When it's all said and done, I'll be into my Blumo project higher than $17K, but I guess there's some satisfaction in getting the car done as Sinatra said "My Way".
I am North of $20k on BlueToo but that includes the donor real cop car and a total rebuild of the driveline. My advise from lessons learned is if your going with a big block find a big block car. Mounts don't work, wiring harness wont work, small steering box etc etc. We dealt with it but it added time and expense. Paint it outside make it look flat NO! we have to do a booth single stage with matte clear. 1000 bucks of materials, WAY too shinny. But its unique and will take on most out there in a drag race.