Update: The plot thickens. .... I was finishing up my checkout this afternnon and the red "Volt" light was coming on and staying on for a couple of minutes each time i started it. I'm used to the elec gauge in my SE which is a good tell-all. So I'm guessing either alternator or battery. They're "fixing" the problem for Monday. That should be interesting. they have 50 cars, 1 bay, 1 "mechanic". They bring the cars in, put nothing into them and sell 'em. Oh, they steamclean and dress the engine bay, so you can't tell what leaks without litmus paper.
Generally, I wouldn't suggest dealing with these guys for the faint of heart. You had better know your stuff and some. Their shenanigans have convinced me I'm out of my league, so the car goes up on the lift at my mechanic'* on Monday, before I lay the final green down. There is a possibility that there is a covered up nasty showstopper.
Didn't even think about just tightening the bolts on the pan. Thanks
The rot is inside the wheelwell, not on the outter panel. I had similar on my SE, in fact the same exact spot. Scrubbed out all the bad stuff, filled it, hit the area with rust converter/protector, then undercoat. I did it before I came here. So it might not be the best way, but it has held up just fine.
I won't comment on price yet. We have a number, but there are contngencies.My heart and head are having a battle. But if the price and fixes get past the number in my head, I'm dropping this project. At that time I'll put up the other stuff i found with the car, and the real dollars I'm pretty sure they want. maybe somebody else will want to take a shot at it.
1995 SE ..Green and Rattle Can...234K mi...Bonnie (she'll outlive me)
1998 SSEI .. White ..119K mi...Evey
1996 SSE ..MajTeal..157K mi...4/12- Dealer trade full of Lucas Trans fix