" if it's certifiable, buy it.. it's only $600.. even if it only lasts for awhile, i'd say its still worth it"
hmmm.. better yet, at that price, fix it up at bit, so it doesn't 'lasts for awhile', and sell it for more than you pay if you don't like it, instead of driving it into oblivion. Their are always going to be AE86 enthusiasts, and less AE86's, it will only go up in value, hang on to it for a lil while, and invest some money into, you won't lose a nickel.
Certifiable for $600, hmmmm.. that would be a surprise.
the black gt-s I used to have had (and this is only what i noticed):
-bad rear wheel bearing(s)
-rusted through floor
-rusted through shock tower
-rusty hatch door, both side doors, rockers, fenders, quarter panels, etc etc
-half the fins on the rad were busted out
-leaky valve cover gaskets
a car like this might be just too much to bother with.. or am I wrong?
on top of that i had no garage to work on it in, so it was a tough situation..