Whether it’s a classic first-generation, an ‘80s Fox body or even a later model that’s seen better days, nothing beats the fun and sense of satisfaction that comes from restoring a Mustang project car. At CJ Pony Parts, we’ve been helping both professional restorers and weekend warriors alike complete major repairs and other projects with the best selection of Mustang parts available. But even the highest-quality parts are only as good as the car they’re being installed on — here are some things to consider when shopping for a Mustang project car:
Set a realistic budget (and stick to it): Depending on the age, condition and model of your project car, a good frame can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $30,000 and up. Do some research beforehand and be realistic about the fact that the better condition a project car is in, the more it may cost you — there are very few hidden gems out there that owners are willing to part with for less than they’re worth.
Don’t underestimate repair costs: Especially if you’ve never attempted a major restoration project before, don’t assume the process will be easy and inexpensive. In most cases, you’ll find more and more that needs to be replaced the further along you get in your restoration — part of this is just the nature of how cars age, but another thing to consider is that most people, once they’ve invested time and money into a project, won’t be satisfied until it’s completed to perfection.
Check the title: A vehicle with a salvage or rebuilt title can be difficult to license and insure. If you’re not purchasing a vehicle with a clean title, be aware of what’s involved in making it roadworthy in your state.
Do the research: A Carfax or Marti report can provide a range of useful information about a prospective project car, including its ownership history. Also be sure to check the VIN numbers on any car you’re considering buying to confirm they match.
Once you’ve purchased your Mustang project car, it’s time for the fun to begin! Visit the CJ Pony Parts online store for everything you need to get your car back into driving condition.