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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.
Friends, countrymen, and others. I have just recently joined the forums, and I am on the hunt for a Car. This car will be my first restoration project, I would prefer if It wasn't too complicated to repair. I am Moderately experienced with metal restoration, and I am also Moderately experienced in engine and mechanical repair. Anyway, have a few in my sights, and here they are. For the car (restoration not included) I'm trying to spend $6000 or less, but I can go up to 10k if it's a great car. Condition 1.Perfect 2.Very nice 3.Daily Driver 4. Needs some restoration 5.Needs a full restoration -1978 Pontiac Firebird Skybird $4,700. 2. No body rust, or mechanical problems. Paint isn't great, but it's not horrid. -1975 Corvette $6,000. 3 needs new paint job, the old paint is sun bleached and faded. It has side mufflers that aren't stock, but other than that no more changes. Interior isn't horrible. Runs drives. -1982 Porsche 928 $3,750 3 leather is well worn, but that is about it -1977 Datsun 280Z 2+2 $5,000. 2 paint is great and it runs well. It has been maintained properly, and shows it -1968 Pontiac GTO $5,500. 4 No paint, and surface rust. Interior is worn and dirty. Runs and drives, but needs some mechanical tuning. -1972 Plymouth Roadrunner $2,700. 3 missing tail lights and no headlights otherwise great. It doesn't have a title as it was bought new in Georgia, which didn't issue titles till 1980. Comes with bill of sale -1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible $3,750 2 perfect paint and great interiors runs great -1967 Chevy Impala Convertible $6,500. 2 good paint with many chips and scratches, good interior -1968 Pontiac Catalina convertible $5,500. 2 great paint and chrome, good interiors no mechanical problems. -1967 Oldsmobile Toronado $1,950 3 missing backseat, and floor pans are rusting out. paint is not great, no chips, but it is sun bleached. Runs but also has a fuel pump leak, and it's brakes bleed. -1968 Oldsmobile Toronado $4,800. 2 paint is great and interiors are good. No mechanical problems. -1966 Thunderbird $2,200. 4 surface rust, and rusted out brake line. Otherwise runs. The car has rust in the quarters, but they can be saved. -1977 Corvette Stingray T-Top $10,000. 1 Perfect interiors and paint, runs splendidly, a bit expensive for my price range -1974 AMC Javelin AMX $2750 4 missing a few bits of trim, and rust in the rear quarters, I believe it runs, but it would need a tune up and some new parts to run well. Interior is dirty, and the leather on the front seats are splitting. It would be awesome if you guys could create your own top 3 list. Thanks Freddy aka SirShiftsalot