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Old 11-17-2003, 07:47 AM
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looking for a good daily driver \ occasional project car

I am 21 years old, and im going to be getting some money and i really enjoy classic cars. I just enjoy everything about them, and especially whats under the hood... you cant beat a carburated V8, especially in the big block variety.

Anyways... i live in an appartment complex, in Ventura, California... And i really want to act on this classic car appriciation i have had, for the last 3 or 4 years. I have done a bit of engine work (mostly head swapping) and i would really like to get dirty with that satasifying classic car grease... im done with $200 80s cars. What i would like, required, chevy, pre 73, and a v8. Due to my limited funds, i was concidering a 68 - 72 nova, because they are cheap, and i would get one with a 350, since they are generally easy to find parts for, and the parts are some of the cheapest out there.

I am just looking for any comments \ ideas on what i should be looking for, and anything i should watch out for...

Im not looking for a perfect car (for under 4k i dont think ill get anything too beautiful) but i would like something that, with a little love under the hood, a paint job, and maybe some rust removing, will make a good daily driver in the mid 13s to low 14s area.


Im thinking a set of heads, exhaust, cam, and a bigger carb if needed... should put me into the 14s with a 350 in something as light as a nova.



I know i havent asked any real questions, but i just want some criticism on what im thinking, and any new ideas.


thanks for reading my rambling

-brian


P.S. anyone selling anything like this?

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Old 11-17-2003, 07:52 AM
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Being a Chevy guy I think that a Nova/Chevelle/Camaro is an excellent way to go.
Parts are cheap and lots of availibility.
Another way to go would be a 80s 5 litre Mustang. They are real popular right now.
I just picked up a 78 Merc Zepher, which has the same frame platform as the Mustang and am considering swaping a Mustang driveline into it. Talk about "Sleeper"
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Old 11-17-2003, 08:01 AM
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as soon as i can type em you respond... jeez... hehe


im not a big ford guy... eventhough a mustang 5.0 would be an awesome platform... Thats a tiny car to have a 5.0. I would really like to stay in the 70s era. Im thinking chevelle or nova... i dont know how much chevelle i could get for under 4k though!


Im thinkin a 2 door 70 nova with a 350 and 3spd auto. Minor rust...

i could probobly pick something like that up, here in cali, for 2000 bucks.
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Up here in canada, for something like that you are looking at least at 6 to 7,000. Maybe western Canada has more. the salt doesn't eat them alive out there.
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cars are probobly less rust prone, but dont you have salted roads due to snow?
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Yes, they salt the roads due to the snow. But they really overdo it. In western Canada, where they get just as much snow, they use very little salt, and the cars last.
Probably, because of all the idiots here, that cant drive.
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people are generally bad drivers, i dont think the salt would help them
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