My 1971 project dilemma, any advice, guidance, council, a good therapist?
Well first off this could end up being an expensive restoration job with it having front end damage. I have however found some necessary parts so I am headed down the right path: endura nose, front valance, headlight buckets, hood. I have a bit of autobody experience but not to the extent of replacing a front end so i'm going to go to a professional on this one for sure. I have had it for about two years, took it to my friend's mechanic shop right after buying it and he got the breaks working, put in a new clutch and gave it a tune up but other than that and the front end parts I bought it has just been sitting(2+) years. I was finally able to identify the motor as being numbers matching but haven't gotten into it enough to see if everything else is. It's a 400 4 speed with the basic factory package (no a/c, no power windows etc.). I just feel in over my head. I bought it because it was just too hard to turn down. I had a 70 camaro I restored in my early twenties but had to sell it, have a 1971 ford F250, and I suppose I figured why not a 71 GTO. I have no info on if the motor was rebuilt but my mechanic told me it runs so smooth that it had to have been rebuilt so this was one of the deciding factors for the purchase.
Some thoughts for discussion: is the body work for the front end going to cost me an arm and a leg? I know I need to find more matching numbers than just the block stamp but as far as value goes how much importance goes into the rest being numbers matching? What do I need to match numbers on besides from what I have learned from research is the carburetor and transmission? From just the overall look what feel do you get for the car?
I know I sound like a dummy but i'm eager to learn...