Evermore. Here's what I'd do, but the story is first.
I bought a '70 GT 1300 jr that had a 2.0L transplant. All excited after looking at photos, and after quite a few (read, many!) phone conversations I bought it. Trusty, I am. So the car gets delivered and it's just like I thought it would be. Nothing perfect, but after all the calls and questions prior to purchase, it wasn't depressing. It was only meant to be a fun driver, and I was told it wasn't perfect. So the car goes into my storage for 3-4 days, and then I bring it home to get all anal on it and do my usual 'get to know everything' detail. First a wash and I find some untold rust. Another few days go by and as I'm working on the wheels, I find inner wheel well issues. Still not 'too' upsetting, but I'm getting less than happy. Another 1/2 week goes by before I can have some fun cleaning the blue over tan again. Now, keep in mind, I'm driving this awesome sounding little GT, our first GT, with lots of power. And it had air conditioning, custom installed. Oh, the fun it was slamming the go-pedal. But the rust starts accumulating and it's everywhere. The rockers in the hard to see areas are almost chipping away. Stuff that was hidden well. Anyway, you can imagine my own embarrassment when looking at myself in the mirror.
The car was sold to us by a partner of a well known dealer, the engine worked on and car maintained by the owner/collectors (Ferrari class) mechanic and then on to us. Hell, it was delivered to me with another car in the trailer. A freshly restored blue over oxblood, 250 California. Wow!!
I was very busy with work, but eventually it's week three and I find this rust in the foot box right below the pedals (picture, you should think of it as a broken suspension coil spring). Holy crap, I ask myself, was the 2liter fun so influential in my not looking closer, faster. Duh.
I also remembered every call and every text, letter, and email in which I asked very particular questions regarding rust. The point is I was lied to. Not twisted, or coerced. Flat out lied to.
So I called the partner first. I said that I was about to send him some very serious photos and copies of etc, etc, etc......
It's so incriminating that he first asked if I wanted my money back, and/or what...... I said good by, and that he should look for the new email I was about to send him and that I'd be happy to spread the information to the high end dealer network that they spend their lives involved in. Oh, also that I'm sure the internet world would love the info.
He then offered to wire transfer all the money the next day including shipping one way and would have the shipper call me right away. I figured the $500 out of my pocket was a good and inexpensive lesson to myself.
So, my advise, is to use the power of accurate threats (!!!!!). As long as the info you tell is correct. Meaning the internet world can be used both ways.
You have enough qualified opinions and information right now from this source (our fellow bb'ers!), and from the sources you have used to inspect the car.
If the seller is a third as smart as they think they are, and before this really spreads and gets out of hand, they'll also run to their bank and wire transfer you your funds back. You were sold the most 'unsafe' car in the world. Unsafe, unsafe, unsafe..... that car could 'kill' you. And your family. Just offer to pay the one way shipping fee.
(Sorry for the long winded story. The above story is true, but might have some 'story telling' type inaccuracies)
1984 Spider Veloce Deluxe
1969 GT 1300 JR
1969 1750 Spica Spider Veloce
1952 MG TD
Last edited by Yachtman; 04-06-2018 at 05:26 PM.