How much does body work generally cost.
hi, i am making a pretty big decision right now and would really appriciate some advice. I am 16 and bought a 64 malibu 4dr back in december. It has been off the road since then and now probably next week it will be ready for the road. When i bought the car it was under an indor cover, outside. So the rain was just kinda sitting in the cover for years and years. The paint it pretty dull and has a small amount of surface rust in some spots. Mostly just cracking in the paint, but it isnt peeling. The side of the car that was facing the road needs new rear quarter pretty bad. I would say there is a 5x2 spot, that is bubbling and pretty evident of rust but it isnt a hole. I may also need a front quarter but i think it can just be sanded and repainted. My trunk has some surface rust do to a leak somewere. It let water in and it just sat. it is not heavy and i am going to fix it before it gets bad. There are a few spots with a good amount of surface rust that i sanded down and primed and painted just to protect them. About 4 5x5in spots. The only other body work my car needs is by the rear and fron window's. When we tried to remove the front window it cracked so it is going to get replaced. We took it out because water was getting onto my floor and it was very wet which would lead to rusted out floor panels. I used some cold weld on the holes and i bondo'ed the pits (i am still doing this now). It is coming along very well and it is very smooth. After that i will shoot it with paint, put the window in, get my wipers working and then i can register it.
Alright now that i have described the car as best i can without pics here is my question. I basically need this car for a daily driver. Is this really a practicall car to do this with? I know it is not up to date with the technology but i mean is it worth keeping? I really have no clue how much body work costs and i am guessing within two years it will be pretty bad if i dont do something. I dont have alot of money so take that into consideration. So far, i have rebuild all brakes, painted, drums, new bushings for a-arms, repainted the arms, new shock all around, new wheels all around, cleaned the intake and exhaust manifold and painted them. All new plugs,wires,ignition. So far i have about $2000 in parts in this car. Or maybe a bit under.
Is this a car worth keeping? I know it is all my opinion with what i like but i am really just looking for your opinion to help me because i cant decide what to do. Also i am guessing my frame will need to be cleaned and painted too. Any advice would be very much appriciated.