Good pionts above
And read this
When you decide what sort of resto you are going for nice daily driver you can clean up for a show and shine, or full on show car....DO NOT get carried away as you get into it.
Mine was a pretty striaght to start legal on the road, usual rust in cnrs of doors around wheel wells...
Took me 8 months 11 days full time.
I spent $NZ 16000 ...6k over budget.
I was on tight budget.. The bank manager lent me the balance...condition was when finished I took him and the branch account for a full day road trip.
Being a daily, I do a body rebuild and paint every 7 to 9 yrs..plus a few bits and peices that need doing.
Since 1980, including intial purchase have spent $NZ 96,000
The insurace company valuation is $NZ65K...
Nett thats close enough to 30K
over approx 30yrs grand a yr.
Replacing the wifes toyota every 5 yrs with a good 2nd hand far exceeds that.
I do everything myself, dont use patch panels (to expensive to ship in from the states)
Yeah I brought compressors, spray guns welders, lathe etc
But buying these thu meant intial outlay, If I was going to get the work done, worked out the same or cheaper....AND I have the tools for the next project 'free'
Im a real bloody mind AH...
to acheive it finacially, I didnt go out, grew my own veggies, If the guys asked me out told them every penny is for the car...so they said they would shout me...I didnt think that was fair, so I told them no, give me the money you would shout with and I will spend on the car.
I found out who where real friends...it was a real suprise.
The friends would drop in, bring a couple beers, sit on the couch in the workshop while I kept working.
Bottom line is what my grand mother told me
"If you want something, you will get it, dont waste others time talking about it. Just do and sacifice what you need to do it. Friends will respect you for it, the rest dont matter"