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Hi - I posted a couple of weeks ago as a new owner of a 1987 560 - I'm finally home from a business trip and the car has arrived in CT after being shipped from CA by PlyCar. It is a Fantastic 107 with 29,165 miles - white exterior and gray interior - both tops and all service records and books. The car looks and drives as if brand new and was pampered by its previous owners (2) - all parts and components are original and the only issues I have discovered and need to address are:
1. Radio doesn't seem to want to work (may be a fuse)
2. Auto antenna won't work (ditto)
3. I need a new windshield wiper as the rubber on one has split

All very minor things which I will fix. Aside from that the car is pristine and will be garaged and driven lightly, but obviously I plan to drive it and enjoy it in good weather - in my mind these fine cars are meant to be driven.

I am looking forward to learning as much as possible on this forum about these cars as I have always loved them since I was a kid - this will be my first 107. Thanks in advance for all the info you guys share on this forum - I have already learned a great deal. I added a few pics.
 

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Congrats on your new car! It looks like a real beauty.

Did you have a PPI performed? If not, I suggest you have a look at the suspension and major rubber bits (motor mounts, sub-frame bushings, control arm bushings, drag link bushings, flex discs, etc.). Lower ball joints and tie rod ends are other items that bear inspection. You might also have a look at the plastic timing chain guides.

I learned about all this after I bought my low mileage '87. Some items expire due to time as much, if not more than, mileage.

I hope I'm not sounding negative or scary. You can do all of the above at home if you are so inclined.
 

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Thanks - its been fully inspected by the seller's dealer, but I plan to have it done on my end within the next month or so - I want to drive it a bit to see what I hear/feel/see and discover before I bring it in for a full scale inspection and work over with my mechanic. Everything I can see (hoses. belts, lines, etc) look fine but you are absolutely right - all the rubber, seals, etc need to be checked. I know this car spent a great deal of time sitting in the collector's garage in CA and was rarely driven.
 

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Very cool to see the shade of orange that the gauge lettering and needles are supposed to be. Looks like my friend Glen's car, only LOADS better!
 

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Okay - a few items on my list of issues on this car:

1. Radio - tape player works as does radio in general but antenna will not raise
2. When I shut car off and turn radio off - I hear static from drivers side speaker even with radio off?
3. Cigarette lighter won't pop out
4. Clock not working

These are all the known issues I have discovered - could replacing all the fuses be helpful? I ordered a full set for this car off ebay - brass type.
I suppose in the big picture these are all relatively minor. I do not want to replace the stereo head unit or anything else for that matter on this car from the original so I may just buy a nice boombox with ipod hookup to use and place in the rear gargo compartment. So maybe removing the radio fuse will suffice as I dont really plan on using it with the poor speakers etc.
Any thoughts advice?
 

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My New old 107 - some add'l pics

A few more pics -

1987 560
29,165 orig miles
white/gray
2 tops
all original
 
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