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Year, Make & Model: 1970 Buick GS Convertible

Appointment Information

Date and Time of Inspection

11/05/21 AT 1:00PM

With Whom Did You Confirm the Appointment

MATT H.

Who was Present for the Inspection

MATT

Test Drive

Odometer Reading Before Road Test

43546

How far AND to what speed?

4 MILES AND SPEEDS UP TO 80MPH

Does the vehicle drive straight? YES or NO

YES

Steering Performance? Tight or Sloppy

TIGHT

Brake Performance? Good or Needs Work

GOOD

Suspension Noise? Comment

NOTHING ABNORMAL

Any significant wind noise?

UNKNOWN

Odometer Reading After Road Test

43550

Comments: THE VEHICLE WAS TEST DRIVEN ON CITY STREETS AND PERFORMED AS DESIGNED. THERE WERE NO ABNORMAL SUSPENSION NOISES. THE STEERING WAS RESPONSIVE AND NORMAL FOR THE ERA WITH VERY MINIMUM BODY ROLL AND TRACKED IN A STRAIGHT LINE. THE VEHICLE STOPPED IN A STRAIGHT LINE WITH NO NOTICED PULLING OR DIPPING. THE CONVERTIBLE TOP WOULD NOT RAISE SO WIND NOISE AND TOP SEAL WERE NOT EVALUATED.

Engine


Engine Size:

455CID

Designation: (HP)

 

Performance

GOOD

Start Up Easy or Hard

EASY

Any Hesitation on Start

NO

Oil Level / Quality

FULL/ CLEAN

Carburetor (Make/Model)

N/A

Engine Smoke

NO

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

YES

Engine Noise

NO

Comments: THE VEHICLE STARTED EASILY FOR A CARBURETED BIG BLOCK OF THIS ERA AND AMBIENT AIR TEMP OF 48 DEGREES. THE ENGINE CAME OFF HIGH IDLE AND MAINTAINED CURB IDLE WITHIN 15-20 SECONDS. THERE WAS NO SMOKE FROM THE TAIL PIPE ON START UP AND WHEN THROTTLED UP. THERE WERE VISIBLE OIL LEAKS AND ROAD DIRT BUILD-UP FROM SEEPAGE ON THE LEFT BANK BELOW THE VALVE COVERS AND THE FRONT OF THE LEFT BANK CYLINDER HEAD. THERE WAS OIL PRESENT ACTIVE TO A DRIP ON THE OIL PAN AND TRANSMISSION INSPECTION COVER. POSSIBLE REAR MAIN SEAL AND OIL PAN GASKET FAILURES.

Transmission

Transmission Type:

AUTOMATIC

FWD / RWD

RWD

Fluid Level / Quality

FULL/CLEAN

Clutch Operation

 

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

YES

Miss Shifts

NO

Is there Overdrive?

NO

Overdrive Performance

 

Overall Performance

GOOD

 

 

Comments: THE TRANSMISSION HAD ACTIVE FLUID LEAKS AT THE PAN GASKET. DURING THE TEST DRIVE THE TRANSMISSION SHIFTED SMOOTHLY UNDER NORMAL ACCELERATION AND HAD POSITIVE FIRM SHIFTS WHEN UNDER HEAVY ACCELERATION.

Steering

Steering Type

P/S

Performance

GOOD

Fluid Level / Quality

FULL/GOOD

 

 

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

YES

Feel when Stationary

GOOD

Comments: EVIDENCE OF A LEAK IS PRESENT AT THE GEAR BOX SECTOR SHAFT SEAL. I DID NOT SEE AN ACTIVE DRIP DURING THE INSPECTION.

Brakes

Brake Type: Front and Rear

DISC/DRUM

Performance:

GOOD

Fluid Level / Quality

FULL/CLEAN

Noises

NONE

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Feel When Stationary

GOOD/FIRM

Emergency/Parking Brake

YES

 

 

Comments: THE BRAKES OPERATED AS DESIGNED WITH NO ISSUES.

Rear End

U-Joints:

GOOD

Performance:

GOOD

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Noises

NO

Comments: THE REAR DIFFERENTIAL PRODUCED NO ABNORMAL NOISE OR ISSUES DURING THE TEST DRIVE.

Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning:

YES

Operation / Noises

GOOD/NONE

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NONE

Blow Cold / Cool / Warm

COLD

Temperature Control:

MANUAL

 

 

Comments: THE COMPRESSOR OPERATED AS DESIGNED AND PRODUCED NO NOISE.

Suspension

Suspension Type

CONTROL ARM

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Operation / Noise

GOOD/NO

Any Loose Items

NO

Drive Train Type

AUTOMATIC/RWD

Any Deteriorated Items

NO

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Any Wandering on Road

NO

Bounce Test? Comment

FIRM

 

 

Comments: THE SUSPENSION PERFORMED AS DESIGNED WITH NO NOTICED ISSUES.

Cooling System: Radiator

Temperature / Fan

GOOD

Performance / Noise:

GOOD

Coolant Level / Quality

FULL/CLEAN

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Engine Idle Length of Time

10 MIN

Any Overheat During Idle Period

NO

Comments: THE COOLING SYSTEM REACHED NORMAL OPERATING TEMPERATURE DURING THE TEST DRIVE.

Wheels / Tires Type:

Type (Manufacturer/Factory):

WHEELS: OEM RALLY

TIRES:BF GOODRICH

Tire Size:

FRONT AND REAR – 225/70/14

SPARE MFG / SIZE:G78-14

Tread Depth:

8/32- 11/32

SPARE TIRE TREAD DEPTH:8/32

DOT / Are they current?

NOT VISIBLE

 

Any Wear or Curb Damage?

N/A

 

Jack and Equipment?

OEM

CONDITION OF JACK EQUIPMENT: GOOD

Comments: THE TIRES SHOWED NO EVIDENCE OF DRY ROT OR CRACKING. THE WHEELS WERE STEEL OEM RALLY WITH NO VISIBLE PITTING OR DAMAGE.

Exhaust

Type (Dual or Single)

DUAL

Mufflers:

TWO FLOWMASTER

Headers:

HOOKER

Accessories (i.e. chrome tips, etc)

NO

Exhaust Loud or Quiet:

NORMAL

Comments: BOTH HEADERS HAD SCORING AND GOUGING FROM ROAD SURFACE CONTACT.

(OP–Operational     INOP–Inoperable or N/A)

Exterior Lighting 

INOP

Interior Lighting INCL Dash Lights

INOP

Horn

OP

Turn Signals

OP

Power Windows

INOP

Power Locks

N/A

Power Seats

N/A

Gauges 

OP

Power Mirrors

N/A

Clock

INOP

Trunk Release

N/A

Wipers & Washers

OP

Security System

N/A

Fuel Door

OP

Hood Release

OP

Power Antenna

N/A

Radio

OP

Front Defrost

OP

Rear Defrost

N/A

Heater

OP

Cruise Control

N/A

Cigarette Lighter

OP

Steering Tilt/tele

OP

Teak Steering Wheel

N/A

Radio Mfg

UNK

Conv Top UP

INOP

Conv Top DOWN

INOP

Top Boot ON / OFF

OP

T-Tops ON

N/A

T-Tops OFF

N/A

Hard Top ON

N/A

Hard Top OFF

N/A

Sunroof OPEN

N/A

Sunroof CLOSED

N/A

Odometer

 

Speedometer

 

Trip Meter

N/A

8-Track

N/A

CD or Other Audio

N/A

GPS / Navigation

N/A

Bluetooth

N/A

Back-Up Camera

N/A

360 Cameras

N/A

Satellite Radion

N/A

Keys for ignition, doors, trunk etc

OP

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments: THE RIGHT SIDE BACK UP LIGHT, REAR TAIL LIGHTS, SIDE MARKER LIGHTS AND RIGHT-SIDE HIGH BEAM WERE INOP. THE TWO INTERIOR ENTRY LIGHTS WERE INOP AND THEIR LENSES WERE BURNT. THE CONVERTIBLE TOP WAS INOP AND HAD TO BE MANUALLY LIFTED OUT TO INSPECT THE WINDOW AND FABRIC. THERE WAS VISIBLE AIR IN THE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM LINES AND EVIDENCE OF FLUID SEEPAGE WAS PRESENT AT THE LEFT REAR INNER WHEEL WELL INDICATING A POSSIBLE LEAK IN THE LINES. (THERE WAS A NEW LINE KIT IN THE TRUNK AND MATT STATED THEY WOULD REPLACE THEM AND BLEED THE SYSTEM). THE RIGHT REAR WINDOW DID NOT ROLL UP FROM THE MASTER SWITCH BUT DID OPERATE FROM ITS OWN SWITCH.

Interior

Bench or Bucket Seats:

BENCH

Seat Color:

BLACK

Seat Material

VINYL

Seat Material Condition

GOOD

Interior Door Panels Material & Condition

VINYL GOOD (SEE NOTES)

Underside of Top Material and Condition

GOOD

Top frame and fasteners condition

GOOD

Sun Visors Material and Condition

VINYL GOOD

Dash Condition

CRACKED 1”X1” ABOVE GAUGES

Carpet Condition

GOOD

Shifter and Console Condition

N/A

Ashtray(s) Condition

CLEAN

Trunk Area, Under Carpet

CLEAN, SOME RUST STAINING FROM CONDENSATION

Condition of Steering Wheel

GOOD

Condition of Trim

GOOD

Comments:

BODY & PAINT

Exterior Body Style

COUPE

Quality of Paint

FAIR

Body Steel? Please be specific

STEEL

Body Fiberglass?

NONE

Body Straight OR Waves?

STRAIGHT

Any scratches, orange peel?

SEE NOTES

Color

RED

Collision Damage –

NO

Sports Options

GS

Glass Condition –

FAIR

Top Material

CLOTH

Top condition

GOOD

Rear Window glass or plastic

PLASTIC

Rear window Clear or Foggy

CLEAR

Doors & Hinges Condition

GOOD

Doors & Hinges Operation

GOOD

Any gaps when windows closed?

NOT CHECKED TOP NOT FASTENED

Condition of Seals / Weather-strips

SEE NOTES

Any Signs of Bondo?

SEE NOTES

Any Miss-Aligned Panels

SEE NOTES

Rust anywhere?

SEE NOTES

Condition of Chrome

LEFT MIRROR PITTED

Any Rust-Through on Body?

SEE NOTES

Any Structural Issues on Body?

SEE NOTES

Comments: THERE WAS LIGHT PAINT COVERAGE AND LOW FILM BUILD UP ON THE LOWER 8”-10” OF THE SIDE PANELS AND THESE AREA ALL SHOWED MODERATE TO HEAVY ORANGE PEEL. THERE WERE SCRATCHES AND BRUSH TOUCHED AREAS ON ALL OF THE PANELS. THERE WERE VISIBLE SOLVENT POPS IN THE CLEAR COAT ON THE RIGHT REAR QUARTER PANEL. THERE WAS BODY FILLER FOUND IN THE HOOD, BOTH REAR QUARTER PANELS AND THE DECK PANEL. THE LEFT QUARTER PANEL APPEARED TO HAVE HAD A PARTIAL PANEL REPLACEMENT WITH POOR FINISH WORK ON THE BOTTOM LIP. THE INNER FENDER WELLS HAD MULTIPLE POOR-QUALITY PATCHES AND AN AREA THAT HAD BEEN CUT OUT AND THE PATCH WAS NEVER INSTALLED. THE RIGHT QUARTER PANEL HAD BEEN PATCHED AND THERE WAS VISIBLE IMPACT DAMAGE ON THE INSIDE OF THE TRUNK WHERE THE PANEL HAD BEEN STRAIGHTENED. BOTH REAR QUARTER PANELS HAD BODY FILLER SQUEEZED THROUGH INTO THE FACTORY DRILLED HOLES FOR EMBLEMS. THE TOPS OF BOTH QUARTER PANELS WHERE THEY MEET THE DECK FILLER PANEL HAVE BODY FILLER BUBBLING UP AND CRACKING. THE TRUNK FLOOR PAN HAD BEEN REPLACED AND THE TRUNK LATCH WAS POORLY WELDED BACK IN PLACE. THE HOOD GAPS AND ALIGNMENT WAS TERRIBLE AND THE SCOPE TRIM WAS GLUED IN PLACE AND WAS MISSING FASTENERS. THE HOOD WEATHER STRIPING AT THE FIREWALL WAS MISSING. THE SIDE WINDOWS HAD SCRATCHES BODY WORK AND CONTACT WITH THE WEATHER STRIPPING PRIOR

UNDERCARRIAGE FRAME

Front End Type i.e. A-Arm, Independent, Unibody etc:

ARM

Condition?

GOOD

Floor Pan: Hard or soft?

HARD

NO

NO

Trunk Pan: Hard or soft?

HARD

Any rust?

NO

Any undercoating?

PAINTED

Type and if conceals anything.

 

Any Rust-Through?

SURFACE RUST

Any Structural Issues?

NO

Comments: THE FRAME AND UNDERCARRIAGE HAD BEEN SAND/MEDIA BLASTED AND REPAINTED. THERE WAS NO PAINT OR CORROSION PROTECTING APPLIED TO THE INNER PORTIONS OF THE FRAME RAILS

Vehicle Modifications (Please List):

 

 

Comments:

IS THE TITLE AVAILABLE AS REQUESTED? N/A

WHAT IS THE VIN RECORDED ON THE TITLE? AVAILABLE IN OFFICIAL REPORT

WHAT IS THE VIN RECORDED ON THE VEHICLE? AVAILABLE IN OFFICIAL REPORT

ARE THE ODOMETER TUMBLERS ALIGNED? YES

IS THERE MUCH BRAKE PEDAL WEAR? NO

CONDITION: AVERAGE CLASS THREE (See attached breakdown of Classes)

FAIR MARKET VALUE: $30,000

** THE VALUE WAS DETERMINED BY USING A SIMILAR VEHICLE SOLD AT AUCTION IN APRIL.

OVERALL COMMENTS:

  1. BASED ON THE CONTENTS OF THIS REPORT, THE VEHICLE WOULD BE IN AVERAGE (BETWEEN GOOD AND FAIR) OVERALL CONDITION.
  2. VARIOUS ISSUES HAVE BEEN NOTED IN THE APPROPRIATE SECTIONS.

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CONDITION CLASSES

Class One (Excellent):

Almost always a “body off” restoration, or an untouched, factory-perfect, piece that is very close to perfect. All components are either original or appear as new and are fully operational. This car is a top show winner and is not driven, but transported to shows by trailer. This car is almost “one of a kind”. This particular class of vehicle is very rare. The vehicle is completely detailed, including the engine compartment, interior trim, wiring, suspension, paint, and frame. Ideally, this vehicle has been judged with other vehicles in its class and achieved the highest point ratings.

Class Two (Very Good):

This car is well restored with an eye for detail. The interior and exterior show minimal wear, and it runs and rides smoothly. The car is driven very little (maybe 800 to 1,000 miles per year). This class is a slight grade below Class One. A Class Two has not been detailed to the extent that a Class One has been. This class (Class Two) has some evidence of use and wear, although not very much. It is considered “cherry” or “mint”. This vehicle might appear as a Class One until judged against one. It would not qualify as a 95, or better, “point” vehicle. (This class should have no rust on the undercarriage, not even surface rust.)

Class Three (Good):

This is a functional, drivable vehicle in good overall condition needing no, or only minor work. Most vehicles at car shows reflect this condition. This car is what is termed a “20 footer”. From 20 feet, it may look very good. Close inspection, however, would reveal some worn interior trim, and less than perfect paint (worn, and perhaps faded). You may even see some early evidence that surface rust is beginning in the body panels. This car is completely operational and is an “older restoration”. It is driven fairly often, runs great, and is enjoyed by its owner. It is probably a candidate for a full restoration. The undercarriage may display surface rust, and may be in need of detailing. Chrome and trim may exhibit limited pitting

Class Four (Fair):

This type of car is a fun “driver” with a solid frame and is structurally sound. This car is in need of considerable work. It needs work in and out. Cosmetics, body, and mechanical components all need work, to some degree. It is not a serious collector candidate. Soft floors, isolated areas where rust has eaten through (but not structural), excessive use of Bondo, lots of pitted chrome, glass repairs are symptoms of this condition. Badly soiled headliners, badly soiled and ripped upholstery, rusted out trunks are also signs.

Class Five (Poor):

This type of car is in need of complete restoration and may, or may not, be able to be driven. The exterior body panels have significant areas of rust-through. The floor and structural components may, or may not, be intact. This car is usually the first project for layman’s attempt at restoration.

Class Six (Parts Car):

This type of car is good for parts only.

DISCLAIMER

This inspection and the opinions expressed are exactly that, opinions. Many parts perform perfectly until the moment of failure. Failure may occur suddenly and without warning. The inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report cannot accept liability for failures, which may occur after the inspection is completed. By accepting this report, the consumer acknowledges that the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report, cannot be held responsible for any and all alleged vehicle defects, and further, the consumer releases and holds harmless the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report from any and all further claims on this vehicle. No warranty for this vehicle is implied or given by the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report. In each case, the consumer has the opportunity to see the car in person before he or she buys the car. Buying this car based on this report alone is completely at the consumers’ own risk.

 

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The Independent Inspector provides a visual inspection of the vehicle. That statement is not meant to imply that we warranty the vehicle. The inspector does not move, remove or reposition anything during the inspection process. Due to potential liability, the inspector does not drive the vehicle but will be in the passenger seat with the owner, or a person authorized by the owner, to do the actual driving. We simply give you a good visual report on the vehicle. No warranty is implied or given. It is up to the buyer and/or seller to provide a lift to inspect the underside. A jack and jack stands are NOT acceptable. The seller and/or buyer must also provide a well-lit area for the inspection to take place with ample room for the inspector to perform his/her job.

 

We like to say that the Independent Inspector is like having your best friend look at a vehicle for you when you can't physically look at the vehicle yourself. It's the next best thing to being there. The Independent Inspector is working for the buyer in this instance.

 

We are dealing with vehicles that are 40 years old or older in many cases. If you contract for an inspection you must understand that the Independent Inspector will NOT find everything wrong on a particular vehicle. If a vehicle has a leak that is not constant (often called seeping,) the Independent Inspector might not detect it. He will not find every problem on a vehicle. Often these vehicles have far more Bondo in them than can be detected in a visual inspection. What this service should be used for is to make sure that a vehicle that is advertised as being in No. 2 condition is not in fact a No. 4 condition vehicle. In other words, the Independent Inspector will help to determine if you are buying a vehicle that was grossly misrepresented based on its condition class and purchase price. (See the definition of condition classes at the end of your report). The appraisal fee is based on the inspectors’ written/typed report and digital pictures. JJ’s Auto Pre-Purchase Inspections, and Quality Control are determining the appraisal based the inspectors’ report and pictures. Neither JJ nor Quality Control has seen the vehicle first hand.

 

The Independent Inspector simply inspects the vehicle. We do not counsel the buyer. We do not make recommendations on whether to buy a vehicle. As in all cases, the buyer makes his or her own decision on whether to buy a vehicle. We suggest that the best way to use the Inspection Service is to have us look at a vehicle and issue the report. Then if the vehicle seems to be what was represented to you by the seller, make a final inspection of the vehicle yourself, prior to purchasing the vehicle. Because we are dealing with 30- to 50-year-old vehicles, we do not warrant the condition of any vehicle. That means we will be happy to look at the vehicle to see if there are any visible problems, but we are not providing any guarantees or warranties on the vehicle.

 

Understand in advance that if you buy a vehicle and you find something wrong with the vehicle after your purchase, we will NOT reimburse any expenses that you are charged to fix the vehicle. This is not a mechanical warranty. JJ’s Auto Pre-Purchase Inspections, or its affiliates, inspectors, or their contractors related to the inspection, will NOT reimburse you for any repairs, mechanical failures or bodywork you have done after the purchase of a vehicle.

 

The inspection reports show the areas of the vehicle, which are visually looked at in the report. The report covers only those areas. Do not assume that the Independent Inspector will inspect anything other than the areas covered by the report form.

 

The contents of this report will tell you what the Inspector finds at the time of the inspection. Please understand that after the Inspector leaves the vehicle we are not in control of what might occur to the vehicle, nor do we have control of parts that may be on the vehicle at the time of the inspection, but taken off or switched later.