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Thinking of Buying a 1979 Prelude...I have a few questions!

I am hopefully buying a 1979 Prelude with 65,000 original miles.. It hasn't been on the road since 2005, but it does run well, it just has a brake leak somewhere, and a valve cover gasket leak.. I do not think that it will be too bad of a project, and can probably have it on the road again within the month. It is in real good shape, the paint is decent for original, and the interior is real nice! Anyways, he was asking $500, I offered $400, he said he would take it, so I figured, I can't loose money! He has cleaned the tank, and done the clutch and pressure plate on it also. What opinions do you guys have on this?

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1979 Prelude...I have a few questions!

Sounds like it just needs a new brake line and a seal. I would go for it. It's really up to you. Take it to 'your' mechanic and see if he finds anything else wrong with it.

That is a very good price and it has some crazy low miles. Good luck
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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1979 Prelude...I have a few questions!

Based on that description, I agree -- sounds like a good buy. While they're not the fastest wheels out of the box, 1st gens are neat little cars.
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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1979 Prelude...I have a few questions!

Thanks! Yeah, that's what I was thinking.. It starts up and runs great, so for $400, I think that it's a good buy! I am mechanically inclined, but I did talk to my mechanic buddy who loves Honda's, and he seemed to think that it was a good deal.. The A/C even works!! It is a very neat car, and we hope to keep it in the family! We all really like the car, and have done quite a bit of research on it and we are really looking foward to it! I am 17, so this is going to be a father-son thing.. Actually, the current owner was going to fix it and let his daughter have it for her first car, but she didn't want it! Can you believe that? HAHA, I guess it's not as appealing to a teen girl! I however, really like it, and will drive it to school sometimes! I'm just not replacing it with my 1984 Hurst Olds! I know parts are hard to find, but does anybody know of a good parts source??

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1979 Prelude...I have a few questions!

you are very lucky, i dream of owning a 1st gen one day. parts for these cars wont be easy or cheap to find
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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1979 Prelude...I have a few questions!

To be honest...I have never dreamed of having a first gen, but after seeing this one, I really like it, and after researching, I understand that they are hard to come by! So I do know that I would be pretty lucky to get this one! It is going to a good home, and will be taken care of, and looking like new again! I doubt it will get alot of looks, but I plan on taking it to the local car shows as well! :) More imporatntly, it will be a fun project with my dad and little brother! :) I'm just hoping that it won't need a ton of parts because you're right, they are VERY hard to find!

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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1979 Prelude...I have a few questions!

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To be honest...I have never dreamed of having a first gen, but after seeing this one, I really like it, and after researching, I understand that they are hard to come by! So I do know that I would be pretty lucky to get this one! It is going to a good home, and will be taken care of, and looking like new again! I doubt it will get alot of looks, but I plan on taking it to the local car shows as well! :) More imporatntly, it will be a fun project with my dad and little brother! :) I'm just hoping that it won't need a ton of parts because you're right, they are VERY hard to find!

Thanks,
Joe
if you do end up needing some parts i can probably help you out a little bit. i have a couple first gens in the junkyard near me. i can call and price things for you but you'll need to be patient as i'm a busy person
anyways best of luck if you do pick it up!
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if you do end up needing some parts i can probably help you out a little bit. i have a couple first gens in the junkyard near me. i can call and price things for you but you'll need to be patient as i'm a busy person
anyways best of luck if you do pick it up!
Thank you very much! You will probably hear from me at some point! We are most likely picking it up within the next week!! :D Just have to get paid first!
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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1979 Prelude...I have a few questions!

I've noticed that there are lots of low mile cars that just happen to be made with 5 digit odometers. I guess people started driving more once they switched to 6 digit odometers
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I've noticed that there are lots of low mile cars that just happen to be made with 5 digit odometers. I guess people started driving more once they switched to 6 digit odometers
I know where your getting with this... I am almost 100% certain that the mileage is correct on it.. The original owner was the current owners grandfather, he is the only owner, and this was one of 4 cars he had. The car looks like it has 65,000 miles also.. It is very nice for it's age. I do realize that odometers do rollover.. I have a 1984 Hurst Olds, and that odometer has definitely rolled over! I honestly don't care how many miles the prelude has, it is a good running car that I like..
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Re: Thinking of Buying a 1979 Prelude...I have a few questions!

Well folks, we picked up the Prelude this morning for $400! It runs and drove up on the trailer just fine! I will post pictures of it later so you guys can let me know your thoughts! :) Just thought I'd let you guys know that another Prelude will be back on the road!

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