If there is one thing that you can never really put a value on it is quality craftsmanship. You can certainly put a value on work that is not up to snuff and that value is both monetary and emotional. Take the owner of the Plymouth Belvedere in this video for example. This is a cool car and it seems to be pretty pissed off. In the quest for lower elapsed times and more fun, he decided to change the rear suspension to a four link style situation. This is a good idea in theory. Here? In practice it did not go so well.
As you will see, the suspension breaks almost instantly on the hit of the throttle and by theme the car gets to 60″ the rear axle is shoved up under the thing all cockeyed. From one camera angle you can see that the bracket welded to the axle tube just came off like it was zip-tied onto the third member. We’re not mocking this guy’s pain but we are telling you that there are professionals out there who do this stuff for a living and the ones we know, the reputable ones, would never let something like this happen.
We hope that the racer can get his stuff fixed up and he can get back to the track soon. Think about all the stuff that comes along with a situation like this one. It is way more than just welding on a bracket. From brake lines on down, this is a giant mess.