Plane update..... no word on the original aircraft we considered although the owner recently purchased a Bonanza, a super nice ride! I haven't talked to him but I am assuming his deal went through on his Beech Sundowner.
I have continued the search just in case and have actually found another aircraft less engine time, perfect exterior paint and leather interior. This aircraft has the panel I really want. There will be no need for any avionics updates if the deal goes through. For the pilots out there this bird has 3100 TT, the custom panel includes a Garmin 530, Collins Audio 351/251 Nav/Comm, Dual Glideslopes, Collins Mode C Transponder, NorthStar M1 Loran (that I would replace with a panel mount for my Garmin 496), Century 1 Autopilot (ok maybe an AP update), Precise Standby Vacuum, JPI engine Monitor, 57 Gal fuel, No Damage History, Nose wheel and Trailing Link Suspension Donuts replaced 2006, Bruce Cabin Cover w/ cowl plugs and an MP3 Audio Input Jack.
I put in a call to our lender for additional funding and should have an answer Monday. If the bank is happy I'll make an offer on the plane and move forward with the paper work from that point. This is 'the one' as a recent set of posts on the various forums stated. I talked with the owner this morning and he is sending more pictures. He was going to be out most of the weekend but I told him I would be in contact at the start of the week. Man, this weekend is dragging on by.