Hi, Gil. Not long ago, you would have been buying flowers for the tub's funeral--and that would have been the cheapest part of the burial expense. Today, many companies make and sell fiberglass liners that they install right over your old tub. This is still not cheap but less than ripping out the old tub and replacing. I really can't tell you how well this works from experience but I have seen a lot of people ask about the liners and have not yet seen a gripe on this board. Check your local phone book for someone in your area.