Took a look, was not what I was hoping for!
It was in good shape, but not excellent as advertised. Unfortunately there were many aspects that I knew would need to be fixed....and by the time those WERE fixed, I'd no longer be comfortable with the price necessary to make it the way I'd want it. I do appreciate all of your help, the search continues!
Thanks for the follow up to complete your story. Sadly, this seems to happen more often than not as many of us have gone to look at cars of interest only to be disappointed because the seller really did not represent the vehicle as it truly was. Then they seem to feel that "their car" is worth X amount of dollars based on other examples they have researched.
All to often they want to make the statement of how much they have invested into it or what the "potential" end value will be worth once it is restored. Often times you will indeed have a chunk of dollars invested into your ride only to find that you will never get your money back out of it -but it is hard to acknowledge that and take such a loss of your money & time. This is why many here often suggest to look for something that is turn key or in a condition you can live with and afford. If you do buy a real fixer upper, then know that it will most likely take more of your dollars & time than you will get back in return should you sell it. But, if you plan on keeping it for a lifetime or to pass down to a child, then it really doesn't matter so much as you are building because you want to and it is not going anywhere.
It is better to look at any car you want to purchase as one you like and see it as fun, rather than its potential resale value that you are going to find yourself trying to explain to your wife or girlfriend as to why you are dumping so much money into that "stupid car" and not "other things" which they feel are more important to them in the overall scheme of family finances, a "real car," home remodeling, furniture, bling, the kids, entertainment, vacation trips, 401K, and retirement.