reluctantartist wrote:Ok, in short I found a what may be a very nice 412 wagon that has been restored down to the metal. It also comes with what is left of the donor/parts car for $3500. I need a car for hauling the little tots around so we can save the 1982 air-cooled westy for real trips. $3500 seems reasonable if it is as described (maybe I am wrong here and should try to come down on the price) and I would have more fun using the 412 than some subaru or volvo.
But, these things are getting rare so would I be doing a disservice using it as my regular car and driving in the winter, etc. Of course I would keep on top of rust issues when they occur, etc. But it also means having to go ahead and do parts modification when necessary to keep it going as it is now it is a show car. I think it is better to use a car than just have it sit.
This car should not be used in salt season. They are getting rarer still, and there is no such thing as keeping on top of rust when it occurs, it is occurring in places that are too late by the time you see it. If you have tots and winter driving duties, get a car with up-to-date safety for winter driving.
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . 89,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . 136,790 miles