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  1. #1
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    Wow everything I click on is way over my budget! What can I get for $25k-$30k?

    I see we have a bunch of really high end, mostly Camaro builds here. I wish everyone would put their asking prices on their title/headline so I know whether to bother clicking on it or not lol! I pretty much love all old school Muscle Cars, but they’ve always been outa my reach. I’ve been a Foxbody nut my whole life, but now is the time to move on. I’m so sick of all the California BS we have for smog and now the “loud exhaust” law just kills it for me and Foxbodies... Anyway, just wondering what’s out there for $25k-$30k.



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    Where u located?

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    I don't have any affiliation with this place, but they have a wide variety of cars with good prices for a dealer: http://www.maplemotors.com/cars.php
    - Ryan

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    Quote Originally Posted by 232_ray View Post
    Where u located?
    NorCal, near Sacramento

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    Quote Originally Posted by stab6902 View Post
    I don't have any affiliation with this place, but they have a wide variety of cars with good prices for a dealer: http://www.maplemotors.com/cars.php
    Thanks for the link! Does have some good prices there

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    Not sure exactly what you would like, but....... I wanted a 67-68 Camaro to replace the one I wish I had kept. The first gen camaro are very popular, so the prices are astronomical at time. I branched my search out to see what else I could find that would push the same buttons for me at a maybe cheaper price. I ended up with a chrome bumpered C3 corvette. It was half the price of a similar Camaro. With a beautiful paint job, EFI aluminum headed 383, a TKO 5 speed conversion, and some suspension upgrades, it was still at the low end of your price range. I'm not trying to sell you on a Corvette though. If you find something other than a Camaro and have a little vision, you can have a pretty cool car within your range or maybe even less.

    Also, a lot of the cars advertised on here are 'Best of the Best " type builds. A $60k car on Protouring.com might have $100k or more invested. As much as I love this forum, you might be able to find what you are looking for on a marque specific forum...mustang, chevelle, fairlane, etc. Enjoy the car and upgrade what you want to get it to the level you desire.

    Hope it helps, and good luck with the search....and, if you could deal with finishing up a Firebird, I think this is a lot of car for the money. I'd get it for myself if I wasn't having so much fun with the Vette

    https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...unning-project
    Jim..Car Junkie
    RX7 Turbo II--No pistons. Big turbo
    C3 Vette--Big pistons, No turbo....yet
    Too many previous ones to list, but If it's fun, I've had it

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    Yeah that Firebird looks like a steal for $10k

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    I've seen some nice Chevy IIs around that range.

    Good Guys Pleasanton for sale car corral just around the corner.

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    Portland Swap Meet is coming up, I've heard it's gigantic. Might be something there.
    70 GTO - Turbo LS Swap underway...
    70 Firebird project - 455/400

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    I really worked on getting this Cat, but I think it’s already spoken for ☹️ Gotta be the most beautiful Cougar I’ve seen so far. Super clean inside/out, laser straight, and tastefully modded to my liking already. Only thing I’d add down the road AC. I told him if for any reason the sale falls through, I’m ready to jump! Got all my ducks in a row
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Merc...202762&sfns=mo

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    Quote Originally Posted by STREETFIGHTER50 View Post
    I really worked on getting this Cat, but I think it’s already spoken for ☹️ Gotta be the most beautiful Cougar I’ve seen so far. Super clean inside/out, laser straight, and tastefully modded to my liking already. Only thing I’d add down the road AC. I told him if for any reason the sale falls through, I’m ready to jump! Got all my ducks in a row
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Merc...202762&sfns=mo

    FWIW, I approve!!!!
    Jim..Car Junkie
    RX7 Turbo II--No pistons. Big turbo
    C3 Vette--Big pistons, No turbo....yet
    Too many previous ones to list, but If it's fun, I've had it

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    For that kind of money, you could probably get a very, very nice Skylark, Cutlass, or LeMans. Maybe a Torino or Falcon or something. Early Barracuda. Especially with the Pro Touring route, there is no reason, whatsoever, to think it would have to be a GS, 4-4-2, or GTO. Caveat is when I think of the term "muscle car," I generally think midsize, not the Camaro/Firebird/Mustang types which I think of as "pony cars."
    67 GTO - Build underway
    66 Bronco U13 Roadster
    And a couple of 80's Porsches

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    There are many cars out there that you could build and stay within your budget. A few of my favorites are listed below.

    Fox body Fords: These come in many flavors. Mustang, Thunderbird, LTD, Fairmont, and even a Lincoln Continental, were all part of the Fox body family. You can build a 2-door, convertible, 4-door, and station wagon. All use essentially the same suspension, with upgrades of suspension, brakes, and chassis out there from new to used and in all price ranges. Ford 5.0 and LS swap kist are readily available.

    GM G-body: These late 70s through mid 80s GM cars include the Chevy Malibu and Monte Carlo, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Buick Regal, and Pontiac LeMans and Grand Prix. As with the Ford, you can find 2-doors, 4-doors, and station wagons. Chassis, brake, and suspension upgrades available are numerous, and they'll swallow a variety of engines from Chevy big block to LS.

    GM B-body: These larger cars share dimensions with the '64 to '67 GM A-body cars (115" wheelbase). The suspension is the same as used on the 2nd generation F-body (Camaro/Firebird), and has many upgrades available. 2-door, 4-door, and wagons are available, as are the larger C-body luxury cars (including Cadillac).

    BMW E34: Wait, what? Bear with me on this one. About the size of a first generation Chevy Nova, the factory suspension makes a fantastic handling car with tons of upgrades available. I6 powered cars will swallow an LS swap with little difficulty, while a V8 car will swallow a big block or Ford Coyote. Parts are readily available, and the cars themselves are very easy to work on.
    Bill Kistner
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    Another I thought of:

    4th Generation X-body: The Chevy Nova, Oldsmobile Omega, Pontiac Ventura, and Buick Apollo used the same suspension as the 2nd generation F-body (Camaro/Firebird), so upgrades are readily available. The engine bay will swallow anything from a big block to an LS with ease.
    Bill Kistner
    Check out my blog and the latest installment of my current project "In the Company of Devils" at: www.WilliamKElliott.com.

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    I currently have a nice ‘89 Fox with a fairly mild Vortech/351w-498rwhp/491rwtq. Would be really nice to swap this drivetrain into an old Ford, but I don’t wana deal with any bodywork. I’ll just keep saving my money for something more done... Thanks for the recommendations. I will keep my eyes peeled for all ‘75 and older, preferably the smaller to mid-size bodies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STREETFIGHTER50 View Post
    I currently have a nice ‘89 Fox with a fairly mild Vortech/351w-498rwhp/491rwtq. Would be really nice to swap this drivetrain into an old Ford, but I don’t wana deal with any bodywork. I’ll just keep saving my money for something more done... Thanks for the recommendations. I will keep my eyes peeled for all ‘75 and older, preferably the smaller to mid-size bodies.
    I would consider selling my 67 Cougar as a built roller. Tons of details here:

    https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...7-Cougar-build

    You can stab your 351w combo into it and have a blast!

    Highlights:

    TCP front end with RP steering and double adjustable shocks
    Electronic steering conversion
    9" rear with detroit locker and strange axles (genuine Ford housing)
    Caltracs with split mono leaf springs and DA shocks (same as front)
    Stock interior with vintage SW gauges
    Hydraulic clutch conversion
    Electronic headlight conversion
    Solid state sequential turn signal conversion
    Baer SS+4 front brakes with Baer Remaster MC
    Weighs 3140 pounds as it sits
    Much more!


    Andrew
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    I love everything you’ve done to the Cougar, but I wish it was painted. I’m just not a big Patina guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STREETFIGHTER50 View Post
    I love everything you’ve done to the Cougar, but I wish it was painted. I’m just not a big Patina guy.
    I'd it was painted, it would be a lot more experience...lol

    Take it to be body shop of your choice and have it painted whatever color you like!

    Andrew
    1970 GTO Version 2.0
    1967 Cougar build
    GM High-Tech Performance feature
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    "You were the gun, your voice was the trigger, your bravery was the barrel, your eyes were the bullets." ~ Her

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    Gonna check this Firebird out. What y’all think?
    https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...850698193.html