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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turbo charged mx5 , best track car I’ve had. Cheap as chips so you can really push it without worrying about Massive bills if you blow it up or bin it into a tyre wall. Great drivers car.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure that hobbies need to make sense, financially, as long as they don't plunge you into debt or breakup your marriage.

However, this certainly wouldn't be a cheap project - which is why I'm not rushing into it.

The cage would take four days to fit, and that's not cheap - even though it's not OPC money by a long shot.

To me there's a strong appeal in making things, preferably from the very beginning - the process is part of the value, and that value is something I get to keep forever so it is a separate thing from the resale value (which would be uncertain, for sure).

Ultimately I'd rather see what I could build for 60k, rather than buying a GT3 for that amount, but my concern is time - I already struggle to do everything I want to do, which this would not help with.

I'd likely have to cheque book the vast majority of the build, and that's why this is all far from certain.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly Neil, there aren’t enough hours in the day.

There’s a sticker the young’uns put on their cars “Built not bought” as anyone can select a load of parts from a catalogue and drop the car off to have them fitted.

That’s not creating though, it’s just buying.

I’m with you that all hobbies cost money and no 911 is an essential purchase. Like I say though I always think “effort vs results”. I work loads of hours though and I work too hard for my money to fritter it away. Hence I drive 20 year old cars etc as I hate depreciation and if I want a faster, stiffer, better car I’ll buy a different one rather than dump a load of cash on a project.

But we are all different and get our fixes in different ways. If I lived in my dream house, had 3 or 4 foreign holidays a year, bought anything I wanted whenever I wanted, then I may be happy to spec/buy/build a project.

However if I’m gonna spend tens of K’s that I won’t see back I think I’d rather reduce my mortgage so I can retire a bit sooner, or go on a great holiday with the wife.

It’s just different priorities I guess.
Anyway I protest too much. I’m sure it’ll make for a great thread either way. Thumb

If you do go ahead though definitely forget the Aerokit as some folk have already said. Far too expensive to replace when you inevitably smack over a kerb or end up in the kitty litter.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we may have to agree to differ on our definitions of creating - I'm going to go for "wouldn't exist without one person, or a team of people, turning a vision into reality".

Which if course is likely due to 43 year old me having more money but less time than 23 year old me, who would have had a "built not bought" sticker in the rear window.

Taking of houses, I do want to move out of London into somewhere that has a couple of garages and a workshop, which will be a marked contrast to a first floor London flat - but I think July next year may be the time to buy as we close in on the extension deadline. We shall see - I need to convince the Mrs that she would be happy out of London, which I've failed to do so far.

My current mortgage is £500 a month, so it's a very minor cost at the moment, moving that up to around £3,000 a month will bring an associated reduction in money to spend mucking around with 911's of course.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I know what you mean. I’m probably being a bit “glass half empty” towards it. You crack on bud. As I’ve said it’ll be a good read either way for the rest of us. Thumb

Good luck with the move. Before we bought our current place I used to say to the wife “I just need a double garage”. Now I’ve got one it’s not big enough so now I want a 4 car one. Grin
Our house has just gone on the market but I’m not expecting any action until next spring, although we’ve had one or two viewings. Not even entirely sure we want to leave it really but we’ll worry about it if we get an offer.
I have a rental to offload to add some funds to the pot but my tenant isn’t out until Feb.

I’ll just leave this here anyway -
A known P’header and a well evolved car. Scratches the aircooled itch too.
Absolutely no connection but I’ve admired it for years on the forums. If the timing was better I may have even moved the GT3 on for it.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're clearly going into it knowing what to expect both in terms of cost, outcome and hassle so it doesn't really matter what any of us think with regard to what we believe is sensible or cost effective.

Hobbies definitely don't have to make sense. Spending valuable down time watching millionaires chase a balloon around a park or whacking a small white ball around a field makes no sense to me yet millions of folk disagree.

Despite my earlier advice I have spent thousands turning clapped out old cars and bikes into what I believe were better versions of what they once were. I've never regretted any of the projects. I am just the type of person that needs something to obsess over.

So I say crack on.
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