You really just need to know what you're looking at. Being able to spot shoddy work is a plus. Wavy panels are almost always a dead give away for a poor quality resto.
Once you *finally* find one that's laser straight, you need to look under and behind all panels to look for joints/welds/etc. I always bring a soft flexible magnet to check for bondo.
I know a lot of people will disagree, but I never bring cash or a trailer with me. I've saved myself from some poor decisions by sleeping on it over night. You might lose out on a good deal, but you might also save yourself a headache. The kind of quality car you're looking for (I'm assuming in the 30-40K range) don't normally sell overnight.
Also, believe it or not, I've found A LOT of reasonably priced cars on facebook. And, if you're near Atlanta, I'd check out Streetside Classics. Yes, they're a little high, and yes, they do have some lipstick pigs, but the last time I went to Charlotte they had well over 200 cars and you can get a better idea of what you're really looking for so you can narrow down your list and get a better idea on price.
If you want something that's going to be up and coming, I'd take a serious look at the 67-72 F-100s. They're one fine *** looking truck as a short bed lowered 2wd.
I have a 68 Firebird, and I looked at them for years before I finally bought one. Pontiacs overall have dropped in price over the past few years. You can pick up a pretty nice lemans, or even a firebird, significantly cheaper then their Chevrolet twins.
2011 Mustang 3.7L Premium Pony Package
2015 Silverado 5.3L 2LT DC Z71
1965 Mustang C Code Coupe 289/T5/3.25
1967 Chevrolet C10 350/700R/3.73
1968 Pontiac Firebird 400
Last edited by 65 Pony; 09-17-2019 at 10:54 PM.