well.... it was some kind of a morning. on the way to my mechanic the fvcken TA ran out of gas (
seller forgot to say that at 1/4 on the gage, that that is pretty much empty)... so had to use my AAA to get some gas, then off to gas station to put in some more so i can still get it to my mechanic to have it inspected/looked at... he raised it up, and there was a lot of leaks up front.... including one in the back that was a little on the dangerous side, the sellers mechanic (or so called that for some reason) put the wrong hose/clamp on the gas line so we were dripping fuel all over the place.... very safe!!!
so over all my mechanic said for the car to run good and be safe it would cost around $1.7K-2.5K for stuff like water pump/seal job, oil pan gasket, timing chain, smog work and ac work... and pretty much said that probably for around 10K i could get the TA in pretty good/nice looking shape (he is a full service guru, does it all - in fact there was a dude picking up a VET that was sitting in his garage for over 20 years, my mechanic had it for about 2 years working on it and restoring the crap out of it, and today was first day this older dude got to drive his beast).... back on topic, he said that maybe around 10K-15K to make this TA in good/restored shape. went back to the seller, showed him the recommended work invoice and he started becoming a jack ass, saying "what this much for that, really" guess his mechanics are cheaper but then again, if they can't even properly secure a fuel line, then obviously you get what you pay for - any my mechanic gave me the top end prices, just that there is no surprise, other then maybe, here is your bill, it's less by this much $$. always better to give top estimate and work to lower the price, not the other way around.
in any case the seller pretty much said, well i wouldn't fix anything on it, would just drive it like this - and i'm like, ummm, yeah.... not if i want to park in my garage and want a safe car that doesn't catch fire and something that doesn't completely destroy my garage with leaks everywhere (had a small leak on my jeep before and had to put down foil on the ground) not wanting to do that again.
my mechanic said $6K is what i should offer (he is asking $7,8K)... i'll wait a couple days and let it sink in and we shall see, maybe the seller will reach out to me, be a little better that way as well.