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How to convince your spouse

From time to time my spouse and I go round and round about the Mustang. Her argument is you're always putting money in to that car. we must have put $30,000 into it over the last 15 years. And what? it still needs more and it's still not necessarily dependable and the seats are uncomfortable in the air conditioner is only mediocre. On my side of it it's been my car for just under 40 years. It makes my heart sing when I just look at. I think that if it wasn't sitting in my garage I would be a lesser person I would not be happy I would be oh, I don't know it'd be worse than a death in the family. My spouse not being a car person like I am I don't know how to explain it to her.
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Wish I had some advice for you, but I don't. My wife of 33 years grew up going to car shows with her dad, she doesn't bat an eye when I come home with parts or even an occasional car. I've bought and sold quite a few Mustangs over the years and haven't screwed up yet. Helps that we picked up a '67 fastback for her a few years ago with money I had made selling stuff.

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My wife owns a real horse. She loves. Enough said... That has a monthly bill.
No comment when I need something for my 67.
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My wife wanted a toy of her own so I didn't even considering arguing. She occasionally lets me drive it. It is like driving a track car, low to the ground, fast and handles like on rails.
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IDK either- I have had issues from time to time. I have joked that it keeps me at home- away from bars- away from other women etc. (not sure those would go over well) But I do compare it to my 2014 mustang- that helps, for example

Insurance - hagerty 1200/yr for 2014, approx 250/yr for 69
tires- (well I haven't bought them for the 14 so IDK- but I am sure they are way more than the 69)
tailight lens 20 bucksish for the 69. 699$ from ford for the 2014.
Pretty much any service on the new one = dealership, pretty much any service on the 69- me
2014 is depreciating- 69 is pretty stable

You could also make it a "gift" to future grandchild/child etc- and you are maintaining it for them-

You could compare to her hobby or if doesn't have one- she prob has jewelry, or clothing/shoes/pocketbooks you could compare to

If you are really lucky and she's like Kelly H you could compare what you spend on yours to what hers costs (but if she was like Kelly H you wouldn't be in this situation- she woulda already restored it for you)
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You can convince a spouse? News to me.
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$2,000 a year is not much for a hobby. As much as the car means to you, her giving you crap over it is a sign of larger problems. The fact that it makes you happy should be plenty good enough.
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She's just jealous that you spent the 30K on the car and not that 30K on her....lol...

Just tell her that... "That car keeps us happily married.."........and she will leave you alone...

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I do not have a problem spending money on the Mustang, my wife has her toy (2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Custom 900) & I have my toy, the Mustang.
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Tell her you could have be spending that money on cheap women and hanging out in bars. Which one is better?

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My wife owns a real horse. She loves. Enough said... That has a monthly bill.
No comment when I need something for my 67.
Mine has two that we now board after moving in to town. She can't say much about the money spent on the car. When I was getting parts, I would go to Ventura to NPD and treat her to a day at the beach and a good meal at the Marina. She rode in the car in 1967 when I took her to senior prom in it, hasn't been in it again. (too loud, no A/C).
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My better half once informed me that with her new budget I could spend $48 on toys in the coming year. I quit telling her what I spend and it works out much better now.
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My wife owns a real horse. She loves. Enough said... That has a monthly bill.
No comment when I need something for my 67.
I hear you brother. A horse is equivalent to the largest car payment you will ever have, and it never ends! We retired to Prescott 3 years ago. The bills since for her hobby, $65K for barn, pasture and fencing plus $3200 recently for used 2-horse trailer. Not to mention the 4-wheel drive truck and the compact tractor. Add it up, well over $100K spent in 3 years. Yeah I have spent close to $50K now on my restomod, but nearing the end of the parts bills. However the difference is all the family income comes as a result of my career and I sold my Factory Five Cobra to partially pay for the Mustang. Horses can be fun, but talk about a money pit. As such, when a part arrives, all she says is what did you get? I will take paying for horse power any day over a horse.
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I'm a little disappointed I thought you were going to send pictures of your wife! Not her car
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When I was working two full time jobs and she was sitting at home in front of the computer all day, every day and she complained about me spending money on the mustang, well, she quickly became my ex-wife.
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