I made a 2.2RS for cheap.
Hood, vents, etc ran me about $200
Used grille, free, but probably worth about $25
Headlamps, about $100 each
Bumper, damaged, free but it will cost a bit to have repaired. Figure $150 or so in that.
Painting...find a body shop that is slow. Got my hood, grille, vents painted for $125 I think. Bumper's not done yet.
Fog lights and bumper lights courtesy of NASIOC classifieds from people who bought clear stuff or better lamps. Maybe $50-75.
It just takes time
to collect all the bits at a good price.
End result can be seen here.