Mid Week Match-Up: First Project Car

It is the Wednesday, so that means it’s time for another edition of Daily
Turismo’s weekly game of anti-slug bug (which is played by punching anyone who suggests playing slug bug) also
known as Mid Week Match-Up!  Last week we found the best Horrorods in time for Halloween, but it is time for healing…so…bring on some suggestions for a first project car.  Budget should be kept low (less than $8k) and the focus should be on a car that a young person (or old person who is new to cars) can learn about wrenching.  Doesn’t need to be a car that needs a rotisserie restoration, and something that runs is preferred, perhaps just old enough it will break down and you’ll need to learn how to fix it.

A few years ago this would have been an easy choice, tell the Ford guy to pickup a Mustang or Falcon and tell the Chevy guy to look for a Nova II or Camaro.  Unfortunately, prices for the popular cars have skyrocketed and you can’t even find a decent 65-68 notchback Mustang for cheap.  To get a decent running car, you need to dig deeper into the OE catalog and pickup something strange, like this 1970 Ford Maverick offered for $7,000 buy-it-now on eBay, located in Sharon Springs, NY.

Its got a 302 cubic inch V8 up front, the paint is done and the interior isn’t totally thrashed, this car just needs some basic wrenching to keep it on the road.  See a better project car?  Comments below.