I do think that I'd always wish I went with a fastback and I didn't realize that they were high maintenance. I want to replace my coupe with either a fb or convertible at some point and use it as a nice daily driver for good weather days. It seems like a convertible would be great for that role and would hold or increase it's value way better than the coupe. I don't mind having to essentially build the car since I expect it to be a few years to completion. Welding repair panels, Painting and mechanical work are all things that I'm capable of, at least with a little help once in awhile but obviously if I can get a better car to start with, the easier the project would go. I'll just have to keep looking around a get a feel for values. More than anything I wanted to know if I should go ahead and start off with a $1500 project or wait it out for a solid car at $3k or $5k or whatever the best value point is. I know that whatever I buy, I'm going to wind up replacing an awful lot of parts so why not start with a fairly complete car that needs some work..
The consensus is to take original price paid for the car and add the resto cost the total will be less on the car you paid more for. The extreme of this is buying a completed car is most times the best buy.
For some that equation doesn't work because we wanted a project for our hobby. Also in my case a quality paint job is not where I'll put big money. It's just a 30 footer driver, never will be shown and shelf worn original with rattle can areas is fine with me.
You have to decide for yourself where you're going and where you want to start. We're happy to help along the way!
My '64 1/2 vert. Ordered May '64. D code 4 speed, handling package, caspian blue, accent group, Ford blue manual top.
'68 vert. driver. Owned since Apr '78. C code AT, AC, PS, P disc B, PT lime gold, standard black interior and top. NOS RF fender and left quarter.New top and folding glass.