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Old 03-24-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Question for seasoned "car guys"

I'm 32 and have had so many damn cars it's laughable. None of them have been as nice as my current 2010 SS that I bought new, but all were money pits...parts and parts and parts. 65 Impala SS blown, 5.0 Mustangs, Lightning, super cherry big block Nova etc...... I stuck tens of thousands in these cars that I no longer have...

At the interest of keeping this short, here's my question to spark everyone's thoughts: does a guy hunker down and continue to invest thousands in one car or does he stop while he's ahead? Options are the following: 1. Keep his bad ass Camaro forever, trim the investing WAY down and look for another dream car to tinker on? Or 2. Go ahead and put the blower, axles, clutch, methanol kit etc, etc on it and spend all The money on one toy?

If any of you are older members with life lessons or thoughts, I'm interested in your comments.

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Old 03-24-2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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Seems that subject has come up before....most of the commenters say: "you only live once"! Don't let your dreams get away without some sort of positive action. If you do let it go, some day you'll regret it. I've had nearly 70 cars in my lifetime and I'm taking possession of 71 next week...a new 2012 SS and trading my 2010 SS in on it.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:27 PM   #3
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I really want to keep one, keep it forever. I also know that I have car fever thats always in the back, middle and front of my mind. I'm telling myself I can keep my original owner 2010 SS and also have and old school ground pounder to blow parts money on....
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:30 PM   #4
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Well my thoughts are to have a second car as a weekend tire shredder and keep the new car stock for a DD, if you choose the right car 1st or 2nd gen, the money pit mods won't get wasted and the car will be worth more down the road, you 5th gen WILL NOT GO UP IN VALUE and be worth more in your life time. The muscle car era was special if you went through it and I don't think it will repeat it self.

This is my choice only and my not appeal to others, just something to think about and good luck with the road you choose travel
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:31 PM   #5
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Truly depends on how much you love the car. Sure, you can put thousands of dollars into a car an make it a monster; but what is all that worth if you don't love it?
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:50 PM   #6
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I love my Camaro. I intent to keep it forever, but I said that about my BB Nova too...off it went to get the Camaro.

It might just be a vicious circle.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:17 PM   #7
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i would go with 2. mod it man. if you have the cash why not ?
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:19 PM   #8
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Umm, you spend what you want.

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Old 03-24-2012, 11:20 PM   #9
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:36 PM   #10
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If you'd rather drive a civic that eats your soul than a camaro that eats your wallet then thats your choice.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:39 PM   #11
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If you'd rather drive a civic that eats your soul than a camaro that eats your wallet then thats your choice.
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:23 AM   #12
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I keep my mods to a minimum, knowing that someday I'm going to get the bug for a different car. My mods may not appeal to the next owner, so that kinda limits my future potential buyers.

I'm going to show my age here, but when I got out of high school I bought a 10yr old '57 Chevy. Man I loved that car. If I had known back then what that car would be worth today, I probably would have kept it. But, I didn't, as newer cars came, so did my desire to have them. Out with the old, in with the new is the old saying.

As time changes, so do our tastes. If you are a millionaire and can afford to keep your current Camaro for the next 20 yrs, then by all means mod it the way you want, but IMO pouring thousands of dollars into a car that you will eventually trade for something else is a waste of money. In other words, mods are not a wise investment, you'll never get that money out of it. A 2010 Camaro, is still a 2010 Camaro 5 years from now.
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If you have the itch that bad, get an old beater and mod the shit out of that (Nova, 80's Malibu, etc.).
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:33 AM   #14
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I'm 32 and have had so many damn cars it's laughable. None of them have been as nice as my current 2010 SS that I bought new, but all were money pits...parts and parts and parts. 65 Impala SS blown, 5.0 Mustangs, Lightning, super cherry big block Nova etc...... I stuck tens of thousands in these cars that I no longer have...

At the interest of keeping this short, here's my question to spark everyone's thoughts: does a guy hunker down and continue to invest thousands in one car or does he stop while he's ahead? Options are the following: 1. Keep his bad ass Camaro forever, trim the investing WAY down and look for another dream car to tinker on? Or 2. Go ahead and put the blower, axles, clutch, methanol kit etc, etc on it and spend all The money on one toy?

If any of you are older members with life lessons or thoughts, I'm interested in your comments.

Thanks all!
This is where you it makes no sense. I see your point. But in no way, shape or form is any mod you do an investment much less buying a car. The minute you buy it, its lost some of its value. SO instead just say spend thousands in one car or...
My opinion would be to spread the wealth. Rather than spend on one car spend on many. Ask yourself whats the purpose of making your car badass? Will you be racing it? Do you want to be the baddest around? Whats the purpose? Because for cheaper you can buy an 80s car (sleeper?) and turn it into a race car pro stock or whatever. That way all your money goes into the drive train and not the car.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:40 AM   #15
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I can't tell you which one to pick so... you should do which ever makes you happiest it's your life and money not ours
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:41 PM   #16
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If by "seasoned", you mean old...and if by "car guy", you mean having owned a lot of cars, then maybe I qualify!..lol...Definitely no expert, (not sure there really are any),
but my "advice" would be to at least have two cars for different purposes...If you try and do all your dream things to one car, and use it for all purposes, that may not be achievable...Without very deep pockets, odds are project cars are never really "finished", and they take a lot of time and patience...If you get in too big of a hurry, you might find yourself spending money on things you later regret...
Sounds to me like you want two different animals...you need two different cars. My $.02
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:51 PM   #17
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I have my Camaro for a regular driver and a project in the garage. The problem is whenever I have money to spend on parts, I keep buying Camaro parts. It's really dificult to decide where to spend the money. I'm there now. Engine for the project or 9 inch for the Camaro. Decisions, decisions.

Just build the Camaro. Avoid the temptation to have another car too.
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:04 PM   #18
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I have my Camaro for a regular driver and a project in the garage. The problem is whenever I have money to spend on parts, I keep buying Camaro parts. It's really dificult to decide where to spend the money. I'm there now. Engine for the project or 9 inch for the Camaro. Decisions, decisions.

Just build the Camaro. Avoid the temptation to have another car too.
That's the dilemna!...Which one is the project car...and which one can wait!...I think you are doing the right thing, though, by having that choice!...Enjoy!
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:37 PM   #19
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That's the dilemna!...Which one is the project car...and which one can wait!...I think you are doing the right thing, though, by having that choice!...Enjoy!
It's that choice that is killing me. Almost has me at a standstill on both because I can't make the decision. btw, my "project" is a '79 Monte I bought new in 79. Never going to sell that car. Have no intentions of selling the Camaro either.
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It's that choice that is killing me. Almost has me at a standstill on both because I can't make the decision. btw, my "project" is a '79 Monte I bought new in 79. Never going to sell that car. Have no intentions of selling the Camaro either.
Yeah, its a tough call, especially if there's a lot of sentimental value...
I've had a few like that...wished I would have kept my '67 Imala...sold it when my kid was born...seemed like the thing to do at the time...lol...

But, hey if you're keeping the Monte Carlo forever, no rush then. Just seemed like the op turned over all his cars, eventually, deciding to have one or two cars...Nothing wrong with putting money into the Camaros at all. My thought was just that if your project car was going to be the one you know you will keep forever, that's the one that doesn't have to be roadworthy all the time...but which one gets the money...yeah, tough call!
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I can't tell you which one to pick so... you should do which ever makes you happiest it's your life and money not ours
This is it!!!! Couldn't say it better.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:30 PM   #22
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I say enjoy yourr cars, regaurdless of weather your going to keep them forever or not. Some may think its a waste of money some may not. I have been to a few dinners with a very rich relative of mine wwwhere the night out in NYC costed over ten grand, and that was just the dinner bill. When I spoke about spending 6 grand in mods for my car he laughed out loud about what a waste of money it would be. That was until I pointed out that the ten grand he just spent on dinner for the group of people tjat night was going to end up in the sewer by the next day. He paused for a minute and said to me you know what maybe the mods you want to make wouldnt be such a waste of money.
Its really just a matter of perspective as to weather its a waste of money or not. So I say do wjat makes you happy, you cant take it with you so you might as well enjoy it while you can
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What does you heart and wallet allow for. If you are up for the work and can handle it financially do what floats your boat. If you want to be bored to tears with lots of money in your pocket, leave it stock, dont buy a second car and drive the Camaro til the wheels fall off
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I not a seasoned guy but deffinatly a car guy, I have my camaro as my toy to tinker with and have but but also have a ram 1500 for my everyday use. Now I do put mods into both just limit the parts on the ram. I don't smoke, drink, do drugs or even party so I figure all te money I save not doing those is fairly spent into vehicles know I won't get any of it back. I do it because I enjoy it. And I'm only 23. Can't wait to continue for another 30-40 years
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