Welcome to the board Chris. Like a lot of us your eyes are wide and your dreams are huge. Maybe you could apprentice somewhere and do it to learn and not the money, that will come later. As for a car, many people spend years finding that "right one" and then find out a couple years down the road another "one". Start with one that is affordable and that both you and your dad can work on. Its no fun to have a car and not afford the parts to fix it. Thats like buying too big a house and not having furniture.
Choices are all yours and in your court.