What does it cost?

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  1. mopowers

    mopowers Well-Known Member

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    I like your tracking spreadsheet. I wish I had had the foresight to do something like that--not so much to track the costs, but to track the part numbers and such.
     
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    • moparmat2000

      moparmat2000 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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      I just made computer printed lists for needed parts for every major section

      Body exterior
      Body interior
      Electrical
      Engine
      Driveline
      Suspension
      Brakes

      As i got the particular part on whichever list i would line it out.
       
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      • zkx14

        zkx14 Duster De-ruster FABO Gold Member

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        Had it in mind to do the spreadsheet ever since I saw this thread. Had started an outline of it a while ago, but never followed through- Till a few weeks ago when we had a big snowstorm and I was bored. Took a day and a half of going through the box between clearing the driveway. In addition to the receipt and papers, a few suppliers have pretty good online order history info that helped a lot. Also went through my build thread to jog the memory.
         
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      • pomonamissel

        pomonamissel Well-Known Member

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        building a 440 /trans combo right now . gv od and alum heads for just under 15k . and not the best of everything either . but good parts to make 500hp n 500 fpt . with the dana and hd stock type suspension and brakes over 20k .
         
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        I've been keeping really good notes on the costs for my rebuild, and what has surprised me the most is how the little things that aren't necessarily car parts add up. I'm talking the generic nuts & bolts, cutting wheels, rattle can paint, sandpaper, etc. Not even halfway through and I have about $1500 in this shit alone. Seems like a waste but it was all needed for one thing or another. Screenshot_20180526-213752_Sheets.jpg

        Edit: not sure why the pic is blurry...
         
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        • moparmat2000

          moparmat2000 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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          Yep supplies and paint add up. So does the rolls of wire for your welder to stitch these old pigs back together.
           
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          • Tooljunkie

            Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

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            And the welding gas. Band-aids and tylenol.

            I didnt build my engine,far from it,but i spent 1000 on it.
            Just wait until you want to paint the car.
            I bought a gallon of the cheap good stuff, at the supplier it was 1250.
             
          • zkx14

            zkx14 Duster De-ruster FABO Gold Member

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            For sure on all those little costs. :BangHead:. No doubt I missed some of those 'odds n ends' in my total I did my spreadsheet after I was done and tried to think through the process of each step to capture as much as possible. Picked up a bunch of things I would have forgotten by reading my own build thread.
            FYI, I first loaded mine as one sheet and it was all blurred. Converted my spreadsheet pages to PDF's to load as individual pics to make it readable in post.
             
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          • zkx14

            zkx14 Duster De-ruster FABO Gold Member

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            and beer?
             
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            • Fisher

              Fisher Old Guy with a Cool car.

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              I have $40,000.00 into my duster just in parts and paint, including the $5000 i paid for the car.
               
            • harrisonm

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              Bandaids? Real men use paper towels and duct tape.
              LOL
               
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              • Tooljunkie

                Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

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                Well, add that in too, band aids are formal wear around these parts.
                 
              • Jim Kueneman

                Jim Kueneman FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                The Duster I am restoring for my daughter will be in the $20k-$25k range when I finish. But when I am done it will be as dependable as a new car and she will know how to fix it and what is wrong when it does need something. A new car I would get her would cost the same and she would not have clue how it works.
                 
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                • famous bob

                  famous bob mopar misfit FABO Gold Member

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                  Some of u guys are making me feel better. I have about $32,000 in my 505" ,727, dana 60, 4 wheel disc brake, 6/prostar/dragradial , caltrac , fuel inj., 6 pack hood , painted and restored, custom bucket seat covers , 68 barracuda fastback business coupe.
                   
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                  Im thinking that if you put 40 grand into restoring your car, drive it, enjoy it. Maybe youll get half back when you sell it, maybe you wont. But the next guy isnt getting a fresh restoration for cheap. It will be slightly broken in.
                   
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                  • afbill

                    afbill FABO World Ambassador

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                    Even before we started our resto people would ask if our car was for sale, I would respond "Yep, 1 million dollars". The would say, 'that car's not worth that much', and I reply "It is to me". There more to these cars than market value.
                     
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                      You also look at it this way, how many pay $50-80 grand for a new car and sell it 5 years later for a 3rd of the price. Cars always been a losing investment.

                      My valiant will always be 10 to 20 thousand car, The loss will aways be limited
                       
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                        famous bob mopar misfit FABO Gold Member

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                        THUS !
                         
                      • S.Rodney

                        S.Rodney "Hang 10" owner

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                        This is my current experience as the car isn't ready yet. (All prices are in Canadian Dollars)

                        So, we're in September 2014, the father-in-law of one of my good friends passed away and his daughter asked me if I was interested in the car (she knew I was).

                        Front subframe was half eaten by rust, and everything holding the leaf springs in the back were also eaten to oblivion... result, the leafs went thru the trunk and rusted shut there.

                        Expense #1: Tow the car for inspection before buying it. (3 hours of gentle pulling with a winch and a few miles later: 400$)
                        Expense #2: I decided to go ahead and buy it (1000$)
                        Expense #3: All 4 Tires are rotten and cracked, there's no battery... so I get cheap ones from Canadian Tire (Motomaster AW) and a battery (500$)
                        Expense #4: I get the car to a body shop to rebuild the subframes and rear suspension (3600$ for the rebuild, 450$ for new leafs: Calvert Racing Split-Mono leafs)
                        Expense #5: Motor Oil, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, Air Filter, Wipers, Rear Brake Cylinders, Rear Brake Drums, Rear Brake Shoes, Rear Brake Springs, Valve Cover Gaskets, Spark Plugs (500$)
                        Expense #6: 4 Napa Shocks (200$)
                        Expense #7: Tow the car (using CAA card 0$), Deposit for garage (1000$)
                        Expense #8: Order TTI Dual Exhaust for the Dart (Deposit+100$)

                        will install TTI Dual Exhaust, Wilwood Front Disk Brakes and correct everything needed for it to pass inspection. (I still have 4000$ ready for this)
                         
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                      • amusingarts

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                        Ain't it the truth! The journey is the reward!
                         
                      • moparmat2000

                        moparmat2000 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                        If its the white dart sport in your avatar, does it not have discs already ? If not theres a waaay cheaper alternative to wilwoods.
                         
                      • sireland67

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                        I have probably spent more on beer while working on the car, than actual parts being put on it.
                         
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                        • S.Rodney

                          S.Rodney "Hang 10" owner

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                          Yes, It does have factory front disk brakes. The Wilwoods have 4 pistons and I intend on doing all sorts of activities with the car (Drag Racing, Road Tracks, AutoX, etc.) so good brakes are needed :)
                           
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                        • moparmat2000

                          moparmat2000 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                          Oh ok. I knos some of em around this year had drums. I was going to suggest M body brakes.
                           
                        • S.Rodney

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                          Oh definately, I don't "keep track" as a mean to see if "I've spent too much" on the car... I go to work by City Bus, I walk to the grocery store... This car is "officially" my first car ever... and I'm 38. The Dart is a hobby for me meant to have fun driving. I don't "need" the car, never did. But short of having my dream car (1968 Charger) I really enjoy the idea of havin' an ol' school car like my parents had when I was a kid. (Coronet R/T, Firebird, Fury, Thunderbird, etc...)
                           
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