Third Gen Restoration - Budget

Here at ThirdGenRestoration I operate on a budget that is dictated by my wife's tolerance for cars and parts littering the driveway, garage, basement, attic, and shed. That said, you can guess how low the budget is. I will try to re-use as many parts as possible, but just because I'm a cheap bastard doesn't mean safety will be compromised. Most suspension and brake parts will be replaced without question. A lot of the important nuts and bolts will also be replaced with new hardened hardware.

Here is a summary of expenses so far. Note that some of these items also had shipping charges, which aren't listed here.

Vehicle InvestmentCostSource
1986 Z28$1000.00Craigslist
1988 IROC body shell$300.00Craigslist
Body Parts
Right front fender$ (thanks dennisbernal91z!)
Z28 grille$20.00eBay
Door sill plates$20.53eBay
Hood release cable assy$9.84eBay
Fog lights$27.00eBay
Sub-frame connectors$ (thanks 84TA400!)
Grill Mesh$7.20Custom Car Grills
Suspension Parts
Tubular Panhard bar$ (thanks greezemonkey!)
Rear Lakewood LCA's$ (thanks Fastbird!)
Rear 24mm swaybar$ (thanks Kwik89GTA!)
Wonderbar$ (thanks drain89!)
Rear swaybar end links$ (thanks Thomas Aquinas!)
Torque ArmFree! (thanks gcpoland!)
K memberFree! (thanks gcpoland!)
Front A-armsFree! (thanks gcpoland!)
Front lowering springsFree!came with 88 shell
Strut towersFree!
Front polyurethane bushing kit$7.00eBay
Front struts$99.98Rock Auto
Rear shocks$43.58Rock Auto
Idler arm$5.00eBay
Center link$15.00eBay
Tie rods$50.00eBay
Ball Joints$67.98Advance Auto
Tie rod boots3x$5.36Advance Auto
Front LCA bolts$12.95Spohn's
Rear LCA bolts$10.95Spohn's
Crossmember bolts$8.95Spohn's
Front swaybar bolts$4.95Spohn's
Front poly swaybar bushings$21.99Autozone
Panhard bar bolts$10.95Spohn's
Front bump stops$12.99Advance Auto
Front rotors and calipersFree! (thanks Primetime91)
Rear track bar$ (thanks 89iroc355!)
Front wheel bearings and seals$44.38Advance Auto
Drivetrain Parts
L98 Engine$ (thanks 89iroc355!)
Headers and Y-pipe$ (thanks 87tpi350,6spd!)
9-bolt 3.27 posi rear$ (thanks 89iroc355!)
disc rear proportioning valveFree! (thanks 89iroc355!)
Aluminum driveshaft$ (thanks kjvail1204!)
Short throw shifter$100.00Craigslist (thanks Craig!)
Fuel pickup screen$7.99Advance Auto
Fuel pump$
Interior Parts
5-speed shifter lower boot$ (thanks 89iroc355!)
Remove bushings from A-arms$25.00Burns Auto
Pressure test and bead blast heads$150.00Lawrence Crankshaft
Sold Parts
Scrapped roller rear end+$41.60
Z28 wheels+$50.00
Wheel center caps+$50.00
Carb from the 305+$50.00
305 Block and heads+$40.00
Total Investment$2986.89

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