No worries Greg, we’re all here to try to help one another out, right?
Let me tell a little story that relates here. First of all, in my family, we have a lot of what we call “darmoks” (which, for everyone except grog and myself, is a reference to a Star Trek TNG episode where they encounter an alien race who only communicates by analogy). This story has become one of them. When I was 16, I had just gotten my 91 Cougar, in non-running condition, and with over 200k miles on it. I was a kid who didn’t know the first thing about cars, but I wanted my car to be fast, and my grandfather had had some hot rods way back in the day, so I figured I would ask him all my questions. Can I supercharge or turbocharge my car? What about changing the heads and cam? How about swapping in a big block? Or an old Mopar 426 hemi? T-tops are cool, could I make those work on my car? What about making fiberglass body panels? Could I do this? Or that? The list went on. One day while I was asking him all these stupid noob questions, he hands me the tin bottle cap from his beer and says “Michael, if you wanted to, with enough time and money and effort, you could take that bottle cap and convert it into a 747 jet airplane. The problem is, at some point along the way, you would likely realize that it would be easier, faster, and cheaper to just buy yourself a 747”. So now, whenever someone in my family is taking on a daunting task that is in all likelihood going to be a waste of time and money and effort, and where any sensible person outside the situation would point toward a cheaper and easier way, we say they are making a 747 out of a bottle cap.
Make no mistake about it, repairing rust on one of these cars is just such an exercise. You can ship a car from California for under $1000. Complete running and driving rust-free cars can be purchased from CA for $1500 all day long. You can even buy very nice low mileage ones that need nothing for $3000. You will spend more than that just for a decent paint job, let alone the rust repair work. Literally the only reason to fix a rusted MN12 is sentimental value, which can not be replaced with another car.
-91 Cougar LS, coming soon, complete overhaul
with a 427" Windsor.
-90 XR7 5-speed black on black w/sunroof, MP2, coated rotors, double intercooler, 15%OD, ported heads, comp stage 1 cam, 85mm TB, 90MM LMAF, 80# injectors, and ported big valve heads
-98 Mark VIII LSC, Procharger P600b, TR3650 swap and 3.73s.
-90 SC Automatic rustbucket winter beater
-97 Tbird Sport 4.6 Nice weather daily driver
-"Your buddy Mike is INSANE!" -ClintD's dad