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I really didn't want to do this but I suppose it's time to think a little about it...

Purchase price: $0
A/C system rebuild: $400
J-mod: $85
Xcal2 and first tune: $260
GT MAF/box/tube: $100
PI intake/installation: $100
PI cams: $50
Trans cooler: $65
HID Projectors: $145
New brakes w/ PBRs: $250
Speakers, sub, amp, head unit: $300
17" Cobra R wheels: $700
Second tune: $100
Exhaust: $550
93 Mark VIII Driveshaft: $90
3.73 TL/pumpkin: $250
ScanGauge II: $100
Upgraded head unit and new sub: $250
GT Converter: $65
New paint, rust repair: $4000
SC/XR7 seats: $100
190 lph fuel pump: $130
Steeda UDPs: $65
10" Converter, Built 2004 trans, 3/8" cooler lines: $2000
FR500 wheel, cruise mod, headlight switch mod: $250
SCT PRP and LaSota manuals: $450
Tbirdbrain (RIP) ported manifolds: $280
Stage 2 heads/cams, misc swap parts: $3000

Adding in consumables like oil, suspension, tires, then other mickey-mouse stuff I've done which isn't up there... something well north of $15k. :facepalm: :eek:

I've been paying for maintenance etc. on the car since about 2008, so let's say I've owned it for 6 years now and put on about 60,000 miles... averaging out to about $200-$250/mo or 28 ¢/mi. Decidedly much less than new car payments AND the car is much more "mine" than a new car would be.

The Cougar had about $2500 in when I sold it, including purchase price and tires/suspension. I had it for about 3 1/2 years and some 45,000 miles, so that's an equivalent payment of about $60/mo or 5 1/2 ¢/mi. :D
 

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I really haven't spent that much... Although I'm on a budget and this isn't even close to everything just current mods.. (Not including maintenance)

Jmod - $100
PI intake - $100
Cams - free (gift)
Full Exhaust - $250
Underdrives - free (gift)
SCT Flip chip - $70
C&L plenum - $80
CAI - $40
GT MAF and mustang tube - $20
Aluminum carrier 3.73 and TL - $350
Mark 8 TC - $150?? (Can't remember)
Window tint - $100 (needs replacing..)
Lowering springs and install - $450
Speakers - $85
Head unit - free (gift)
Paint job - free (graduation gift ($1300))

And I think that's it! $1795!
 

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Adding in consumables like oil, suspension, tires, then other mickey-mouse stuff I've done which isn't up there... something well north of $15k. :facepalm: :eek:
I hear that.

I've had tire last one day. not even that long.
over heated -- oil change, Water change. all the same night.

I go threw $100.00 in fuel a night.

Now lets talk about body parts, suspension parts + a ton of sweat!!

:zbench:
 

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I'm going to try to add as I go on my next build. Which will be soon. Earls old bird is returning back to my possession hopefully within the month.
 

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Since having the other stuff put on from my last post in this thread, I'm probably somewhere north of $14k deep in this car. I figure I spent around $3000 for the head swap, and another $800 for the torque converter swap. $100 for the trans cooler after it was all said and done. Another $80 in poly sway bar bushings and new end links. Spent another $500 on tires and $300 on the new wheels.

I could have bought a Mustang Cobra for this price....oh well. I never look at my Tbird with the thought of it being an investment.
 

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Hmmm, lots happens in a year, I guess.

Nothing new aside from $1000 in new seat upholstery for the bird since last year, so bring that total to 16k over 7 years or so, meaning about $190/mo.

The Mark VIII... it's <strike>an investment</strike> a money pit, lol.

Purchase price: $2000
Misc. items (bulbs, pulleys, seals): $150
J-mod, fluid change: $100
Radio upgrade: $100
Suspension work: $250
New engine/install: $1700
Winter tires/rims: $500
Fuel pump: $100
Brakes, bearings: $150

So about 5 grand in on that thing now. I've had it for 14 months and have put 30,000 miles on it in that time though, so that works out to about $350/mo. or 17¢/mi. It needs new summer tires and some rust repair, so that'll probably come out to close to $2k... but I honestly don't think anything else (major) will need to be done to it for another 5 years or more. So in theory, by this time next year my "monthly payment" will be down to about $250... and will continue to drop... hopefully to under $100/mo. by the time I have to give the car up. :)
 

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$160 on an alternator brings me up to $2010. :)
BUMP!!! :D

Need to add to this list.

My grand total right now sits at $4,020 between my last post and what I'm at now.

My suspension thusfar has me spent $1710 and I've just begun my MT parts gathering and that's barely started at just $300.
 

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Let's see...

$3000 on the car (was a PI swapped 97, Jmodded transmission, 93 Mark VIII one piece drive shaft, 89 SC front and rear sway bars, Eibach 1.5" drop springs, KYB GR-2 shocks, 3.73 TL rear end, Mark VIII rear lower control arms, UD Pulleys, and a BOC chip. 80mm MAF, CAI, front and rear shock bracing, etc. Made 226 at the wheels.

I then bought a set of 18x9" wheels, $500 from ebay. Four General GMax AS-03 tires, $120/tire, so $480. $50 mount/balance.
New brake pads, $40
Oil Filter Relocation kit, from here, I want to say $50?

That led me to blowing the motor because I didn't route the lines well, and rubbed one. So I scrounged around and found a 2003 Explorer engine, $300.

Modular head shop PI bowl ported heads, with Stage 2 PI/NA cams, degreed, with Trick Flow two piece cam gears, $1800.
75mm throttle body, C&L enlarged plenum, $100.

Kooks 1.75" Primary, 3" collector headers, used, mild steel, $500.

All new gaskets, sensors, etc for the entire motor, $200

Engine hoist and stand, $250

Battery tender, $25.

Sony Head unit with bluetooth and four speakers, $300

12" Sub with box, $75

Xcal from ebay, $150.

Tune from Don Lasota, $100
So, including the car, excluding gas/oil/coolant we're at ~$8000.
 

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Im not gonna try and find all my receipts for the 96 and its been a while so Ill go over the price of the SC.
Bought: $200
Sold the set of 18s that were on it:-$300
Bought a list of parts to repair the engine and rocker rust: $300
Returned the timing kit When I learned the engine already had a new one: -$50
Scrapped the resonator: -$50
Metal bought to fix floor rust: $60
Pieces bought from Mike including seat mounts, rear deck cover, driver window, and SC shocks: Trade
Welder: Free
Welding wire: $40
Wiper assembly from a 95 NA V6 in a junkyard plus full cowl: $45
Assorted gaskets: $50
Assorted bolts, screws, and nuts: $60
NOS OEM sport shocks full set: $150
New ball Joint kit: $175
New strut rod Bushing full set: $60
Lowering springs: parts bin
10in kicker sub woofer, OEM premium sound speakers, 1in tweeters, BOSS audio head unit: parts bin.
Audio connectors: $30
Sand paper, bondo, assorted paints: $90.
Brake line, vacuum brake bleeder, assorted connectors, brake fluid: $100
Radiator fan: $25
Window regulator fix: 3 3/8s nuts
Full fluids: $100
Total cost of saving an SC on its way to scrap: $1085.

Now, parts on the car I didnt have to replace because they were already done.
Full clutch job: $500
Engine rebuild: $1000<
Supercharger rebuild: $500<
Rebuilt/replaced diff: $300
CV axles: $250


Keep in mind, the cars still shitty. The Passenger side is about an 1/8in bondo and thats from before I got it. Its been rear ended and the front bumper is creased from some other accident. Everything else is straight though. And when I am finished the paint job Ill post pictures.
 
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