I can relate to 'walking away'. I drove 80 miles to look at a 67 Impala, cash in hand, and came home with the cash. It was a nice purple paint job with a white leather interior with a 350 with Hooker headers in the ad. The paint wasn't all that bad, but. . . . . there were lumps in it. It was at a dealer, so if I bought it I could have got plates and drove it home, but that happy feeling quickly went away. The 'owners' uncle owned the lot, and was putting a battery in the car, and the box was all but gone. He started it up, and it sounded vile (in a good way) and I could see me getting in trouble with it. He said 'that little tapping you hear is the header hitting the steering box, it goes away when you rev it." Translation - Hooker knows how to make headers, the engine mounts are shot. I got inside and the seat had a major sag, but did i really want co change or repair an original leather seat? There were broken and missing window cranks, and the ones there were pretty well pitted. Really?? The headliner had been replaced, and there was a bump where I assumed the 'coat hook' went. I touched it, and it rolled around. Not good. The mirror/visors weren't quite right either. The trunk looked 'relatively good' but had a few rust spots in it. At this point, I determined the car wasn't for me at 9 grand, and I didn't want to insult the guy (who wasn't even there yet). I shut the car off and closed the hood, and I noticed the whole front of the hood was rotted out and the trim was screwed on. I handed the uncle the keys and told him I was gonna pass.
The following week, I went 100 miles in the other direction and bought a 66, needed more work but I KNEW THIS, and it was less than half the price. I'm on it, and will have it goin here soon!
Good luck, you'll find one soon enough.
66 Impala (in progress)
56 stepside shortbed
55 Bel Air sedan
02 Monte Carlo (bought new)