When we first got our 1965 Clark Cortez, we promised to be open and honest about costs. While it feels a bit odd to show how much we’ve paid for our motorhome and aspects of it, we also are very aware that this information is hard to come by and that few people were willing to be upfront about their costs. Because of this, prices for aspects like its braking system, suspension, body panels, and glass still perplex us and we will be the first to admit we exactly aren’t sure how much these will be. But we also know costs are relative — What you would and wouldn’t pay for may be the opposite of what someone else would and wouldn’t pay for. In fact, when we began researching Cortezes, some people said they would never pay over $7,000 for it . . . while others said $7,000 is a steal . . . and still more admitted they would gladly pay any price to own one.
So without further adieu, here is every Cortez purchase and the price associated with it. Know in advance this list will continue to be updated in hopes of helping others and raising awareness in RV renovations so feel free to visit again.
|1965 Clark Cortez||------------------||$7,500.00|
|Shipping from California to Virginia||------------------||$3,800.00|
|Spare keys and key ring||------------------||$10.84|
|Battery cable (negative)||DT415B||$7.99|
|Battery cable connector||728039||$2.69|
|Wheel cylinder (front driver and passenger sides; X 2)||33541||$46.98|
|Wheel cylinder (rear driver and passenger sides; X 2)||33003||$46.98|
|Brake shoes (front driver's and passenger's sides)||TS TS33||$21.99|
|Brake fluid (X 4)||AS401Y||$27.98|
|Brake bleeder kit||BK 7769038||$6.69|
|Engine oil filter||S16||$4.99|
|Engine oil drain plug||653056||$3.29|
|Tools (tube bender pliers, double flaring tool)||------------------||$46.98|
|Cleaning supplies |
(brush, towels, fuel cleaner, degreaser, brake
cleaners, grease, PB blaster)
Note: The brake line and compression union should not be needed; we had to purchase these because of an error in fitting our brake cylinder.
All of these expenses, of course, feed into our overall goal: to refurbish, modernize, and customize our motorhome before traveling in it. For more information on our overall work, visit Our Cortez’s Master Plan. Here, we discuss the nitty-gritty details on work to our fifty-four-year-old vehicle. Oh and for immediate news such as what we’ve finished and what we are doing next, visit To Our Timeline and to Beyond! Also know all of this will be continuously updated so stop back in for the latest!