Re: VIN on title doesn't match the car...
This comment will not be real helpful in this instance, and I really do mean it with all due respect, but this is exactly why you should personally check the VIN against the title before you fork over any cash. Had you done this, the problem would be the seller's - not yours. I am sure that it can be resolved, but it is you who will have to make the telephone calls and do the legwork.
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'33,'48, '51, '52, '54, '55 (3), '56, '60 LeSabre 3 sp stick.
264 powered '53 Mercury
322 then 264 powered 55 Ford
264 powered '56 Chevy
Presently - 431 nailhead powered '82 C-10