So I went and checked out another trans am tonight. I'm looking for a 305/350, 5-speed, late 80's early 90's, T/A or firebird with t-tops. I checked out this '89 tonight that has a real clean body, but a swapped out 305 that supposedly has 36k on it. Supposedly cause the starter and tming cover are painted in oil sludge.. No t-tops and automatic, though. It's got a tapping lifter I think (sounds like it, could it be a loose header?), headers, no cats, cam, TBI I think and little things here and there not right with it. I didn't pull off the air cleaner cause it had a puddle on top that I didn't want to send down the intake, so it may actually have a crappy carb on it. The car sounds like crap. I mean it has that meaty beefy shred the tires sound, but to me, it's sound untuned and loose. Paint seems real nice, it's got a couple bubbles where it's starting to rust at the bottoms of the doors, but otherwise fine. It has this big stupid spoiler that weighs a million pounds and barely has any paint left... The interior's real nice on it, though. It also has a couple connectors sticking out of the harness that need to find a home... A couple vaccuum lines need to be capped or connected... Basically, the motor was supposedly swapped, and had some issues here and there. I don't necessarily trust the guy that much, either, cause it looks like it has brand new brakes, with purty shiny rotors, and he said he hasn't driven it for a few weeks... The inspection was up in june, though, so he may not really be lying. He says it won't pass, but he knows a guy that'll pass it (no cats). I don't know if I want to get involved in this, but I think I can really steal it. He said I'm the first one that called, then realized his mistake and said a couple other people called too. I called him a week ago, and I'm the first one that's looked at it. He listed it for $1500 in the paper, and must have said 4 times while I was looking that it was negotiable. I told him I'd get back to him after I talk to my wife, and he called my cell an hour later asking if I talked to her, and said he was negotiable, and if it helps, he'll take $1000. I'm thinking I'll offer him $500 to take it away tomorrow, 'cause I have to put cat's back on it, mufflers my neighbors won't execute me for, and hope it still dyno's ok with a tapping lifter, and that it's not pouring oil from some hidden spot or the tranny doesn't shift bad when it warms up... Should I stay away from this thing, or maybe snag it for $500? If i pick it up and decide it's not worth it, there's almost no market for these cars up here anymore, and I"ll have a crappy time reselling it. On the other hand, the body is really nice, new tires all around, and the interior's clean. And there's a Camaro that looks terrible, but has a 350 I can swap into the K5, and a 5-speed maybe I could swap into this T/A if I picked them both up cheap. That kinda defeats my low time/money investment desire, though... Is this a childish immature pursuit for a guy with a wife, two kids, a 7 to 7 job, and upcoming major house renovations?