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Old 02-06-2013, 03:39 PM
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Check out this Mustang conv a co-worker wants to buy.

This car has some red flags for me, BIG red flags. It looks like it was parked somewhere with the top down for a couple of years.







The trunk has some rust like it had water in it (no other rust and most all original paint on the car) and the interior has a slight mildew smell if you tuck your head down inside. I have to imagine if the top and windows were up you would gag. But I don't know what normal wear would be on one of these cars. The visors look like two years in the weather being rained on and all if you ask me. That black stripe to the right handle at the edge of the header bow is where the handle was when the sun beat the brown color out of the underside of the top.

He still wants to buy it and I see some serious problems. Don't think I can talk him out of it but just curious about what would normal wear be on this vintage Mustang (it's a 95ish model).

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Old 02-06-2013, 03:47 PM
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hey it is money, but more then $600 or $700 would be tops. if it was rained on or open to the elements did you check the floor for rust issues ?
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:51 PM
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It is a Cobra and it's $5000. The only thing I am wondering am I on the right track? Just those visors and the top look this bad. The rest of the interior looks worn but not hideous like those visors and top. Those parts look to me like this thing was outside year or two with the top down, big red flag as I mentioned. But the rest looks damn nice, I went to look at it for him and wouldn't think a thing of it at this age and so on, until I saw the visors, that is just bizarre.

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my friend just sold his 96 cobra new rims & tires , rebuilt motor with 20k on it And some nice upgrades on the build. his was a hardtop was Fast & Clean Sold for $9000
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:32 PM
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Time to take ice pick and do a little poking. It's a Cobra Mustang Convertable and it's in California. Someone will pay a large price for it. Some times we California people ain't to bright.

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Time to take ice pick and do a little poking. It's a Cobra Mustang Convertable and it's in California. Someone will pay a large price for it. Some times we California people ain't to bright.

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He left with it and is going to buy it, he didn't care what I told him he was going to buy it and I knew it. Have you ever seen anything like those visors? Even if the top was down every day and left parked outside I can't believe it would look that bad after years of that. Something odd happened here.

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I would expect the rest of the interior to be in similar condition if the top was down and the floor boards rotted out. It kinda looks like looks like sun damage. i wonder if being so close to the chrome and windshield increased temperature and the visors rotted out first? Mice?
Also after relooking at the visors, if they were in the up position they would be directly under that black roof. Got be the hottest point. I wonder if they were intact until they were tipped down to access the release leavers? Tipped them down and all that rotten fabricc peeled off. Where's Dan Two Lakes when we need him?
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:22 PM
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That could be, but on the top header area, I lifted up the cloth and what isn't seen by sun was still black. So right under that faded brown junk you see was black.


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At the local auctions here are Lots of flood damaged cars turning up,some have clear titles because there was not an insurance claim turned in .most are coming from new york area .be careful,mold can be removed but only temporary.
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If it's sun baked, and mildew smelly, and the metal is solid, then those things you see are not tough fixes. New seat covers, carpet, and visors. Chances are the smell will go away too once those items that carry it are gone.
But I'd be concerned that the floors are rotting, so I'd sure be leary enough to poke around the floors with a scratch awl before forking over $5k.
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I bought a 96 z 28 at auction Flood Damaged not annonced 2days later engine spun a bearing .tore it down ,Full of sand ,checked trans and rear they both had sand and durt ,but i cleaned those before i had to replace them .replaced engine ,Since i Im a dealer had to have title stamped as Flood Damage car salvage before i could sell it at a Loss.
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I owned a similar era mustang (96 gt) and it's still owned by my brother. I see it almost everyday. He takes little to no care of his vehicles, the paints peeling off the car like crazy and it's sat in the Arizona sun everyday since it was a brand new car. It doesn't look half that bad on the inside.

Sometimes you just can't convince someone when they have their heart set on it. If the guy had as much determination as he did dollars and ignorance he probably could buy a 96 GT and a Lincoln Mark VIII and "make a cobra" for much less than $6k and sell what was left over for decent money. And it wouldn't smell like Birch Aquarium on the inside neither...
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I owned a similar era mustang (96 gt) and it's still owned by my brother. I see it almost everyday. He takes little to no care of his vehicles, the paints peeling off the car like crazy and it's sat in the Arizona sun everyday since it was a brand new car. It doesn't look half that bad on the inside.

Sometimes you just can't convince someone when they have their heart set on it. If the guy had as much determination as he did dollars and ignorance he probably could buy a 96 GT and a Lincoln Mark VIII and "make a cobra" for much less than $6k and sell what was left over for decent money. And it wouldn't smell like Birch Aquarium on the inside neither...
I told him about the facts of buying a used car, you have decided to buy a used car when you pull up to the house and it's parked in the drive way. You have decided to buy it, or not to buy it and it doesn't matter what you find when you are looking at it, I am not saying this happens every time of course, but this is generally how people act. I told him you were going to buy this car the second you saw it so why did you bring it here to waste my time? Go buy it and deal with the crap that comes up.

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I told him about the facts of buying a used car, you have decided to buy a used car when you pull up to the house and it's parked in the drive way. You have decided to buy it, or not to buy it and it doesn't matter what you find when you are looking at it, I am not saying this happens every time of course, but this is generally how people act. I told him you were going to buy this car the second you saw it so why did you bring it here to waste my time? Go buy it and deal with the crap that comes up.

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It doesn't get any truer than that. When I got mine it was mis-advertised on autotrader.com as a dark green 95 Automatic. When I got to the house it was a bright red 5 speed stripper with the 3.27 ring gear. V6 tweed interior, no wing, no fog lights, nothing. It was a special RPO code for the 96. I drove it around the block and had to have it.
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He left with it and is going to buy it, he didn't care what I told him he was going to buy it and I knew it. Have you ever seen anything like those visors? Even if the top was down every day and left parked outside I can't believe it would look that bad after years of that. Something odd happened here.

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Probably just the sun.....and the top always down... when in gear.
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