So coming towards the end of my build and tonight at the dinner table my wife (Patty) says to me, "How many original parts that came in all those boxes are you actually using" This after a couple of weeks of repeated mailing checks for more parts to finalize the build. Had to laugh as she is kind of right.
And just a couple weeks ago after I completed the carpet install with seats and seatbelt harness, she states "Now it is starting to look like a real car". Himm, I thought to myself - What about when the engine was installed, or first start, or go cart, etc. etc. But for Patty, it was the seats and carpet. OK.
thats funny. I can relate to the seats and interior deal.
I am sure though if you showed her the small box of parts you actually did not use, it would put it in perspective. I dont even think there was more then $500 of stuff we did not use.
However, it seems like i always just need to spend another $200 to get my final parts... its been about 10 of those so far
MK4 delivery 12/17/11
Build thread: HERE
Epic First start video HERE
427w ford racing, stainless headers, 3link, tko600, 3.55 gears, Jim Inglese weber intake system and a custom paint job from Jeff Miller!
Type 65 Coupe Ordered 01/17/13
Build thread: HERE
347 w. stack injection, IRS, Levy arms, Levy front and rear brakes
Oh yeah, I always get, "Why did you buy the whole kit when you're not using most of it?"
...because they don't sell just the chassis and body.
My favorite so far was about the chassis number. I placed the order and watched the numbers in process moving closer to the one I wanted.
Since I already built a 3rd Gen Hemi that's stroked to 426 cubic inches I really wanted that 426 chassis number and almost got it. The final result was chassis number 431 and I was telling her I missed it by 5 to which she said.
"I guess you will just have to build a bigger motor"
She doesn't know the history/image of the 426 but I like the way she thinks.
I used to regularly race R/C cars and slot cars (ALOT). My wife used to always give me trouble about playing or working on my little cars. So when I decided to build my roadster I told her I was selling my toy cars and going to build a real one.
Last Saturday she asked "Is your friend coming over to help you work on your little car?" I get no respect.
F5R #7446 Delivered 4/4/11, First start 9/29/12, First Go-Kart 11/17/12
Licensed 4/24/13!! Wahoo!
No wife, built the car in my parents garage. The big quote of the build from my mother was, "if you go back to sea and the car is still in the garage, I will roll it to the bottom of the driveway with a FOR FREE sign on it."
Ordered 12/28/2009; Pick Up 5/17/2010; First Start 6/19/2010; First Go-Cart 6/19/2010; Tag & Title 11/8/2010; Graduation 3/26/2011
12,154.8 Miles in the first year.
Wife stays out of my shop, which is probably a good thing. Just about the last time she was in the shop, the day before I had gotten four big boxes.(rims) She walks in, looks at the rims and says..."Nice rims. When do I get my new stove"? So the $2200 rim bill ended up being about 8 grand!
"When you learn to call them wheels. Only gangsters roll on rims."
Chalk me up as another one with no wife. The girlfriend is very tolerant of my vehicular toys, so long as she is allowed to play in them once in awhile too. I'm hoping to take her 80-year-old grandfather for a Cobra ride this week while he is in town, but I'm very concerned about his ability/strength to get in and out of the car safely...
FFR1004105RD - world's first twin-turbo BMW V12-powered FFR Roadster
2011 Dodge 2500 Cummins 6.7L - biodiesel-fueled daily driver JHETTO: 2001 VW Jetta TDI, intended as G3F donor, FOR SALE
My wife was not interested in my retirement project (new FFR kit car!!!), but when I came home one day just after ordering it, she said to me, "Your don't think very much of me, do you?" Stammering, I asked what whe was talking about. She said she was going through some of the order sheets and noticed that I was only getting one roll bar. I managed to call FFR in time before it was shipped to include another roll bar.
That's a classic. Reminds me of when my wife and I were dating and I told her I was going to buy a Harley and she said, "If you buy a bike before you redo your kitchen, you can forget about me ever moving into that house". Being my second time around the block, the kitchen was redone ASAP and 7 years later I finally got my bike.
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