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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 19th, 12, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hey there, everyone! Just thought I'd pop in and introduce myself, since y'all seem nice and friendly, heh.
My name's Alex, I'm 16, and I'm from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.
I don't actually own a Camaro, but I've been saving up for a good while to get one for my first car. I signed up here so I could look around and ask questions about them, pretty much.
I plan on buying a project car, and working on it with my old man. He used to have a '69 Camaro, so he should be of use to me, haha. I'm hoping to get a '68 or '69 to work on with him.

Oh, I should also point out that I know absolutely nothing about cars, haha!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 12, 03:56 AM
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Welcome Alex... you came to the perfect place to get started. Good luck finding a project car.
Remember, if it doesn't look rusty from the outside, it most definitely IS rusty on the inside.

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 12, 06:57 AM
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Welcome. As someone said above- if you're buying a 40+ y/o car in Pennsylvania, count on there being 2-3 times the amount of rust that you can see from the outside (or more....lol).

And stop calling your dad your "old man"- he may have to whoop your young butt.....lol
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 12, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the welcome, guys!

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Welcome. As someone said above- if you're buying a 40+ y/o car in Pennsylvania, count on there being 2-3 times the amount of rust that you can see from the outside (or more....lol).

And stop calling your dad your "old man"- he may have to whoop your young butt.....lol
He calls himself old man, haha.

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Welcome Alex... you came to the perfect place to get started. Good luck finding a project car.
Remember, if it doesn't look rusty from the outside, it most definitely IS rusty on the inside.
Thanks for the tip, heh.

Like I said, I know absolutely nothing about cars, is rust going to be a huge problem if there's a lot of it?
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 12, 09:31 AM
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Is rust going to be a huge problem if there's a lot of it?
Only if the holes are larger than your wallet......

The nice thing about these cars is that you can buy just about any piece of sheetmetal you need to replace and it'll fit with only a little bit of tweaking. When I was getting started with cars at your age (25+/- years ago), there was very little available beyond poorly stamped quarter panel patches, so anything that needed to be replaced started out as a flat sheet of metal and had to be formed to fit.

The bad part is, if you decide to tackle a car with a lot of rust, the cost of the above mentioned parts can add up fast- my current project was a real rust bucket (only the roof, cowl, and inner structure will be salvaged), and the total sheetmetal cost will end up being around $5k (just material). Sometimes it's better to spend a little more up front to get a car that's more solid, but you've really got to dig into it to make sure someone hasn't done some half-azzed repairs that are hidden under carpet or paint.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 12, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, alright. By the end of this, around how much should getting a car up and running cost? And how much to just get the project started? Not looking for an EXACT number obviously, just in the ballpark.

I've got about $5k saved up by this point, by the end of the summer I should have around $8k.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 12, 10:36 AM
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Depends on your starting point. Here's a link to a '69 on Craiglist that's laughably overpriced at $13k- should be more like $3-5k (sadly) in that market given it's condition.

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/3083883274.html

You could easily spend $15-20k getting that car to look like something you'd be proud to drive.

Here's another one that's listed for $16k, that looks to be a great deal if it looks as good in person as it does on Craigslist.

http://allentown.craigslist.org/cto/3086500625.html

And here's one that's listed for $11k that still needs $10-15k to get it together, between interior, drivetrain, paint, etc.

http://newjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3004201690.html
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 12, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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So, basically, 8 grand isn't even close to enough to get a car started? xD
Seems like I'll have to save up for a while :/
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 12, 10:47 AM
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Sometimes you get lucky, and you might stumble across something drivable for $8k, but seeing how the weather beats the snot out of old metal up there, most drivers are going to be more than that. Keep an eye out, and maybe you'll get lucky, but don't get excited and jump on the first thing that comes along- things that are "too good to be true" usually are....
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