I've sourced a '57 220S that the owner is willing to simply give me, but I'm wondering if it's even worth pursuing or if it's simply too far gone?
The car was bought by its current owner in the late 60s and was last registered in '75. They began a restoration on it in the mid 80s, but the restoration was halted by her father be stricken with a crippling disease and he's been bedridden ever since. The car has all it's pieces, but they're mostly in boxes. Everything appears to be labeled and has little baggies with the nuts, bolts, screws, etc in it, but it will be a long haul getting it even running again.
The valve cover has been removed and been sitting below the car for the last 25 or so years and one of the 2 BBL Solex carbs is in pieces in a box from when they began work on it. All of the interior is pulled out and piled in the trunk. It needs a paint job and one minor ding pulled out of the front fender.
I'm not questioning my ability to put it back together again, but wondering whether it's even worth the effort? Literally anything that's rubber is dry rotted on the vehicle meaning all the vacuum lines need replacing, all the window surrounds, molding mounts.......I mean EVERYTHING rubber is rotten. Can you even get the parts to restore that kind of stuff? A good example being the rubber mount for the parking lights and turn signals on the front body...just touching them makes them fall to a million pieces.
Since it's a fairly rare car in the US it would be neat to restore it, but would it just be a waste of time and a money pit?
I don't have a whole lot of money to throw at it, hence why I'm wondering if it's even worth attempting.