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Hot Rods Cool cars built for under $10 grand? Let's see them!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fordor Ron, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 2,685

    from norcal

    IMG_1316.JPG hope to add funds soon
  2. rocketbob
    Joined: Oct 1, 2008
    Posts: 60

    from West Texas

    Not quite Hamb friendly, but I built this one back in about 1990. Bought the truck for 400, a trashed 75 Trans Am for 150(front sub frame motor ,trans rearend) 150 for swap meet wheels and a couple of hundred for tires. I really need to freshen up drive train and put it back on the road. I reied everything I could think of and could not get it to upload full sized picture.

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  3. ROCKER77
    Joined: Jun 30, 2008
    Posts: 514


    im sitting at about 5k on this one
  4. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 3,679


    Here's my '27 with a 283. Around 1987 I saw a roadster at a Harvey's Broiler cruise and told my buddy, "I bet you I could build a little roadster like that for $3500" He said, "B.S." So we made a gentleman's bet and shook hands. At the time I had just gotten wiped out financially by a divorce so I really didn't have any money. I started calling everyone I had done free work for over the years.
    My Dad found me two Model A frames and miscellaneous parts in Searchlight, Nevada for free. I sold all the fenders and stuff and the good frame, the bent one I used for the roadster since I was going to cut off the front and rear anyway. A 283 and a 350 trans from a friend, a $40 Maverick 8" rear end from Pick-a-Part on 1/2 off weekend (swapped good brakes and drums onto it from a different car). A non-dropped axle, spindles and several stock front springs were donated - I cut them and made quarter elliptics for all 4 corners. The body came from fly by night knock off artist in Orange County for $250 (it was nasty). Made my own Volvo disc brake kit from junk yard parts. Lots of little stuff from the Long Beach Swap Meet. The big ticket was the windshield frame at around $400.
    It was all built in my 1 car garage, notes kept and the tally came to $2850 and some change running, registered and insured. As seen in the photos there was probably an additional $2500 in it for a better grill/shell, paint, upholstery, and Coker tires. Still way under 10K. Won "Best Hot Rod" at the Blessing of the Cars" 1999 or 2000. I drove the wheels off it and sold it for $18500. Come to think of it, I could probably do it again today with all the junk I have lying around. Hmmm......

    my rdstr (1).JPG
    Joined: Oct 20, 2006
    Posts: 422


    65 Buick wildcat. Was given to me by my neighbor. Air ride wheels minor engine tweaks. Been a great car over 20,000 miles since I’ve had it.

    1937 ford just getting finished up. Probably just under the 10k mark. T-5 trans and frame work was biggest expense. Neighbor started the project so most of the parts were already there when I got the truck. Hot rod jen did the lettering. Going to be a great shop truck.
  6. wisdonm
    Joined: Jun 20, 2011
    Posts: 444


    Daily summer driver for 15 years. Built for less thank 5.

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  7. Bought both of these 48's for $1500
    One on tow truck had a good running mid 1950's 223 OHV Ford 6


    Ended up like this, cost was $682



    1500 both trucks
    25 beer for tow truck driver friend
    30 tow truck gas
    1555 total


    57 license & registration (lifetime)
    26 water pump
    80 gaskets, freeze plugs, timing chain
    140 clutch kit
    69 paint & sandpaper
    60 wheel cylinders & master cyl kit
    50 nuts, bolts, oil, anti-freeze
    10 shrink tubing & solder

    45 hubcaps(3 sets), mirrors, tail lights,
    50 thermostat housing
    20 steering wheel
    100 2 sets junkyard tires
    100 2 sets of steel wheels
    30 Ranger seat, brackets & sunvisors
    40 bumpers
    40 wiring harness & alternator
    907 total

    (some extra parts were included with the trucks)
    60 gauge panel
    50 throttle linkage
    80 two heaters
    100 radio
    100 steering wheel
    50 hubcaps
    80 bumpers
    10 rear fender brackets
    100 set of wheels
    50 extra fender
    20 original dash switches w/wiring
    50 gas tank
    25 window regulator
    100 seat
    900 parts truck
    1775 total

    dash switches
    tool box
    stereo & speaker grill
    headliner & door panels
    fog lights, headlights, bumper guards
    2 cans of engine paint for Xmas
    some shop supplies
    radiator - traded a $5 Superior steering wheel
    grill - traded a pair of free rusty Model A rear fenders

    -1775 parts sales

    TOTAL COST $682 and 300 hours of labor.
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  8. ^^^ I followed that build. Really enjoyed it. What ever happened to the truck?
  9. Can you share some details? Looks like a fun ride.

  10. Dago 88
    Joined: Mar 4, 2006
    Posts: 2,202

    Dago 88

    My Pick up owes me about 9 grand & the roadster about 8 grand. But we must remember I had a lot of the parts from years ago when you could get this stuff 16443469_10155123581719474_192567834_n.jpg very cheap or free. :)
  11. Sold it to a guy about 60 miles from me that made it his daily driver.
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  12. wisdonm
    Joined: Jun 20, 2011
    Posts: 444


    Take any '58-'80 Austin Healey Sprite or '62-'80 MG Midget and add a fiberglass Arkley SS kit. Kit consists of a one piece flip front end and a one piece rear. By removing the steel front fenders, hood, rear fenders, and trunk area the cars is lightened by several hundred pounds. The new fenders allow the 4" wide wheels to be replaced by 7" units. My 1275cc engine had a 160 thousandths overbore. With a 4.56 rear gear it was rater quick. It was the 1976 Milwaukee area overall autocross champion. Rarely ever put the top up. Summer daily driver. Sort of an alternative 2 seat motorcycle with a radio and heater, which in the '70 was rare.
  13. 19 years of ownership helps, the buy in of $2000 for a fairly solid Virginia car was lower then. A pair of better fenders was $350. Got a rebuilt 216 off ebay $330, t-5 was $800 from a rebuilder, $2000 to Chassis Engineering was well spent as all these make it a great and reliable driver. Of course there were nickles and dimes spent so I'll add in a grand on that. Well under 10K

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  14. killer551
    Joined: Dec 21, 2010
    Posts: 1

    from ohio

    1963 riviera 2200. For the car 400.00 motor and trans. Traded for wheels. 100.00 for super charger . 800.00 for factory 2x4 setup.400.00 various extra parts. Wood wheel,factory tach. Not $5000.00 in the whole car

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  15. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
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  16. wisdonm
    Joined: Jun 20, 2011
    Posts: 444


    Amazingly similar but not mine.
  17. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,045

    from Dublin, OH

    Have had the '57 for 34 years and have not broken the $10K mark yet.
    Never had the engine out, low mileage to begin with.
    Help from many friends and creative ways to save on chrome plating etc. 001.JPG 002.JPG
  18. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,020

    Member Emeritus

    This car cost me about $4400. But you have to remember that in 1965 when I bought the body and frame I paid $75 for it. Might not be able to duplicate that price now.

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  19. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,052


    Forgot my brother's T'bird. After the roadster and the 49 coupe he built this one for his wife. Once again he did all of the work himself in his home garage--paint, upholstery and the air ride install as nobody makes a kit. He shaved the nameplates and door handles, made the grille for the tail lights and made the hood scoop functional. As it turned out his wife found it a little large (she had never owned a car bigger than a Mustang) so it went down the road and he is close to having a 57 Thunderbird finished for her (although that one will miss the $10K mark by a large factor).


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  20. Let's shake the bushes again.
  21. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,478


    One club I'm proud to be in... the under $10K club! When you start out with a body for $125 and do all the work yourself including paint and interior, you can get away with such a thing... plus, I got lucky on the Flatty that's in my car, so the most expensive parts were the chrome inner fenders, tires, nerf bar, and upholstery material. 14310509_10100709759170370_8530460393411826260_o.jpg 14322723_10100709758950810_5461274198231666866_n.jpg 14424673_10100709759674360_6768791469725377970_o.jpg 1897762_10100190209871330_241233236_n.jpg
  22. I was right at $4500 all in with this in 2009. Not a Hot Rod by any stretch-but a real nice driving , simple,reliable inexpensive fun older car. It taught me a valuable lesson-
    'You don't have to spend a lot of cash to have fun with an old car' jim 041 - Copy.JPG jim 046 - Copy.JPG jim 050 - Copy.JPG
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    $850 in 1980-something dollars, plus free Lark engine from a rusted car being disposed of. Still in use.
    A hundred$ here or there for things like Maverick rear axle, Dodge dual master cyl, Saginaw ps steer box, Caddy rotors....
    Dono if I've reached anywhere near 10k yet, but doubtful :)

    I think the biggest expense was designing the adapter and putting in the 700R4 behind the Stude engine in the early 90s after running a th350 for a few years in the 80s- after I crunched the Stude 3sp O.D. trans on a trip to Florida. Made it back from the 2,000 mile trip by adapting a choke cable to manually operate the o.d. solenoid plunger so we didnt have to crawl back at 40 mph :)
    $75 for junkyard core-trade-in trans from the core-trade-in-pile + $200-300 for seals clutches vette servo...




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    $100 in 1977 for a no-engine rust bucket getting thrown away.
    Trailered it cross country behind my Jeep.
    Started out with a free Lark engine headed for the scrap yard. $100 Chev T-10 4 speed adapted. Later changed to a better Javelin Super T-10 for $100. WEBER aluminum flywheel $45, Zoom Chevy clutch (just under $100 I think), Oldsmobile Lakewood scattershield ($100- 150??) ,
    68 Torino 9 inch rear $50, lots of fiberglass to build a strong floor it didn't have (either that or crush the car), STILL STRONG TODAY 40 yrs later (the original floor lasted less than 15)(critics used to scream at me and predict doom for using a fiberglass floor), late model almost new 1974 Plymouth Duster seats $50, to prevent sitting on floor, Chrysler junkyard disc brakes + wheels, .........

    I am sure I spent only a couple grand.
    OK IT WAS 1970s money.
    I wish I could do that again :)



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  25. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,623

    from So Cal

    Cool thread, I love seeing all these, it's very inspiring.

    Technically I'm in way under $10k on my A pickup. But that's not really fair, cause I traded a 68 Chevelle SS 396, which I bought for like $225 >3 decades ago. I did rebuild the engine at one time, and I did spend about a grand on paint many, many years ago. But the car mostly just sat for the past 15 years or more, just lost interest in it. Traded it for this A and I've never enjoyed a car more that this. I've put a few bucks into this one, so I've got probably right around $2.5k in it, but those are mostly 1980's dollars. IMG_9356.JPG
  26. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,971


    My wifes 40 Pontiac was at about $7500.00 when I first got it running and together. It has had many updates since, but we drove it for 4 years before the updates. I built it in 8 months. Richie-17-whrr-10-year-116.jpg
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  27. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,703

    Kan Kustom

    WOW ! Nice !
  28. alphabet soup
    Joined: Jan 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,747

    alphabet soup

    I am thinking 10,000 +or- including the price of the car. But adding nothing for my labor. And there was a bunch. Gene. outhouse 001.JPG
  29. ...built for under half $10G's...
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