• Any MGA or MGB. One will learn EVERYTHING, from rust repair to electrical fires, what "jointing compound" is, that some things were manufactured to be re-built and repaired, that some things were built really badly, that oil rarely stays where it's put in an English car and best of all, how to pick the best spot to break down. Some of the best stories I heard were tow truck drivers' lives. Or, get any old econobox and re-chip it, get a set of wheels and you're done.

  • From the first page of local Craigslist results, pre-'76 only for us Californians:

    Bumper Valiant moredoor 318 'almost no rust': sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/cto/4708803414.html

    Mk2 Sprite supposedly complete, no pics: sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/4739385963.html

    VW Type 3 Squareback, oooh!: sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/4704972268.html

    '63 Fairlane with his kid's bad bodywork?: sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/cto/4748789693.html

    Here's your early Mustang project: sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/4731610583.html

    Pontiac Batmobile!: sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/4748649073.html

    Go look up the HAMB threads from elpolacko on Jag IFS/IRS for this: sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/4724579329.html

    Pretty second-gen Chevy leafblower, needs rust repair, can't tell how much: sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/4730533577.html

    Early Maverick, if you're afraid of rust don't call, right there in the ad: sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/4744495213.html

    Maybe my favorite, but a lot of work left: sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/4731610583.html

    • FIFY…

      Bumper Valiant moredoor 318 'almost no rust'

      Mk2 Sprite supposedly complete, no pics

      VW Type 3 Squareback, oooh!

      '63 Fairlane with his kid's bad bodywork?

      Here's your early Mustang project

      Pontiac Batmobile!

      Go look up the HAMB threads from elpolacko on Jag IFS/IRS for this

      Pretty second-gen Chevy leafblower, needs rust repair, can't tell how much

      Early Maverick, if you're afraid of rust don't call, right there in the ad

      Maybe my favorite, but a lot of work left

    • Man, you got time on your hands.

      me, right now I'm sitting here at an overpriced island resort for a couple days and for some reason the female display is…well, a whole chrome shop full of '55 Buicks can't quite measure up.

  • Some really good projects listed above. You guys have too much free time or a way faster method of combing through c-list. I'll take the Maverick, the Sprite, and the '56 Olds, but the re-chroming will run over $8k on that one.

    • It's one of the less offensive of the early bumper cars, I'm particularly fond of the four-door which is so blatantly BMW-derivative it's even got a perfect Hofmeister kink.

      Front suspension is 2G Camaro, rear mostly retained from the previous Nova/1G Camaro, GM. stuffed the Z28 parts of the day into it to make a cop car, probably got even more track time in its development than the Z.

    • I'd further note that for the cop sedans GM did a different back seat that mostly did away with the pretense of three across rear seating, in exchange for which you got knee room for two six foot adults.

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