Well, I kind of hope this winter is long enough for me to actually get all my stuff done.
After spending an average of 60 plus hours a week flipping wrenches on neglected German cars, I usually only have Saturdays to catch up.
(If I don't take at least every other Sunday off, the misses can get a little crabby)
Here's my "to do" list......
#1. 95 Ford F250 turbo diesel(tow vehicle/daily driver) I need to replace the exhaust system on it. Planning on a 3" mandrel downpipe off the turbo then a 4" for the rest of the system. I've already added a bunch of sound deadening in the cab and installed a "Riff-Raff" high flow air filter & pipe and a hotter thermostat.
#2 Mercedes 190e 2.3 16 valve (street legal "track day" toy): I used to race one of these in the SCCA and recently bought this one for a track day car. th Before spring time though, I need to give it a complete tune up, new timing chain& tensioner, valve adjustment, etc to make sure she'll be reliable. Then I need to remove the rear subframe and reinforce it for the poly bushings & heims I'll be adding to it.
I'll also be fabbing up some three piece sway bars/mounts and complete custom suspension for the car, before adding my huge Brembo brake set up on it. The goal is to have the suspension & brake system optimized before spring, but leave the rest of the car stock so I can focus on tuning the suspension before adding any power. Of course the car will also go on a serious diet, losing most "fluff" like cruise & A/C, and be getting things like lightweight seats, & full harnesses.
#3 FFR "factory five racing" roadster #7073 (cobra replica) I've been working on this one as budget allows for about a year, and really need to get it done for the spring also. I have built about 40 different cobra replicas for customers, so I've been down this road a number of times. It just takes me a little longer when it's MY MONEY that I'm spending. This car is also why I can not go "nuts" on my mercedes track day car,,,,,,,(YET),,,,,since I have to maintain my budget.
#4 72 Olds Cutlass S (pro-touring/resto-mod car) this is the one that my wife bought for me for my birthday last March. Unfortunately I haven't even touched it yet. This build is going to be pretty similar to the project "S71 Olds" that the guys are doing here on V8TV. Heck I haven't even ordered that cool engine build videos that I wanted for Christmas yet.
I also am planning a turbo powerplant, with up dated brakes,suspension,,,but want to keep the original look of the car externally. Of course my other projects have me so busy, that this winter my goal is to get them far enough along so I can at least start disassembling the olds and get it onto a rotisserie.
I may not get that far though, so I'll be doing a lot of "note keeping-studying, and planning" for this one.