My car has a sentimenal value to me , my grand father bought it for my dad before my Granddad passed away , The car stood for many years and got quite rotted out, it was my dream to build it for my dad . I did that , he drove the car , he was happy , that made me happy .
When I mentioned parts , I mean in South Africa, to give you an idea my car was stripped by another person who was meant to build it , I got it back minus the follwoing
1. Interior panels
4. Torque convertor
5. Brake linkages
6. Power brake booster and Master Cyl
7. Front bumper (on a 73)
9. Wiring Harness (yes the complete harness)
10. Fuel Cap
11. Most Trim , around the windows , doors , door locks , bonnet hinges and radiator as well as bonnet catch
I had to rebuild
4. Harness and electrics
Ford does not list the bolt sizes and threads for most of their builds , so I was buying bolts and nuts (Imperial) in a country which is Metric with a hope they would fit , why because I got the car back in pieces.
Its easy in the US , pop onto one of the US stores and purchase a bolt kit cool $60 , here is $60 + $60 shipping + $20 customs = $140 ....for bolts and nuts. Everything was expensive to say the least , I think I spent over $5k in shipping alone.
And becuase of the above , if something goes tits up , which it usually does , I need to wait 3 weeks doing a job which should be a weekend thing. I never got the 73 bumper , so had to mod a 72 Chrome to fit. To buy a 73 bumper is easy , $150- $250 , shipping it to SA , $800.
Do I love the car, no , do I like it for what it represents , yes. Would I do it again , doubt it unless I am stripping and putting it back myself.