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Re: [T3] Pros and Cons of Sitting Square

On 27 Oct 2005 at 23:23, typha2@netscape.net wrote:

> I'm interested in buying a 71 Squareback that has been "sitting"
> inside for 2+ years.  What are the pros and cons of getting a car up
> and running after that length of time?  Here is what I know about the
> car: 

> 59,000 miles
> automatic
> air
> owner says needs battery and brakes adjusted
> all gauges and lights worked, heater, wipers, and horn worked fine
> had a good tune up right before it was put away
> replaced the points with a petronix insert
> no engine noises and the transmission shifted smoothly
> It drove straight and handled fine

> Owner says he could never get brakes adjusted right so he put it away
> before winter and one thing led to another and now it's been 2 years. 

The time is not a big problem. Check carefully for rust. '71 is one 
of the best years, so this is potentially a very good car. The brakes 
will likely need hundreds of dollars of work, probably much more than 
just an adjustment.

If you can't do the work yourself, you'll want to make SURE you know 
where you can take this to get it done well, and at reasonable cost, 
BEFORE you dive into this deal. The very best person to do the work 
is you, because no one cares as much about your car as you do, but I 
realize that's a problem for most people.  

Where are you located? Someone here may be able to help you.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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