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Here are some pictures, he is asking $900. Any suggestions welcome. The underneath of this Pinto is amazing, no holes in the floor pan at all. It does run and shift into gear, engine has slight miss. Fuel gauge and heater blower do not work. Bad spot in front of passenger side wheel well ate out completely. I have seen shinier Pintos in Indiana, but the underside is typically not as good. I have decoded the VIN number, but where are the trim codes, axle, etc.? Didn't this site used to have them in the reference section. As you can see the glass hatch is gone and there is heavy silicone on the front window.

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I would be hesitant about the blower motor not working and the silicone around the windshield. From my experiances it means a leaking windshield, and with that comes rusted floors from the inside out (like my 78 Sedan)

From the looks of it, it appears worse off than my 73 station wagon was when I bought it. I paid $350 for my station wagon in non-running condition, but if it were in rough running shape like this one is, I would have offered him $500 - $600 due to the condition of the body (which will take a lot of body work to repair).

Try offering him $450 cash and see what he does. If not, try $550. $900 just seems to steep for a car in this shape.
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My '79 & '80 both have steel hatches, all glass was optional. Blower motor may be fuse, switch or resistor. Id pull the carpet up front & look at the floors from that side. '79 & '80 windshield is urethaned in, no gasket. A leak is an easy fix. 900 is steep with that ragged interior & a miss that could be a burnt valve. 650 max maybe if the bottoms of the doors arent shot.
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I am with everyone else, I think $900 is steep.   

I always say you need at least one of the three key characteristic s to be in excellent condition when you buy a project car.
Mechanical, Body, or interior.    And you want the best characteristic to be what you are not good at fixing.   
Otherwise it will not be worth the money and time you that you will invest in the car and the end result will not be as good.
So it is better to save more money for a better car.

 


 
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900 is a little much. 650 max is what i would expect to pay for something like that. fwiw i would offer no more then 550 cash for it if you have it and see if he bites. these cars are getting more Scarce.


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$900 is real steep for a car in that condition. $350 to $400 is tops considering the amount of work it needs. If your not looking for a project, I would pass on the car and find something thats not in such rough shape. I was looking at a car here in Az thats priced right but I have 1 one project and no room to store another. The body was in very very nice shape with a rough interior. He was in the $500 range on the car which is a good deal.

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Thank you all very much for the replies. I was thinking $900 was steep, just getting anxious to buy. I love the Pinto from Montana on the Classifieds, just too far away. I think I will offer $450 and see what happens. I miss my 75 : (

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Oh my, I wish I >could< have paid $900 on my wagon. I paid a LOT more than that, and while it looked good from the outside, tearing it down revealed a LOT of rust - floors, leaking windshield, cowl, destroyed inner fender on pass side, a leaking gas tank, shot suspension, etc., etc. Seems foolish now, but it's going back together after three years of full resto. To me $900 is a good deal, some of you guys are very fortunate for the low prices you have paid for your cars!
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So did you by it.....remembe r location, location, location....In some places yes you could go cheap but if there is only one in your part of the country then that's it...A better offer might be $700.00  because $450.00 might be to low.....

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some of you guys are very fortunate for the low prices you have paid for your cars!
Chris

I agree. I got my car for $400 in a non-driveable condition & it has more rust underneath than I care to look at. But I feel I got a good buy, as the car doesn't look too shabby, just needs that floor taken care of for me to feel really good about the car.
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