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Old 10-29-2002, 07:22 AM
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I think I am going to do the necessary body and interior work on the Grand Prix required to sell it for $700-$1000.

Is there a car out there that I could buy for $700-$1000 that would be an easier beginner project car, with a lot of potential?

To be honest, I am mostly attracted to street racing. There are tons and tons of Civics and Eclipses in my area and I would love to build a sleeper that puts them in their place... without a huge price tag.

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Old 10-29-2002, 07:33 AM
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Maybe a old Nova with a 350 and auto tranny. I have seen them in the paper here for 1500-2000 or less. Or a older truck of some type. Older trucks are always easier to me. But were usually worked hard and mabe need more work. Look thru the paper and see what there is.


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Maverick is right. Novas are plentiful and 350s are too. For a small amount of cash, you can build a pretty wicked 350! You may also want to check out Camaros, Firebirds, and 5.0 Mustangs. I know that mid-late 80's cars like the ones I mentioned usually go for around $1000-$2000 in my area depending on their condition.
My advice would be to shop around and don't make hasty decisions. Go with something that you are going to enjoy driving and working on, not just something you can afford (even if you have to save for a few extra months or so).
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Must say NO to street racing. You may be the one who runs into me, and I drive a oversized dodge PU on a one ton frame. Do like to drag race though!!!! Remember, I'm the guy who got nailed doing 140 in a 55, just blowing out the carbon! <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" /> <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" /> double nono's!
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S-10 w/ 350 automatic.
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Why do you fellas keep pushing auto trannys? I was always taught a 5-speed is always faster than it's counterpart.
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I agree with manofsteel, if you know how to drive a standard right you can be faster than most auto tranies.

But thats just my opinion

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The way I see it is auto's are more consistent for bracket racing.You gotta admit no matter how fast you can powershift you can't be as perfectly acurate as the simple click of a ratchet shift auto.
Also stick trannies ne are about three times the price if autos.
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Kinda odd, I thought autos were usually $700-1000 more expensive for final price of new and used cars...
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New cars are marketing their trannies to appeal to old people and women drivers (no offense to anyone here!!! <img src="graemlins/boxing.gif" border="0" alt="[boxing]" /> ). What I mean is that there are a lot of people out there who think that a great car is one with a manual tranny. Now, the big three know that they can appeal to a wider variety of people if they simply use the autos. Plus, in today's society, we've gotten really lazy. Actually to the point were we don't want to push in the clutch and shift ourselves.
If it's a performance tranny you are talking about, sticks are going to cost you more (I'm looking at 5 speeds for my 440 and the Richmond units are around $1900!!! )
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real drag cars are autos....

if you go auto and want serious speed put a shift kit in.

If you want some cheap speed run away from import cars. Import Cars already run too efficient for any mods to really do much, except if you go forced induction and then you have reliability issues.
Go with a 5.0 Mustang, cheap and lots of parts for them. Should run 14s-15s and a ton of potential.
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I agree with modalAman..go the 5.0 Mustang route...They are plentiful, lots of go-fast goodies...not as cheap maybe as building a chevy 350 but....I used to have an 84 GT, man that thing was a kick in the ***** to drive!! It was all stock, 5 spd..still roast the tires as long as you want in first...hit 2nd..a$$end jumps over tires bark and you are gone! The hard part was easing the clutch out of first to get the tires to stick...then you are gone! Smoked a lot of ricers in San Diego with that car.
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How about <a href="http://www.500cid.com/mts/Rides/joe/index.htm" target="_blank">this</a>approach. And you'll have the only one on your block.
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