And your time is worth? Even at a conservative 40 an hour you are in for say 200 hours of work. That's getting on for 8000.
Plus the car has a very limited resale market.
After all I bought a boat and spent the better part of 20k on fitting it out and perhaps 500 hours of work.
And an aircraft that needed rebuilding ( 250 hours on that )
So I'm just as much of a sucker
Glad to see you're as much of a project ***** as I am
You made 2 very valid points: time and money. Money is never an issue, as long as you have it..! My time for me, is something I cannot put a value on. I would not do this type of work for anybody for 40 an hour (well, maybe 50)
But I don't drink, dont smoke, fancy clothes or bling don't attract me, building hotrods is my 'thing'. Time and money should be of little if any concern for a project of this type. Obviously it has to get done, thats why I put a time frame on it. Obviously my budget for it is limited, thats why I cover my eyes so I dont see how much I spend on it
The way I see it, I want a V8 Mercedes. In Ireland that will cost you not far off 10,000, pretty much regardless of condition. Also it is very important for me for replacement parts to be fairly plentiful (I had a Daihatsu Charade Turbo before, parts were a nightmare) and they have to be cheap for replacement engines - because I will drive it the way I want to (in controlled conditions, on a private road and in accordance with the safe cross code, of course
Yeah, projects require time and money (at least for parts), and you can swing the balance one way or the other ... so how much is your time worth? Time is one thing we can't get more of.
I appreciate that there's satisfaction though when completing a job with your own hands.
Good luck @dallara
! It'll be interesting to see your progress.
That satisfaction is better than any. I spent 7 years restoring my first classic, started at age 15, but the first time I drove it fully built - undescribable. Similar was when my first diy gas turbine reached 158,000 rpm - 2,666 revolutions a second - one big 'pointless' exercise - but more valuable to me than any material item I own. Thanks for the good luck wishes, they help
now you see @dallara
, it's usually best to begin the build before posting about it.
I am curious to see your fabrication abilities
Am I after screwing myself? Its good to put a framework in actual words for the success of the project, I find. I have built anything I have attempted so far, (being an imagination-less engineer, as you similarly put it
) but I would LIKE to keep it all MB parts if I can. If not, my fabrication goes one of two ways: over-engineer the life out of it, or do the absolute bare minimum to get it done. So my engine swap will either be of good quality, or engine held in with rope and cable ties (I have done it), and running off an arduino bought for 2