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Nikolaeos:
Oh.  I have seen some Stangs around that, from the pictures, don't look half bad.  They aren't horribly expensive either.  Here is a perfect example : http://eugene.craigslist.org/car/601179810.html.  I haven't seen any Mustang that is very expensive that hasn't been restored in my area.

On another note, should I look towards auto wreckers for a Mustang?  Or are they usually so salvaged there is hardly a car left?

Soaring:
The example you gave may look OK from the pictures, but may be a nightmare as a rust bucket.  You have to actually go inspect them personally before you even make a bid.  Therein lies the problem.  You have to pay for transportation to go see them, and in most cases you wind up not buying them because of massive rust issues.  As the old saying goes, " You get what you pay for" holds true especially with old Mustangs. 
My first suspicion with that one would be, "why is it in primer?"  Most likely it is a bondo queen.  Beware......

Nikolaeos:

--- Quote from: Soaring on April 12, 2008, 03:43:35 AM ---The example you gave may look OK from the pictures, but may be a nightmare as a rust bucket.  You have to actually go inspect them personally before you even make a bid.  Therein lies the problem.  You have to pay for transportation to go see them, and in most cases you wind up not buying them because of massive rust issues.  As the old saying goes, " You get what you pay for" holds true especially with old Mustangs. 
My first suspicion with that one would be, "why is it in primer?"  Most likely it is a bondo queen.  Beware......

--- End quote ---

Thanks for the advice.  I would have never bought anything, especially a car, without checking it out first anyway.  But I didn't even think about why it is coated with primer.

66GTKFB:
Try an old junk yard trick when you go looking. Put a piece of masking tape over a small magnet and then run the magnet over any suspected Bondo covered areas. The tape minimizes scratching, keeps the owner from yelling too. Try the magnet trick on your car to get the feel. Remember, it don't work on aluminum bodys. Keep in mind, it's a lot easier to work on a 'clean' car than a dirty one. Don't even bother with one that's got rust on the floorboards unless you can weld sheetmetal to look like spotwelds.
Jim

Soaring:
And, you really need to look in the southwestern and southern California parts of the country, because I can almost guarantee you that any snow country mustang for sale is a rust bucket. 
There was a 66 "A" code coupe for sale in my little Texas town a few months ago, and the owner was asking 7K for it, and it needed a paint job and a new interior.  That would add about 6K to the price, making a coupe worth about 13K with no mechanical upgrades.  But, it was rust free.  So, for a 67 fastback that is rust free but needs maybe a paint job and some other cosmetic work, you are looking at 15K and up.  Especially the 67 model.   That is what the famous "Eleanor" Mustang in the movie was.  So, every idiot on the planet wants a 67 Mustang fastback to turn it into an Eleanor. 

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