A lot of people dream to have a muscle car of their own. One way of having a muscle car to cruise around town is finding a rundown old muscle car slowly rotting somewhere and buy it for a few hundred dollars and drag it to your garage. ( a lot easier said than done) You can then spend a year or two taking it apart down to its skeleton. After which you rebuild it to something that probably as good as or even better than it went out some 50 years ago.
But that’s a lot easier said than done. The truth is, just hauling the beat up muscle car to your garage is going to need a lot of effort and a couple of your friends. After that, you’re going to spend a lot of time just to figure out how you will turn that junk into a masterpiece. You also have to consider the budget you’re going to need to achieve your dream muscle car.
It is a hard project but we never said it can’t be done. You just have to consider the level of restoration you’re going to need to get your dream classic muscle. Here are 5 cars that you can probably handle restoring.
1965-1970 Ford Mustang
As expected, the King of all muscle cars is part of the list. The most famous of all muscle car, it boosted the popularity of pony cars. From 1965 to 1970, more than 2.5 million mustang have been sold which means there are a lot of Mustang that are probably hidden in someone’s garage, and it also means the abundance of parts. And there are also companies that offer exact replicas of parts such as Dynacorn Classic bodies that provide sheet metals for Mustangs and CJ Pony Parts that sell factory specifications interior parts. The amount of available parts for the 50 year old Mustang at a very low price plus the number of guides on how to restore them makes restoring a Mustang doable for anyone with the heart and will, and of course budget.
1967-1969 Chevrolet Camaro
The next one is of course the rival of the Mustang, Chevy’s Camaro. The Camaro is perfect for those who only drive Chevy cars. Dynacorn Classic Bodies also sell full body kits for the 1967-1969 Camaros. Camaro Central sells complete classic interiors for the Camaro that comes in a wide range of colors. The small block Chevy V8 engine is readily available which makes the Camaro an easy restoration project or if you want, you can up it to a resto-mod.
1957 Fuel Injected Chevy
This may not be made during the muscle car era but the 1957 Fuel Injected Chevy or known as “Fuelie” was one of the high performance cars during the post war era. Due to its popularity during its days, several companies have started producing brand new replicas and replica parts for the Fuelie. With effort, money, and some knowledge on how to work with the Rochester mechanical fuel injection system, you can restore or resto-mod you own Fuelie.
1964-’70 Pontiac GTO
The Mustang may be the King but the GTO is the father of all muscle cars. The powerful GTO was legendary in the 1960s, beating everyone in the drag strip. Today, companies like Original Parts Group Inc. have a large supply of parts for the GTO. The GTO is a lot rarer than the Mustang and Camaro so it will come a bit more expensive.
1970-1972 Chevrolet Chevelle
From 1968 to 1972, over a million Chevy A-bodied Chevelles were sold and almost 100,000 were SS models. And only around 25,000 were with the big block 454 V8. Today, you can see a lot of Chevelle SS 454. This is because modifying a Chevelle into the Chevelle SS 454 is easy with enough money.