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Unread 04-14-2013, 04:56 PM   #1
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Question Want to Attempt a Restoration - Help?

So basically, I'd like to attempt to do a simple restoration. I've never done one before, and don't have experience repairing or working with cars. It'll be tough, but it's how to learn. It would probably be a summer thing, and possibly longer depending on the car.

So basically, I'd like some tips. What car? Best place to buy it? What to look for? A bit of how-to's? And especially the estimated cost would be great.

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Car depends on what yo'ure interested in. Estimated cost, probably a couple limbs. Car restoration isn't cheap. Even if it looks clean there's a massive range.
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The best piece of advice I could give you is don't bite off more than you can chew.
I see too many unfinished projects on Craig's List. They typically sell for way less than the seller has put into it, a loss.

Plan ahead. Know where you are going to do this and "how" restored you want the finished project to be. If you working out on your driveway don't expect it's going to be easy and the neighbors may get tired of seeing your precious sit there for years.

Do you have the skills needed? Are you going to learn on this? You can't expect it's going to be a perfect resto if you haven't painted before.

How much are you prepared to do? You can farm out some of the work but that's a hit on your budget.

What is your budget? Project cars of any size almost always cost much more than you had planned.

Overall I'd suggest something that isn't a basket case, and not a super popular classic. A nice popular 60's car that you can still find parts for. A 1969 Camaro SS that is a total rust bucket will cost a fortune to restore properly. Lots of parts available for this classic but you will be needing to buy almost everything new and good used original parts will be very expensive.

If you feel more comfortable doing mechanical then find a car that needs and engine and some mechanical things fixed.
If you are good at body work then find a runner and fix up the body.
Find something like a Rambler Rebel or a an early 70's Nova, a Plymouth Valiant. Reasonably priced and lots of parts.
Interior parts and trim items are hard to come by, so try to find a complete interior car.

Estimated cost is very hard to determine as each car will be an individual case. How complete the car is, how popular the car is, how much you can do your self and how perfect you want the finished car.
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Do you have any idea where I could find a car that is a simple restoration? Like mainly paint, and maybe some other things. Nothing that will be too difficult or terribly expensive. i have money to spend, but I don't want to bite off more than I can chew.

But as I've said, I want to do this to help me learn. So yes, it won't be perfect, but i would like to work with mechanics at least some so I can begin to learn. I plan to do most of the work on my own, unless it is absolutely too complex. However, I am lucky and have contacts with a guy who could do it for pretty cheap if I need it

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Do you have some cars i mind?

Are you wanting a cool car or classic or just something that needs some TLC?
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This Dart looks complete and would make a good beginner resto

1974 Dart and Duster project cars
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I would like to do an older car, so a classic. Not necessarily anything like a camaro or barracuda, since i don't want to ruin it since it's my first try. The dart might be too far away to get, since I'm the Austin area, but I'll keep checking craigslist in my area. Would it be alright if i ran anything that seems good by you, do i don't make some major mistake?

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Go ahead on post it and we'll take a look. Of course we can only see the pics posted and read what the seller says. You would need to have a good close look at it yourself.
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Of course But it would be nice to be able to tell to a better degree if it's even worth looking at. I'll post soon if I find anything.

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1990 jeep cherokee : I actually really like this one. Even though it's nothing very old or classic it's unique and sounds like it drives (which would help with transport.) Worth it, or am I missing something important? And for this, do you know how high costs would run? Would the parts be overly expensive?

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