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Question how much did you spend on tools,etc when building your FFR?

if you look at the complete kit tool requirement, it adds up quickly - I have about 1/2 of this stuff, but dang - it adds up quick! almost $2,100 if you start at ground zero!

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if you look at the complete kit tool requirement, it adds up quickly - I have about 1/2 of this stuff, but dang - it adds up quick! almost $2,100 if you start at ground zero!



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I itemized everything during the build, and the tools/fixtures/solvents section is currently around $2K. I already had a decent set of hand tools, but needed other things like the engine hoist, engine stand, jacks, cleaners/solvents (I went donor route), so your estimate sounds about right. I went to HF a lot to try and keep the costs down. Just be sure to buy the right things from there, like the hoist and stand. For critical/precision items, such as torque wrenches, calipers, etc., I went to better-quality stores like HD and Lowe's.

But you're right - tools definitely need to be factored into the budget.

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I can't say forsure but those sums seem about right. Even hitting Harbor freight for items it add up. I started from nothing and have bought countless items.

Something to consider is there is always "extras" to go get outside of tools. I think there is a recent thread on that too. I'm constantly at Ace and Home depot.

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if you look at the complete kit tool requirement, it adds up quickly - I have about 1/2 of this stuff, but dang - it adds up quick! almost $2,100 if you start at ground zero!



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Throw in a lift and double/triple that 2k
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Throw in a lift and double/triple that 2k
LOL I'm sure my back would love that

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I had almost all the tools, but I spent about $1000 on drill bits, acetone, painter's tape, sandpaper, spray paint, clear spray paint, undercoating spray, silicone, angle grinder discs, de-greaser for donor parts, anti-seize, 3M Carpet adhesive, RTV, etc.

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Are you asking how much I spent or I told my wife I spent?

All kidding aside, the amount of consumables was way more than I thought it would be. I also finally purchased an air compressor. (How did I live before this) The good news is that I can do pretty much any maintenance now. Again, tools are a life time investment.
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Wink Too Much is never enough

It's kinda like horsepower (or cubic inches) too much is never enough.

Having been a FORD mechanic for almost 20 years in my early life, I didn't need to buy much in the way of tools for the Cobra - already had almost $40K in miscellaneous standard tools, metric tools, special purpose tools and custom tools for one specific job, and let's not to forget the air tools / compressor(s).

But, that being said, I probably spent close to $1K in assorted "other stuff"; sand paper, HSRF, nuts / bolts of a greater strength, cleaning and degreasing supplies, POR-15, rubber floor mats, parts to lift the body to the ceiling for storage while I do "winter mods", etc.

Always good to add these things to your overall budget . . .

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Always a good excuse to buy that "important" tool. Never, never look at the total investment...
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Easiest guilt-free way to control your tool cost and the expenses of building a cobra.....

Don't create a budget.

I do have a box that has most of my receipts, but I refuse to add it up.

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Plus, tools are an 'investment', not an expense. 🙂
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I didn't have much to start with so I came in around $5000 on tools and supplies. But as was said earlier, tools are an investment.
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Posts 9, 10, and 11 are the way I work. I have no idea how much I have in my old MkII, and I don't care. I have a credit card that I use, but I use it wisely I think. We all have a different financial situation so pic a # that suits yours. When I need something over $X, so it would be tough to cash flow, I use the card. And I am comfortable w/ the card balance at $Y. When that balance gets to $Y, I don't buy anything more til I get it paid off. I do a lot of research, and once in a while my wife wonders why I bought something on what seems like an impulse. That impulse though is a combination of enough research that I know what I am buying is the best economical choice, that item is now in stock or on sale, my card is paid off, or someone has a used one for sale. The ONE time in my life that I sold a tool it was an old school but very usable Tig welder. We were moving to a town house w/ no garage and just a small basement. I couldn't figure a way to get the welder into the basement. A couple years later I bought a cheap stick welder and suffered w/ that for a long time. Finally I bought a new Tig machine and the first use I realized how stupid it was to get rid of the old one. I haven't sold so much as a wrench since.
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