By the Numbers
Do the math. When restoring a classiccar, even if you manage to devote two four-hour evenings every week and four hours every Saturday, it will still take you at least 3½ to 4 years. Can you really keep up that pace, tie up your space, and sacrifice that much family and personal time?
Do a realistic inventory of the resources you have to devote to this project, and not just the money. Do you have the space, time, equipment, and skills to do this? It takes 1,500-2,000 man hours to restore a car to a professional level if you have the skills. It will take much, much longer if you are learning as you go.
Reconstructing a basket case is not for the faint of heart. Still, there are those out there who, for whatever reason, have bitten off more than they can chew. If you keep your wits about you, you can benefit from their efforts instead of becoming just like them. If the deal’s not right, walk away!