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Old 07-22-2012, 11:19 AM   #1
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?/advice : buying 65 FB w rust seams

Hello all, this is my first post and the reason why I joined. I'm a longtime Mustang enthusiast ( and 2010 GT owner ) but I now am looking for a 65-66 FB to take to cruises.

I have the opp to buy a former colleague's 65 GT350 clone. It's a very nice setup, with a 289, tremec 5 Spd, front discs, etc. The only thing that's holding me back is some body issues.

Outside it looks great! However, there is lower rot in both inner doors at the forward edge, as well as some rust on the door hinges ( though the doors line up perfectly and close with a resounding thud ). The pinch welds aren't the best, but not the worst. There's some evidence of bondo repair near there. The floors, quarters, and outer door skins were replaced according to the seller. He's had it for 10 yrs with no problems or further deterioration.

The final reservation is some rust "creep" I see in the seam at the top of the trunk opening ( below the rear window ). I'm concerned that if the car spent it's life in the midwest and had all these panels replaced, could their still be lurking rust because it's present so high at the trunk seam?

Again, the car is setup very well, exactly the way I'd want it and I have no reservations about the mechanics. I'm looking for a long term cruiser, not a show car, but want to be comfortable I could turn around and sell it for $20k if I needed to. That's my thought on what to offer him ( he's asking 25K )

Any advice/experience is much appreciated!
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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Woah it looks good and everything but if you search well enough I can guarantee you will find yourself a better one with little to no rust at all at that price!
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:50 PM   #3
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Re: ?/advice : buying 65 FB w rust seams

Well this thing has definitely been out in the weather more than once to say the least, or when it was "restored" it was not done to the needed extent. For 20k in my area in CA you can find a lot better. The thing is, unless your just going to drive it as is and not worry about the deteriorating condition then its not the car for you. Because to stop it and get it looking clean again youd have to strip it to see how far the damage goes. Youd be better spending a little time searching and taking your time to compare cars and see how far you can stretch your money. I picked mine up for 10k running good and not rust whatsoever. Take your time you can do a lot better for 20k
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Thanks for the advice! Confirming what I was feeling already. Anyone out there for it?
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