How dare we ask any questions without plunking down some money, we should be ashamed of ourselves.
I believe it is a matter of an older gentleman not being very well versed in the internet and perhaps a little wary of it, nor does he participate in it much. He may also just want to be sure that the person interested in the car is the right buyer for it and that all about the car is understood, and that the only way to be sure of all this is in a personal one on one conversation (he asked for as much in his response to us). So to engender that response, he would rather answer the questions first hand, one on one.
Like I said, we can surmise plenty from responses on the internet, but I believe that it is often not what we think the situation is. Trev made it clear that the seller answered all his questions and seemed sincere and a nice guy, so lets just keep that positive thought and hope for the best home for that car. I think it will get a good home with the sellers intentions. I learned recently that the underhood appearance is due to the fact that when the car was new, the owner had it undercoated, and that, unfortunately, included all the underhood sheet metal. As such, that would be a bear to clean up, but not impossible if one has a lot of patience/perserverance and explains the appearance. Also, it was stated that the car was maintained well and runs like brand new.
So I think we should lighten up on the guy.