Re: Hey Everybody!
Great to hear it! I would first grab a piece of paper, and write yourself down how far you want to go with this, and how much you are willing to spend.
Do you want a full blown restoration? Do you just want a sunday car that is reliable, in good shape, to drive around? Just a clunker to kill the time with?
Really these questions will influence what you buy. For a full blown restoration, you're basically looking for a rolling chassis and building up from there. For a reliable sunday cruise, find one on ebay thats already running and in good shape, with minimal rust damage. A clunker, just find the cheapest one you can find and fix it piece by piece.
My camaro when I bought it had a great shell, but was a nightmare electrically and mechanically, so I had to deal with months upon months upon months passing by where I didn't get to so much as drive my 79 around the block. It's the price you pay when you do things yourself and you want to do them the right way.
Sounds like you're looking for a reliable sunday driving car... Fully restored would be pretty expensive, I'd look for one that is mechanically sound, body in good shape, but aesthetically not the best of shape so all you'd have to do is some body work and interior work. You could always buy one that's not running, and just put a newer gen crate motor and tranny in. It would never be a resto, but you'd have a very reliable, fuel efficient car. I'm looking to buy an older plymouth 'cude as my next project, and thats probably what I am going to do with that one.
Best of luck!