Yeah, sometimes it's crazy how much they want for some lego pieces... I'm happy about that you were able to build this beauty. Every single buck you invested in this beauty was worth it :) Great work my friend!
I've wanted to build this former FDNY engine & current DCNY (Department of Corrections of New York) Mack CF engine for a while, & now it's built! The dark blue bricks for the tail lights were expensive in new condition (~$2/each), and I was disappointed to learn that the only dark blue Technic bricks were 1x2 with one hole (which limited the detail of the pump panel). Overall, I'm thrilled with this build. Enjoy!