Hello, I've been drooling over some vintage Japanese cars for some time now, and it'd always been 510's & such until I got hooked more on the Toyota models last year. I'd looked off & on through local listings just to see what was available within a few hours radius, but never really came up with anything that struck me as a "must have" til last week...
Which brings me to this: a 1979 Corolla coupe with a 3TC motor, 5spd transmission swapped in (originally automatic), pretty clean body (IMO), a decent shape interior, and runs/drives/passes inspection (it just passed 2wks ago). It was primered this winter, but he won't be painting it, so he's selling it as is - I don't mind so much, as I can get it finished in our paintbooth at work without breaking the bank. It has an asking price of $1800 - but I was never planning on dropping over $1000-1200 just to pick an example up. I have the funds to pick this up without question, but was curious as to whether or not I need to have another look about it to scope something out I may have passed over my first time out - and to see what you guys think it's value may be.
I did a good look over everywhere for rust, and there is only one penetrated area, a small hole in the rear passenger floorboard which you could stick your finger through. There is light surface rust which will clean off easily in the trunk's spare-well, and no rust to be found inside the wheel arches, in the door-frames, beneath the front/rear of the vehicle, or any that I can see as an inconsistency/roughness under the layer of primer. With my history of being a VW enthusiast, this car is in much better metal condition than most of the cars I've shopped in the past. Here are the photos I snapped of it this past weekend:
The only damage to the exterior I could come across (beyond the horribly sloppy primer) is one dimple in each fender, along the edge of each headlamp, and one sharp ding in the passenger fender. Also, all trim is in place and intact, but the front windscreen trim is replaced with globby silicone in each corner.
So, senior Toyota JNCers, what do you advise? Here's to hoping this thread turns from a prospective buyer post, into a build thread