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Ideas for cheap muscle car.

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by Cali-Glock, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

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    I want to build a muscle car on the cheap. Any suggestions? I should have never sold my ’65 Mustang - today a rusted out chassis sells for many time what I sold my baby for in the late 1980s. I want to build a muscle car, (1973) or older so I don’t have to deal with California’s smog laws, but Camaros, Firebirds, Mustangs, and even Novas are selling for some serious $$. What might make a good cheap project car ’73 or older?

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  2. engineer151515

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    What are 340 Dusters selling for now-days?
     

  3. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Go with the non-famous name cars. Dodge Coronet with several flavors of MOPAR V-8. Maybe a Ford Galaxy.
     
  4. Rob1035

    Rob1035 Skeet Surfer

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    volvo wagon+ whatever V8 drivetrain you want
     
  5. RBR

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    I use to own a 70 Duster/340 wedge and they will run pretty well plus their fairly light for their size.

    The B-body Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodges are still reasonable price-wise. The performance models will cost more. Try looking for a clean slant 6 or 318 for an engine transplant maybe. If you want you can stuff a lrg block (383/440)in it.

    My preference would be a 70-73 Camaro. Find a non-Z28/RS/SS plain jane model that hasn't been butchered yet with minimal to no collector value. GM makes some excellent crate engines.

    The main thing I'd worry about is getting a sound chassis/body that hasn't been wrecked or is rusting apart. Whatever you get will turn into a money-pit anyways.
     
  6. Wmarden

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    El camino maybe.
     
  7. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    There's always the Ford Ranchero if one were to walk on the wild side.
     
  8. RaiderCop

    RaiderCop NRA Life Member

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    Might I suggest a 67-72 Chevy C-10 truck!
     
  9. triggerjerk

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    Just make sure it at least has front disc brakes, a limited slip rear and a straight body or you'll spend lots of dough just getting it to a good starting point.
     
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    chevrofreak Senior Member

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    Old Datsun + chevrolet 350 = fun!
     
  11. streeter69

    streeter69 This is Kewl

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    Seeing how you in both Nevada and Ten. you should find something;P

    All depends on what you looking for. To me , all the older cars are good and they all have potential. It is all personal taste. I live in utah. You decide what you want I will will keep my eyes out for a clean body car for you:)
     
  12. jessz1

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    No such thing as a cheap muscle car.... lol
     
  13. michael t

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    240 or 260 Datsun Z use Jags are us kit. complete sleeper only around 150lb weight gain and only 50 on front wheels Alum,manifold,heads and headers takes that off and more. Instruction book was best I ever saw. mid 12's with basic stock 350 They used to advertise in Car and Driver and Road and Track. Looks stock handles and hauls a##
     
  14. michael t

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    I remembered another cheap toy. Dealer in AZ did these in early 70's AMC gremlin with v8 package Swap in 401 eng mostly a bolt in . With 390 rear a real sleeper Ugly but quick. 2 seater AMX last time I looked could still be had at decident price.
     
  15. JellyBelly

    JellyBelly Meat Popsicle

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    Get an old pickup. They're a dime a dozen, in fact if you look in rural areas you can find them in storage in people's barns. A friend of mine just bought a 1969 Chevy pickup that's been sitting in storage (started once a year) for the last 20 years. He paid $1000 for it.

    If I had a place to work on it I'd buy it right now and build it up myself.
     
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    I agree, ive pumped tons of time and money into my mustang. I say, dont try to go really cheap when you buy the car. Go with what you know and like. Look for an older used mustang and work from the ground up. Make it a project car and although it may take a long time it only makes it that much sweeter when its done!
     
  17. liliysdad

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    Ford Maverick Grabber w/ a 302
     
  18. dgg9

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    Something to be said for small block Chevies (Chevelle, et al) of that era. But it won't be cheap.

    If you want inexpensive muscle, motorcycle is the way to go.
     
  19. Wicked96SS

    Wicked96SS Typical Gun Nut Millennium Member

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    You know, there was an artical in Hot Rod about 5 years ago, where they took a junkyard Chevette and a junkyard 500 cid cadillac engine, added some go fast parts (found aluminum intake, had some head work done, made custom headers), fit a TH400 in, used the stock rear end (!), darn thing ran 11's and the total bill was $2000.00 not including the labor...

    Found the cover at least:
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  20. streeter69

    streeter69 This is Kewl

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    I helped my brother put in a 351 into a 76 capri II. It was cheap and an awesome little car to drive. Besides I do not know of another that was built:cool: