What is the total price you are going to expect to pay when restoring a car/truck for the whole nine yards: the car, parts, paint etc.
There are widely varying answers to this question for a few reasons;
- it depends largely on the condition of the car to be restored. Far easier to restore a #3 condition car than a #5.
- it depends on what you mean by "restored". Some people do a tune-up, new tires, exhaust and a paint job and consider a car "restored". To others, restored means things like rotiseries, acid dipping, grease pensils and NOS parts.
- it depends on how rare and desireable a car you choose to restore. A nice SS 396 Chevelle can be had in #3 condition for $20,000; an LS-6 chevelle in the same condition could cost you double that.
Personally, I expect to pay about $20,000 to $30,000 for a car and and then spend another $30,000 - $40,000 on a complete resto over several years.