I’m pretty handy with the socket set myself.
in my early 20s, I basically rebuilt my Opel manta.
changed the shocks n springs and changed all the bushes, changed the engine for a 2.2 Carlton lump.
replaced the rear axle, installed a 1k sound system that had an amp for each pair of speakers, and needed an extra battery in the boot with a split charger.
and that’s just the big stuff I did.
I am going to put a supercharger on my nc2 a but cortenmiller cant do it atm due to supplier issues.
so I had been starting to consider buying a kit and doing part of it myself and having a garage do the bits I cant.
however, today I’m 25 years older, several stone heavier and I now have arthritis in my hands.
I’ve no doubt that I could do the grunt work but I can’t weld, I’m not good at planning and I just don’t have the energy to spend 2 days bending over an engine bay or rolling around on the floor.
so for me, the best thing is to just wait for CM and pay the premium price.
as i said, reading this thread has made me realise that i DO need to have the pros do this for me.