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Found out the car only has the drivers seat. Where could I find seats other than junkyard? Or is that the best place to look. Also does this justify a lower price offer? Still waiting to find out on the rust situation. The engine runs, but runs a little rough. Thats what I know this far.

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are the STOCK seat rails still there on both sides? if so just get them from a junk yard. if they are gone you will need to mount some other seats in the car.. Its not a show stopper...

if the car has been on craigs list for a bit.. he will take less. the add sounds like his kid dumped this on him.


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LOOKS like a decent start. And the price is quite good too. Around here, people often ask that much for a car like that without an engine and with bald tires, body rust, etc.


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are the STOCK seat rails still there on both sides? if so just get them from a junk yard. if they are gone you will need to mount some other seats in the car.. Its not a show stopper...

if the car has been on craigs list for a bit.. he will take less. the add sounds like his kid dumped this on him.

I haven't received the pics I'm looking for but I should be able to tell if there are seat rails or not. This is where you would attach the seat frames correct? I found some decent prices on 66 bug seats on the samba just in case everything checks out. I'm not a rush on this one especially like you said, the longer this is for sale and since he is just trying to get rid of it he may take less. It's an older guy that is having a mechanic friend list and sell it. I've been talking with that guy and since we're about 5 hours apart he said he would probably work with me on the price just for that. Don't wanna gyp the guy but want to get the best price too. It really is a good price for a running baja. Will be able to know more when pics come. Should be today.

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LOOKS like a decent start. And the price is quite good too. Around here, people often ask that much for a car like that without an engine and with bald tires, body rust, etc.

Agreed. I've noticed that in my searching. All I'm waiting for is the pan condition. Everything else that i know seems to check out. He said the engine runs a little rough but that's ok to me cause I want something to tinker on without being too over my head.

Here is a question for you guys... How do I justify going 5 hours to buy it without being able to see it for myself in person? Or is that just part of the gamble? If there is a deal breaker you only find out about when you get there is it too bad so sad? Or what would you need to know through communication and pics that would sell it to you before you even saw it? Does that make any sense?

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seat rails... as far as I know ... all the "beam" cars seat rails are the same.




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perfect. Thats what I had imagined. Ill make sure I look for em in pics. thanks

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Just a head's up, in 1966 Bug's had ball-joint front beams.

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Seat rails are different depending on the year model. Up through about 1969 they were pretty much the same One angle of metal each side. Then they went to a double angle rail for a few years. By 1974, they used a seat mount setup which was WAYY different with short rails on the rear sides and an odd pyramid shape in the middle of the floor under the seat.


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As long as I match the year for car seats with the car, shouldn't be a problem right? Even if i found seats from 65-67 would they be compatible?

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Yes they would.

I've owned '58, '63,' 64, '65 and 67 Bugs and they all had the same seat mount rails on the floor. My son's '72 had different rails.

It's not a real big deal to install seats from a Chevy Cavalier, or a Mazda Miata, or a whole lot of other smaller cars.

My son has a pair of poly seats mounted on the aftermarket mounts that bolt to the floor he wants to sell. He had to cut the stock mount rails out of his '72 to mount them, then went a different direction with the car.


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Awesome that is way helpful. I was looking for answers on this topic and there were a lot of differing opinions. But this really helps. Im still waiting on pics from the guy. Trying to be patient and not get pushy. Ive got the time haha. Just would really like it to work out!

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MojaveRacer208 wrote:
LOOKS like a decent start. And the price is quite good too. Around here, people often ask that much for a car like that without an engine and with bald tires, body rust, etc.

Agreed. I've noticed that in my searching. All I'm waiting for is the pan condition. Everything else that i know seems to check out. He said the engine runs a little rough but that's ok to me cause I want something to tinker on without being too over my head.

Here is a question for you guys... How do I justify going 5 hours to buy it without being able to see it for myself in person? Or is that just part of the gamble? If there is a deal breaker you only find out about when you get there is it too bad so sad? Or what would you need to know through communication and pics that would sell it to you before you even saw it? Does that make any sense?

If he is five hours away... its an overnighter... I would make it a mini vacation... drive out Saturday. get a nice hotel for you and the wife. look at the car, buy it or not. plain on towing it home. have a nice dinner out and drive home the next day. bring a chain and lock to lock your new Baja to the tow vehicle so you will be able to sleep that night. (I would not trust a car that old to make a trip that far) if the can be driven it can be towed.. on flat land a 2.0L can pull it. if you are not used to towing ... here is a trick. hook up everything to tow the car. then check the parking break and start the car with you out of it. turn the key back one click to turn off the motor.. and walk away.. drive about 3 - 4 miles and check the break hubs for heat,,,, if everything is good keep going. OH...almost forgot... Make sure the "Jesus Nut" has a cotter pin in it.. or you could loose a rear wheel. by not being in the car you wont be able to feel when the "Jesus nut" comes loose.

when I flat tow I always start the car and check the parking break and then get out of the car with it running.. then one click back and shut the door. even I with miles flat towing will pull over after a mile or two the check everything.

REMEMBER!!!! REMEMBER!!! REMEMBER!!! NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOU THINK YOU ARE !!!! NEVER.... EVER .... EVER.... BACK UP A "FLAT TOW VEHICLE" it will bend or break something ... every time. so don't park or go anywhere that you think you will need to back up..

I cant tell you how many times someone I know has done a incomplete "U" turn ...Just to back up a little to clear the road for traffic and disabled them selves somehow....

even backing up in a straight line will spell tragedy...

.. if you don't want a "adventure of some sort " sit down before you go and write down something's that could go wrong and think of how you negate the problem..

Like "how old are the tires on the Baja" does it have a spare tire, jack, tire iron?? can I barrow 2 spares from someone I know to take with. have a plain or at least think about it.

I tell myself ... it is better to bring it with me and not use it ... than need it and not have it with you. and remembering where it is at your house.

Bring tow light even if your not going to tow at night... What a show stopper not having light if you need for finish the trip at night.

if you barrow a trailer from someone. don't think you are safe... How old are the tires on the trailer ??? does it have a spare, jack that will work, a tire iron that will fit the lugs?

Think..


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Dalton wrote:
REMEMBER!!!! REMEMBER!!! REMEMBER!!! NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOU THINK YOU ARE !!!! NEVER.... EVER .... EVER.... BACK UP A "FLAT TOW VEHICLE" it will bend or break something ... every time. so don't park or go anywhere that you think you will need to back up..

I made all my towing mistakes and "cocky" towing mistakes working on a farm during highschool. Haha

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But obviously I'm prone to make more. Thanks dalton for the thorough advice.

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