Thursday, January 27, 2005

The work starts

This morning I went down to Dieter's (the home page does something funky that only works in IE.. grr.. Go here if you use a different browser). I signed the estimate and made a downpayment. Steve says he's got a bunch of time blocked off, so if no strange, hard to find part needs to be ordered from Weissach, the work should progress quickly.

I know I've probably said this before, but it's too useful a lesson that everyone wanting to build a track car should take to heart. Use me as the example of why it's true. I was told early on "If you want to build a race car, buy someone else's". They've already sorted everything and more than likely will have spent a good deal more doing it than what you can buy the car for.

I thought i could prove that pearl of wisdom wrong, since i figured, all i needed was parts, labor was free (read: diy). And even if I had not taken the car down to have the work finished off, by the time i'm done with the body work, I would still have been at the price that you can find a well sorted RS clone in good condition.

So unlike people that have everything done by their local shop, I'll probably come out about even on equity vs. expenditure, but I could have had the whole thing 3 years ago instead of what is likely to be at least another year from now.

All that said, i cannot wait to get the car back on the road. It was so much fun to drive before, and it'll only get better from here.


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