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I know its hard to tell without seeing the car, but Any estimates? Would putting $1000 into it be enough to make it at least halfway decent and reliable?

Also, can a 1966 mustang be a reliable car unrestored

If you can't tell I have absolutely no experience with this. Thx for your feedback.
 

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Any car can be reliable un-restored as long as it is well maintained. My father has a 1952 Dodge Meadowbrook thats all original (paint, interior, engine, tranny, ect...) and he uses it as his daily driver during summer/fall months. Before he got the vehicle it had set in a garage for 30+ years so to get it running he had to spend around $6500 to get it to its daily driver self. The brake system needed completely redone, all fluids changed, a few gaskets were replaced, the whole fuel system from tank to carb was replaced, new shocks, tires and an alignment were done. Your car may not need all those things but what I am getting at is once a car is brought up to speed mechanically and maintained it will be just as reliable as any other car out on the road. Restoration to me has always been more of a cosmetical fix for cars than a mechanical one. I would throw your money at the brakes first, then the fuel system. Who knows, $1000 dollars might go a long way on that car or go real quick depending on what is wrong with it, but you will need to take it into a shop to find out for sure.
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It all depends. If you completely want to restore it, like it's brand new. You're looking at atleast $15k-25k. If you want it for a reliable source of transportation, without any body work, probably about $3000, if you're lucky. But it could be up to $8000 including labor depending on what's wrong with it.
 
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