I have never viewed my hot rods or customs as an "investment" It's about the enjoyment of building and the enjoyment of driving when it's ready to drive. It's about the hot gal riding in the BMW in the next lane giving you the "I'd rather be in that truck than with this full of him self guy" look going down the road. The Model A Victoria project will (and probably already has) have more spent on it than any other project I've ever built but I'm not planning on going overboard on it either. Plain and simple chassis with little or no chrome. 35 wires and proper tires. The flathead won't get many dress up goodies until after it gets driven a few hundred miles. The aluminum heads and dual carb intake can come later after the rest of the car is sorted out. The paint will be single color non metallic and the interior will be done by a local guy who does great work. The car will have some name brand pieces in it simply because they work and in the long run aren't all that much more expensive than parts that "might" work right. I looked long and hard at a fellow Hamber's T bucket yesterday. It's a very low buck flathead powered car with no frills but it's pretty well built and set up. He spent the money where he had to to make things right but didn't blow a bunch on bling that he didn't need to just flat have fun driving the car. It's probably a lot easier to build a 80K hot rod than it is to build a 15K hot rod. You just go out and buy the parts and put the car together. 10 K for a rolling chassis delivered to the door, 15K for a designer engine with all the bling, 3 k for a name shop trans. 13K for a new steel body delivered to the door and add in another stack of cash for the boxes of chrome goodies like head lights and windshield posts and frame. Load it on the trailer and haul it half way across the country for paint by the shop that you need to get a reservation two years in advance for and off for upholstery at the shop that did three out of the past five AMBR cars. Well maybe you can't get that done for 80K afterall. Mainly it still comes down to sitting down and planning the whole car from one end to the other. Then doing diligent shopping and sticking to the plan all the way through. Not changing your mind every week and having 4 sets of valve covers, three intakes, two extra sets of heads and three sets of new wheels and tires that you bought for the build but didn't use when the build is done. As traditional car guys we are lucky in many ways. A perfect set of Caddy hubcaps probably won't cost as much as one 22 inch billet wheel that will be out of style before the car it's bought for hits gold chainer row at it's first Goodguys event but the Caddy caps will still look great fifteen years from now.