The guy who did the work IS the seller. The seller is a mechanic and runs his own little "specialty foreign cars" type of shop. Its a little hole in the wall, but all very unique (albeit beater looking) specialty foreign cars.Its a fair amount of work to do all that. And its kinda the holy grail of the kind of work being done on these rigs to keep them original. Its the kind of work I hope to do on mine someday. Not a trivial undertaking. Its just a shame its been done on such a crappy example. As I said before I would never feel good about that truck regardless of what's been done to it mechanically. That's just me. I'm a worrier. Last time I checked I think a correctly done 2F engine rebuild alone comes in at like 10K these days, maybe more now. Someone else can chime in on accuracy there as its something I have not kept up with too closely. So the work done might be approaching 15K. Not sure there.
It just seems to me a situation where the seller wanted to make it reliable, had some buddies and access to a shop to help him, poured money into it (maybe around 15K? ), realized that despite all the work it needs more, and now wants you to pay for it so he can get what he has in it back. Who did the work (sorry I didn't see where it was mentioned)? Why is he selling it? Are you interested in it solely because its close?
Ultimately this is up to you. If you feel good about it, then great that's all that matters. You have folks saying otherwise so I think you have your answer. GLWS and HTH.
The seller/mechanic hasnt once struck me as a inept con-man (but this also could just be me blinded by eagerness) I talked to him about the points yall raised here. Plus, the mechanic/seller actually sold this rig to a guy (locally) like 7 years prior. This buyer, had it for a while, but decided he wanted a brand new FJ60 off of BaT. So he sold it back to the mechanic. And this was like 3 years ago.
So the mechanic/seller has been sitting on this rig for about 3 years. Just using it personally as his vehicle. I am a total mechanical newb, but the fact that hes using it daily as his vhic strikes me as a "good sign" Because why would he use something unreliable?
I also asked him about how to fix that terrible rear rust, and he told me about a company which makes that panel called "Wolf Panel"??
All in all, my current predicament is; I could drive 1000 miles to find a rust free aesthetically clean beauty...that is totally original and could break on the ride back. Where as this seller (who is the mechanic) rebuilt all the important stuff it sounds like...its just the body looks like hell And this is now where advice from everyone would be appreciated. I was never looking for a pristine beauty, I really just want a reliable one, which I can invest money into SLOWLY. Reliability is my main focus. But if you all think foregoing this one, and looking elsewhere is the best option, I will more than likely do that. But again, I ask that you all consider the rebuild work hes (allegedly) done