5 Most Coveted Project Cars You Can Work On With Your Kids
Without a doubt, one of the most satisfying pastimes is rebuilding a car. It takes a very dedicated person to stick with this undertaking from beginning to end. For some, it brings back memories of a first car. For others, it's the excitement of working on a fantasy vehicle. Whatever the reason, there's no feeling quite like seeing a car come together that you've restored or built from the ground up. If you've got the perfect space to begin working on this amazing hobby, here are five of the most-coveted project cars you can own.
If you're taking the time to restore a car, the Ford Mustang is a worthy choice. The Mustang is what is referred to as a "pony car", different than a muscle car. Although similar in appearance and both rear-wheel drive, pony cars are more compact than muscle cars, are sportier, and feature a longer hood. With Mustang's reputation, there will be no shortage of cars, or other Mustang fans, to help you along. Ford Mustangs have been manufactured for over 50 years, so do your homework on your favorite models. With the help of online auctions, you're likely to find the year you like best.
The first-generation Chevrolet pickups make an excellent project car even for beginners. There are decades worth of models to choose from. Given the popularity, you'll have no trouble finding classic auto parts and online support for troubleshooting. 1967-1972 Chevy trucks are some of the most desired models for rebuilding. While some people still choose to restore these trucks to their exact former glory, many more enthusiasts opt to install modern and fun upgrades. These trucks can also interchange engines due to the sizeable under-the-hood compartment. That makes swapping out motors easy.
The Pontiac GTO was manufactured from 1964-1974 as one of the very first muscle cars. Muscle cars, compared to pony cars, are more about raw power with large V-8 engines and rear-wheel drive. The most popular versions to restore are the 1960s models, especially 1967 complete with added safety features and a slick aerodynamic design. Luckily, plenty of replica parts are available. Restoring a powerful car like the GTO lets the owner bask in the noise, smell, and the sheer mechanical feel of this beauty.
Another winning restoration project in the Chevrolet family is the Camaro. Camaros were introduced in 1966 with the 1967 model as a competitor for the Ford Mustang. The Camaro has only grown more popular as the years go by, turning restorations into a billion-dollar industry. Chances are good you, or someone you know owned a Camaro and loved it from the minute they acquired it. The most popular models are the 1970s and 80s, or second and third generations. Restoring a Camaro is like an escape back to better times for the lucky new owner.
The Chevrolet Chevelle was introduced in 1964 and produced until 1977. Chevelles came in 2-door coupes, 4-door sedans, station wagons, and convertibles with the most popular models being the 2-door coupes. The Chevelle is a highly sought-after car with parts being plentiful and affordable. As with all project cars, restoring a Chevy Chevelle brings back a lot of great memories to the owner, not to mention comfort. Like any rebuild, it takes time and patience, but the rewards are well worth it.
A Commitment Car
Owning a project car is like any other long-term relationship. It's a commitment that takes work and plenty of problem-solving ability. You'll get to know every curve of the car's body, including the flaws. However, seeing the potential in the vehicle you're working on is really something special and bringing it to life is an incredible feeling. Whether your choice project car is something you couldn't afford when you were younger, or maybe is a car you regretted not keeping, you'll gain immense pride every step of the way.