Lately I crossed a beauty on my way back home: a Chevy Nova SS, and in pretty good shape. I called the guy, and he was asking 15K for it. That was pretty much out of my budget, mine was about 5000$ for an impulsive buy. In the past 10 years, I had a '78 Grand Prix SJ that I wished I could restore but money was tight and I couldn't pay its maintenance costs so I gave it to a local charity reason. So, I took the time to think about what I would really like as a project car, I viewed a few pictures on google, and searched craiglist a little. I came to the conclusion that it's the 70-74 Cuda I like best for the looks, and it seems like it was also a pretty powerful car. I really think it would make a nice casual/friday car. However, all the cudas that are in a decent shape ask for a fortune to buy, and I'm not very good in mecanics. I change my oil myself and my oil/air filters, I can change my sets of tires for winter/summer, but I never pulled a tranny or a motor out of a car. I also don't have a garage, but that could be fixed for a few grands
I don't feel like it would have to be any near original, but however I do think I will want as many hp I could easily fit in it. By easily I mean the less welding possible. I have the tools to grind, cut, break metal but not really to make it stick together. However I live in a city that's mainly run by garages so I might make a friend in one of them.
So, I have a few questions that I haven't seen any answers here:
Is it a good choice to replace metal parts for fiberglass parts like fenders and doors? To me it seems logical because they wouldn't be attacked by rust (Quebec winters are agressive on all cars).
What's the bare minimum for starting a Cuda project? Is it possible to buy a recently factored frame? I would'nt mind buying fiberglass body parts such as fenders and doors, but those parts would need to fit onto some kind of frame, right?
If it's possible, would that frame fit convertible as much as non convertible Cudas?
What's the biggest engine I should hunt for that would't be too much trouble fitting in it?
In the movie Gone in 60 seconds, do we see Shannon (37) anywhere??