Check it out and if it's mechanically ok and he's willing to come down a bit more, I'd go for it!
Thats part of my problem and why I asked, I am in Iraq right now, should be home in two months. I could have my wife pull the trigger on this but I wanted to know if any Mud Members knew anything about it.
I'm the PO of this pig...the cleanest most rust free non-restored example I've ever seen. Spent most of its life in AZ except for a few years in CA. Bought in in AZ in 2008, gassed it up and drove it to CO, did some minimal cleanup and drove it for a year, then drove it to S. CA to deliver it to Jeremy. I have plenty of pics of it in its original paint before it was redone. Absolutely only rust was one quarter-sized bubble on the rear valance. Only bodywork that had ever been done prior to my ownership was a small portion of the r. rear corner. Strong crate SBC with Saginaw ps. Four speed at the time I owned it. From what I've read elsewhere the 700R4 conversion was professionally done.
If anyone on this board thinks they can duplicate this pig for $12,500...I have some beachfront property in W. CO to sell you. I have no connection to this sale...just wanted to add some info.
When doing "rebuilds", you lost a LOT of money when selling them. You can kiss off almost ALL labor costs and probably close to half the material costs.
Maintenance items earn you nothing in sales price but will help move it quicker. Weather stripping falls in this list.
Paint is almost a maintenance item. A $6k paint job might add $1k to the price but raises HUGE flags about possible rust issues.
The thing that stick out to me is the engine bay. The air cleaner, missing radiator shroud, and AC lines are not what I call high dollar rig worthy.
With that said, I'd say it closer to a $10k rig than $12k.
As for the "If anyone on this board thinks they can duplicate this pig for $12,500", absolutely. $12k would easily cover the cost of parts and labor is in the realm of possibility for a lot of pig owners. The "only" challenge is finding a solid pig body.
all depends on where you look.