As of September 9, my current budget is $17,000 all-in (including the price of the car). As it stands, that’s already a bump up from where I’d wanted to end up, but my goal has changed. Several months ago, I’d planned to try and save as much as possible, restoring the car to the same configuration it left the factory, but the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’m reminded that I’m building this car for myself and that it’s meant to be a fun daily driver. So that means giving the heave-ho to the front drum brakes, the automatic transmission, and the stock engine build specs. I’m going with dual-circuit front discs, a Tremec T5, and possibly a hopped up rebuild of the existing engine…and those things cost a bit more.
Check my initial budget in more detail here.