I think you might be missing the point. I could buy a 100 pt restoration that would definitely save tons of time and prevent me from walking a swap meet with my kids from end to end.
Also feel free to laugh at me while I Hand form a left rear Saxon fender to match right. ( yes it was sitting on the wrong side of the car.) I could probably buy a fender too.
Sometimes in a restoration you get to the point when you have a nearly photographic memory of every part of a restoration that you touched puts your heart and soul into a car ( fights off memory loss, muscle loss as an added bonus).
Now you share this restoration with your son or daughter or grandchild and they may learn and have a memory never forgotten. Maybe a lesson of life is learned in the process builds character. Per chance as the kid grows they pick cars as a hobby over drugs or video games and god willing they will not spend their time writing comments of little value on blogs diminishing the value add of a communication forum to a group developed specific to supporting your fellow (car nut :) hobbyists.( yes I creeped on your posts)
Hard lessons learned: At 15 years old I restored a Ford Falcon ( 4 door) and the lesson learned from this was simple a Falcon fender costs the same to restore ( with fabricated components) as a numbers match big block muscle car with factory ac and a four speed)
Credit -(Special Thanks to the nameless older fellow with the split window vette and if I can recall the B400 Murray body Model A from NJ)
And yes I build low dollar original Model T ford belly buttons for an absurd reason to share old cars with people who appreciate them and save parts from the junk yard that can make a lower income family a nice driver.
This all all said maybe I should take your advice a buy something nicer to start with any suggestions on what you think I should buy?
To the rest of the group thanks for your awesome support! Sorry for the errors omissions poor grammar and sentence structure but I’m doing talk to text. And I tried to make the best of all things we can learn from each other!