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1972 220 should I buy?

I need some help guys. I found a (nice?) 1972 220. By nice I mean virtually rust-free, dent-free body, decent interior. Has not run in 4 years. Will not start. Was told it ran when parked. Has baked in the Arizona sun for 4 years but has held up pretty well. Shiny sides, top, hood, trunk faded a bit. Needs 4 new tires. All 4 door panel caps cracked pretty bad (can they be bought seperately?). Door seals (the ones that stay on the car when the door is opened) rotted. Trunk seal good, windshield seal good. Dash top seriously cracked. No rust underneath, some evidence of rotted bushings. Only minor surface rust in trunk. Looks like newish muffler but long pipe rusty. Engine compartment tidy (looks like it was maintained well when running) but covered in dust. MSD electronic ignition. 4-cyl, single carb. Air-conditioning. Battery tray perfect. Seal at back of hood split. Rear lamp lenses clouded. One headlight lens surround cracked. Headliner good apart from on sides of rear parcel shelf where split and underneath foam rotted. Chip in windshield directly in front of driver. Big white steering wheel both main arms seriously cracked. Both metal strips at bottom of sides gone (no rust at all here). All seats (white MB-Tex) good springs and covering, no splits or holes. 2 a/c knobs missing. One window winder missing (manual windows) Blaupunkt Malibu tape cassette radio (nice). 09346 miles, auto trans, color 542. That's it what do you think? How difficult is it to get the damaged/missing parts and how much will they cost? Thanks guys for any advice.
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You may find it a bit challenging to find good used interior parts (but not too too challenging), but new weatherstrips, bushings and the like are readily available and reasonably priced. The one item on your shopping list that's priced a bit rudely is the plastic headlight surround. Still, they are also readily available.

A car like this is always a labor of love if you want to get involved in a partial restoration. While such a task would undoubtedly be a poor financial move, that doesn't mean it's a bad move.

"If spending money you don't have is the height of stupidity, borrowing money to give it away is the height of insanity." -- anon
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