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Time I think for a little light relief from from the usual "whats been completed in the last couple of weeks" type of post. Work has slowed again because I seem to be waiting endlessly for a few crucial bits. All promised and imminent. Just not here! So I may as well take the opportunity to see how the project is stacking up fiscally. Always a bit scary, especially remembering the initial cost (see first post)
Total estimate for parts including all the missing bits and upgrades stood at around £23K and that part of the budget seems to be pretty well on track with around 85% now sourced.
|New chrome parts to replace those lost. Bumpers, side lights and|
windscreen. Possibly easier to source than bits for my Audi.
Detail Estimated Requirement Total hours to date
My Time - Workshop 2500 800
My Time - Other 500 300
Body Shop 700 300
Machine shop 60 30
Upholstery 60 10
Question is, what actually constitutes an hours work? I would have to confess that my work rate, is appalling. Music induced snoozes, egg and bacon bun breaks and lengthy discussions with enthusiastic visitors are all included in my estimate of 'time spent to date', but it's my time and I can spend it as I wish!
It also surprises me just how much time is spent researching stuff, sourcing parts, consulting workshop manuals and generally trying to remember how things go back together.
|A good quality recliner tool is in my view an essential part of|
any workshop inventory. It's many uses include planning,
plotting, contemplating, snoozing, and music appreciation.
What else would I do with an average of 20 hours a week out of 168?
Contact with many interesting, equally nutty folks and some very skilled specialists.
It's an easy and relaxed conduit to meet other enthusiasts, to share ideas and knowledge.
There's a sociable and enjoyable club scene with some excellent events, rallies and trips.
Satisfaction and pride of perfecting each small part to eventually be assembled into something admired (hopefully). Its also interesting to note that people are rarely envious when they are aware of the effort involved.
|Rain can't stop us enjoying ourselves ! JEC Rally - Newby Hall 2011|
|Grand Daughter Freyer completely at home in 140 Fixed Head|
All too easy to be sidetracked by this non productive, non technical stuff . Time to get back to the job in hand:
Machining of the block and crank is now completed and I plan to collect them in the next day or so. I will shortly be spoilt for choice regarding what to do next, so my mid March post should report lots of bits being put back together.