Originally Posted by BornIn91
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