Hmmm... First thing I can see in the photos is the air vent/cowl panel is raised up. This suggests one of two things:
- It could mean the bonnet hinges have broken away from the inner cowl area - Quite common on these models and not particularly difficult to fix, just needs some welding.
- It could be caused by rust - This is a bigger issue, again very common and not at all simple to fix!
Just from the photos alone I suspect it may have severe rust in the cowl. This is a complicated section where three different panels all join up to make the spare-tyre-hold-down-tray (not really sure what to call it - the parts manual refers to this as the 'Duct Assembly') and the metal/panels under and behind the dash area. Rust here is what usually sends these models to scrap and once it starts it is amazing how fast it spreads!
If you go and check it out make sure you check right up under the dash (move the sound deadening if you have too - usually you can already see the water is leaking if there is any mould or discolouration).
Hopefully I am wrong and it is simply the bonnet hinges that have broken loose but make sure you check!
On a separate note the car on Craigslist is a two door sedan and will never really look like the hardtop in the Youtube clip you linked to or even a coupe as the roofline and side glass are tall like the 4 door sedans and wagons.
Sorry if this seems negative but it is best to be forewarned! Who knows you may be fully prepared for a welding project! Indeed, rust is not seen in the same light in Australia as it is in the US.
Edited by Leeroy, 11 March 2014 - 01:50 AM.