if your already questioning your abilities and don't have a budget to pay someone the 25k or more it will take to get it fully restored don't do it. I am on my first full body on resto, and i would ask yourself a few important questions before you decide on any car
sounds like you want a driver for cruising
what years do you like? 66' and 67' are very similar.
what work can i do myself?
what work will i have to pay someone to do?
will i source my own parts to save the markup?
do i have room to have a torn apart car in my garage? (takes double the space of one assembled)
do i have the tools required to do this?
if not what will they cost?
do i have the time?
what is my time frame to complete?
what is my car budget?
what is my resto budget?
can my marriage handle this....lol, jk
not trying to be a downer just making you aware of things you will run into.
i would look for a car with the best body possible for your budget as bodywork and paintis very expensive (have seen bids of 25,000 + for cars in better shape than that one. your paint will only ever be as good as your body is. Also i would never buy a car someone else has taken apart, even if you take it apart yourself take pictures as you go, a year down the line or more when you are trying to put back together you will not remember how it came apart. Cars in the market you are looking will need the engine re-built most likely anyways to run on pump gas as a daily driver. True GTO's with a decent body and missing or burnt up drive train can fetch 10,000. You may want to look for a Lemans or Tempest of your favorite year as the initial price will be less, which will leave you more for the restore and if you MUST have a GTO you can make it a clone. ohhh, and when you get to the bottom three on the list, double them because we are all optimistic...
paid 2,500 for my Tempest and another 900 to ship it to MI from ID, all metal original body, 99.9% complete dealer serviced in a carport since 76' after throwing a valve on the 326 which is on the floor in lieu of a 71' 455 but will be rebuilt stock and kept with the car, not going to clone it, nice Leman's and Tempest are more rare now as most have been cut up as parts mules.
1966 Tempest pictures by instg8ter - Photobucket