Wow Rob, thanks for taking the trip out there! I think I would have pulled the trigger on this already if it wasn't so far north! Although having said that, if this were a 142 I would have already booked tickets to come up and rescue it.
I have couple options on the table now (which is great) but it has left me with a conundrum. 142 vs 144 and super clean ready to drive vs project car.
A couple forum members have graciously offered their 72 142's in need of some immediate attention. These are a bit of a journey away but worthy. Then there is this charming 69 144... then.....there is this:
1973 144 in Marina Blue. As clean and straight as they come (some issues but nothing major). Other than the 4 doors (which isn't a deal breaker) this particular car is the single carb variant and is auto : ( bugger.
I have limited funds to make moves to quickly so a cleaner car is alluring. What say you all?