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05-08-2013 10:06 PM
techinspector1 I agree about buying a truck that someone else has built. It's the smart way to do it. Be advised however, that not all trucks are built alike.

Several years ago, a fellow I knew called and said he wanted to bring his new Effie over for me to see. I said great. The truck was reeeeaaaal eye candy. Turquoise paint with a blown BBC, 2-4's. Polished mags, big rubber. Really a nice looking piece. He asked if I'd like to chauffer it around the block. I said sure. Well, I have to tell you, I was never more disappointed with a piece of machinery in my life. Whomever installed the front clip set it in with no positive caster, so you had to turn the steering wheel back manually on every turn. It would not return to zero by itself. The fellow had just shelled out $40,000 for this rig, so I just kept my mouth shut about the caster and complimented him on his purchase.

Moral of the story is, contract with an expert at an expert shop to look over and drive the rig you plan to buy before you hand over any long green.

You can find current values of the Effie here....
05-08-2013 05:00 PM
gearheadslife if it was me, I'd find a truck thats already restored, and then make it yours with changes for your taste..
a nice runner should be under 10k.. hell 5 k should get you a nice one.. then make it yours..
20k will not do it from start to finish..
buy someones already build truck that they are bored with, and work off that..
05-08-2013 04:52 PM
Originally Posted by DERPR30 View Post
You would come out better if you go buy one ready to go also would save you a lot of headaches and time you could be cruising instead of worrying about the outcome there are a lot of f100 s for sale just take your time & find one that jumps out at you
Thanks, yeah I thought about it and I think I'm best off just buying one already built and running, I might have to spend a little more than 20k but hopefully not too much.
05-08-2013 10:30 AM
DERPR30 You would come out better if you go buy one ready to go also would save you a lot of headaches and time you could be cruising instead of worrying about the outcome there are a lot of f100 s for sale just take your time & find one that jumps out at you
05-08-2013 08:15 AM
kso You're gonna find that if you walk into a commercial shop with your idea and literally make them do every step of the work including find the original body, six months later there will be no $20K and half a truck at best. For a first hot rod without having much experience, that's crazy dreaming to go that route...(I can't begin to describe the pitfalls that you and the shop are both going to encounter and make it through in order for such a project to be a success).

There's plenty of guys out there who have built their nice truck, with huge money and time invested in it, and now need to sell at a loss for whatever reason. Take your cash and go shopping for one of those, be flexible with details and try to find a good deal around 15K, then you have a little left to fix issues that come up or re-do something your way. Later you'll start having the experience you need to go building things, or having them built if you choose to make that your thing.

And congrats on your good fortune. Don't screw it up!
05-08-2013 06:52 AM
ck out "LMC"

they have parts for your truck.. at least u can compare pricing..
05-08-2013 06:52 AM
vinniekq2 there seems to be a few for sale that are between 10 and 15k.I think buying one that is done and running is a good start with a few bucks left over to repair/replace/customise to your taste. Building from scratch is way more expensive.
20k from your dad is a huge start.There are way better deals than an old pick up.If you gotta have a 50s Ford then buying an 03 or newer Vette would never make you happy.
Being that you are young,I would think a "ckick magnet" car would be a better buy,,,
Vette,BMW,Mercedes,,,all of these cars can be bought at a screaming deal thanks so much to new north american citizens that buy new prestige cars on a regular basis.
05-08-2013 06:18 AM
Irelands child
Originally Posted by BornIn91 View Post

My budget will be $20k. And I have to use all that money to buy the shell, motor, wheels, tires, brakes, interior, paint etc. (Brand new everything)

So is 20k enough for a decent build?
In a short sentence, probably not in today's world if you were do the parts scrounging and work yourself, and for sure not if you will be paying someone to do the work at $100+-/hour. A good paint job along with required body work can cost $20K or more with 5-600 dollar a gallon paint. We here can break it down pretty well as far as parts cost but even with a mediocre engine with some dress up parts will run 2 to 5000 dollars depending on adders and it can only go up from there

As far as year, the '56 with the wrap around windshield is the really desired model year rather then the generally flat windshield of the '54/5.

I always hate being a wet blanket, but a plan and on paper is the best and only way to go. You set yourself up with a spread sheet, add a list of material items you want, then gather up your catalogs and research your prices. Next, find a shop that is well recommended and take a trip and talk to them. If they have a bunch of cars sitting in corners, run, don't walk away. They are not working well for their customers. If the shop is reasonably neat, the employees are actually working on customer's cars, discuss your wants and needs. You need to weed out the B.S. too. Then while you are talking, discuss rates and payments - you DO NOT want to advance a shop a bunch of money but something like progress payments you can work with. Then you have to have more then a handshake agreement - you need some sort of contract where there are lines for payments, dates that can be met and a final completion date. When you deal with that shop, you will need to make regular (weekly?) visits to see progress and be prepared to take your vehicle away if the project stalls. There's lots more and others here will chime in with good advice. Read it all and then jump into this hot rod world if we don't scare you away
05-08-2013 05:39 AM
Purchasing a Ford F100.

So for Christmas my dad is buying me a Ford F100 but giving me the money then I have to go to a hot rod shop in Houston and ask them to find me a shell and buy all the parts for me so pretty much they will be doing all the work. This will be my first Hot Rod/Street Rod, I absolutely want the 1955 F100 and won't settle for anything less, I've been wanting this truck for about 2 years just never had the balls to ask my dad if I could get one.

I got sidetracked.

My budget will be $20k. And I have to use all that money to buy the shell, motor, wheels, tires, brakes, interior, paint etc. (Brand new everything)

So is 20k enough for a decent build?

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