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hemizach 12-06-2008 04:27 PM

Budget Hotrod builds.... what does something like this cost???
As I have never gotten into this before, I'm just wondering what building a hotrod costs. I want to build an early 30s hotrod (plymouth or ford coupe), and I know the stock frames can be used when building them as hotrods, BUT, what if I have just a body? I mean, on average, how much does your basic frame cost to build or have built? After I have a frame... I would need suspension.

Essentially the only thing that I know about, cost wise, is about engines. I know how to estimate the cost of a motor depending on what I want to build, but that's it.

I guess the main question would be... for your every day hotrod... how much does a rolling chassis usually cost???? I know there will be many answers to this, and some people may think what I'm asking is dumb, I'm just looking for esitmates. :confused:

techinspector1 12-06-2008 05:02 PM

Like you said, you'll get many answers on this. In my opinion, if a guy scrounges around for steel and parts and is able to do all the work himself including welding, he could put together a running car from scratch for around $5000. I know there are those who will say they can do it for less, but I think 5K is realistic for a simple, running example of an early rod.

Henry Highrise 12-06-2008 05:37 PM

Rusty Model A Ford coupe bodys around here are selling for $3500 bucks and up.

streetrodder31 12-06-2008 07:55 PM

There is never a dumb question!
as far as what you asked about what it would cost for a frame build. I can tell you my truck project that i am currently working had a frame with all the original suspension, paid 1000.00 for the whole truck, took cab off and down to bare frame, spent $300 on IFS for this specific truck, and found a junkyard found rearend for $150 in great shape and knew the guys that sold it to me. now as for the cost total for me was about 1400, not adding the additional expenses for materials need for doing frame fab and completions. as i had to do. i can't tell you what it cost for materials to build your own frame rails, i would consider finding a donor car that would be compatible with what you want to build.That is just me. i gave you my 2cents, hope you can work it out, really like to see what kind of project you plan on building. Well take care and good luck. Sincerely Bill and Jack Taylor (father and son duo 38 Chevy pickup project.) :thumbup:

OneMoreTime 12-06-2008 08:09 PM

I would suggest getting a Speedway motors catalog and read that..good education there in that for a newbie..then look thru some of the journals here to see what others have done..Cost will depend on how much you are willing to do and how much one has to buy from other sources..thes things have a way of getting more expensive as one goes on..


Chevrolet4x4s 12-06-2008 08:34 PM

What about building your own body? Thats what I'm doing. I have $20 in the sheet metal

hemizach 12-06-2008 09:00 PM

Thanks guys...
I know it was a really hard question to give an actual answer too but thanks for the responses. As for all of the fab work, I have a few friends, one is a welder and a painter, and the others are just good luck when it comes to finding parts and making things work. I'm only 16, so I've got a ways to go before I can do all that. Besides, nothing can start until I graduate from highschool a year and a half from now, but the planning can start right away :P

cboy 12-06-2008 09:09 PM

This one cost $5,116.25 and the budget breakdown, item by item, can be found here. Just scroll down the page to entry #216.

hemizach 12-06-2008 09:20 PM

Thanks a lot for posting that. Great job on the body too!

NEW INTERIORS 12-06-2008 09:22 PM

3 Attachment(s)
This one cost me right at $7,500.00 :sweat:

hemizach 12-06-2008 09:40 PM

All I see is the red X of doom.... :smash:

cboy 12-06-2008 09:51 PM


Originally Posted by hemizach
All I see is the red X of doom.... :smash:

For which post/picture are you getting a red X?

hemizach 12-06-2008 09:59 PM

I can see them now...
I can see all the pics now, awesome by the way

NEW INTERIORS 12-06-2008 10:01 PM


Originally Posted by cboy
For which post/picture are you getting a red X?

It was me cboy...I was trying to put a big picture like you did,And I don't know what the h*** I did wrong. :confused: Still trying to learn this stuff... :drunk:

jnanam 12-06-2008 10:51 PM

here is the one i did im just under 1500 on this one havent take pics in a while now. not as good as the other that have made them but it was a good start and have learned alot from it.

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