Barton, I don't know if you were expensive or I'm just cheap. I tend to think I'm just cheap.
I have three boys and a wife who stays home... a mortgage, a bike payment... and the groceries can be unreal.
I had a 68 Firebird for several years and learned if you waited long enough, someone would be willing to almost give you parts just to get them out of their garage. But it paid off when I sold it for twice what I paid for it.
And when you're on a budget like mine...well... sometimes you have no choice.