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Dexter Ball

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  1. Thank you RansomEli. That is the same type of information I have been getting on other forums. At the moment I am nearing in on a 124 fiat 1978.
  2. Well, I have never restored a car. I think I have enough experience to be able to change the oil etc… But I see what you were saying. I should have a basic knowledge of cars and be able to do the simpler tasks.
  3. I am more looking for a car I can learn on. It may take a long time for me to restore the car since I would be learning along the way but I don't mind that so much. Is it a bad idea to learn how to restore a car while restoring one?
  4. Thank you for the help. Sorry, if it I wasn't clear but I want to restore the car myself. I have looked in to that " fix it again Tonny" saying. What I came out with was that fiats have an oil leak problem but not as bad as MGs and there engines are not as bad as people think. Fiats also have a bad rust problem but this car doesn't have alot of rust. It is true that the engine will give me problems now and then but I am more looking for a car to work on than to drive in. So if I have to work on it now and then after I restore it I don't mind doing that. I shouldn't need alot of parts for this
  5. I live near Phoenix, and I have found a 1978 124 fiat spider for sale for a good price. The car is in need of alot of cosmetic work, the engine supposedly runs and since it has been in Arizona all of its life it doesn't have any rust except for a little surface rust. It has new tires and brakes. I would like to restore it, but before I buy it I want to make sure I have enough time to do it. Would 200 hours be enough time? I know it is not any easy question to answer but I thought that fiat restorers would be the best people to ask. Any help is greatly appreciated. -Dexter
  6. Thank you for the help! I will definitely check out the Falcon there seems to be a lot of pros for it. The mustang is a gorgeous car but the price of them are much higher, but then just as you said you can then sell it for much more. I will also give the fiat one last chance and see how bad the rust is. Once I buy the right car I will start a restoration thread, since the more help I can get the better!
  7. Thank you for the advice. That's to bad. I was hoping the fiat 124 wouldn't have such a bad name, since I found a 1978 fiat 124 for under 2000. I live in the Phoenix, AZ area and I have found a lot of 60s cars mainly mustangs few under 2000 though. There were very few 70s cars. Is the Mustang a difficult car to restore?
  8. The car I would like to get would have an engine and the body could be in bad shape dents and rust ect.… In other words a car in "okay" condition. I don't have any real timeframe since if I am working on a car I like I would be willing to work on it as long as it takes. For the budget I am not willing to spend more than 2000. I hope this helps. My main problem is I don't know what car is too difficult and what car is right for me. If it helps the 1975 fiat 124 is the car I would like to restore, but again that might be to difficult to restore. Thank you. -Dexter
  9. Dear Restorers, I am new and young and have not had mechanical experience. I have had for a long time the desire to restore an old car. Several people have recomended restoring a late 90s Honda, Nissan, Toyota or a mid 60s VW beetle. What would be your suggestion? My desire of restoring an old car has aways been 60s - 80s cars like the 1978 fiat 124. But I am afraid my desire of a 60s-80s car is to hard and I should just stick with a 90s car. I am not so afraid of it being hard to find parts but more on it being too difficult to restore. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Dexter
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