Q: I'm thinking about buying this car from a man for $1500.
He said he rebuilt the whole engine (and it sure looks like he did, it is beautiful.) But he couldnt get the computer to work. He took it to a shop and they got it running. They ran it for 30 seconds and shut it off. That was he first time it had been ran since it was rebuilt.
Apparently he got in to start it and it didnt start. He said something about since they only ran it for 30 seconds it screwed it up. He thinks it could be the starter lodged on the flywheel or the crank bearings froze up. Then again it could be a valve in the cylinder or a broken crank, or timing belt lodged up.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE WRONG? I could get another crank or valve very easily (i know someone who just put a brand new crate engine in his so he has all the extra parts from his old one).
DO YOU THINK I SHOULD GO THROUGH WITH IT? ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS?
A: Don't buy this car! Keep your money and find another one. If it was repaired properly there would not be any problems like you describe. As for running it for thirty seconds causing any kind of damage, it is very unlikely. Whatever is wrong was wrong before.