In 1995 I had a '50 Merc that I never drove for fear of scratching the paint. I wanted a '66 Mustang Vert to run-a-round in. The phrase "babe magnet" came up an SWMBO nix'd it.
Laid low for a coupe of years, on my daughter's 16th birthday I bought her a '66 Vert. Michigan Car, Michigan Rust. 200/3sp $2,500. She drove it for a couple of years and I promised her that "if she got straight A's and accepted to Engineering School I'd buy her a new car for HS Graduation. She did, I did.
1999 Cougar $20,000. I didn't want her driving to college in an old car. Son drives the 'stang for a couple of years. Takes it to Rust-Busters in Detroit. $14,000 to fix the rust, didn't do THAT!.
Found a '66 Vert on the internet. No engine, got one. No Trans, got one. No rag top, got one. California Car = NO RUST $4,500 + $900 hauling. Bought it based on the pictures. So I was going to do what I was going to do - a low-ball restore, take everything off and put it back on THE NEW ONE.
So now I have two '66 verts and no place to work on them. So I built a 36x40 pole barn $18,000. SWMBO says "if you get to spend $18,000 then I get to spend $18,000, and THEN its HER turn to go first! Add-on a sun room $16,000 and then a front porch $15,000.
So I'm at $2,500 + $20,000 + $4,500 + $900 + $18,000 + $16,000 +$15,000.
I have $76,900 in my Little Red 6 Banger. A low-dollar driver build.