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Old 14-09-16, 17:51   #4
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theres a tag and vin decoder on this website. for starters check wiether its a calais. If it isn't its still ok sounding but ....

now rust on the axles themselves is fine no biggie its just thin paint there and a rusty disc is normal.

i'd count on removing front and rear windows and some minor rust repairs there.

again thats doable i've found a cheap and easy method im happy to share when it comes closer,

manual steer isn't an issue.
in fact in the early 00's it was desirable. manual racks are rare and a manual convcersion was believed to increase HP as it reduced drag on the engine.

i doubt it ever gained anyone more than 1 rwkw but hey the racks nowadays are 4 - 550 inc intermediate shaft so thats no problem.

the bumper is $100ish for all 6 pieces so thats fine also its 100% normal theyre terribly designed and can't withstand the tiniest of dings.

the engine not running is a bitch. at 1500 id guess he is negotiable.

heres what i'd do if the engine isn't running you have to assume that it is blown as is the diff and tranny. tell the seller that its a very fair point to make as long as you make it in a fair way.

if its a calais and you get it for 1200 id buy it. replace some leads etc see if it runs if it doesn't either sell it on being a calais you won't lose cash or alternately strip it.

by selling AFM engine head manual rack maybe a few other tiny things you can cover the 1200 outlay and you have a complete elecs setup and calais interior for free which can be used to either sell and fund anopther car or as it owes you nothing keep it and dress up the next car.

thats my 2 cents. good luck and i'm sure as long as you keep being polite and communicating clearly everyone here will be happy to help.

---------- Post added 14-09-16 at 17:53 ----------

by the way 3g is doable i've restoed 3 cars on the road for that budget now but in saying that i've also been blown out of the water before. it depends on your ability and if you set a budget and are able to buy and sell to increase the budget it works much better
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