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Hello,
I am a thirteen year old who has taken the project of restoring a 68' P-1800. This is my first restoration, and would like to finish in time to I will be able to drive it. The restoration is not for show but for an everyday driver. But, this being my first, I would appreciate any help/tips/or advice, that anyone may have. I will soon put pictures up of the beauty.

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DanielP1800
 

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I hope the car is in reasonable condition because there is lots that can need fixing.

Make a REALISTIC plan of what all needs to be done (don't leave anything out) and come up with a budget. Add 10 to 20% to that and you'll have an approximate idea of what it will cost. It may be more than you can come up with.

You could also spend the next 3 years working part-time and save up enough for a decent, older restoration that will probably cost you much less than your restoration cost.

If you go this route, take time over the next three years to explore every inch of your '68 so you'll be able to expertly look at another 1800 and know how to spot a good one from a fake. Then, once you've got a nice one, sell your old model to the next guy with a dream.
 

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Hi Daniel,

My very first car was a 1959 Renault 4CV that my dad picked up for me for 15 dollars. It needed everything, but my dad said if I could learn to fix this car and make it road worthy, he would pay for my next car when this one gave out. Since I was about 13 at the time - like you... I asked my teachers in auto shop if I could bring the car in and work on it. I also asked a few garages if they would sponsor the rebuild by supplying parts and/or special equipment that was needed and in return they got local news coverage and lots of free press. Two years later, it was done and road worthy... however that newer car my dad promised? ...It was another 5 years before he had to pay out. Darn car went on forever.

So, maybe ask your school if you could work on it for credit and ask around your town's garages/businesses to see if they will sponsor the parts and/or provide you with specialized tools. Good luck with your new baby.
 

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Thank you both...
I will take both suggestion into account.
Also, another question I have is what part of the car should I start with, interior, rear end, suspension, Etc. ?

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DanielP1800
 

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Post some pix of the car.

I'm sure you'll get some opinions on where to start.
 

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Ok I will post pics asap... also since the car was in terrible shape when I got it and there was no paperwork, so does anyone have a shop manual or a parts list or a how to rebuild the engine back up, or any other book available on the P1800. I could use all the information possible.

Also, If any has already restored a P1800 and has key tips or advice, I am all ears.

Thanks,

DanielP18000
 
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