Re: [DML] This may be a dumb question but,
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Re: [DML] This may be a dumb question but,

Ha! I more or less agree with you. My car is certainly a "heart" 
rather that "brain" purchase. All said, I purchased my car for 
$13,000 and put another $1500 into it to make it reliable. I still 
need about $500 in work to make it uber reliable. (see manual 
transmission observation post). The "rule of 20" is slowly catching 
up to me! 

If you buy a project car it is absolutely positively necessary for 
you to do all the work yourself. Believe me, if a shop had done the 
work that I have done myself I would have joined the rule of 20 club 
a long time ago and I started with a drivable car, in fact my wife 
and I drove it from Denver to Los Angeles. In retrospect this was 
very foolish!

 Here is a priority guide for repairs/upgrades that I have been 

Highest priority- mechanical problems/upgrades that affect the 
functionality, reliability, or safety of the car, or could cause 
greater damage ($$$) in the future. (coolant hoses, tune-up, fuel 
system, fluid changes, TABs, brakes, etc)

Medium priority- mechanical issues that do not immediately effect 
reliability or safety. (Fuel accumulator, Steering column bushing, 
window motors, etc)

Lowest priority- anything cosmetic

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