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First off, hi. My name is Eric and just recently started working on cars. I love the look of old foreign cars and I'm not really into the old domestics, Novas and Camaros aside. I'm looking for a 2002 just to drive and appreciate. Slowly restoring it.

My brother knows I'm into cars and this person he works for has a 76 2002. The car has been sitting close to 13 years however and the paint is absolutely destroyed, the dash looks like a geographic formation, and the interior is full of junk and hasn't weathered well either.

The current owner did some work on it when it was still running, but due to some crazy financial obligations had to abandon it. It has Bilstein shocks, strut bars, Weber carb, and he said he added AC.

When I went to check it out, he couldn't find the keys. So I was unable to check under the hood, or in the trunk. There is no sign of rust eating away the under-body or fender wells. There is just a small amount of surface rust. It is an Arizona car.

So, I offered $300 and it was accepted, but won't agree until I can see the engine.

I'm going to estimate it costing me about $2,000 to get it running, but what is the best possible scenario with the engine sitting for about 13 years? I assume the worst is that the engine will need a rebuild.

Here are some pics.

2002Trunk.jpg

2002interior.jpg

2002Trunk.jpg

2002front.jpg

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Eric,

Nice find! Nice brother!

The license plate alone is worth the $300.

I'm right up the road in Colorado, if you find any more.

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Eric,

Nice find! Nice brother!

The license plate alone is worth the $300.

I'm right up the road in Colorado, if you find any more.

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NICE !!!

the bodywork looks straight and ding-less ...... at this point in the car's life, who needs paint.

--- looks like a passenger-side steel crumple above the grill piece ??

and all the bumper rubber looks amazing after getting a constant 13-yr AZ suntan.

and mirror on the passenger side.

and the trunk-deck roundel has more paint than mine does !!

and all the grill pieces are there.

and only one broken running light lens (right front).

NICE !!!

Cheers,

Carl

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" rAN wHEN pARKED " or maybe not

get photos for us when you open the trunk

and hood , and looking into all wheel wheels

with good lighting

you may think that sitting in AZ desert all this time

is good - but looking at the window seals

and lack of sealing - how much rain in 15 years

has filled the poor body? look under the floor

and cut out the carpet to see what's

really waiting for you - it may be better to just

remove the aluminum wheels, shocks, and good

bumpers for the 300 and leave the carcus there

cross yer fingers AND toes

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I do not think you'll be happy with this, even if you had $2,300 in it - you could prob spend 15 grand on this and still not be done. It looks like a parts car to me, and when speaking of parts--I don't see many that you could resell easily that would be worth the hassle. I hate to say it, but I'd keep looking.

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I do not think you'll be happy with this, even if you had $2,300 in it - you could prob spend 15 grand on this and still not be done.

I mean, what constitutes salvageable for these cars? Clean chasis?

I just want it to run and be safe. If I have money down the road, would be cool to restore.

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for $300 it is a keeper. worst case there is way more than that in usable parts there. best case it may be a couple hundred for a used engine, a few grand for interior bits and rehab on every suspension and brake system part and you have a driver.

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I do not think you'll be happy with this, even if you had $2,300 in it - you could prob spend 15 grand on this and still not be done.

I mean, what constitutes salvageable for these cars? Clean chasis?

I just want it to run and be safe. If I have money down the road, would be cool to restore.

Some folks have higher standards than others..........

For me, it'd be totally worth a $300 gamble. If you can get it to propel itself, then you can have some fun. Doesn't have to pretty, and most stuff doesn't have to work.

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for $300 it is a keeper. worst case there is way more than that in usable parts there. best case it may be a couple hundred for a used engine, a few grand for interior bits and rehab on every suspension and brake system part and you have a driver.

So you think there is slim to no chance of getting this engine running again?

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Sure, it's got to be worth $300. But there was obviously a reason the car was parked and abandoned in the first place, and when this happens it's not generally the result of a simple fix. If it were, the car would have been saved long ago. Move ahead expecting the worst and you won't be disappointed.

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Buy it, tow it to a mechanic and see what's up.

If it's gunna cost you way more than your set budget, you can easily make your $300 back in selling parts (bumpers, knee and belt line trim, mirrors, etc).

Good luck!

P.S. - First in line for the license plate, mirrors, and belt line trim if you part it out! Haha. But seriously...

- Justin

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Anything is possible with time, a little cash and some ingenuity. The car is worth $300--but anyone who has restored one themselves or perhaps paid someone to do it will tell you it gets expensive and it happens quick. It's worth the gamble, but I wouldn't expect it to be easy. If you look in the FS forum, a guy just parted a 76 Verona Red 02 that looked showroom fresh, lots of items you could use on this car, This could be a fun experiment on the cheap or your worst automotive nightmare--:) Good luck!

Ben

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Man buy it, get it running and enjoy!!!. Clean the body, spray it rattle can primer gray. If you enjoy working on cars you will really enjoy saving this car and it will mean that much more to you when you are done with it. I got my car from a wrecking yard for 1000 bucks, I fixed it up myself, learned a ton and now the car is a real beauty

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