I really would like to use it as a motivational tool for him (provided I can keep my hands off it ) He struggles a bit with school (he would rather be outside or working on something) but last year he did really well. So I was thinking I might do one of two things.
A: buy it and have it sitting here in the drive way. And tell him if he gets all A's & B's this year the brat is his to start working on next summer. My thinking is with the brat in canstant view it will keep him motivated.
B: Buy the brat and hide it. Tell him if he keeps his grades all A's an B's I will double the money he has saved up and then help him buy a brat. Then what I would do for his birthday (in july) is give him the brat and let him use the money he has saved to get started on it.
What would you guys do, or would you do something a little different? I know you don't know our family dynamics and or what makes my son tick so it will hard to give definit answers. But some input is greatly requested.
Keep in mind he is only 13 and will have the next 2 years (by the time he gets the brat) to do what he wants. And also he is still in the stage (for a few more months any way) where some fuzzy little blonde winks at him he doesn't really pay too much attention. A lot can change in a year or so as we all know. Also who's to say he will want soemthing like this come summer of next year. And when he does start driving it or what ever, it will be his responsibility to pay for the gas and insurance, so that may be a different issue all together. Ok I have said enough, oh yea one last thing he lives with his mom through out the year (I raised him for the last 12 years though).
About the Brat.
It is an 86 4spd D/R with the fun tops. No rust, body is strait. The color is faded suabru extra black with some patina on the hood (the whole car just needs a good buffing) The EA81 has 200,000 and some change and has been sitting for the past three years. But when I went ot fire it up, it fired right off the batt and purred like a kitten, a little miss once in a while but not bad. he said he added about 5 gal of new gas to it. He is and elderly man that is semi retired and has had it for the past 15 years as his winter rig, but now he has too many other vehicles and does not need this one.
He quit driving it because it failed emissions and then took it to a shop that gave him a grocery list of stuff that neede to be done to the engine, so he said forget it. Well it only has to go two more years before I don't need to worry about that here in Wa state.
I figure we will keep it realiable and simple as my son needs it to get back and forth to high school and then possibly college. So not anything more than a 2-4in lift and thats about it. Leave the engine stock except a few things here and there (carb, exhaust,disty other minor stuff) Just basically make it a nice daily with some weeknd fun capabilites.
NOW THE REAL QUESTION IS...CAN I KEEP MY OWN HANDS OFF IT AND NOT BUY IT FOR MYSELF
Thanks in advance for your advise.
Edited by Mugs, 05 September 2009 - 11:54 PM.