As my other thread got confusing with all the different cars it's best to split them up.
Here's the little MX-5 I bought in March this year. It was advertised for 1000 euros and looked quite sorry for itself on the pics. I haggled her down to 850 € by basically promising her to drive it and take good care of it and then went there to pick it up late one evening.
She or whoever neglected the poor thing, drove it into a guardrail with the right hand side, then it just stood there for another year. Engine felt good, just a bit tired from all the standing around. But after getting it hot and driving with 160 kph for the rest of the trip home to the workshop it was crisp and responsive again.
I changed the oil and suspected there to be rust all around and so took it apart. It wasn't too bad and no surprises at all. Underbody and the seams under the fenders were superficially rusty, but other than the sills I found no holes.
Roof is only mostly waterproof and so the interior was damp, carpets were soaked. Not really a problem as I wanted them gone anyways.
After removing all unnecessary trim parts and wiring I nailed it together again just in time for the first long trip, 7000 kms through scandinavia and the baltic states.
Ready for battle
Proof pic will follow...