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From: Canada
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posted 10-06-2003 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kellxr7   Click Here to Email Kellxr7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I have been nickel and diming the Cougar for too long & its not really getting me anywhere, Plus I am on the other side of the country, working in Toronto & the Coug is sitting in a barn in Saskatchwan collecting birdshiz. So I have decided when I come back I plan on doing a full blown restoration (restomod) I plan to strip it to the bare bones & stiffen the frame build up a nice firm suspension, Build the 392W , sadly get rid of my C4 & replace it with an Aod so I can use low gears & still not rev the hell out of it on the highway. & I plan to install alot of good soundproofing under a nice black vinyl interior & install AC just because Im sick of burning up. Paint the body some type of nice red & Slap on a black vinyl top (or paint it black) I want the car to look & work 110%. I had been using it for a daily driver, but it will just turn into a summer weekend warrior & cruise to carshows, so I want it to be reliable, powerful & look good.oh yeah & last. I am just wondering if some of you guys that have restored alot of cars could give me some tips so I dont make any regrets. I am 21 so I dont have alot of experience but I am sure this project will teach me alot. & I plan on this taking maybe 2-3 years.


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posted 10-06-2003 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dubz   Click Here to Email Dubz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm working on a 74 Torino Restomod and the only advice i can give is there is not enough money and/or time

i'm also 21, so i don't have tons of experience, but one of the best things for restomodding is to plan everything, and re-plan everything. Have everything planned down to the valve stem caps you want before you start. Price out everything, and decide at the beginning if you should make changes to your design so it better fits your budget. It not a good if you don't plan and have a budget for 15k and after spending 13k still need an interior, wheels, tires, bodywork, ect.

My original budget was around 12k, after 4k i'm almost half way to having the car how i want it, but it's gonna be over my budget in the end

i've been working on this project for 2 years, and will prolly be another 1 before it's on the road, and still another before it is completed

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