is going to be the aluminum although I discovered these guys, and they could make the process a lot more simple and easy:

    Superstructure package
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy69 View Post
    I originally was going to part it out to fund the convertible, then after I posted on a British car forum people were begging me not to, or to sell it whole. So I was going to sell it on Ebay, but then Mrs69 said "hey you should do that one after the Chevelle" .
    It's doable. I've seen worse cars brought back. The interesting part is going to be the aluminum although I discovered these guys, and they could make the process a lot more simple and easy:
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    OMG you have more b@lls that I have, and more facilities too. My hat is off to you. I see your Jules Enterprises is in Rockwood Ontario!! That's an hour's drive NE of me. Wouldn't you love to live that close to 'em? I can't imagine what a "new" AH 3000 would be like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy69 View Post
    Here's the next project, after the vert is finished. To say it's a bit rough would be a slight understatement:


    Absolutely love those cars. But man, good luck on that one. Looks like a parts car only.

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