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Need advice on 96 and what to do

Hey everyone so this is only me second post and I hope it's in the right place.
I have a 96 prelude, it's got it's fair share of rust and wear on it but runs very well. I'm new to cars so forgive me if I say something wrong. But basically the entire engine bay has rust in it. The car has 270k miles on it. So I wanted to know
1. Would it be worth it to redo basically the whole car part by part and make it almost new basically.
2. How much would it cost to that.

Any info would be great to know thanks!!
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In terms of return on investment, no. Preludes aren't collector cars...for most of the world, it's just a very old used car, and at best is worth a few thousand dollars. With that mileage and rust, probably less. A decent paintjob alone is a few thousand. Add the cost of bodywork to that. An engine rebuild is another couple of thousand (and up). If you're supplying the labor, some of that cost goes down, but it'll still be more than the car is objectively worth.

When you talk about going through the car "part by part", you need to be more specific. Some parts simply aren't available new any longer, particularly Prelude-specific trim and interior parts. Your car is among the most recent of the 4th generation...you'd basically be looking for a better example of your own car to raid parts from. But to really return the car mechanically and cosmetically to the equivalent of new would cost you as much as a new car.

For this one, repair what you must to make it go, and repair what's cheap and easy as you go along. If you decide you're mad like the rest of us and have to have a better Prelude, find one you like in better condition...and realize you'll eventually have the same struggles with that one, just later. And it still won't be cost-effective...you'll just feel a little better about bleeding money on it.
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Ahhh the 4th gen prelude. Pound for pound, one of the funnest cars to drive at their time...

Congrats on your purchase.

But...that clock saying 270k miles makes the car worth very little to the typical car buyer. Hope you got it for a great price. The rust is pretty typical for those cars. Scrape off the flakes and spray some locktite rust convertor over it a couple times a year.

Now if the car has some items replaced...brakes, wheel bearings, axles, clutch, timing belt, water pump etc etc...your life won't be too bad with ole bessy. If not...get out now while you can...these cars are more addictive than heroine.

If you need this car to get you to a job to pay for your living expenses...go get a much newer (read more reliable) car. Yours is worn out.
Yet if your goal is to learn, while making a silk purse from a sows ear...yeah you got a dandy.
However, if you look to get your money back or profit...don't even buy new tires...

I bought mine with 238k knowing I'd be putting at least $3500 to $5k into restoring the chassis. But the engine was a much newer one. And the body work I'd do myself and pay somebody to spray it.
Junkyard parts came in real handy. Parts car would be best though. Part of my learning curve was reduced by picking parts from the junkyard, and $ were saved by refurbishing several.
The engine bay can be spruced up with simple green and krylon. You remove a few things at a time, spray 'em and put 'em back...or, the junkyard parts thing. Spray the parts and let 'em cure a while.

Is it worth it? No!!! We do it anyway.
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you can spend 10k restoring a prelude and it'll only be worth 4k
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Re: Need advice on 96 and what to do

Thanks for all the tips guys! I got it for 500$ and had to put a new radiator fan week 1. I think I may just fix what I need because I do not have that kind of money right now haha(freshman in college) thanks for all the help guys!
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Broke@$$ college student + 4th gen prelude =
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I think the majority of us bought our Preludes knowing we'd be in it for the love and the heartache, not to try to flip it and make a quick buck. If you bought yours knowing it needed some pretty extensive TLC, you're already ahead of the game. Keep up with the typical maintenance, and perform an upgrade or cosmetic fix once every few weeks when time and budget allow. If you work hard at it, you'll probably end up a little financially behind in the overall investment but you'll be on top of the world with confidence and accomplishment.

I don't mean to brag or show off or anything, but I'd have to say my story is a perfect example. I bought my (2nd!) Prelude for $680, have a fair amount into it, and as most people know, it still looks like a turd. BUT it runs great, feels great to drive, and it makes me happy. That's what's important to me.
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I think I may just fix what I need because I do not have that kind of money right now haha(freshman in college) thanks for all the help guys!
The good news is that they're tough cars. It's still a 20-year-old car -- neglect maintenance at your peril -- but if you keep the oil topped up and clean, don't overheat the engine, and change the timing belt on time, it'll keep going for quite awhile.
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Post some pix.

The folks here can give pointers on sprucing it up on a low budget using some elbow grease and some items you may already have in stock.
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