If you know me, you'll probably know that cars are definitely my vice. In the 11 years that I have been driving, I have personally owned 11 different cars (that I can remember). It's absolute insanity but I love it. A car, to me, is not just a method of transportation. It is an almost an extension of myself and it is my #1 hobby. As such, I just am not satisfied with a "point A to point B" vehicle and so I spend ("waste" in a lot of people's minds) a lot of money to have the cars that I like and when I get bored with one or another one catches my fancy, I switch it up. The US government loves me because they're taking their cut in taxes each time!
Pam is finally catching on. While she doesn't particularly like the money that is spent on our cars, I know that she shares some of the same mentality that I do. Case in point was what she got me for our 4-year anniversary last week. The 25th is gold, right? The 50th silver? Well, the 4th is apparently CAR PARTS! Yay for me! So Pam busts out this little booklet of all the stuff she got me for one of our current cars (a 2000 Mercedes C280 Sport). She got me clear corner lenses, a Mercedes star front grill, flat AMG hood ornament, AMG headrest badges, an AMG shifter, AMG trunk emblem, and the big guns… 18" AMG rims and tires.
Everything is on it's way and hopefully should be here and installed in a week or two. I will put up before and after pictures when it's all done.
Best anniversary present ever.
So anyway, a little history… I think when I last was writing in blogs, I had the BMW 325i, BMW 540i, Jeep Wrangler, and my Exploder. I sold the 325 and the Jeep, drove the 540 into a wall and killed it, and daggumit all, I still have the stupid Explorer. Dumb thing just won't die but I hate it with all my soul. If it wasn't so handy in the snow and with the lugging space, I would set it on fire.
After I killed my poor 540 (sigh), we bought the Mercedes (maybe I *did* blog about this…). So now we just have the Mercedes and the Explorer. Two cars for two peoples seems almost reasonable. Yeah well….
Last week, we *almost* bought THIS but we got scared away because of some big-time mechanical problems those cars tend to have (with $8,000 repair bills). We even had put a deposit on it… which the place has yet to refund for us (as promised). After we canned that idea, we decided to put that money into buying a bigger house (future post topic). Pam decided to splurge for our anniversary since we are going to be keeping the Mercedes now.
But the best is yet to come! My favorite car that I've ever owned is on it's way! I bought it in early April and it has been at the repair shop for more than three months. It's my Ferrari!!!! Wooohooo!! Ok ok… it's really my "Fake-rrari" or better yet, my "Faux-rrari". It is a Ferrari *replica*… professionally build on the body of a Pontiac Fiero. It is built to look like a mid-80's Ferrari 328 GTB and it's a really good replica. A lot of attention and modification was done to the body to make the measurements and details more exact to a real Ferrari (I will post some pictures in another post). It had sat for a number of years and so I replaced almost everything mechanical in the car (completely new engine, transmission, exhaust, fuel system, cooling system, brake system, tires, etc..) so that mechanically it is practically brand new. It now has a 5.7 liter GM V8 motor (Corvette engine) which churns out about 275 - 280 HP in a small car which should make it pretty quick. There are some minor interior changes but it's mostly stock Fiero stuff still. So anyway, the mechanical work is about 95% done but there will be another 1 - 3 month delay as the state processes the registration of this vehicle (since it's a kit car). Anyway, I found this car in March and I hope to actually drive it by late fall!!! Sucks. I can't wait!!! I think about it every day and I have pictures of it on my wall at work and on my computer desktop! The Excel spreadsheet where I log the costs incurred in this whole process is terrifying! It's ending up costing a LOT more than I expected, but there's no going back now! And the first time I roll down the street in that car, it will be worth every penny! For the total price I'm spending on this replica, I could have bought a *real* Ferrari like this, but they are just too expensive to own and fix. One regular visit to the shop might cost you $2-4 G's in a real Ferrari. My car is just a dumb ole GM car which is relatively cheap to fix.
So now that you're all bored out of your minds… I'm finished talking about cars! I will post pictures of both of them soon.