Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Colorado Springs
It's tough to say. Just be aware that the more body damage and rust it has, the more expensive it's going to be to fix.
Of course, the optimal project car has a relatively straight and rust free body with a worn engine. Those are almost impossible to find. So, aim as close to that optimal situation as possible.
Don't settle for a cheap rust bucket. It's not worth it. Look long and hard for a clean body. Your efforts and patience will be well rewarded. Travel to California or Arizona if you have to. That too would be worth it to get a car that isn't rusted out, as almost everything else most certainly will be just that.
I would also not recommend buying a car that's been stripped. All those little accessory and interior parts add up to BIG dollars.
You might look for a car with an older restoration that's getting long in the tooth. With such a car, you could simply tear it down, do some minor body work, paint it, then reassemble it with fresh parts. You'll be better off paying more money up front for this type of car rather than getting a cheap basket case, rusted out car or a stripped car.
Last edited by Klutch; 02-08-2013 at 11:49 AM.