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03-21-2005, 11:13
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?


03-21-2005, 11:23
What are 340 Dusters selling for now-days?

03-21-2005, 12:16
Go with the non-famous name cars. Dodge Coronet with several flavors of MOPAR V-8. Maybe a Ford Galaxy.

03-21-2005, 13:12
volvo wagon+ whatever V8 drivetrain you want

03-21-2005, 22:06
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.

03-22-2005, 01:45
El camino maybe.

03-22-2005, 11:16
There's always the Ford Ranchero if one were to walk on the wild side.

03-22-2005, 11:32
Might I suggest a 67-72 Chevy C-10 truck!

03-22-2005, 13:57
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.

03-22-2005, 15:26
Old Datsun + chevrolet 350 = fun!

03-22-2005, 20:52
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:)

03-22-2005, 21:50
No such thing as a cheap muscle car.... lol

michael t
03-25-2005, 01:13
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##

michael t
03-25-2005, 22:58
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.

03-26-2005, 01:51
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.

04-13-2005, 05:41
Originally posted by jessz1
No such thing as a cheap muscle car.... lol

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!

04-22-2005, 08:12
Ford Maverick Grabber w/ a 302

04-22-2005, 09:04
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.

04-22-2005, 09:52
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:

04-22-2005, 13:17
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:

michael t
04-22-2005, 13:50
Originally posted by streeter69
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:

Factory used 302 in them,in Europe. They ran out about 150mph on top end.

04-26-2005, 00:22
The cheapest engine to rebuild or modify is without a doubt
a Small Block Chevy. It has no peers.

04-27-2005, 21:02
To come out the cheapest AND have something COOL,....find an old Chevy(Camaro,Nova,Impala,Chevelle,etc.) yea might be some cash just to buy the car up front, but you'll save money, when you go to get performance stuff for the engine and trans. You can build 2 Chevy motors for the cost of one Ford or Dodge engine. That goes for transmissions too.

I have built many (cheap) cars that kicked butt on the street. I had a 72 Chevelle that was totally rust free, no dents, no bondo, or anything with a big block, disc brakes, and a 12 bolt for $3000.00, pulled the motor and built a 468 for around $1000.00, total w/nitrous pistons, that ran 6.80's on a 200 shot of spray. Of course, then I went through 3 turbo 350's until I went with a turbo 400, then had to go with strange axles, and a rear end girdle....and the list just gets worse from there(roll cage, because the local track banned me until I put one in).

But you get the picture, look around, when your out driving around to work or whatever, look in peoples yards, barns, and garages, if they have like an inch of dust on them chances are they'll sell them for cheap to get them out of the yard. Just a suggestion.....