Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Palos Hills Illinois
Sam, Do some math before you buy the car. It definitely sounds like the right car to do, with the 396 and option list, but: $8500 sounds way high to me as a starting point. You didn't say how far you want to go with a restoration but here is an example. I started with a $2500 car and did a body off restoration and I'm well over $20,000 with still a few things that could be done. If you factor paint and material, labor if you're not doing it yourself, body and rust repair, mechanical rebuilding, drivetrain, suspension, electrical, brakes, etc. Then price interior and the trim you need. I guarantee your estimate will be low but it will give you an idea, maybe shocking, where you'll be when you're done. If you start rebuilding engine, trans, rear end, etc, your cost will skyrocket. All I'm saying is don't go in blind. Once you start fixing things, the tendency is to not leave anything alone because it looks so bad next to the new stuff. Before you know it, you're going all the way to a full blown restoration.
Again, a 396 SS with factory air is a great starting point. Good luck!!
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