The ideal car would be sitting in a dry barn, or freshly pulled from one. It’s complete but dirty, the engine turns over by hand, the body and frame are rust free, and the pot metal is driver quality or nice enough to rechrome without grinding or filling excessive pitting. And while I’m dreaming here, let’s make the barn find price $5,000.
Next choice is something from $8,000-$15,000, Possibly more for a totally stock looking resto Rod. The most important is that the body and frame are solid, and I can verify that.
I have a lot of experience doing mechanical, front end, brakes, replacing sheet metal, body work.
I live in southern CA, and would prefer to buy a western car that will be easier to view and trailer home as needed. But I’m open to buying a car further away, and paying an inspector to check it, including some rack time, to verify and document any issues. I wouldn’t be opposed to buying both a nice, running original car and a solid project car. Restoring cars is my hobby. If you know of a car a want to pm me, please do. Thanks