5 Reasons Why You Should Own A Project Car

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Owning a project car is one of the best things any self-respecting petrolhead can do in their lives. Why? I'll tell you why right now! 

1. They're cheap to buy

Because you want a challenge (and I don't mean changing the wheels and the exhaust system, I mean a proper challenge), you won't give a damn about the state of the interior, the finish of the paintwork or even the bite of the clutch when you look at a potential project car.  

What you want is something that's seen better days, or something that might have been standing for a while. No non-car enthusiast would ever look twice at something like that, which gives you leverage to politely low-ball the owner. 

You're looking for something with potential  (and I don't mean a complete rust bucket like the Miata in the picture) that you can lovingly craft into your perfect car, but make sure that you can drive it away from the owner's place; anything that needs massive amounts of wrenching might be too overwhelming in the long run.  

If you're looking for something cheap and Japanese, then the answer is always a decent condition Miata. If muscle is what you're after, then Mustangs and Camaros are cheap and plentiful

2. There won't be another one like yours!


Being different, or trying something new is one of the greatest things about owning a project car. After all, what better way is there to show off your creativity than by doing it through your ride? Get it right, and you could be crowned the new Magnus Walker...except without the long hair and the beard. 

3. You'll learn how to wrench

Books and YouTube videos can only tell you so much about the inner workings of a car; but the only way you'll ever really learn is by getting your hands dirty.  

Even with a modest tool set and the acceptance that you'll cut your knuckles to shreds, you'll quickly learn how to bleed brakes, upgrade discs and pads, and change body panels. Heck, you might even want to spray your car a different colour, and practicing on a ratty wing will make you a master painter. Sort of. 

4. Satisfaction and respect from other car people


They say that a project car is never finished, but let me tell you that there's little more satisfying for a petrolhead than seeing project car progress, no matter  how trivial.  

Each step of your journey will be documented with pictures and maybe even a build thread, and with that comes respect from other like-minded people. Little do you know it, but you'll also be inspiring others to realise their perfect car from scratch; just imagine how cool the roads would be if we were all cruising around in unique rides!

5. You've always got something to look forward to

Buying or bidding on car parts is awesome, it's a rush and it gives you something to look forward to. 

Having a bad day at work or school? Just remember that you've got a project car waiting at home for those new spark plug leads that you ordered recently. And don't even get me started on what it's like to see a UPS truck stop outside your house with even more goodies. You'll run outside and hug him like a long-lost father, safe in the knowledge that your day with your project car has now been made!