Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Coopersville, MI
From what I've seen a lot of people get all the mechanics worked out before they actually take the body off the frame. This allows you to not only brake it into chunks and span everything out over several years, but also to enjoy some of that investment early on.
I've been playing around with the different projects and pricing so far for my project. Looking at about $872 for my brakes, another $800 for putting all new fuel system in from a brand new stainless tank to new two barrel carb, about $700 in for suspension. The one that is the killer is since I don't have the car here I can't check, but if it has power steering, which I bet it does, the steering system is going to cost around $650 to get up to speed.
I should be able to get the power glide overhauled for around $500 by someone else, but I want to look into doing it myself, how hard can it be?
I'm hopeful that with a little care and taking my time starting it I can get away with a new regulator and an under the cap HEI and have the engine running.
Some of these projects have overkill replacement parts in them such as a new carb when I can overhaul the one I have, but I figure budget high for the project and if it comes in cheaper you can spend the extra on beer.