Speaking for the “mechanically challenged “I had very little previous experience, outside of the usual LOF and tune ups. My decision to work on something was that if I could un bolt it and just bolt the new part on I would do the repair.
With the advent of the internet I have found a plethora (l like that word!) of information. Usually there is someone who has tackled the same repair or modification and often they have taken pics. This is not just true of Panteras but most modern vehicles.
The beauty for me is the huge amount of knowledge in the Pantera community. And without exception everyone is glad to help you. I have had people I have never met from California, and around the US walk me through projects by phone. Others have made special tools that they have sent to me. I cannot say enough but about this fantastic community of owners.
With all of this help I have totally re built my suspension , replaced my intake and carb, rebuilt my ignition switch, modified my window regulators , re built my master and clutch & slave cylinders and chased down numerous electrical gremlins. This is only the projects that immediately come to mind.
Bottom line is that with basic mechanical skills and the information available most people can work on these cars. I get a great deal of satisfaction doing these projects.
But in the end the Pantera will always put a huge smile on your face. When you fire it up, listen to the fantastic sound of the “Cleveland Symphony” coupled with the thrill of driving these beasts there is no better value for the money, period!
Previous owner of #4060 for 4 years in the 70’s
And now caretaker of #4134 for the last 16 years.