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02-05-2008 03:51 AM  10 years agoPost 1
Tommy Z

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Lubbock, Texas

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Ok, last question before I go.
If you're wanting to rebuild or restore a classic/old school car and money wasn't an issue (but parts availability was), which would be the best way to go? I'm talking like the neighborhood of muscle cars. '69 Camaro? '67 Mustang?
(This motorcycle thing ain't happening; I've only got one family member's support and ALL the others just throw it back in my face).
Basically, I want something where I can easily find little random parts I'll need on ebay/craigs and just rebuild over time...I don't care how long it takes, I just need something to do (well, not like now...just in the future).
Thanks.

-Tommy Boy

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02-05-2008 04:12 AM  10 years agoPost 2
Furious Predator

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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

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This motorcycle thing ain't happening; I've only got one family member's support and ALL the others just throw it back in my face).
ignore them.

i have support with my hobbies from NO ONE. but its what i enjoy.

a bike would be far cheaper, and could give you some good epxerience before jumping into a car.

if you want to do a bike, then do a damn bike and dont let anyone stop you. just dont talk about it with the people who do not support you.

Shawn
Team Leisure-Tech
Team HelixRC

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02-05-2008 04:23 AM  10 years agoPost 3
goneflyin2002

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Chatham

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go for the car-- you'll have fun with it.
Here's a little advice though, buy the very best quality project you can afford. The camaro is a good prospect.. all parts are easily available, and cheap. Buy a convertible. Whatever you do, don't buy rust. when it's your first project, go as simple as possible-- a car that hasn't been hit, rusty or cannibalized. Buy one that needs paint, interior, or mechanical freshining...
I do this for a living and believe me, you'll be a happy camper when you end up with the finished project and it hasn't taken 15 years of misery and procrastination because it's been too difficult a project.
Watch out, muscle car prices have been high, actually ridiculous, don't expect it to last.

Don

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02-05-2008 05:03 AM  10 years agoPost 4
helo_chris

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goodlettsville, tn

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If money were no object? Yenko Camaros, Hertz or Shelby Mustangs, or any GTO. Of course finding something like that is harder than restoring it. Depending on what you like, I would look for a late 70s Camaro or late 60s Mustang. Parts are pretty cheap and available for either. Want something a little less common look for a late 60s vintage Pontiac or Buick.

If you want something you can get cheap and get your feet wet turning wrenches find an 88-93 Mustang or Camaro. You can get 5.0L Mustangs for a couple $K and parts are cheap and every where. My brother-in-laws dad found a 93 Camaro with 6 spd for $6K. Very fun car..

The question is what do you like?

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

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02-05-2008 05:27 AM  10 years agoPost 5
Salty

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St. Augustine

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What I do?

I buy one part I like (say a weird or limited production rare engine or speed part...like a 8 two barrel carb intake) and wrap the car around the part...

I have a deuce roadster I've been building for 16 years...getting close to having all of the period correct parts...and dont have a dime in it (buy a lot of parts to get one thing and sell the rest or buy a whole car to get one thing and sell the rest....I'm running on profit)

when its done I'll be looking at a $60-80K car depending on the market...

I call my old cars my retirement fund...

personally I wouldnt mess with the "newer" stuff....they dont appreciate, rather depreciate.

start messing with stuff in the mid 50's back (alot of which can be had cheaply) and you get cool, with appreciation value as well as something not everyone and their dog has (80-90's camaro/rustang)

buy soemthng that needs more work than paint and an interior...you'll learn as you go...nice part is with the internet and the library you can teach yourself all the stuff you need to know...

Ask your Doctor if getting off your ass is right for you.

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02-05-2008 06:05 AM  10 years agoPost 6
Inspector Fuzz

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NLA

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Have you considered air cooled VW's?
I am sure I'll get bashed here for mentioning this, but the older air cooled Bugs, Kahrman Gia's, and especially the older, late 60's busses are really cool. Easy to work on. Still easy to get parts for. The cars themselves are getting much rarer since the last one's that came to the US came in 1979.
They ARE appreciating in value. Even a beat-up but restorable Bug will sell for much more now than it did especially those of pre-1970 vintage.
Try to avoid the urge to turn it into a Baja or California street rod bug. You are better off buying a tube frame and making a street rod or dune bug with aftermarket VW motor, tranny, suspension, etc. The converted ones don't hold much value. Lots of stuff online to look at.
JEFF

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02-07-2008 04:31 AM  10 years agoPost 7
nitro fun

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Oc ca

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if money is no problem then build yourself a brand new 69 camero, with any hp motor you want..

http://www.superchevy.com/technical...cars/index.html

here is a nelson twin turbo 2000 hp big block daily driver..

click on 1963 pontiac le mans - 2000hp cruisin

http://www.nelsonracingengines.com/video_drive.html

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02-07-2008 04:43 AM  10 years agoPost 8
nojohnny101

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10 miles north of Cincy, OHIO

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hey
if you want to do a bike, then do a damn bike and dont let anyone stop you.
150% agree...

in fact i couldn't have said it better myself

Thanks
~Will-i-am~

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02-07-2008 05:52 AM  10 years agoPost 9
xcellgasman101

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WOODWARD, OKLA....

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Go for the car,, Here's a pic of the car I bought my wife,,
'67GT 350 coupe,
Boss 302
Edelbrock carb, and manifold
solid roller rocker high lift cam
Hooker Headers
TCI trans
410 gears, posi-track
Great car to go cruzin XGM/VGM

John Crotts
www.soonerhelicamproductions.com

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02-07-2008 08:00 AM  10 years agoPost 10
Stet

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Key Largo FL

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I say buy one that someone else spent a fortune to restore and can't get anywhere near the value for it, then pick up where they left off.

keepin' it real

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02-07-2008 11:05 AM  10 years agoPost 11
Dave M

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Mi.

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Exactly....and spent the time cruizin for chicks.

It's OK....It's not your fault !!!

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02-07-2008 01:50 PM  10 years agoPost 12
440GTX

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Calgary, Canada

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If money was No Object
A HEMI car 1964 to 1971 vintage.

As you probally know. You can buy any vintage car at half the price
of what it costs to restore one.

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02-07-2008 03:23 PM  10 years agoPost 13
Salty

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St. Augustine

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all are good points on restorations....but along with that remember....

You can get twice the price of what you spent hot rodding/modifying a classic (if done correctly)...

Thats why I dont restore....just cut up and weld it back together the way I want it...

Ask your Doctor if getting off your ass is right for you.

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02-07-2008 04:32 PM  10 years agoPost 14
d-bledsoe

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Kirkland WA

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instead of restoring a car, what about building a car?

I own a original '65 mustang that has never been restored, and so far doesn't need it. So for me to get my restoration fix im going with a FFR(Factory Five Racing) cobra.... Daytona coupe to be exact. For about the same price as restoring a car you can have a kick ass car that is not nearly seen as often.

http://www.factoryfive.com/

Derek Bledsoe

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02-07-2008 04:47 PM  10 years agoPost 15
xcellgasman101

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WOODWARD, OKLA....

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Building a kit car is alot of fun too, I helped a friend of mine a couple of years ago, build a 427 Corbra,, Really cool car, and super fast,, Just remember what ever you do,, Have Fun,, XGM/VGM

John Crotts
www.soonerhelicamproductions.com

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02-07-2008 04:54 PM  10 years agoPost 16
spaceman spiff

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Tucson

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edit:

69 camaros have lots of reproduction parts available. Last time i checked on it, if you have a real roof pannel you can buy everything else reproduction. Bad news is it handles like a 60's muscle car.

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02-07-2008 07:22 PM  10 years agoPost 17
Yug

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UK. Herts

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Thumbs up for a Cobra even if it's a replica.
Sadly mine left me to live with someone else

Vegetable rights and Peace

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02-07-2008 08:14 PM  10 years agoPost 18
xcellgasman101

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WOODWARD, OKLA....

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Nice car there Yug,, XGM/VGM

John Crotts
www.soonerhelicamproductions.com

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02-07-2008 11:30 PM  10 years agoPost 19
bowman

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Rumson NJ

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66 Chevelle SS thats what ya want tommy

I certainly was in the right! .....( toecutter at the spot) Phalanxman 6

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02-08-2008 02:04 AM  10 years agoPost 20
Tommy Z

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Lubbock, Texas

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Bledsoe
Could you explain what factory five is?? I read all over the website...What exactly comes in the kit?

-Tommy Boy

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