I started reading this thread 3 days ago, and I'm resisting the urge to skip ahead. But at this point I HAD to jump in. While that red C4 is a nice car, the '67 GTO is my dream car. This explanation completely makes sense regarding the boat restoration. My H26.5 needs some new floorboards soon in the galley area, and I'm paying particular attention to how you went about rebuilding the cabinetry. I'm piling up some information for next winter, when I hope to do a minor refit on her. Thanks for documenting, and I look forward to finishing up this thread over the summer. (I only read a page or two/day, 'cause I need to get Serenade on the water ASAP!)I'm not entirely sure you ARE wrong! Haha. Actually I have had fun doing the repairs (mostly), learned tons along the way and it has kept me out of the bar! That's a good thing.
I have come up with a relatively close analogy to what I'm doing - Imagine you went out and bought a '67 GTO. It's in pretty good shape (you think) and you go out and have fun with it for a few years, fixing it up a little here and there as time goes by. Then one day it gets creamed in an accident. On a cost basis it's totaled but it means a lot to you and can't be easily replaced. You decide to repair it and as you dig in you find some things under the skin that just aren't up to speed and really should be fixed right. Before you start repairs you figure out it really needs a frame-off restoration. While you're at it might as well throw in an LS9, 6-speed, etc. Is it worth it? In strict monetary terms, not a chance. But money can't be the only deciding factor in some cases, so you decide to go for it. That's where I'm at and in the end my (GTO) will be better than it ever could have been.