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I found a 67 mustang with a 289ci and trans on craigslist. The owner is supposed to send me pics tomorrow. He says all the parts are there and that he was restoring it and lost interest. I don't know much about these cars so I'd like some input. How hard would it be to put the car back together again and then have the body work done professionally?
 

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Shouldn't be too bad to put back together, but that depends on how far it's apart and the condition of the parts. You didn't give much of a description. Good body work isn't cheap, labor adds up fast. Cheap body work looks like shit.
 

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Anything from that age class is a primitive car by today's standards. It is all very easy to understand and restore.

Mustang? couldn't be easier to find every part you've never even though of before. So many restoration parts available.

Like wolfe said - good body work is where you spend a bunch of money. ANYTHING can be obtained and replaced on a 60's Mustang, but is it worth it is the question.
 

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The owner just texted me some pics. The front fenders, bumper etc are off the car but the engine is still in it. Has an auto trans with 289 the supposedly runs, last turned over in 2007. The parts seem cheap from what I found online this morning. The plan for this car was to restore it and slightly mod it. For me to learn how to do some basic things.
 

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That is a lot of rot. You would need to replace a LOT of sheetmetal
 

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only way I would say do it is if it is rare which that one is not unless it was messed with along time ago
RUN AWAY from that one
 

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only way I would say do it is if it is rare which that one is not unless it was messed with along time ago
RUN AWAY from that one
Was thinking the same.

Run. Run away grasshopper. Run!
 

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As mentioned above, a Monty Python quote from Search for the Holy Grail fits here: Run Away! Run Away!

Any time you have a guy telling you how easy it will be to restore a car that he has owned for a while and hadn't restored, ask why he didn't do the job himself. Regardless of what he says, real answer is almost always "too hard" or "too expensive".
 

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As mentioned above, a Monty Python quote from Search for the Holy Grail fits here: Run Away! Run Away!

Any time you have a guy telling you how easy it will be to restore a car that he has owned for a while and hadn't restored, ask why he didn't do the job himself. Regardless of what he says, real answer is almost always "too hard" or "too expensive".
That's very true. I looked online this morning at parts and they're easy to find. But the list got very long and expensive fast. I can see why guys don't do many restoration projects
 

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Restoring a car can be fun and rewarding but I'd start with a better car than the one pictured. Bodywork, as mentioned, gets expensive fast and, unless you are experienced with the rebuild process, it's generally better to spend more up front and get a car that won't require such extensive work. If you look long enough, you can find a car that a guy was rebuilding, almost completed and then passed away or lost his job or has some other legitimate reason for not completing the car.
 

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