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Is this a good car for a teen?

http://newyork.craigslist.org/brx/cto/5102611784.html
So I am 14 years old, and I've been thinking about getting a project car to work on. The goal is to restore it by the time I get my license.
Does this look like it's worth it?
Thanks in advance.
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LOL. That is so funny. I have being following that posting for months just because I need the trunk lid. Hahahaha. In my opinion any muscle car these days is great platform for any kids that values what cars used to be. The problem is whether you can afford your upgrades and how responsible you will be once is complete. Keep one thing in mind. Driver licenses are priviliges given to us citizens. Becareful and good luck. I am in Jersey city if you need any help
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At 14 you will need someone with experience and the tools to help you and a rather large bankroll to get it road worthy.
I don't know what state you are in but insurance for a muscle car for a teen can also be very expensive.
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Well, did you buy it? The ad has been deleted.

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He reuploaded the ad http://newyork.craigslist.org/brx/cto/5116485545.html

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I think it would be fine as a starter , mechanical parts are cheap . You will learn a lot by doing it as well . Excellent beginner project .
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Please, if you want to get in to the hobby I suggest something with as little rust as possible. Rust is the cancer of cars and costs $$$ to repair and eradicate. I'll bet if you looked under all the chrome wheel moldings and rocker trim this car is GONE. My car looked very similar when I bought it (well, maybe a little better) and under all the chrome was.....nothing, nothing but decayed, rusted metal, or what was left of it.

A car with no engine or trans but a solid body would be a better project.

Just keep in mind what a Lemans is worth in "good" condition i.e.. a driver quality vs. what you would have to put into this car to get it to equivalent shape.

How about this car instead? - 1969 lemans convertible (custom s)

or this one - 1965 Lemans gto

or this one - Lemans Gto

this Can Am is cool and they are rare! - 1977 Pontiac Lemans Can Am 6.6 Liter 400

All from your area Craigslist, you are one lucky guy to have all these great projects to choose from. The Can Am is asking $5500 and would probably take less. Now the initial buy in on all these cars is more, but they are all either real GTO's, convertables, or the one is a rare Can Am so when they are complete they will be worth more than a normal Lemans.

Choose your car wisely young man.
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All from your area Craigslist, you are one lucky guy to have all these great projects to choose from. The Can Am is asking $5500 and would probably take less. Now the initial buy in on all these cars is more, but they are all either real GTO's, convertables, or the one is a rare Can Am so when they are complete they will be worth more than a normal Lemans.

Choose your car wisely young man.
I'm actually from mid north jersey...
I'll take all this into consideration, and I'll try to get something with as little rust as possible... Here in the north the winters are harsh
Thanks for all the advice guys
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That last lemans gto is the other one I have. It is actually a 69 Lemans Custom S. A one year production car. Very nice but some parts are not reproduce at all so junk yards is the only way to go in cases. Be smart
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I agree. Buy as solid as you can find. Rust will be an issue on almost anything you look at if the car lived in the north east it's whole life. If you decide to look at the 77 Can Am, pay close attention to the rear frame rails. I remember those era GM cars rotting out really bad in the back to the point of the rear bumpers falling off. That was when the cars were 25 - 30 years younger than they are now. Good luck in your search.
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