Reply to "New member looking at first purchase"

Welcome aboard Ace. Glad you're asking questions now, before pulling the trigger. Know that these cars rust from the inside out! I thought that was an absurd statement when I first started looking, until I learned more. The Pantera has a monocoque chassis with holes in various places - some visible in the engine compartment. These holes allow water to enter the chassis and frame rails where it sits and starts rust. Check out my link below for "How to inspect a Pantera." I've looked at a car which I was able to literally drive my bare finger through the rusty chassis at the bottom of the rear suspension. The key is to know what you're getting into. It can be tempting to look at an area of rust and think it's not too bad and that you can fix it, but remember, where there's smoke, there's fire. If one area which you can easily inspect has problematic rust, there's a good chance that other areas which are not easily inspected (or repaired) are infected with the same issue. Just know what you're getting into before you get into it.

http://www.banzairunnerpantera...-purchase_chklst.htm
http://www.banzairunnerpantera.com/how_to_buy.htm
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