Geesh... Every time a general statement is made about reality, there are those that will attempt to disprove the general statement with exceptions. Of course they exist, that's why they are called exceptions.
I was just trying to point out that most newbies have no idea whatsoever of what they are getting into when they start a major restoration project on a fixer and may not have the skill sets $$$ and time to see it through. Add to that, using outside "professionals" will often further push the costs up beyond what most consider to be reasonable. I quoted US labor prices because those are what I know. If Canadians work for less in real $$$ let us all know and we can send work up that way
I have done complete referbs/restorations on more than 9 FGRV's and think that I have a good handle on costs and skill sets involved and have always gave the same advice. Always buy the very best you can as a starting base, and farming out work will quickly eat up any advantages, both and time and money.
I bought my Hunter from a family man who had to sell it because, in the 7 years he owned and worked on it, his family out grew it's capacity. I bought two other FGV "Projects" the same way and reaped a lot of the investment made by others that underestimate the scope of skills needed, and the costs involved.
And BTW: There are lot of 6 cylinder TV's, rated up to almost 6000 lbs towing limit, that will pull both early and late BigFoot
17's up mountains that have paved public hiways.