Piling up parts is good. I think that's what I'm going to have to do. I want to drop money on everything at once but even with full-time work I don't see that happening.
I feel your pain. I've spent the last month planning to do a variety of car-related things on my day off...it will be sixty and sunny all week. Have a day off (varies by the week due to schedules and such) and without fail, it snows and/or rains. When it was 45 and sunny yesterday I got started...and it started clouding and snowing. Three inches on the ground now. But, I got the worst problem fixed, and had an adventure at the parts store to boot! At least it runs smoothly now.
The last year or so has looked really awesome in this thread, hope this summer is good, too . Can't wait to see the pics!