Last year for mother's day I was gifted with Starling v2.0 - a former coworker of ursamajorra
The Deleted's was selling the version of the old Audi 4000 I coveted, with the 5-cyl motor and a 5-spd. Throw in a "for you, I make it cheap!" price and it coming up for sale right when I got a raise, and poof, we were the proud owners of a new and improved internal combustion money pit.
It had some... quirks, but that's to be expected, even if it was owned by a technician. One of the engine mounts was shot, and there was this weird flat spot in the acceleration, so it went from tune up and go to pull the engine, rebuild it, look at any other assorted weirdness and do some quick body work, and go.
Then the engine was out, and while I may be perfectly content with a car pulling about 120HP, other people in this relationship were of the opinion that since it was out already, why put the puny engine back in when there were people who were putting older S6 motors in the Coupe Quattros and getting themselves some pretty sweet flying bricks out of it.
Then it simply couldn't be mated up to the existing transmission, because the gear ratio wasn't quite right, and there was endless research and debate on the Torsen vs the locking differential, and the AAN motor vs the 3B motor and what was physically possible and what was more desirable, at which point my brain kind of glossed over the technical details and I made the mistake of saying "You know this stuff better, I'm leaving it up to you" and went off to envision paint colors and how to redo the interior to match the totally sweet heated and air conditioned seats we got for free.
Did I mention that the entire interior came out of the car, because at some point fixing the rust in the passenger floorboards morphed into "hey, we should run the fuel and brake lines inside the car" and also not needing the old wiring harness and then while the carpet was up stripping the floor to bare metal, repainting it and laying down Dynamat so we can possibly have a conversation at 65mph?
Oh, and a car with as much power as this one was now going to have needed a better suspension to keep the wheels on the ground where they belong, and it was up on sticks already anyway....
And better brakes! Definitely needs better brakes, although at least Starling 2.0 started with rear disc brakes and not the much-vexing drums of my old girl.
So. Currently we have secured an engine (yay!) but not the parts to rebuild it (boo.) We sold the original transmission, have purchased two others of different flavors, one from Cleveland OH, which will both be resold to fund the purchase of a THIRD transmission, this one from just the other side of Toronto. But this one will be the right one, really honest.
Hey, anything to justify a road trip, right? and it's only an hour from the town in Canada where my sister needs genealogical research done...
The proper suspension has been identified, priced and a retailer located, and as soon as the nice black market kidney man gets back to me we should be able to buy it before the snow falls this year and take her down off the sticks and push her around (hey, the shell is really light without any of that pesky drivetrain crap in it!) and the wheels we got cheap are good enough to be our winter slash beater set.
While we're waiting to lay in a store of cash for that, we've been tackling the interior parts we have on hand, which are starting to suffer from a similar process of "improvement."
She'll be really nice when she goes, someday.