Not Seeing The Forest For The Trees
Whenever we look at a Mustang as a potential purchase, we often miss what's right in front of our faces. We see the finished product long before that first can of WD-40 and busted knuckles. In fact, it's easy to get lost in the fantasy of a car project because they are exciting by nature. Realistically examine any Mustang you're thinking about buying. We get in trouble when we don't see what's really wrong with a car. Sheet metal replacement or accident damage is not cheap to fix.
From a distance, this '65 Mustang hardtop appears to have simple grille and valance damage. However, the radiator support and inner fender aprons are also damaged. Additional cost there, plus time on a frame table to get the body straight. There's also significant rust in critical places. Even though you might be able to buy a beater on the cheap, figure in what it will cost to correct sheet metal damage. It's often cheaper to buy a good, straight car to begin with than it i