I went to go take a look at a 1987 Trans Am earlier today. It is a Canadian car with 190k on everything but the motor. It is an automatic car, T-Tops, fabric seating, etc. From a visual inspection, there seems to be surface rust on parts of the underbody (repainted twice, originally red, then med blue, now dark blue). There are no leaks in the T-Tops or windows (had a HEAVY rainfall, and waited till right after to go see it). The car started first crank.
So, I have a few general 3rd gen questions:
Where are the F-bodies rust-prone?
Weak points in the driveline?
Difference between 'Performance package" and not "Performance package"? (looking up brake parts, there seems to be two choices, one having the performance pads 3 times the cost of the non-performance pads)
How are they electrically? Any common glitches?
And a few questions/notes that are vehicle specific:
He indicated that the motor was from a 73 vehicle (SBC), with 305 heads, gear-drive for the cam, upgraded camshaft, Rochester carburetor, what appeared to be stock block-hugger exhaust manifold, and a 2.5inch exhaust. It is mated to the 700R4 trans. He has S-10 springs in the front, stock rear.
Should I be weary of any of the above? The motor has a nice idle, and sounds great, and doesn't make any uncommon noises when I poked my head under the hood.