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vintagecarguy
    
What is a good vintage car to buy at a junkyard and slowly rebuild?
I want something that will look great but not too expensive. I’m planning on this taking a couple of years and would like a list of great vintage cars that will be the most cost effective to build.
posted: March 4, 2008
 
    
 
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pontiacsd
    
How about starting with one from that pile of goodies in your photo! That bottom one looks like a 55 Chrysler?

There is simply too many to list, it all depends on your preferences of styling. Some people like the really old ones, some like the 70's models, others like open tops and then there are some people which prefer two wheels (motorcycle). You really have to find the one you are passionate about and start looking!
posted:  March 4, 2008
   
 
street454
    
I'm with pontiacsd. The biggest part of restoring a vehicle is getting it to start with. The prices of some of these junkyard cars is appalling. I understand it is what the market will bear, but I have an issue paying $2500 to $5000 for a 1961 Impala that is in pieces and don't have any floor any more! Let alone a motor and tranny. Be careful and do your homework. Know your limits! Now...go get a car!
posted:  March 4, 2008
   
 
rustysouth
    
pick a car that you LOVE or that you have always wanted, I would not want to sink alot of money into something I really didn't like.
posted:  March 4, 2008
   
 
mikollection
    
I've a 56 Chrysler New Yorker; although it's not my first, I really enjoy it. Think back to your childhood; what cars 'moved' you then? What's the reason you want to go vintage: pleasure or investment? Pursue your heart's call on this one, just adjust your expectations accordingly.

Ron
posted:  March 28, 2008
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mottcrick
    
Choose something that you like. It doesnt have to be your dream car. I am restoring a 66chevy C10. Older pickups are becomming a popular item nowadays. Besides they are easier to work with/on.
sources: www.stovebolt.com
posted:  May 3, 2008
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ssieczka
    
I agree with the other posts but with a few qualifications. I would say:
1) Find something you are passionate about
2) Be realistic, do you have the skills (and cash) to bring a car back? Remember it is very easy to put 10K in a 5K car.
3) Know the marketplace for you choice. We all say it is a labor of love and we will never part with it. Don't forget, the divorce courts are full of people who once said that. The day MAY come when you will want to sell your pride and joy. Make sure you know what the demand is for your choice. If you have the only "left handed lunchbox in Chicago", there may be a very good reason for it!
4) After saying all that, buy the very best example of your choice you can afford. A car that "never was" a rust bucket will allways be better than one that was no matter how good you are!
posted:  June 6, 2008
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