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What is a good old American classic to start with if you have little experience building cars?
My Dad just battled through a very serious illness, and I'm looking for a way to spend more time with him. We're both big fans of cars, especially classic American cars, and I thought a great way to spend more time with him would be to fix up an old car together. I know this is not going to be an easy task - particularly because we know little about buliding cars, but my question is this:
What is an old classic car that's not super expensive or very complex (just in terms of computers), that wouldnt be too difficult to find parts for? I doubt we'd be too crazy about it being 100% original, so if this car had reproduction parts available, that would be great too.
Does anyone have any suggestions for cars that we should look into?
posted: February 17, 2014
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A Ford Mustang would be a good choice. There are many around and repro parts are many
posted:  February 18, 2014
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talk it over with your father and find out what year make and model he most likes . hopefully it will be something that you also like. there are a lot of unfinished cars out there that will never be finished ,because the owner lost interest .[ and a lot of money ]
posted:  February 18, 2014
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1952-59 Ford cars there are a lot available at low cost,there are plenty of parts available and they are easy to upgrade without hurting your wallet. I founded and Moderate a forum for 1952-59 Ford cars which is very active with 1,300 members Check us out!
sources: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/group.php?groupid=332 Just click on this!
posted:  February 18, 2014
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one of the tri-five Chevrolets gets my vote. but talk it over with your dad and see what cars he really likes
posted:  March 23, 2014
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Hi: Many years ago, I was told that cars that were in abundance at the time make good projects, due to parts availability, so I would (biasly) side with the tri-five guy (-:. There are many very affordable tri-fives, if you do not need a coupe or convertible. The time you spend with your father will last you and him with memories for the rest of your lives, I lost my father about 8 years ago, and one of the more memorable things I did with him was the visit to the Imperial Palace Auto Collection in Las Vegas. It was the re-blossoming of a relationship that lasted between him and I until he passed away, some years after. Engine-wise, small block chevy parts are very interchangable and very much in abundance, speed shops, o'reilly over-tyhe-counter, etc. Everybody uses them, circle track, sprint car racers, everyday cruisers, so you can have a very affordable project car, minimal expense, easy-to-find parts & accessories. Don't do something like a Studebaker, DeSoto, Edsel, where parts are harder to find than dinosaur bones.... Have fun!
posted:  March 28, 2014
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Im sure you already decided what to get but 55 56 57 chevs are very easy to get parts for. if you get a 4 dr you can get one that probably doesn't need a lot of work for 5to 6 thousand bucks. model a fords are in the fairly easy group also and a 4 dr can be found for about the same price. lol
posted:  December 29, 2014
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