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Old 08-07-2007, 09:33 AM
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Best 1986 canidate for Hot Rod??

My son is wanting a hot rod project for he and I to work on but with a limited budget and since he was born in 1986 I suggested he find something in that year possibly an Elcamino. it needs to be reasonable on insurance (at age 21) good on gas and usable as a daily driver. What are some other good candidates. Not to insult anyone but during the 80's there just wasn't much to choose from.
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dodge omni.

29mpg, and with less than 2k, you have a 300hp turbo rocket that weighs less than 2k lbs

got me one for a dd and its been awesome

this is mine, its an 89 horizon (plymouth version) gets 29mpg, cost me $50 for the car and another 500 for the wheels and tires, coilover springs, black spray paint, and window tint.



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Old 08-07-2007, 10:11 AM
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How about a Monte, Cutlass, Regal / Grand National or Grand Prix. All are RWD cars different from the "One on every corner" Mustangs, Camaro & Firebirds.

I think GM made some decent 6 cyl FWD cars in that era that were cool too. (Skylark GS?, Olds Trofeo etc...though I could be wrong about the years)

There's a sharp looking Grand Prix in my area...haven't seen one for years. Neat to see one dressed up.
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dodge omni.

29mpg, and with less than 2k, you have a 300hp turbo rocket that weighs less than 2k lbs

got me one for a dd and its been awesome

this is mine, its an 89 horizon (plymouth version) gets 29mpg, cost me $50 for the car and another 500 for the wheels and tires, coilover springs, black spray paint, and window tint.


Uh well not exactly show car potential Thanks for the feedback tho
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I've always had a soft spot for the "Monties". Olds 442 very nice too. Don't know what the budget is and these 2 examples may be a bit high and already done but here you go........just for ideas:

http://www.cars-on-line.com/26789.html
http://www.cars-on-line.com/24970.html

Hemmings is a good source & old car trader. Nice to keep the birth year thing but there may be some beauties that need re-doing that are a little earlier or later. Just a thought.
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sorry, i was thinking cheap and fast, not show car

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvHcxNJG7is
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turbo v6 buick or olds.
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My son is wanting a hot rod project for he and I to work on but with a limited budget and since he was born in 1986 I suggested he find something in that year possibly an Elcamino. it needs to be reasonable on insurance (at age 21) good on gas and usable as a daily driver. What are some other good candidates. Not to insult anyone but during the 80's there just wasn't much to choose from.

Not much to choose from? The '82-'88 G-Body GM's are classy rides and have a ton of potential........ Like this '86. The SS version can still be found pretty reasonably priced as well.

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I'll have to add my vote for the G-body as well. Maybe because I own one though so I'm a little biased. (87 Monte AeroCoupe)
The parts are fairly easy to find, there is unlimited potential for whatever power plant you want to put in one, it's got plenty of room inside too.
They are also making aftermarket parts as well so it's getting easier to put one together.
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Yea Hippie that is NICE.....I had an '86 Buick Regal turbo, not a grand national, for only 231 cubes that thing would really crank. I would love to have another one. Hey remember the '86 olds Cutlass diesel........don't get one !!!!!
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What is there to think about , the fastest production car of the year, a Buick GN or GNX, or even the "lowly" "T TYPE" (the white one).

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I'd go for an Elcamino. They are still out there that can be had for a reasonable price, but are getting harder and harder to find. He can have a car ride, ease of building it up, plus a bed to haul if needed.

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I would get either a Monte or an El camino, mainly because I have/had both, and know they can be good cars, with the right amount of work and love. lol
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Monte Carlos are cheap and easy to work on/fix up. He can't lose.
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GP or monte aerocoupe

I'd say the Grand Prix or Monte Carlo Aerocoupe models. Low production cars, parts galore available, cool, yet easy to personalize. I have a friend who has 3, 1 GP and 2 Montes, but other than his I have only seen a few here and ther over the years. Jerry
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