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View Poll Results: What do you think...
Go for it... 3 18.75%
Looks okay, but it will be tought... 6 37.50%
I dont know, your call... 3 18.75%
Dont even try... 4 25.00%
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Old 03-14-2004, 03:20 PM
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Is this a good buy?

I am VERY interested in this car. It is a pair of the same car, one is in good condition and the other isnt so pretty. I am interested in them because they are my style of car and have the flat rear trunk.

What I want to ask is if you think this would be a restorable car for me. You are my last resort, my parents like the car, my dad's friend whom i will be working on it with agrees with it.

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Old 03-14-2004, 03:51 PM
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COOL CAR HRK!

but, it's gonna be a long hard row to hoe. total resto looks like.
but, it's gonna be a baddas$ sled when it's done.
i say get 'em.
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Old 03-14-2004, 03:57 PM
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If you have the $$$ and the desire to learn, go for it. You will hit every area on that beast. But please, NO BILLET!
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Old 03-14-2004, 04:38 PM
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Not too bad, True the trunk is flat but it is less than two feet deep to the back of the seat at the floor.
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Old 03-14-2004, 07:44 PM
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That sure looks like a big job HRK, I would look for something a little closer to running at your age and skill level. I would hate to see you lose interest because of the mountain of work that car will need. I think it will depend on how much help you will get from family etc. Lets not forget the dollar investment it will need either. For the money and time you are going to sink into that car you could purchase a 32 Ford kitcar complete and assemble it in less time.

It is a nice car but I shudder when I look at cars that far gone now that I am older, there is a couple of years worth of resto involved with that car. Its your cash and time however and you would certainly learn a lot from that project.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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Old 03-14-2004, 09:52 PM
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Hmmm, I dunno what kind of resto you want to do. If its done complete and correct, you'll be 3-5 years into it and about 20-50 thousand dollars too. Sounds a bit costly, why not get a little bit more money now (say 2500 or so) and buy something that was built in the last 3 or 4 decades and put maybe six months or a year and maybe 1500 to 2500 into it and have a cool street ride?!

Just my opinion-

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Old 03-14-2004, 11:03 PM
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HRK, I looked at your pics. Those two cars need one hell of a lot of work just to run, let alone Bcool. There are better deals out there, that's for sure. For instance, a good car club buddy of mine has a barn fresh, rust free 47 flattie 2dr sedan that runs and drives out great. It's never had one ounce of body work done to it so you can see clearly what's wrong with it, and that ain't much.. He's gonna drive it to the Maupin cruise this year. Thats over 250 miles round trip. He's asking $7500 for it and I think it's well worth every penny. 40's Fords with SBC's and 302's are a dime a dozen. Literally tens of thousand of them were built. If you want a 40's Ford sedan with a little class even still in primer, stay with a flattie motor. They ain't quick or cheap to build but they emulate coolness. Frankly, I think you can find a better project for a few extra dollars. Those two rides look to me like parts cars. They need professional help as well as thousands in extremely expensive re pop trinkets and engine work to be worth much as a restored stocker, let alone a street rod.

Don't bite off more then you can chew Man, there are plenty of half done projects in the paper that people either lost interest in or ran out of money for.. In your position, I'd go for one of those deals first.

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HRK,
I'd kill for a project car but it's tough.
the car looks good and it could be an awesome ride but it will be very tough. I wanted to do the same thing and my dad said "no way". A lot of money will be put into that car and it's not that easy. Save the money for college and buy a muscle car of some sort for a bit more than the project car but for way cheaper in the long run. But that's just my opinion.

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Old 03-15-2004, 10:55 AM
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After a year of working on my Mustang, if I knew then what I know now, I'd still tell you you're probably getting in over your head with that car if you decide to get it.

Think-

Money + Free Time X Hard Work + Patience ^2 = Finished Car

The (^2) means squared by the way. You might not have had that type of math yet, but it comes out to be a really really really big number.

I hope the advice you get doesn't make you upset or disappointed. We are just trying to make you aware of the sacrifices you will have to make, before you make them. You can judge whether or not the purpose for that sacrifice is worth it.

Whatever you decide, good luck Kid.




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HRK, not to diswade you but I have a similar car (piece of junk) that I'm now into my 4th year of working on it. I've invested a lot of time and talent (many new found ones) that I'm sure you don't have yet. If you have the help of some good hotrodding parents and a few friends (grownup) then you may have half a chance of completing it. But I'd concour with prime mover. Buy one that's partially completed and a lot of the technical expensive work done. I don't think at your age you'll want to wait till your 19 to drive the thing. Of course you may not have to do a frame off so that would save some time. That's a tremendously big project. If you dad is into cars I'd set him down and have a serious man to car guy talk with him and see what he thinks. Don't lie. Let us know what he say's. I'd like to see you have it but I don't think your quite up the the cost and skllls yet. Move down here to Ohio and well build one together.
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Old 03-16-2004, 02:51 PM
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Talked it over with my parents and we have figured out that pictures can be decieving so we are going to take a road trip up to the site in North Dakota and look aver the car, as well as any of other cars that might look good. I will let you know what we decide.

Hey 38 Special, got room?


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Old 03-16-2004, 11:17 PM
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Smart move kid.

Have you got any backup plans? Surely there's got to be a few other cars you wouldn't mind gettin your hands on. Anything else come to mind just in case this one doesn't work out?



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Old 03-17-2004, 06:39 PM
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Well, I am still looking at the classifieds here every Sunday, I am also searching the internet for cars that look good. Once the show season gets back in swing I'm sure I can talk my dad into going to a few more carshows. Also MSRA has a big swap meet every year at their show and they always have at least 10-15 junkers on display there. The trick is getting there early cause usually around 11:00 the restorable ones have been sold.

Thats why I am hoping these two are not to dingy to work on. These are the only ones I have found that are not to far away.


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Sure kid, I've got plenty of room.
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