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  1. Car Restoration Need Help

    I have recently purchased a 1969 cougar and want to do my first total restoration. Everything on the car is working and operating but I want to modernize it. I plan on doing a complete frame off restoration but I never had done anything with cars and honestly have little clue what order to do things and when to do it. I want to replace the entire suspension, rebuild the engine/ Transmission, four wheel disk brakes, paint the body and frame, replace the chrome, replace the interior, and any other parts. I want to do the most on my own to save money but need advice on what to do first. At this point in the restoration I have everything out of the car except functional parts (it can run and drive). My budget for the entire project is about $17,000. I believe my next step is to remove the engine and everything else from the car, and get the chrome done and rebuild the engine and trans. While that is getting worked on then take the body off the frame and sandblast and paint the frame. Then buy a full performance suspension kit and take it to a local shot to put together. Any tips and advice on what to do next would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Hello, this is my 65. I have owned it for 22+ years but it sat parked for 13 years. I am one year into my resto-mod and I apologize for not posting a build thread sooner. Forgive me but I originally got the vibe that some of you guys (purists) may not like what I was doing (not staying 100% original) to such a beautiful car. Thanks to a few members who advised me otherwise and with the inspiration of the builds I have followed this year (Rsmalling, Rob J & Alini to name a few thank you for posting) here it goes I really like this forum...I've been lurking and found lots of help already...I see some guys post their step by step build on multiple forums at once (that seems like a ton of work but prob multiplies the info gathering). I will update with pics and write ups... I hope you guys enjoy and thank you in advance before the start...this is how it sat for 13 years without the engine in it. Note the nose high stance. I am trying to catch the interest of my 11 y/o son but video games are all kids care about today. Cool Hide-a-key find in the inner-fender/fender. My original plan was to rebuild the engine myself...got cold feet and sent it out instead. So I thought I would use the machine shop build time to clean up the engine compartment (fire wall, cross member, inner fenders, core support and tops of suspension components and frame for paint...) "can of worms" effect set in quickly. More to come...