Eugene, a deep set of sockets costs $20 or so at Harbor Freight. VCG is simple. If you don't have a huge leak, talk with me when it gets a little warmer...I'll help you out. But, I'm thinking a vcg at most shops might be $4-500. Sockets for the job...$20. Tools for almost every job...maybe $1-200. Just saying.
Your car is going to start getting expensive if you don't start having fun! You've figured out the other things you've done, you can do this too. It's not as bad as I think you think it is. Also, you learn to put things together by taking them apart. Easy.
Upcoming NYC dates: Jan 8 and 27. See Facebook for other shows and PM me if you can make one...love to see you there!
Mangofy your E46!