Thanks Randy,Pat / The rest of it is in originality. The molds my car's body panels were produced from were from an original (number 1008 I am told). Yes there are a number of symmetry differences, but I believe those same differences were on the original. That doesn't mean I have to like it though. Then there are the changes I have made to straighten out the symmetry differences and also to make all of the scoops functional, door boxes, tilt front clip, perfect shut lines, etc.
The side impact protection is something that you'd be wise to look into regardless of the mfgr of your car. This might be a point also in favor of the SPF as they may have this in all cars. The originals had none.
Bottom line is that you pretty much get what you pay for and are willing to invest your time in.
Pat does not want to be in a position to be upside down in his GT from an investment perspective. I wish him all the luck in the world because honestly - I know of no one here that is NOT upside down.
With that - I am headed back out to my shop where I will continue the journey with my GT40..
I know the storage issue caused you alot of issues, but the "Originality" is something I have issue with also. I think there are issues with the molds that should have been addressed many moons ago. I'll leave it at that(your much more diplomatic than me). One of your favorite quotes of mine while you were asking for help from Fran,ect.... "Any suggestions short of dynamite or a can of gas and a match would be VERY appreciated!!!" I took up these issues with Fran. He suggested that I should follow the build log of a friend of his that had better luck. I added up the hours he spend setting the body and it was over 50. I might add that the engineering capabilities of that gentleman was waaaay beyond me. This didn't make me feel much better.
Your side impact work was awesome. and after looking at it for 5 mins the decision was made that I would do it too. I remember thinking ARGH!! more time not on the road doing this, but thanks to you I wouldn't have to reinvent the wheel, just copy your work.
As far as the value/upside down question. There are two MKII's for sale by Superformance dealers right now. both used 2k and 5k miles and both with 45kish worth of Roush 427's and RBT's. 1 for 120k the other for 130k.
On the surface I don't believe these are astronomical prices (although I dont know the cars). So someone purchasing them couldn't get hurt too bad.
Here is the flip side. The car I am trying to find out info for is an MK1 (my preference). This Superformance dealer (not the same as who has the other cars) tried to sell me the car for 170,000. The car has an engine/trans package worth less than half that of the other MKII's and it has over 20,000 miles on it. Big difference. If you saw Ricks post this same car was at Barrett Jackson on consignment by them for 149,000. Now what something is for sale for and what it can be bought for are quite often two very different numbers. I'm not complaining about what they would have LIKED to sell me the car for. They can ask whatever they like. I didn't try to deal on the car, because i didn't know then if I wanted it for sure. I still don't know. Thats why i'm trying to do my due diligence :thumbsup: