And then there were two.....

And then there were two.....

Joined: June 21st, 2005, 6:55 pm

May 10th, 2008, 4:07 am #1

Well, it's been a week since I picked up the '76 in Pennsylvania.
I first saw it on Ebay ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... =p3907.m32 )and sent the seller (named Gary) an email after the auction ended stating I might be interested if the deal falls through. The guy emailed me the next day and said the winning bidder was some zero feedback member from the Netherlands Antilles, so he probably wouldn't be closing the deal.

So that weekend my son and I go to look at the car and it looks to be in worse shape than Gary stated (big surprise), but not terrible. As it turns out, the car was in storage since 1980 (it still had the 1980 NY registration sticker on it). It was dirty and had a filthy interior full of odd parts and didn't have the original doors. However it had an uncracked dash and front spoiler that only had some surface rust, so I figured if it didn't work out, at least I would have those parts for the '74 so it wouldn't be a total loss.

The car ran really rough and had little power, but Gary said he thought the timing belt might be off a tooth. While checking the lights and other electrics I found most things worked except the brake lights and the headlight motors wouldn't lower the lights, Also upon stepping on the brakes they went to the floor and would not pump up. Gary assured me he would have that taken care of if I bought the car, so after fighting with myself for 45 minutes, I gave him a deposit and told him I'd be back the following weekend.

Long story a little shorter, I picked up a tow bar from Harbor Freight and made some adapter plates as per Tony (thanks) and headed Back to Pa. Sure enough, Gary has the brakes working and the car is out front with the front bumper removed per my request. Hooked up the tow bar, and after a little BS-ing we were on our way. It's really nerve-racking pulling a car with a tow bar if you've never done it before, but once on the open road I found myself doing 70 with the little car tracking right behind my van. Made the 157 mile journey without a problem and realized all that worrying I did was for naught.

Once the car was home I got busy. Fixed the brake lights (disconnected wire), headlight motors (poor fuse contact), shifting issue (bolted lollipop joint together) and the timing, the belt actually was off one tooth (Gary turned out to be a pretty honest guy). Even the door buzzer works although I wish it didn't, it really gets annoying. I know I can disconnect it but I won't, I'm sure it will disconnect itself in a matter of time. I topped off all the fluids and pulled the seats out and vacuumed and scrubbed the interior and hit it with Armor-All. I was amazed that it cleaned up so well.

Two days on the road and the alternator belt went and the engine overheated almost immediately (I figured it was because the belt also ran the water pump). Changed the belt and everything has been fine since. I'm still leery about taking it on anything but local trips but the more I drive it, the further I'll go.


Enough Blabbering, Here are some pics:








Tow bar brackets, not pretty but they work. Also note clean front spoiler


The damage to the drivers side....the rocker is not rusted, the paint just peeled off to the primer. There is NO rust there



A few shots of the dash:





Some more of the interior, drivers seat needs help but th rest is salvageable







Engine Compartment



The 2 rust spots that concern me - In the luggage compartment ....Anyone??





What is this? It's in the luggage compartment next to the VIN tag.





The luggage rack that Gary let me take off another car. I also bought an extra top for 20 bucks





I can almost consider this car a barn find. It is in incredible shape for a Northeastern car that is 32 years old. I really believe this car has been stored indoors since 1980 and I'm glad I decided to buy it.

And Tony... IT'S BLUE!!!!!







Me and Brown 25....since 2005

~~Regards from the right coast of the U.S.~~
B.K.

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Joined: September 25th, 2004, 5:43 am

May 10th, 2008, 4:34 am #2

Nice find Bob. Looks to be in decent shape. The dash is worth a couple hundred all on its own.

Not sure about the first rust spot, but that second one on the strut tower could be a problem. IIRC that location is usually the lower suspension pickup point rusting through from outside to in. Hopefully I am wrong on that.

That second silver sticker is the color scheme of the car. Should give codes/colors for paint and interior. I can't really read it in th epic though.

Just noticed this item at Matt's site yesterday. Hmmm...
Rust colored seat back


jd


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Albert
Albert

May 10th, 2008, 4:42 am #3

Well, it's been a week since I picked up the '76 in Pennsylvania.
I first saw it on Ebay ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... =p3907.m32 )and sent the seller (named Gary) an email after the auction ended stating I might be interested if the deal falls through. The guy emailed me the next day and said the winning bidder was some zero feedback member from the Netherlands Antilles, so he probably wouldn't be closing the deal.

So that weekend my son and I go to look at the car and it looks to be in worse shape than Gary stated (big surprise), but not terrible. As it turns out, the car was in storage since 1980 (it still had the 1980 NY registration sticker on it). It was dirty and had a filthy interior full of odd parts and didn't have the original doors. However it had an uncracked dash and front spoiler that only had some surface rust, so I figured if it didn't work out, at least I would have those parts for the '74 so it wouldn't be a total loss.

The car ran really rough and had little power, but Gary said he thought the timing belt might be off a tooth. While checking the lights and other electrics I found most things worked except the brake lights and the headlight motors wouldn't lower the lights, Also upon stepping on the brakes they went to the floor and would not pump up. Gary assured me he would have that taken care of if I bought the car, so after fighting with myself for 45 minutes, I gave him a deposit and told him I'd be back the following weekend.

Long story a little shorter, I picked up a tow bar from Harbor Freight and made some adapter plates as per Tony (thanks) and headed Back to Pa. Sure enough, Gary has the brakes working and the car is out front with the front bumper removed per my request. Hooked up the tow bar, and after a little BS-ing we were on our way. It's really nerve-racking pulling a car with a tow bar if you've never done it before, but once on the open road I found myself doing 70 with the little car tracking right behind my van. Made the 157 mile journey without a problem and realized all that worrying I did was for naught.

Once the car was home I got busy. Fixed the brake lights (disconnected wire), headlight motors (poor fuse contact), shifting issue (bolted lollipop joint together) and the timing, the belt actually was off one tooth (Gary turned out to be a pretty honest guy). Even the door buzzer works although I wish it didn't, it really gets annoying. I know I can disconnect it but I won't, I'm sure it will disconnect itself in a matter of time. I topped off all the fluids and pulled the seats out and vacuumed and scrubbed the interior and hit it with Armor-All. I was amazed that it cleaned up so well.

Two days on the road and the alternator belt went and the engine overheated almost immediately (I figured it was because the belt also ran the water pump). Changed the belt and everything has been fine since. I'm still leery about taking it on anything but local trips but the more I drive it, the further I'll go.


Enough Blabbering, Here are some pics:








Tow bar brackets, not pretty but they work. Also note clean front spoiler


The damage to the drivers side....the rocker is not rusted, the paint just peeled off to the primer. There is NO rust there



A few shots of the dash:





Some more of the interior, drivers seat needs help but th rest is salvageable







Engine Compartment



The 2 rust spots that concern me - In the luggage compartment ....Anyone??





What is this? It's in the luggage compartment next to the VIN tag.





The luggage rack that Gary let me take off another car. I also bought an extra top for 20 bucks





I can almost consider this car a barn find. It is in incredible shape for a Northeastern car that is 32 years old. I really believe this car has been stored indoors since 1980 and I'm glad I decided to buy it.

And Tony... IT'S BLUE!!!!!







Me and Brown 25....since 2005

~~Regards from the right coast of the U.S.~~
B.K.

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Congratulations on oyur purchase and welcome to X ownership,.....nice find!!!!...keep it blue please............LOL,.....Albert
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Joined: July 26th, 2003, 5:32 am

May 10th, 2008, 5:31 am #4

Well, it's been a week since I picked up the '76 in Pennsylvania.
I first saw it on Ebay ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... =p3907.m32 )and sent the seller (named Gary) an email after the auction ended stating I might be interested if the deal falls through. The guy emailed me the next day and said the winning bidder was some zero feedback member from the Netherlands Antilles, so he probably wouldn't be closing the deal.

So that weekend my son and I go to look at the car and it looks to be in worse shape than Gary stated (big surprise), but not terrible. As it turns out, the car was in storage since 1980 (it still had the 1980 NY registration sticker on it). It was dirty and had a filthy interior full of odd parts and didn't have the original doors. However it had an uncracked dash and front spoiler that only had some surface rust, so I figured if it didn't work out, at least I would have those parts for the '74 so it wouldn't be a total loss.

The car ran really rough and had little power, but Gary said he thought the timing belt might be off a tooth. While checking the lights and other electrics I found most things worked except the brake lights and the headlight motors wouldn't lower the lights, Also upon stepping on the brakes they went to the floor and would not pump up. Gary assured me he would have that taken care of if I bought the car, so after fighting with myself for 45 minutes, I gave him a deposit and told him I'd be back the following weekend.

Long story a little shorter, I picked up a tow bar from Harbor Freight and made some adapter plates as per Tony (thanks) and headed Back to Pa. Sure enough, Gary has the brakes working and the car is out front with the front bumper removed per my request. Hooked up the tow bar, and after a little BS-ing we were on our way. It's really nerve-racking pulling a car with a tow bar if you've never done it before, but once on the open road I found myself doing 70 with the little car tracking right behind my van. Made the 157 mile journey without a problem and realized all that worrying I did was for naught.

Once the car was home I got busy. Fixed the brake lights (disconnected wire), headlight motors (poor fuse contact), shifting issue (bolted lollipop joint together) and the timing, the belt actually was off one tooth (Gary turned out to be a pretty honest guy). Even the door buzzer works although I wish it didn't, it really gets annoying. I know I can disconnect it but I won't, I'm sure it will disconnect itself in a matter of time. I topped off all the fluids and pulled the seats out and vacuumed and scrubbed the interior and hit it with Armor-All. I was amazed that it cleaned up so well.

Two days on the road and the alternator belt went and the engine overheated almost immediately (I figured it was because the belt also ran the water pump). Changed the belt and everything has been fine since. I'm still leery about taking it on anything but local trips but the more I drive it, the further I'll go.


Enough Blabbering, Here are some pics:








Tow bar brackets, not pretty but they work. Also note clean front spoiler


The damage to the drivers side....the rocker is not rusted, the paint just peeled off to the primer. There is NO rust there



A few shots of the dash:





Some more of the interior, drivers seat needs help but th rest is salvageable







Engine Compartment



The 2 rust spots that concern me - In the luggage compartment ....Anyone??





What is this? It's in the luggage compartment next to the VIN tag.





The luggage rack that Gary let me take off another car. I also bought an extra top for 20 bucks





I can almost consider this car a barn find. It is in incredible shape for a Northeastern car that is 32 years old. I really believe this car has been stored indoors since 1980 and I'm glad I decided to buy it.

And Tony... IT'S BLUE!!!!!







Me and Brown 25....since 2005

~~Regards from the right coast of the U.S.~~
B.K.

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another blue exxy....hmmm i like this shade of blue for my car!!!

Rafy fraticelli
Toa Alta, Puerto Rico USA
'86 Bertone
'71 VW Superbeetle
'07 Mazda 5 (new wife's car!!!)
'99 Honda Civic
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Joined: November 21st, 2007, 2:40 am

May 10th, 2008, 5:36 am #5

Well, it's been a week since I picked up the '76 in Pennsylvania.
I first saw it on Ebay ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... =p3907.m32 )and sent the seller (named Gary) an email after the auction ended stating I might be interested if the deal falls through. The guy emailed me the next day and said the winning bidder was some zero feedback member from the Netherlands Antilles, so he probably wouldn't be closing the deal.

So that weekend my son and I go to look at the car and it looks to be in worse shape than Gary stated (big surprise), but not terrible. As it turns out, the car was in storage since 1980 (it still had the 1980 NY registration sticker on it). It was dirty and had a filthy interior full of odd parts and didn't have the original doors. However it had an uncracked dash and front spoiler that only had some surface rust, so I figured if it didn't work out, at least I would have those parts for the '74 so it wouldn't be a total loss.

The car ran really rough and had little power, but Gary said he thought the timing belt might be off a tooth. While checking the lights and other electrics I found most things worked except the brake lights and the headlight motors wouldn't lower the lights, Also upon stepping on the brakes they went to the floor and would not pump up. Gary assured me he would have that taken care of if I bought the car, so after fighting with myself for 45 minutes, I gave him a deposit and told him I'd be back the following weekend.

Long story a little shorter, I picked up a tow bar from Harbor Freight and made some adapter plates as per Tony (thanks) and headed Back to Pa. Sure enough, Gary has the brakes working and the car is out front with the front bumper removed per my request. Hooked up the tow bar, and after a little BS-ing we were on our way. It's really nerve-racking pulling a car with a tow bar if you've never done it before, but once on the open road I found myself doing 70 with the little car tracking right behind my van. Made the 157 mile journey without a problem and realized all that worrying I did was for naught.

Once the car was home I got busy. Fixed the brake lights (disconnected wire), headlight motors (poor fuse contact), shifting issue (bolted lollipop joint together) and the timing, the belt actually was off one tooth (Gary turned out to be a pretty honest guy). Even the door buzzer works although I wish it didn't, it really gets annoying. I know I can disconnect it but I won't, I'm sure it will disconnect itself in a matter of time. I topped off all the fluids and pulled the seats out and vacuumed and scrubbed the interior and hit it with Armor-All. I was amazed that it cleaned up so well.

Two days on the road and the alternator belt went and the engine overheated almost immediately (I figured it was because the belt also ran the water pump). Changed the belt and everything has been fine since. I'm still leery about taking it on anything but local trips but the more I drive it, the further I'll go.


Enough Blabbering, Here are some pics:








Tow bar brackets, not pretty but they work. Also note clean front spoiler


The damage to the drivers side....the rocker is not rusted, the paint just peeled off to the primer. There is NO rust there



A few shots of the dash:





Some more of the interior, drivers seat needs help but th rest is salvageable







Engine Compartment



The 2 rust spots that concern me - In the luggage compartment ....Anyone??





What is this? It's in the luggage compartment next to the VIN tag.





The luggage rack that Gary let me take off another car. I also bought an extra top for 20 bucks





I can almost consider this car a barn find. It is in incredible shape for a Northeastern car that is 32 years old. I really believe this car has been stored indoors since 1980 and I'm glad I decided to buy it.

And Tony... IT'S BLUE!!!!!







Me and Brown 25....since 2005

~~Regards from the right coast of the U.S.~~
B.K.

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Nice indeed.

Blue, heh.

Very nice find! Congrats!

RMMJ
1986 Bertone X1/9 a.k.a BlueTooth
www.socalx.com
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Joined: December 21st, 2004, 3:04 am

May 10th, 2008, 7:23 am #6

Well, it's been a week since I picked up the '76 in Pennsylvania.
I first saw it on Ebay ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... =p3907.m32 )and sent the seller (named Gary) an email after the auction ended stating I might be interested if the deal falls through. The guy emailed me the next day and said the winning bidder was some zero feedback member from the Netherlands Antilles, so he probably wouldn't be closing the deal.

So that weekend my son and I go to look at the car and it looks to be in worse shape than Gary stated (big surprise), but not terrible. As it turns out, the car was in storage since 1980 (it still had the 1980 NY registration sticker on it). It was dirty and had a filthy interior full of odd parts and didn't have the original doors. However it had an uncracked dash and front spoiler that only had some surface rust, so I figured if it didn't work out, at least I would have those parts for the '74 so it wouldn't be a total loss.

The car ran really rough and had little power, but Gary said he thought the timing belt might be off a tooth. While checking the lights and other electrics I found most things worked except the brake lights and the headlight motors wouldn't lower the lights, Also upon stepping on the brakes they went to the floor and would not pump up. Gary assured me he would have that taken care of if I bought the car, so after fighting with myself for 45 minutes, I gave him a deposit and told him I'd be back the following weekend.

Long story a little shorter, I picked up a tow bar from Harbor Freight and made some adapter plates as per Tony (thanks) and headed Back to Pa. Sure enough, Gary has the brakes working and the car is out front with the front bumper removed per my request. Hooked up the tow bar, and after a little BS-ing we were on our way. It's really nerve-racking pulling a car with a tow bar if you've never done it before, but once on the open road I found myself doing 70 with the little car tracking right behind my van. Made the 157 mile journey without a problem and realized all that worrying I did was for naught.

Once the car was home I got busy. Fixed the brake lights (disconnected wire), headlight motors (poor fuse contact), shifting issue (bolted lollipop joint together) and the timing, the belt actually was off one tooth (Gary turned out to be a pretty honest guy). Even the door buzzer works although I wish it didn't, it really gets annoying. I know I can disconnect it but I won't, I'm sure it will disconnect itself in a matter of time. I topped off all the fluids and pulled the seats out and vacuumed and scrubbed the interior and hit it with Armor-All. I was amazed that it cleaned up so well.

Two days on the road and the alternator belt went and the engine overheated almost immediately (I figured it was because the belt also ran the water pump). Changed the belt and everything has been fine since. I'm still leery about taking it on anything but local trips but the more I drive it, the further I'll go.


Enough Blabbering, Here are some pics:








Tow bar brackets, not pretty but they work. Also note clean front spoiler


The damage to the drivers side....the rocker is not rusted, the paint just peeled off to the primer. There is NO rust there



A few shots of the dash:





Some more of the interior, drivers seat needs help but th rest is salvageable







Engine Compartment



The 2 rust spots that concern me - In the luggage compartment ....Anyone??





What is this? It's in the luggage compartment next to the VIN tag.





The luggage rack that Gary let me take off another car. I also bought an extra top for 20 bucks





I can almost consider this car a barn find. It is in incredible shape for a Northeastern car that is 32 years old. I really believe this car has been stored indoors since 1980 and I'm glad I decided to buy it.

And Tony... IT'S BLUE!!!!!







Me and Brown 25....since 2005

~~Regards from the right coast of the U.S.~~
B.K.

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Hey... congratulations!

Ya did gud!

Glad the simple "adapters" worked... You can make them look pretty some other time, possibly incorporating them behind the stock bumper... or modifying them to work with a SINGLE BAR bumper that really looks great on these years.

As for the rust... apparently its coming through the wheel wells from snow and stuff accumulated... Do see if its ALL the way through... and I would clean it up and hit it with some POR 15 as a stop gap in ANY case.

Again... congrats are in order... you did well!


My best,



Tony
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Joined: May 5th, 2001, 4:29 pm

May 10th, 2008, 7:39 am #7

Well, it's been a week since I picked up the '76 in Pennsylvania.
I first saw it on Ebay ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... =p3907.m32 )and sent the seller (named Gary) an email after the auction ended stating I might be interested if the deal falls through. The guy emailed me the next day and said the winning bidder was some zero feedback member from the Netherlands Antilles, so he probably wouldn't be closing the deal.

So that weekend my son and I go to look at the car and it looks to be in worse shape than Gary stated (big surprise), but not terrible. As it turns out, the car was in storage since 1980 (it still had the 1980 NY registration sticker on it). It was dirty and had a filthy interior full of odd parts and didn't have the original doors. However it had an uncracked dash and front spoiler that only had some surface rust, so I figured if it didn't work out, at least I would have those parts for the '74 so it wouldn't be a total loss.

The car ran really rough and had little power, but Gary said he thought the timing belt might be off a tooth. While checking the lights and other electrics I found most things worked except the brake lights and the headlight motors wouldn't lower the lights, Also upon stepping on the brakes they went to the floor and would not pump up. Gary assured me he would have that taken care of if I bought the car, so after fighting with myself for 45 minutes, I gave him a deposit and told him I'd be back the following weekend.

Long story a little shorter, I picked up a tow bar from Harbor Freight and made some adapter plates as per Tony (thanks) and headed Back to Pa. Sure enough, Gary has the brakes working and the car is out front with the front bumper removed per my request. Hooked up the tow bar, and after a little BS-ing we were on our way. It's really nerve-racking pulling a car with a tow bar if you've never done it before, but once on the open road I found myself doing 70 with the little car tracking right behind my van. Made the 157 mile journey without a problem and realized all that worrying I did was for naught.

Once the car was home I got busy. Fixed the brake lights (disconnected wire), headlight motors (poor fuse contact), shifting issue (bolted lollipop joint together) and the timing, the belt actually was off one tooth (Gary turned out to be a pretty honest guy). Even the door buzzer works although I wish it didn't, it really gets annoying. I know I can disconnect it but I won't, I'm sure it will disconnect itself in a matter of time. I topped off all the fluids and pulled the seats out and vacuumed and scrubbed the interior and hit it with Armor-All. I was amazed that it cleaned up so well.

Two days on the road and the alternator belt went and the engine overheated almost immediately (I figured it was because the belt also ran the water pump). Changed the belt and everything has been fine since. I'm still leery about taking it on anything but local trips but the more I drive it, the further I'll go.


Enough Blabbering, Here are some pics:








Tow bar brackets, not pretty but they work. Also note clean front spoiler


The damage to the drivers side....the rocker is not rusted, the paint just peeled off to the primer. There is NO rust there



A few shots of the dash:





Some more of the interior, drivers seat needs help but th rest is salvageable







Engine Compartment



The 2 rust spots that concern me - In the luggage compartment ....Anyone??





What is this? It's in the luggage compartment next to the VIN tag.





The luggage rack that Gary let me take off another car. I also bought an extra top for 20 bucks





I can almost consider this car a barn find. It is in incredible shape for a Northeastern car that is 32 years old. I really believe this car has been stored indoors since 1980 and I'm glad I decided to buy it.

And Tony... IT'S BLUE!!!!!







Me and Brown 25....since 2005

~~Regards from the right coast of the U.S.~~
B.K.

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Benewed is my own invention, a translation of the Hebrew greeting for having something new. No official English word for it so Be-New-Ed, benewed.
I will nod add a word on the color, my poor Tony has taken enough beating on the subject and we must respect the old chap (he just recently turned sixty ).
All in all seems a good catch, not too bad to fix and not too perfect to rob you of the pleasure of fixing it.
Enjoy the car AND the work.
Congratulations Bob


HaXD
Herzel, in Israel

WhiteX
The late Green '85 X1/9
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Damonfg
Damonfg

May 10th, 2008, 12:48 pm #8

Well, it's been a week since I picked up the '76 in Pennsylvania.
I first saw it on Ebay ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... =p3907.m32 )and sent the seller (named Gary) an email after the auction ended stating I might be interested if the deal falls through. The guy emailed me the next day and said the winning bidder was some zero feedback member from the Netherlands Antilles, so he probably wouldn't be closing the deal.

So that weekend my son and I go to look at the car and it looks to be in worse shape than Gary stated (big surprise), but not terrible. As it turns out, the car was in storage since 1980 (it still had the 1980 NY registration sticker on it). It was dirty and had a filthy interior full of odd parts and didn't have the original doors. However it had an uncracked dash and front spoiler that only had some surface rust, so I figured if it didn't work out, at least I would have those parts for the '74 so it wouldn't be a total loss.

The car ran really rough and had little power, but Gary said he thought the timing belt might be off a tooth. While checking the lights and other electrics I found most things worked except the brake lights and the headlight motors wouldn't lower the lights, Also upon stepping on the brakes they went to the floor and would not pump up. Gary assured me he would have that taken care of if I bought the car, so after fighting with myself for 45 minutes, I gave him a deposit and told him I'd be back the following weekend.

Long story a little shorter, I picked up a tow bar from Harbor Freight and made some adapter plates as per Tony (thanks) and headed Back to Pa. Sure enough, Gary has the brakes working and the car is out front with the front bumper removed per my request. Hooked up the tow bar, and after a little BS-ing we were on our way. It's really nerve-racking pulling a car with a tow bar if you've never done it before, but once on the open road I found myself doing 70 with the little car tracking right behind my van. Made the 157 mile journey without a problem and realized all that worrying I did was for naught.

Once the car was home I got busy. Fixed the brake lights (disconnected wire), headlight motors (poor fuse contact), shifting issue (bolted lollipop joint together) and the timing, the belt actually was off one tooth (Gary turned out to be a pretty honest guy). Even the door buzzer works although I wish it didn't, it really gets annoying. I know I can disconnect it but I won't, I'm sure it will disconnect itself in a matter of time. I topped off all the fluids and pulled the seats out and vacuumed and scrubbed the interior and hit it with Armor-All. I was amazed that it cleaned up so well.

Two days on the road and the alternator belt went and the engine overheated almost immediately (I figured it was because the belt also ran the water pump). Changed the belt and everything has been fine since. I'm still leery about taking it on anything but local trips but the more I drive it, the further I'll go.


Enough Blabbering, Here are some pics:








Tow bar brackets, not pretty but they work. Also note clean front spoiler


The damage to the drivers side....the rocker is not rusted, the paint just peeled off to the primer. There is NO rust there



A few shots of the dash:





Some more of the interior, drivers seat needs help but th rest is salvageable







Engine Compartment



The 2 rust spots that concern me - In the luggage compartment ....Anyone??





What is this? It's in the luggage compartment next to the VIN tag.





The luggage rack that Gary let me take off another car. I also bought an extra top for 20 bucks





I can almost consider this car a barn find. It is in incredible shape for a Northeastern car that is 32 years old. I really believe this car has been stored indoors since 1980 and I'm glad I decided to buy it.

And Tony... IT'S BLUE!!!!!







Me and Brown 25....since 2005

~~Regards from the right coast of the U.S.~~
B.K.

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Sounds like a great find !!

I've never seen that PPG paint sticker though.... Possibly a repaint at some point ?
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Joined: October 13th, 2005, 1:41 am

May 10th, 2008, 3:25 pm #9

Well, it's been a week since I picked up the '76 in Pennsylvania.
I first saw it on Ebay ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... =p3907.m32 )and sent the seller (named Gary) an email after the auction ended stating I might be interested if the deal falls through. The guy emailed me the next day and said the winning bidder was some zero feedback member from the Netherlands Antilles, so he probably wouldn't be closing the deal.

So that weekend my son and I go to look at the car and it looks to be in worse shape than Gary stated (big surprise), but not terrible. As it turns out, the car was in storage since 1980 (it still had the 1980 NY registration sticker on it). It was dirty and had a filthy interior full of odd parts and didn't have the original doors. However it had an uncracked dash and front spoiler that only had some surface rust, so I figured if it didn't work out, at least I would have those parts for the '74 so it wouldn't be a total loss.

The car ran really rough and had little power, but Gary said he thought the timing belt might be off a tooth. While checking the lights and other electrics I found most things worked except the brake lights and the headlight motors wouldn't lower the lights, Also upon stepping on the brakes they went to the floor and would not pump up. Gary assured me he would have that taken care of if I bought the car, so after fighting with myself for 45 minutes, I gave him a deposit and told him I'd be back the following weekend.

Long story a little shorter, I picked up a tow bar from Harbor Freight and made some adapter plates as per Tony (thanks) and headed Back to Pa. Sure enough, Gary has the brakes working and the car is out front with the front bumper removed per my request. Hooked up the tow bar, and after a little BS-ing we were on our way. It's really nerve-racking pulling a car with a tow bar if you've never done it before, but once on the open road I found myself doing 70 with the little car tracking right behind my van. Made the 157 mile journey without a problem and realized all that worrying I did was for naught.

Once the car was home I got busy. Fixed the brake lights (disconnected wire), headlight motors (poor fuse contact), shifting issue (bolted lollipop joint together) and the timing, the belt actually was off one tooth (Gary turned out to be a pretty honest guy). Even the door buzzer works although I wish it didn't, it really gets annoying. I know I can disconnect it but I won't, I'm sure it will disconnect itself in a matter of time. I topped off all the fluids and pulled the seats out and vacuumed and scrubbed the interior and hit it with Armor-All. I was amazed that it cleaned up so well.

Two days on the road and the alternator belt went and the engine overheated almost immediately (I figured it was because the belt also ran the water pump). Changed the belt and everything has been fine since. I'm still leery about taking it on anything but local trips but the more I drive it, the further I'll go.


Enough Blabbering, Here are some pics:








Tow bar brackets, not pretty but they work. Also note clean front spoiler


The damage to the drivers side....the rocker is not rusted, the paint just peeled off to the primer. There is NO rust there



A few shots of the dash:





Some more of the interior, drivers seat needs help but th rest is salvageable







Engine Compartment



The 2 rust spots that concern me - In the luggage compartment ....Anyone??





What is this? It's in the luggage compartment next to the VIN tag.





The luggage rack that Gary let me take off another car. I also bought an extra top for 20 bucks





I can almost consider this car a barn find. It is in incredible shape for a Northeastern car that is 32 years old. I really believe this car has been stored indoors since 1980 and I'm glad I decided to buy it.

And Tony... IT'S BLUE!!!!!







Me and Brown 25....since 2005

~~Regards from the right coast of the U.S.~~
B.K.

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pretty clean looking for an old car. If there is some strut tower issues, least is up front where you can get at it.

I see it used to be a firemans car.

Richard Shaw
82 x
Ontario, Canada
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Joined: August 17th, 2005, 1:47 pm

May 10th, 2008, 5:15 pm #10

Well, it's been a week since I picked up the '76 in Pennsylvania.
I first saw it on Ebay ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... =p3907.m32 )and sent the seller (named Gary) an email after the auction ended stating I might be interested if the deal falls through. The guy emailed me the next day and said the winning bidder was some zero feedback member from the Netherlands Antilles, so he probably wouldn't be closing the deal.

So that weekend my son and I go to look at the car and it looks to be in worse shape than Gary stated (big surprise), but not terrible. As it turns out, the car was in storage since 1980 (it still had the 1980 NY registration sticker on it). It was dirty and had a filthy interior full of odd parts and didn't have the original doors. However it had an uncracked dash and front spoiler that only had some surface rust, so I figured if it didn't work out, at least I would have those parts for the '74 so it wouldn't be a total loss.

The car ran really rough and had little power, but Gary said he thought the timing belt might be off a tooth. While checking the lights and other electrics I found most things worked except the brake lights and the headlight motors wouldn't lower the lights, Also upon stepping on the brakes they went to the floor and would not pump up. Gary assured me he would have that taken care of if I bought the car, so after fighting with myself for 45 minutes, I gave him a deposit and told him I'd be back the following weekend.

Long story a little shorter, I picked up a tow bar from Harbor Freight and made some adapter plates as per Tony (thanks) and headed Back to Pa. Sure enough, Gary has the brakes working and the car is out front with the front bumper removed per my request. Hooked up the tow bar, and after a little BS-ing we were on our way. It's really nerve-racking pulling a car with a tow bar if you've never done it before, but once on the open road I found myself doing 70 with the little car tracking right behind my van. Made the 157 mile journey without a problem and realized all that worrying I did was for naught.

Once the car was home I got busy. Fixed the brake lights (disconnected wire), headlight motors (poor fuse contact), shifting issue (bolted lollipop joint together) and the timing, the belt actually was off one tooth (Gary turned out to be a pretty honest guy). Even the door buzzer works although I wish it didn't, it really gets annoying. I know I can disconnect it but I won't, I'm sure it will disconnect itself in a matter of time. I topped off all the fluids and pulled the seats out and vacuumed and scrubbed the interior and hit it with Armor-All. I was amazed that it cleaned up so well.

Two days on the road and the alternator belt went and the engine overheated almost immediately (I figured it was because the belt also ran the water pump). Changed the belt and everything has been fine since. I'm still leery about taking it on anything but local trips but the more I drive it, the further I'll go.


Enough Blabbering, Here are some pics:








Tow bar brackets, not pretty but they work. Also note clean front spoiler


The damage to the drivers side....the rocker is not rusted, the paint just peeled off to the primer. There is NO rust there



A few shots of the dash:





Some more of the interior, drivers seat needs help but th rest is salvageable







Engine Compartment



The 2 rust spots that concern me - In the luggage compartment ....Anyone??





What is this? It's in the luggage compartment next to the VIN tag.





The luggage rack that Gary let me take off another car. I also bought an extra top for 20 bucks





I can almost consider this car a barn find. It is in incredible shape for a Northeastern car that is 32 years old. I really believe this car has been stored indoors since 1980 and I'm glad I decided to buy it.

And Tony... IT'S BLUE!!!!!







Me and Brown 25....since 2005

~~Regards from the right coast of the U.S.~~
B.K.

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Damn I'm green...wait, no - BLUE, with ENVY!

That is truly a "barn" find, after 28 yrs in storage and not cleaned up, and you did a great job getting it presentable in these photos!

Remove the stock air cleaner, drop on a rectangular open-air with a nice filter...remove the carb fan....have fun with lotsa other mods or updates/upgrades. POR-15 the rust. Repaint (Blue again!) and you'll LOVE this one too. Wow. I'm seriously impressed. That's a really nice '76!

Greg S
Finally DIVORCED!
"SOLO X"
1300 Series Speciale Modified a bit
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