I'm going to be editing this post as I put the information together on the three cars, and then probably create a new thread.
One down. Blue coupe is 114.023.12.000169. Lots of body work or parts but rockers are very solid ironically. On way to get black one.
Got the black one too now. It was really well cared for at one point in time. Single owner car until the owner died in 2002. At that point the car was driven from approximately DC to approximately Philadelphia where it was stored for the last 12 or so years. In the fall it was pulled out of the garage and left in the driveway over this one past winter. I didn't get to see the paint last time because the car was covered in snow. The paint is really nice hon very pleased with the looks of it. However there is a lot of rust to contend with around the wheel wells and driver rocker front and rear.
So even after looking at all three cars I don't know which ones should be saved.
The rust honestly looks the easiest to repair in my opinion on the sedan. However I know that that car is the least desirable of the three.
Blue car has horrible floors and a floor shifter, but rockers aren't bad.
Black car has bad driver rocker, and rear driver wheel well needs major work. Fluid was all over the front swaybar, probably transmission fluid as the seller said.
Both coupe cars supposedly turn over and run with gas in the carbs, but obviously need the whole fuel system gone over and surely the carbs rebuilt.
Fortunately, they are all 2.8 m130 cars and the sedan is running and wired correctly, a decent model to put the others back together.
After seeing the rust on both of these cars, and trying to decide which car to learn to weld on, I think I should learn to weld on the sedan, and see how far back I can bring it.
Both coupes have near perfect exhaust (which I really need for my sedan). The black coupe has a stainless exhaust. The blue coupe has a ton of "new" parts on it, and the exhaust looks new. So I think these cars are going to pay for themselves, but when and how is still the question.
Thread has little to do with the initial topic heading. So I created a new thread after getting the two coupes home. Now I'm trying to decide which cars live and which die:
--- Pros: runs well. Rust repairs look easy for a noob, all just flat sheet metal I think, probably no panels need to order. I like looks of the sedan body style. Title in hand. floors solid. I have worked through some issues with this car and got it running pretty well, and am well on way to "sorting" the car.
--- Cons: just a sedan, and lower perceived value than the coupes. Trunk almost all rotted out (but hardwood floor could cover welding sins). Rockers rotted. White paint kind of sucks and shows all flaws including the peeling clearcoat from bad paint job. Front seats all ripped except passenger back/top. Back of headliner shrunk and is pulling away from back window. Rotted muffler.
- Blue Coupe:
--- Pros: Chrome tunnel/Floor shifter. Interior better than sedan. Rockers solid. Lots of new parts from "recent" mechanical work. Trunk floor pretty solid, but one section of previous welded in panel. Good muffler. Engine runs with fuel in carbs and supposedly sounds good.
--- Cons: rear end body damage including rear bumper and trunk lid that isn locking. big rot in driver side floor, kind of molested with non stock radio, blow-by hoses disconnected for some reason, aftermarket (?) cruise control. Rust spots on hood. Going to cost me another $100 for the title. Ripped front passenger seat bottom. Not currently running because I haven't tried to make it run.
- Black Coupe:
--- Pros: restored in 90's (by seller), single owner car from 1972-2001 and then stored by son-in-law since. Son-in-law stored car since 2001, garaged until 2013. sunroof, leather interior w no rips, crack free dash, stainless muffler, very solid trunk.
--- Cons: title is going to cost me $150 plus any fees the seller has to pay to get duplicate title for deceased father-in-law if I can even get the title. Not currently running due to rotted trans cooler lines. Rot in rockers and some in floors too.