Cool, another Young guy like myself.
I'm on a tight budget myself, I'm only 22 just got out of college and haven't found the right job yet. I just look for stuff that I can afford right now, usually small stuff, but I picked up my frame for $100 bucks at a swap, getting ready to pick up what i'm going to use for most of my body for $100 from a local guy, found the cowl and firewall I will use out in a field, the farmer gave it to me, I repaired the sides with some sheet steel I had layin around. Using an 89 350 Chevy out of a truck I bought and replaced it in. Turns out the bottom end is really nice and I have a set of 327 power pack heads that were just rebuilt when I got them laying that I traded an old beater for. You can do this pretty cheap you just have to be patient and put the word out for what you want.
Owner of SLAUGHTERHAUS FAB & REPAIR
1963 Ford F100 460/C6 9'' Custom Paint IN PROGRESS