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Old 01-15-2008, 06:48 PM   #1
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My son is 8 years old and I was thinking how cool it would be to buy a piece of and totally rebuild it over the next 8 years into something he can drive when he turns 16. I'd like to go with some sort of import with plenty of aftermarket options and tuneability.

Does anyone have suggestions on cars that would be good to make projects? I was considering an older RX7, but I'm not sure if I want to deal with the unknowns of a rotary engine. I also don't want to go with something as simple as a civic...I want it to actually be cool :) Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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wow philip!! what a cool thing to do for your son!! yay you!!


sorry i don't have any ideas for you, but i'm sure someone else will.......

have fun!!!
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find you a nissan 200 sx se-r,make sure its that model,,then look up jwt,,jim wolfe technologies,,(big nissan racing man,,his hands are in almost anything thats nissan racing.)140hp 132fpt stock weighs 2600lbs.and it doesnt take a lot of $$$ to get it pumped up to 300hp either.
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Old 01-15-2008, 09:20 PM   #5
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used Miata - $1500-$3000
(can fix it up and autox it)

5.0L engine drivetrain and 7.5" T-Bird axle = ~$2200

Monster Miata kit - $4000

go to monster miata dot com and check out the info
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^^^ Cool idea, but not for a first car. He will be a new driver... Pick something out of the ordinary, especially if you are gonna put time in it... I like some of the freaky RWD turbo cars from the 80's...

Mitsubishi starion ( chrysler conquest)
Mustang SVO
Merkur XR4TI

A tough swap would be fun, a 240 nissan with all the silvia bits and an sr20det would be nice

There were some cool FWD cars too. depends on how wierd you want to get

Shelby turbo cars from the 80's
Dodge Omni GLHS
Mazda 323
There were a few cool escorts out there
Cosworth Vega
Datsun 510 with JDM bits

^^^ Those are just a few off the top of my head.


The rotaries are neat, but I would steer clear as the can be difficult to diagnoze problems on, and for a first car you want reliable AND fun.
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You could grab the RX7 and do an LS1 swap.
Just throwing that out there. Not because I know what I'm talking about either...
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i wouldnt give my 16 year old son, or daughter a car with that many ponies, i like vineys car ideas, all cheap cars that can be built to last a long while, and stil can be built to make nice numbers later on
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I like the 200sx...that was a pretty cool looking car. And I'll look into that LS1 swap as well as Viney's suggestions. Thanks for the ideas guys.
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