Originally Posted by armyscopejockey
Greetings from the great state of Texas. Any forum members live near this stealership?
27582 Volo Village Rd, Volo, IL 60073
They have a nice clean 1966 GTO convertible that I am thinking of pulling the trigger but would appreciate eyes on the ground so to speak. After 11 years in the army, I am used to being lied to. Dealers always skip facts like the amount of rust or the immaculate paint job that was laid down last week by Earl Scheib.
I have heard good things about Vanguard but they seem to be a little pricey. Then again you get what you pay for. After living in Germany for the last 11 years being owned by the army and then working for the army I have to say this country has kinda gone tits up. I am about to hit 50 and it is time to cross off buying a classic muscle car off the bucket list. I was fortunate to bring back a few quirky European vehicles Unimogs and Land Rovers so this will be a new plunge into American classic muscle.
Here is my 2 cents (that is ALL it is worth BTW). It is ALWAYS best to go see a car for yourself IF;
1) it is possible for you to do so
2) You are legitimately a good mechanic and can spot real problems.
I have owned just over 100 cars, I have been screwed on some and got some pretty good deals. I am a half way decent shade tree mechanic and would not have a problem yanking a motor or trans but would never have the time or ability to do a full restoration like the car I have now.
GET THE CAR INSPECTED BY A PRO! I trusted the dealer on the car I got just before this current GTO. I bought a "restored" 1964 Impala COnvertible 409 4 speed from a dealer in New York called WeBeAutos. That turned into a three year nightmare. Three years of me fixing it to make it right just to get out from under it without losing my ass. I had the dealer send me pics and do a video walk around, all fine but he was lying through his teeth.
NEVER AGAIN! Spend the few hundred dollars and get the pro to write up a FULL REPORT. You will know everything you are getting into then.
The car you are looking at looks nice, a solid #3 car which is great. BUT if it was frame off why didn't they change the gas tank or at least the rusty straps? Why no tandem master cylinder?
There could be PERFECTLY valid reasons, that is what the professional inspector can tell you.
Again your mileage may vary, I have lost my ass in the past and made out like a bandit as well. Why not make the odds in your favor?