Let’s start with, this is an emotional thing and I am aware that repairs are needed / I am going to have to put in the work. Major questions, how much is too much and is the car worth it (like is this a car rare or am I just holding that perception)
I had the car in NYC and after going to a MB dealership for some parts I was told it needed $4-5k in work. At that time I took it off the road and put it in storage (also without that work I could not get my state sticker). I then moved to LA and brought the car.
When I took it to a mechanic recently, he said there was too much rust…more exactly he said getting the bolts off could be a problem and was worried that the costs will jump (I trust the mechanic overall due to long standing relationships).
Here are the questions:
From research I have seen that mechanics in this region (LA/Cali) are not used to seeing this much rust - where a mechanic in the northeast and in the rust belt deal with this more often. Is it likely he is just not used to this or should this be a major concern (There are some trouble areas on individual parts and I am ignoring any rust on the body which is there but not huge - just thinking about the chassis and don’t see and “real” damage when I went under the car).
This too me is the bigger question and ties to my emotional connection (and assumes the chassis is okay): I would hate to see this car go and get fixed by someone else as I think it is rare enough to hold on to. Am I wrong? Is a C43 a car worth working on over time?
What else do you need to know and would love some opinions: hold on to the car or should i move on?