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Maybe do your visual inspection first. If it then looks like you might make an offer on the car, I'd pull the plugs and spray lots of lubricant into the cylinders. Then check if there's any oil in the crankcase and overfill the crankcase with some thin, cheap motor oil. Let it sit as long as practically possible and slowly and gently attempt to turn the motor. I'd take a crescent wrench and first use the generator pulley to try to turn it. If it slips the belt, then try the crankshaft pulley. If the car might end up in your garage, you don't want to damage any internals while turning the engine. I've seen dry motors completely filled with oil, externally heated with a hot air gun for a few hours, and then very gently "rocked" and turned. If the motor's infact shot, you're out some oil and a little time. If it isn't that bad you've saved yourself some cracked rings and maybe bearing damage.
Either way, good luck & hope it all works out.
Bill
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