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Just been wondering how many of us on here truly price themselves out of their dream car & what have/would they do about it? I'm not talking about being a little bit short for the next, much needed part, I'm mean that deep down you honestly wonder how you'll ever be able to afford what's in your head because of the level of finish & parts involved?

When I read that someone would love an A, B, '34 whatever but it's out of their league moneywise, are they being a defeatist that's missing out or a realist that'll have something on the road that they're quite happy with? By not persuing your dream car, are you being lazy or just realistic, at what stage should you roll over & accept that real life is doing its upmost to make sure your dream never turns a wheel?
 

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If you are able to do all the build work yourself gets you a long way to what you want,but what you are building will set the real build cost because of the parts that you will have to have
Do you settle for something lower down your wish list that you can build ? & work you way up the list ! i think you have to & is what most of us over the years have done i would think,(whilst your wish list changes too) unless you are lucky enough to have pots of money
I'am building something for my boy at the moment which has gone well above what i thought it would cost & its not nowhere done yet ! but it gets to a point that you just have to say what the hell :D cos cars are the real world !!
If however i had enough money for the parts which i would need there is a 30/31 A i would build :D:D but that is for another day or year & it wont stop me having fun till then :tup:
 

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not really sure what your aiming at here, i would guess most people would firstly have a kind of budget in mind, what they can afford to loose both now and over time.
id love a genuine gt40, but my modest income and savings cant possibly stretch that far, no matter what. thats not laziness its just fact. so i spend my money on things i can afford to keep and run (just).
Dreams are no longer dreams when they become a reality, and your dreams change, mine used to be an early split screen vw camper, then a Karmann Ghia, both of these are within my reach,but ive moved on
 

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I agree with Graingermouse in part. The goalposts keep moving.
Firstly I always wanted a custom car of some sort. Attained that with a Mk3 Cortina pick up and a chopped & couped Moggy Minor. Both bought with a loan because I couldn't build one myself so had to buy one.
Then I went through a couple of classic Fords until the right opportunity came up and I bought my Firebird because I've always wanted a V8 Yank (Also bought with a loan).
Next on my list is an older Yank, maybe a 66 Mustang or a 29-34 Ford Sedan, so I'm kinda working my way towards a dream car, but, like I said, the goalposts keep moving as time & funds allow. Plus your circumstances or preferences change with age too I think.
It's purely down to money with me because I don't have the necessary skills to build a car myself.
The other thing that stops me ploughing more money into one single car is that I also love bikes and am trying to work my way towards my dream bike also. :)
 

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hmm
well my dream car is [and has been for a long time] a steel deuce.
clues in the username.
i just love the lines of the 32 especially the american tudor the vicky and the standard coupe.
steel appeals to me not out of snobbery but because i like old things.
the smell the patina and the being a part of history.

trouble is the deuce is THE classic rod so prices reflect the popularity and the fact that ford only built them for less than a year means they really are way out of my league.
supply and demand simple as that.

i,m not a wealthy guy and lack of funds has meant many years as a rodless wannabe rodder.
much as i would have loved a rod feeding/clothing wife and kids and paying the mortgage had to come first.

the deuce will always be a dream unless i win the lotto [hey we all dream right?]

more recently the finances have become less of a struggle as the kids get older and although i,m not exactly well off i did last year scrape enough money together to blow on E-BAY and i,m now the proud custodian of a glass A roadster.

not steel and not a deuce but hey its a real hotrod at last!
no longer a wannabe but still wannaB LOL.

Hemi Bucket
is the phaeton in your avatar the one that was in CC a while back?.
if so i guess what you are getting at is that a real steel rod is more achievable than most people think?.
please tell us more.

Paul
 

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I always wanted a 5 window Bwhen I first got into this ( who didn't after seeing AG ?) but it was way out of my price range .I realised that from the off but the Impala in AG also floated my boat. Likewise couldn't afford to buy one let alone run it. So I ended up with a Consul Capri, nearest thing I could afford.

I dream of a '36 Westergard style roadster ...and that's all it will remain cos I still couldn't afford to buy or run it .I drive the arse of my cars rather than have them as a occasional use toy , hence why they need to be affordable to run ,something else I realised.

I'm enjoying what I have now ,as I have with everything I've done . The stuggle of affording it makes me appreciate it more.

It would be nice to afford what I REALLY want but it's not going to happen but I don't beat myselff up about it ...nor am I envious of thsoe who do achieve their goals.

I'm lucky to have several cars round me ,if I sold eveything I'd still come up short on cash for my dream.Besides which each one does something different for me that would be hard to achieve in only 1 car.
 

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when i first got my pop i was going to put a crossflow in and just use up my escort parts to get it going,but the more i did the more i relised it was wrong and not what i was after.so i sold the escort and got the big exspensive bits that i realy wanted and now my dream car is very slowly coming together.i do extra work to pay for parts so i dont take from the household money,its just going to take a bit longer but hey it will be worth it:tup:
 

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Hope i havent misunderstood the original post

In my case Al im just lazy :tup:

My dream car ..................... A high riding Mk2 Consul

Ive only spent the last 10+ years in the rain, sleet and snow freezing my extremitys off and making myself ill

And id say that i would of been better off saving for a better car to start with or buying one already done like a 55 chev (even if it was a yank :incheek:)

Cos in 10+ years id hate to think how much ive spent

Maybe one day it'll be finished
 

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wannab

have to ask why you didnt buy a glass coupe body instead of a roadster body if thats what you really wanted.
why not build what you want first time out.
bought a finished rod wayne so choice limited to whats out there in my [low] price range.

would have loved to have bought the hotrod gazette steel 5w that was for sale last year but i wasn,t going to find that much change down the back of the sofa LOL.

yeah a steel deuce is better than a glass A in my book but to keep this in perspective winning 5 mill on the lottery would be better than winning 4 mill but that dont mean winning 4 mill is a bad thing does it ?.
 

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My dream [ for over thirty years ] has been an A pickup but allways thought they were out of my budget,:sniff: decided to give it a go on a very tight shoestring, my aim is to have a v8 jag reared rod fully SVA'ed and on the road for under 5K :pmsl: yer right!!
well buying 95% of the parts from flebay or forum forsales i'm on budget! :tup:

 

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bought a finished rod wayne so choice limited to whats out there in my [low] price range.

would have loved to have bought the hotrod gazette steel 5w that was for sale last year but i wasn,t going to find that much change down the back of the sofa LOL.

yeah a steel deuce is better than a glass A in my book but to keep this in perspective winning 5 mill on the lottery would be better than winning 4 mill but that dont mean winning 4 mill is a bad thing does it ?.
hi paul

i think youve been realistic by realising something isnt in youre price range yet by compromising you have a rod you can use and have fun in.
 

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Started 4 years ago buying a part built 32 roadster with all the right parts i was looking for paid 9k, then i decided to buy an injection system form Retrotek, that cost an arm and a leg, some people build cars for what that cost me, changed the wheels, and then decided i wanted a nice tradional look well 4 years later have managed it, and spent a hell of a lot more that i ever thought i would , but i could have had it on the road 2 years ago, but compromised on the style i wanted
All you do is take longer to build
Now i have to save to put the interior in this spring ready for the season

Craig
 

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Ever since I was knee high I've wanted a Pop or Anglia sit up and beg.
I remember the first time I saw one rumble past me and I thought "I'm going to have one of those one day".
So twenty something years later, I ended up buying my first Hot Rod project.
I'm now five years into the build and have probably got another five years to go!
The project is greatly limited to available work time and of course cash.
Because this is my first project I've already spent more on it than I originally budgeted for and I'm still nowhere near finished.
But I don't care about the money or the time it takes me because I will end up building the car exactly the way I want to and I'm never going to sell it when it's done.
It will be my dream car………eventually.
So yes I do think that anyone can own they dream car but you've got to be prepared to wait for it. :tup:



 

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i would say the title heading is wrong in its wording but never the less,
i would have to say i'm a realist as i know for a fact that my dream car is way out of my price range still & has been since i was a kid....
you just cant get 49-51 merc sleds cheap ( or at least not on my wage's ),
& as i hav'nt got a garage & have to do all my work on the drive it's not
worth even having one, as the salt air would eat it in front of me :cry:
so i will stick to my ratty roofchopped amazon & do that up as a halfsize tribute to my dream.
 

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Started 4 years ago buying a part built 32 roadster with all the right parts i was looking for paid 9k, then i decided to buy an injection system form Retrotek, that cost an arm and a leg, some people build cars for what that cost me, changed the wheels, and then decided i wanted a nice tradional look well 4 years later have managed it, and spent a hell of a lot more that i ever thought i would , but i could have had it on the road 2 years ago, but compromised on the style i wanted
All you do is take longer to build
Now i have to save to put the interior in this spring ready for the season

Craig
Exactly. You don't need to have all the cash in your hand when you start. You don't need a fixed budget. You can simply just take longer to get the same result.

My Morris Eight took best part of 2 1/2 years to build, but the end cost was about a pack of **** a day! Or two pints of beer. Yes, just £5 a day when it was all averaged out. How many guys spend that every day down the pub, bemoaning the car they can never afford?
 

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My current project is much the same, just a longish slow build, buying parts as and when I can afford them. It is basically my own dream car, and many other peoples by the sound of it, but in glass.

I'm two years, and £4500, in to it at the moment, but I do most all of the work on it myself. And I don't count the cost as a I go, so it don't scare me. :D

 
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