Big G knows how to buy the right project
Don’t just buy the first bike or basketcase you see. There are plenty out there, often better, more complete and cheaper than the first you find. Buy the most complete bike you can. Often the bits missing are the really hard to find and expensive parts that’ll end up causing you a headache and hurting your wallet. And if it’s there it can usually be restored. Make sure it’s got a V5; if it hasn’t, be sure it’s got the correct numbers so you can get a logbook. Inspect any project as thoroughly as you would a tidy bike, so you can see what needs doing and work out how much it’s likely to cost. If you’re building a special it’s still best to buy a complete bike so you can sell the parts you don’t need and use that cash to buy the bits you do want. Don’t travel miles for a basketcase, unless it’s a really rare model. Ask loads of questions before you travel, too. If you end up driving 12 hours to see a pile of scrap you’ll have burnt a lot of fuel for nothing – money that you could have put into your project.