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How do I get my hands on a good (but cheep) car to restore?
I am a 16 year old teen-ager, who would like to get a car to restore, hopefully soon. I got the mechanical know-how on re-building engines, and I know what I would be in for with getting a car to restore.
My main problem, though, is that I only have about $60.00/month for my allowance, and I don't have a job (I doubt I'll be able to get one soon) Can anyone tell me some tricks to get an old car to fix up and restore locally for fairly cheep?
They don't come often, but when an old car comes up ofr sale on Craigs list or on the side of the road, it's normally late 70's or earlier.There's also a CAT 60 Caterpillar bulldozer from the 1920's that I may have good luck with (I found it on Craigs list, and the owners say they'll take an offer) but, I'm not sure if there's a good Best Offer I can think of for it with my limited budget. (It's not a car, but if I can get it, it will do)
I'm not asking for charity, I just want to know if there are any tricks to finding an old car for cheep. Can anyone help?
posted: August 7, 2010
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I wish more kids were like you. my best advice is hang in there and save your money. the car will come. when you see a car sitting in a backyard ask about it. bear in mind that most cars have "sentimental value" to the owner. "grandpas car, "I'm gonna do something with it". sometimes even the free section of the paper may have a car. Just keep up the dreams! I found my 23 dodge body when I was 13 and finally worked on it when I was about 43. now the next car is all I dream of.
posted:  August 7, 2010
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Thanks 23 Dodge. So just keep saving money, and ask when I find a car.
It will just kill me, wondering what car to get. It's not often they come up for sale in my town, but when they come up for sale, most of them are classics.
posted:  August 8, 2010
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Ask around at the local car shows. A guy told me about a 1940 Plymouth business coupe at a car show that was part of an estate that had been sitting in a barn for over 60 years. It was, and I got it for $300.00 bucks! It's complete and very restorable.
posted:  September 17, 2010
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Thanks Robbyt.

I think I may have a possible source for a car. I'm not sure about it yet, but my auto-repair teacher has a mid 1990's Ford Crown Victoria that the classes have been tearing apart. It's not in one piece, but it's mostly there. It's been torn down to the bare body, with parts sattered across the shop, and the drive train removed (with the body sitting out back on centerblocks.

I'm going to ask him what is going to happen to the car, and if he says it's going to the junk yard, I may see if my parents (and my teacher) will let me take it home.

It's not as old as I hoped for, but if it's cheep, it should give me a good project to work on untill that one classic car meant for me comes.
posted:  September 17, 2010
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