Just got car for $1 from one of the MD's in the ER where I work. Car was a 2nd vehicle in case primary car broke down.
Replaced all brake pads, shoes, and rotors. about $80.
Assorted burnt out bulbs.$10.
Power steering leaks (put in Lucas Stop-leak yesterday) $5.
Replaced 2 of the three v-belts $24.
Neutral Safety Switch didn't work, so we had to hot-wire car until we traced it down, new switch was $15. My brother snapped the rod that passes through the NSS (it snaps easily) so we had to take the side pan off the trans to replace it. Rod was $10, and MAJOR pain to get at (really tight workspace inside of trans), plus had to replace the gaskets (another $20 or so) Total about 12 hours labor.
Coolant still leaks from somewhere.
Car needs new shocks all around and new rear struts. Probably $130 to replace all ourselves.
Weatherstripping around driver door had to be re-glued. $2.
Interior is cherry.
Paint is in bad condition, finish is gone.
Stock "wire-wheel" hubcaps needed a key to take them off, but were so rusted key broke-so had to break them off with a large pry-bar. Will cost $20-30 probably to get new caps to protect already-rusted lug nuts.
Car idles high, so burns a lot of gas, haven't had time to fix yet- a bottle of carb cleaner was used to spray down carb, and we ran fuel line dryer and carb/choke cleaner through gas system. $15.
Car has assorted minor rust around wheel wells and bottom of doors (to be expected from a Chicago car that is 20 years old)
Electronic door locks only work on back doors.
Glove box has to be closed firmly as metal bracket it locks to is loose and tightening the screw doesn't help.
Trans will get a new filter/service as soon as I have time. $30 for new fluid plus trans service kit.
Trans hits really hard into second when you accelerate moderate to hard. 4th (overdrive) also clunks into gear. Not sure if replacing the engine mounts will help at all.
Needs all four engine mounts replaced. Bottom front drivers side mount was disconnected when I got the car. Range from $8 for top front to $25 for biggest. Have already bought all four and installed $8 one. Think I spent $50 total.
A/C didn't work according to previous owner. Ended up removing entire system to make it easier to get at trans side pan and a few other things.
Previous owner bought me a new battery so I could get it out of his garage. $75.