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Flying to Atlanta Tomorrow morning

So I'm flying to Atlanta tomorrow morning to buy 9/11 meeting the guy at the airport to buy it from him and drive it back to Florida
any advice on told tell signs what to look for

Kevin over kmw motorsports in Boca Raton said they're pretty much bulletproof cars just to see if the front end has any damage to it and should be okay as long as it runs and drives good

The guys driving it from agusta which is about 100+ miles so that's a good sign

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Be sure you get a pre purchase inspection before changing any cash. There are lots of posts on what to look for so do some searching first. Give us some more details on what you are buying. These are wonderful cars but they do have their issues as most 25+ year old toys.

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It's an 85
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I'm not really going to have an opportunity to have anybody check it out I'm pretty much flying up there and meeting the guy at the airport and either going to buy it or get on the flight back home so if there's anything that might stand out that you can think of please let me know
I have some pictures I don't know how to post them on this mobile site
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Oh Damn, you are a gambler, eh?

Okay, check under the car for leaks, after 100+ miles it should show if any. Heck, let it sit for 10-15 minutes and look for drip spots on the pavement.

Also check for rust, under the car and pull the carpets, not just the mats but the front and rears, they come out easily.

Clutch should release and engage half way of pedal throw

While the car is on, remove oil cap, if no vacuum leaks the idle will drop, if it does not then there is a vacuum leak.

Bring a magnet and check the body for heavy bondo aka past TC

Pull and push on the front wheels for slop, if loose it could be bearings, strut, ball joint, etc...

Rears, can't really check except on a turn or on a road burm, drive up on it if safely and if it does not "clunk" then bearing should be okay.

Damn, so many things, I am not a pro, so there is hell of allot more to check.

But at least guy will think you know what you are doing, damn what faith you have brother.

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Freaking awesome man thank you so much
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The biggest issue with the 3.2 is oil consumption due to worn valve guides. Not sure there is any way you can check for this on your own. Ask about how many mile he gets on a quart, 600 is okay, and if you are there long enough for the engine to cool down, check for smoking. I bought mine the same way in Miami but I had a PPI done and still did not catch everything. Good luck and post some pics when you get back.

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If there is a fairly long hill that you can drive down do so with the car in gear "decelerating" using the engine as a "brake" while looking in the rear view mirror. The presence of blue smoke will indicate worn valve guides. Please note that the guides may be worn and you may not see smoke. Good luck.
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Oh, a flashlight will come in handy for illuminating the recesses of the engine bay and the underside of the car as you look for oil leaks.
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How many miles on the car, see what maintenance has need down and rebuilds. Hopefully he has rebuilt the top end.
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Drive to a reputable shop and get a PPI.
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Without a PPI you had better be getting a good deal my friend. Plenty of "quiet" money sucking probs are not going to be seen in the airport parking lot.
In addition to the above, look over the (hopefully extensive) maintenance records to get a sense of the level of care taken with the car. Sparse records = poor care. Adjust your offer accordingly.
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I've never had any PPIs done on any of 13+ 911s I've had. This is a 25 year old car. In talking with the owner, you can judge if he took care of it or not. Aside from the obvious visual things that can be seen on a walk-around, expect that it will need things.
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South bound with the top down

The car has a little unsteady idle issue
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You must be desperate to own a 911........

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So I'm flying to Atlanta tomorrow morning to buy 9/11 meeting the guy at the airport to buy it from him and drive it back to Florida
any advice on told tell signs what to look for

Kevin over kmw motorsports in Boca Raton said they're pretty much bulletproof cars just to see if the front end has any damage to it and should be okay as long as it runs and drives good

The guys driving it from agusta which is about 100+ miles so that's a good sign
ynotony,

It all depends on the condition and price of the car. If you are paying $15K and not familiar with 911, you're taking a lot of risk. As a seller, I'll drive 100+ miles to meet the buyer because it would be difficult to resist the temptation of unloading this car. However, if you are buying a running '85 Carrera for $8K-$9K it would be less risk on your part.

How much are you paying for this car (unseen and without PPI)? Or did you have someone looked at it before? Keep us posted.

Tony
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Too late now........but a PPI is a pre purchase inspection.

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