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This may seem vague, and I apologize for that but I am in that iffy place where I want to restore my 75 Nova but its not worth the money I would have to put into it. I got an estimate done today on what it would cost to get the body on my car straight and the small stuff fixed. He qouted me about $6200 and suggested that if Iknew someone or could do some work myself it would reduce the price. I would like to sand blast it or soda blast it so I can see all the issues. Does anybody have an idea of how I can do this without breaking the bank? I'm really new to this but if its within reason cost wise I want to do it.

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This may seem vague, and I apologize for that but I am in that iffy place where I want to restore my 75 Nova but its not worth the money I would have to put into it. I got an estimate done today on what it would cost to get the body on my car straight and the small stuff fixed. He qouted me about $6200 and suggested that if Iknew someone or could do some work myself it would reduce the price. I would like to sand blast it or soda blast it so I can see all the issues. Does anybody have an idea of how I can do this without breaking the bank? I'm really new to this but if its within reason cost wise I want to do it.

Thanks for any help!
Is the price for bodywork and paint,if so I say go for it
 

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They are saying that would be on the conservative side of it, after paint im looking more at 8g. And the mechanical work is going to set me back some too. I can do most of that myself so it wont be to bad. But I want to see what my options are.
 

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If you like the car and want it done, do it! If you can do the work or attempt to do the work, in whole or partially, it does save money. No matter how you go about it, you will have substantial $ invested and more often than not it supersedes the value any way. Building your car is a hobby and it is made the way YOU want it. So, the question is, is it really not worth it to customize your car your way?

Just to give you an idea of cost -VS- want, check out my thread: http://www.stevesnovasite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=198515

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I agree with Steve...$6200....go for it! :yes:
Yeah when I was looking to have mine done the cheapest price I got was 12k and the highest was over 20k. I ended up going to a friend for the friend deal and it was still more then $6200
 

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$8K is a crap load of money to put into a 75 Nova for paint and body work. If you're gonna spend that kind of dough on it, I hope you are planning to be buried in it. Nice "cruise night" quality paint jobs go for between $3500 and $5000 around here, that's jambs painted, buffed out and all body work, priming, etc...provided its not a rust bucket.

I just did my 71 at home for less than $1500 (don't ask me how many hours i have in it!) and that includes the $500 compressor I bought! Its not rocket science, just alot of work. I say do at least all the body work and priming yourself it at all possible, read up and get educated on the process.

Also, you probably dont need to blast the car, chemical stripper and a 4 1/2"grinder w/ paint stripping disk are alot cheaper and get the job done. Dont EVER sand blast a car it will warp all the panels.

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$8K is a crap load of money to put into a 75 Nova for paint and body work. If you're gonna spend that kind of dough on it, I hope you are planning to be buried in it. Nice "cruise night" quality paint jobs go for between $3500 and $5000 around here, that's jambs painted, buffed out and all body work, priming, etc...provided its not a rust bucket.


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I AGREE ^^^^^ IMO I WOULDN'T GO THAT FAR WITH A '75, I'D THROW THAT SAME CASH AT ANOTHER CAR THAT DON'T NEED THAT MUCH ATTENTION :rolleyes:
OR GET YOUR PRACTICE IN NOW ON THE CAR YOU HAVE, HOW ARE YOUR FLOORS AND TRUNK? :confused:
 

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Thanks to everyone

I agree its a lot of money to spend on a 75 I bought it before I did enough research on it to know that it wasn't a desireable year. Sorry it took so long for me to respond I was away with the Navy for a bit, I was actually thinking about doing the body work myself, the metal is pretty good, the floors are intact, just some surface rust around the rear windows. I jsut don't know where to begin with it, Im fairly new to this site and I couldn't find this thread so I created another one asking how I start the snading process. I'm more then willing to put the work in myself, the biggest issue is that the body isn't straight. So I want to get it down to bare metal, I also have the car posted on craigslist to see if I can sell and put it towards a more complete car. Thanks again, if you have any ideas please feel free to let me know.
 
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