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Did I do the right thing? Not buying GTV V6

Have been developing a strong need for a GTV V6 recently, having previously owned a 156 and a 33 16v and now have some spare funds for a weekend car. Saw a nice looking ph1, knew it had a few age related issues (117k miles) but recent cambelt and clutch got me interested. Priced just over 3k. Arrived and found the following:

OS sill rust all along and a few jack imprints
Oil leak on front bank cam area near timing wheels
Uneven wear on one front tyre
Murky tea coloured coolant but could be residual from previous known head gasket and overheating repair.
Runs very well, goes very well, but Ive never driven one before...
Various dings and stonechips and flat paint.
Rust spots on ns front turret, nothing major.
Snapped rear os spring
Fresh looking drips under gearbox, felt like coolant, nothing on the ground though.
Header tank cap had what looked like copper slip particles which I'm told is evidence k seal has been used before, again could be residual from previous HG repair.
Interior grubby but should clean up. Normal bolster wear on driver's seat (leather).
Also smelt like a vintage car already, hot oil and leather! Anyone elses do that?

I really 'bonded' with the car while sitting in it and driving it but those issues seemed a bit much and could easily be 1200- 2k to fix. Seller said he'd drop the price on my findings but still seemed too much of a gamble.

I suppose I'm looking for some validation, did I do the right thing by walking away? Or if I could secure it for 2k would that seem like a reasonable project?

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I think you did the right thing. It sounded like it was going to be a money pit.

The problem with these cars is that whilst they can be cheap to buy they can cost a fortune to put right, so you are better off searching out a good one.

It is quite common for the expansion tank to be full of crud on healthly examples though, it seems to be a Busso thing.
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Thanks for the reply. Good to know about the expansion tank norm for busso engined cars.

Can't stop thinking about that car though.... But sensible hat on and back to eBay etc!
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Be patient, the right car will come along.

There are some very nice examples around.
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