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    BabyPikachu

    Default My First Car is AMAZING!

    I'm 15 will be driving next year so my Uncle decided to give me a call the other day and ask me a question. "Would you like a Car?" Of course you know what I said "YES!" He told me to come over and he would show me.

    I arrive at his place, and he leads me to his garage. It was sitting under an old car cover and when he took it off, there sat a 1986 Ford Mustang GT! Its Black, has a T-Top, and its a Hatchback. He told me he bought it when he was 16 and stoped using it when the engine went out.

    So now I have a sweet Mustang GT I get to tinker with and fix up for me to start driving next year. Already have plans to get a V8 327 for it and a 5 Speed Transmission (not much on 4 speed). Im so stoked right now. Time to get to work

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    nice car.......but.....A 30 yr old car with no engine thats been sat for god knows how long, could turn out to be an expensive gift on your part and thats before you even look at insurance

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill1971 View Post
    nice car.......but.....A 30 yr old car with no engine thats been sat for god knows how long, could turn out to be an expensive gift on your part and thats before you even look at insurance
    It's a 25 year old car if its really a 86 model. I'm 24 myself and was born in 87'. But yeah fixing up a used car that's been sitting around even in a garage isn't exactly a easy thing to do. It's easily going to costs more then buying a new moped/scooter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill1971 View Post
    nice car.......but.....A 30 yr old car with no engine thats been sat for god knows how long, could turn out to be an expensive gift on your part and thats before you even look at insurance

    I have Several Thousand Dollars saved up from over the years. I'm not going full out and restoring it, just throwing what I can in it and driving it.

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    Sounds like an awesome tinker project car! If I had the time, the tools, and the money, I would certainly be fixing up an old classic myself.

    Not to sound like a downer, but it's probably not the best first car to try and start driving in. If Kentucky's insurance rates are anything like that here in Michigan, No Fault insurance for you at that age and vehicle type will be easily over 100 bucks a month.

    If my car knowledge is pretty right...since it has no engine and I'm sure other rust damage from sitting (new suspension, brake parts, ect)...will easily be 6 grand to fix up to a safe working state without a mechanic involved. Hope ya have a couple connections for cheap parts and the tools...as well as the time.

    Me and my buddy swapped engines in an RX7 and a Neon before. Really fun, very tedious. I throw about 400 a year in parts and maintenance at my 95 Escort just to keep her running properly. I brought her back from the dead which was really fun. She too sat in a garage for 3 years. Rust and corrosion irks me to no end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geno View Post
    Sounds like an awesome tinker project car! If I had the time, the tools, and the money, I would certainly be fixing up an old classic myself.

    Not to sound like a downer, but it's probably not the best first car to try and start driving in. If Kentucky's insurance rates are anything like that here in Michigan, No Fault insurance for you at that age and vehicle type will be easily over 100 bucks a month.

    If my car knowledge is pretty right...since it has no engine and I'm sure other rust damage from sitting (new suspension, brake parts, ect)...will easily be 6 grand to fix up to a safe working state without a mechanic involved. Hope ya have a couple connections for cheap parts and the tools...as well as the time.

    Me and my buddy swapped engines in an RX7 and a Neon before. Really fun, very tedious. I throw about 400 a year in parts and maintenance at my 95 Escort just to keep her running properly. I brought her back from the dead which was really fun. She too sat in a garage for 3 years. Rust and corrosion irks me to no end.
    I was actually surprised at the Little Amount of Rust it had. I was expecting something that was just straight out terrible, because a free Mustang just seems to good to be true. I've seen much worse damage and rust on some of the junkers my dad brings home to tinker with. My other Uncle, who is actually a certified mechanic who runs his own autoshop, gave me some numbers to call for parts, plus he said he'd offer me a discount on anything I bought from him. Hopefully I can save a few bucks there . As far as Time, I've got plenty. I'd much rather be working on a car than playing Xbox or something.

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    Fox body Mustangs are cool, but if you're just looking to get it running, just put the same engine it had originally in it (I assume a 4 cylinder since you're talking a 327) I'd stand behind a 5 speed, but for getting started driving, I absolutely would not recommend getting a V8.

    I've seen too many stories on the news about kids who've wrapped their cars around telephone poles and killed themselves. And I'm sure they all said that it wouldn't happen to them.

    Not saying it will happen, but, I'd really hate to log on one day and hear that someone on here died from a car crash. I've seen, heard of, and been in enough car crashes to know that experience means the difference between a close call and a 911 call.

    Drive Safe... Hoon responsibly. =3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denube View Post
    Fox body Mustangs are cool, but if you're just looking to get it running, just put the same engine it had originally in it (I assume a 4 cylinder since you're talking a 327) I'd stand behind a 5 speed, but for getting started driving, I absolutely would not recommend getting a V8.

    I've seen too many stories on the news about kids who've wrapped their cars around telephone poles and killed themselves. And I'm sure they all said that it wouldn't happen to them.

    Not saying it will happen, but, I'd really hate to log on one day and hear that someone on here died from a car crash. I've seen, heard of, and been in enough car crashes to know that experience means the difference between a close call and a 911 call.

    Drive Safe... Hoon responsibly. =3
    Actually the original engine was a V8 302. My Parents (My mother in particular) are giving me greif over wanting a V8 in it, and yeah I can see why. Too much power for an inexperianced driver. I've actually been driving for years (around our farm) and I'm a lot more mature behind the wheel than most teenagers are. As far as a 4 Cylinder goes, I somewhat dislike them. My dad has a '90 model S10 with a 4 cyl in it. Really, Really Weak (Has trouble even getting to 70 mph).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyPikachu View Post
    Actually the original engine was a V8 302. My Parents (My mother in particular) are giving me greif over wanting a V8 in it, and yeah I can see why. Too much power for an inexperianced driver. I've actually been driving for years (around our farm) and I'm a lot more mature behind the wheel than most teenagers are. As far as a 4 Cylinder goes, I somewhat dislike them. My dad has a '90 model S10 with a 4 cyl in it. Really, Really Weak (Has trouble even getting to 70 mph).
    Funny, I've got an 86 Toyota Pickup, and it'll do 100 all day long with a 4 cylinder.

    Also, at 15, should you really be worried about driving that fast? 70 MPH is the speed limit on most interstates. Just because a car can go fast doesn't mean it has to. A 302 should be plenty for that car. That's 200 HP in a car that weighs in under 3,000 pounds. You'll have one of the fastest cars at your school just because of that. (granted, a modern Golf GTI has more power and is only a smidgen heavier, but then again, that's a $25k car)

    Yeah, I'll admit, I'm a little envious, more of the fact that you've got family members willing to work with you on that (my father's a mechanic, but getting him to even think about working with me on older cars is a joke) than on the fact you've got an old fox-body mustang.

    Just remember, the car will cost quite a bit to insure--probably over $1000 a year, just for basic liability. The insurance company doesn't care how many years you've driven on the farm, they care about public record--and when you get your learner's permit or license, public record will say you don't have a driving history.

    I know that my first car was a 1986 Pontiac T1000 which was basically a Chevette, and even with a year of driving experience my insurance on a 70 hp car with a 4-cyl that couldn't get up to 60 mph was over $1000/yr. (and that was back in 2006--I didn't start really driving until I was almost 20)

    I won't give a lecture, I'm sure your parents have already given you several. Just trying to give you a little friendly advice from someone who does actually have experience with driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyPikachu View Post
    I have Several Thousand Dollars saved up from over the years. I'm not going full out and restoring it, just throwing what I can in it and driving it.
    if your looking at building a motor it will run roughly $3000-$7000 depending wether you build it stock or modified
    crate motors run about $3500-$4000 without a core

    and your average T-5 transmission runs about $1195 with a junk core however buying outright will be much more expensive id check with scrapyards just be sure to check gear ratios because T-5's were put in everything from mustangs, camaros, broncos, blazers, pickups, well everything from the late 80's to late 90's a T-5 from a truck will drive diffrent than a T-5 from a mustang

    not to mention that electric problems tend to surface on cars that have been sitting for awhile and could range from light not working to shorting out and burning up entire wireing harnesses so check all that first before you even put a battery on it

    as for the battery if you got the money for it the best, most reliable battery on the market is an Optima "Red Top"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denube View Post

    Just remember, the car will cost quite a bit to insure--probably over $1000 a year, just for basic liability.
    ah in that car at that young he'll probly break $1000 in 3-4 months. im 21 with a 4x4 suv and i break $1000 in 5 months

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