69 HK Belmont - What should I do?
I'm 17 and I've got some ideas of what I might do to my family's (bought new by my dads' grandma) HK Belmont Sedan. It sat in a well sheltered shed for about 10 years until I was old enough to like and be part of mechanics.
I'm pretty sure this was the base model car so is it worth restoring?
Controversially, I would like to make this car look as "modern" as possible (sporty I guess...), I'm really into old Jap cars but seeing as I already have this - including its' heritage - I may as well use it.
It has a rust hole under the right chassis rail at the very front. Is that patchable or does it have to be fully replaced.
It runs reasonably well (161 orange - second engine) 3spd manual. Naturally it is pretty slow and would suffer if I drove it hard for a good time, but it was in service until 98 I think, maybe even 02.
To make it road worthy i'd expect it to need new suspension, tyres, a replacement headlight, some work on the chassis, tighter steering maybe, one brake light isn't working (pretty sure I figured out it was the wiring). The brakes seem fine, maybe new lines for the front.
What I really need to know is, is it worth it?
I can imagine it will set me back quite a bit to start with (5-10k) and won't be cheap to run.
all advice is helpful.
The bull-bar is already off.