Are you as cheap as I am??

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  1. Brooks James

    Brooks James VET, CPT, Huey Medevac Pilot FABO Gold Member

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    I’ve been collecting parts for 11 years for my 70 Dart and I’m close to finishing up. I’ve always been on a tight budget so I had to scrounging horse trade and wait for deals. Here’s my story. I bought a lot of the parts during the Great Recession as prices were great.

    70 Dodge Dart with absolutely no rust and fresh paint drove it from Nevada to Florida $3500
    Reman 92 360 magnum long block $350
    A local machine shop let me have it for what they had in it as the
    Motor had sat for two years and the owner hadn’t picked it up it also had a low rise mopar
    aluminum intake on it
    Holley 650 double pumper in excellent condition traded the intake for it $0 dollars
    904 trans with manual valve body and 3500 street converter all used of course. $300
    Rear ended housing 8 3/4 $200
    3.91 742 case sure grip that I had rebuilt $600
    New rotors calipers drums brake shoes wheel cylinders $300
    Crosswind intake $150
    MP distributor $80
    MSD 6 al $120
    Shorten driveshaft with new joints $125
    Wire fuse panels rocker switches
    Etc &200
    Aluminum radiator $100
    Hi volume water pump $70
    SpRk plugs and wires $40
    La timing cover $20
    Double roller chain sit up $70
    La oil pan $20
    Hi vol oil pump $50
    Harmonic balancer $75
    340 exhaust manifolds $100
    Exhaust system with performance mufflers $300
    Tires $300 rear
    Tires $40 front new bought at garage sale
    Stock rally wheels $150
    Master cylinder $35
    Upholstery $500 it already had a new head liner in it
    Used nitrous kit $200
    So for around 10k I’ve got a car that looks and sounds good and will haul ass
     
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    • 318willrun

      318willrun Utube channel 318willrun

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      I've got a problem..... I'm rich on "cheap" but poor on "patience"
       
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        dibbons Well-Known Member

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        Congratulations. It looks like prices have about doubled on advertised stuff over the past ten or eleven years. I believe your patience paid off big time, but that performance will be harder to duplicate as time marches on.
         
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        I have a 1970 Swinger 340 and I’m like this with that car.....I have plastic totes full of NOS stuff I got cheap over the years, Good used factory original parts, also some new stuff too. The only parts the car needs now you can buy new....then restoration time I hope....been on the way back burner for close to 20 years....hope to get at it some day
         
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        • RustyRatRod

          RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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          No comment.
           
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          • A56

            A56 MoPar Affliction

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            Hard to tell without a cheap picture...or 2.
             
          • Brooks James

            Brooks James VET, CPT, Huey Medevac Pilot FABO Gold Member

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            Pics coming it’s in my tiny 1 car garage with stuff all on it and around it the only shots that would show much of anything would be from the rear and rear quarters not quite roadworthy yet
             
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            Heywodja The Heartbeat Stops Here FABO Gold Member

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            Ok.. I bet these cars cost about 1,000.00 including parts labor and transportation to manufacture. Hundreds maybe even thousands a day. And it takes us ten years and 10,000.00 to make it close to new?
             
          • Brooks James

            Brooks James VET, CPT, Huey Medevac Pilot FABO Gold Member

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            • Brooks James

              Brooks James VET, CPT, Huey Medevac Pilot FABO Gold Member

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              St 10k I could have bought 4 cars in 70
              Go figures
               
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                A56 MoPar Affliction

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                lol, I have one of those from day's gone by

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                • Brooks James

                  Brooks James VET, CPT, Huey Medevac Pilot FABO Gold Member

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                  You’ve got tons more room than I do, LOL
                   
                • abdywgn

                  abdywgn dismantler

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                  $900 car I drove home, 360 left over from my first pick-up, 4-speed and scattershield left over from 69 Dart, free 8-3/4 housing from Demon that was sold for parts, $350 for Moser A-body axles with LBP and B-body flange offset, $275 for disc brake conversion, $50 for manual steering box, 3.23 SG left over from 69 Dart...cheap, yes, but it's gonna cost a bunch to get the little pieces needed to put everything together.
                   
                • Brooks James

                  Brooks James VET, CPT, Huey Medevac Pilot FABO Gold Member

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                  You’re right it’s the little stuff tha
                  T gets you
                   
                • BWDart

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                  Thats a first
                   
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                  • Brooks James

                    Brooks James VET, CPT, Huey Medevac Pilot FABO Gold Member

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                    Yeah I found it unbelievable. I have been a member for years but left for a while and changed e mail address so I just recently have been back on the site
                    My old screen name was Dustoff 440
                     
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                    • barbee6043

                      barbee6043 barbee 6043 FABO Gold Member

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                      The answer. Maybe even cheaper!
                      IF a $ went further, I would be a big spender!
                      Little birds flying right over my head, going "cheap, cheap, cheap" all the time. Or so I am told.
                       
                    • Brooks James

                      Brooks James VET, CPT, Huey Medevac Pilot FABO Gold Member

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                      I’m pretty damn cheap I’ve been known to rinse and save ziploc baggies
                      My son is embarrassed by me
                      Telling others that I am
                      During the recession I almost published a “cheapskate manifesto “
                       
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                      • Heywodja

                        Heywodja The Heartbeat Stops Here FABO Gold Member

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                        I split two ply toilet paper, and blow my nose in it before wiping... LOL
                         
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                        • Brooks James

                          Brooks James VET, CPT, Huey Medevac Pilot FABO Gold Member

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                          Lol good one
                           
                        • Demonracer

                          Demonracer 71 Demon 00 Ram 16 Chrysler 300S 05 Caravan FABO Gold Member

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                          I don't consider myself cheap, I think I'm more frugal. If something comes up & it's out of my price range, I pass on it. I was looking for a set of solid roller lifters so not to have to bush the lifter bores or tube the oil passage. I found a set from a fellow racer but one of the rollers was bound up & not repairable my me. I looked at various sites & check recommendations. I couldn't justify over a grand for lifters, I waited & a set showed up from one of our members that were within my budget. I snatched them up & check all of the clearances & they will work out well, the block will soon be off to the machine shop soon.
                           
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                          • Brooks James

                            Brooks James VET, CPT, Huey Medevac Pilot FABO Gold Member

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                            Good for you
                             
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                            Yep, it's all in what you value. I find, it usually works itself out .
                             
                          • SGBARRACUDA

                            SGBARRACUDA ROY FABO Gold Member

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                            Am I cheap? I squeeze a nickel till the Buffalo shits! Not really. But I try.
                             
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                            • krazykuda

                              krazykuda Well-Known Member FABO Gold Member How-To Section Editor

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                              You can't be too cheap, or it will bite you in the @ss later...
                               
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