Craiglist Photos sho alot, but also show nothing and do not say why is was 'salvage'.
For the price you can get a nicer example and drive it back yourself IMO. If he drops the price a couple grand so you have some room to fix some of the crap jobs he did on the car. . . maybe. The MS/EFI is a plus but I wonder how much he did given what appears to be total cluelessness about donor parts. The car appears to have sagging springs so no doubt he cut them instead of buying a proper set... And make no mistake this is NOT a 'turbo ready engine'! It just has a P90 from a turbo car on it. The block was a :Flat Top: F54 meaning higher compression than normal for a turbo. Why he changed from a perfectly good P79, who knows...doubt he does, sounds like he just inhereted a lot and then parroted what he was told without checking.
NY makes you trash cars that are abandoned, not so in CA. It may be from an accident where the car was valued at $2500 and any repair cost more than 50%. Very common. I bought a salvage Geo, drove it 150,000 miles, got hit, it got re-totaled, I sold it to a Mexican for what I bought it for six years earlier, and far as I know his wife is still driving it around. Salvage need not mean anything more than the insurance adjuster was lazy. In my geo's case, it was the front end of one car, the back end of another, and the powertrain out of a third, all recovered by police, then assembled and used in drug stings for 6 months...then sold to me! I bought it for 1/4 of blue book (Salvage normally sells for 1/2 blue book) and when I sold it six years later blue book was still twice what I paid for it! So I sold it as a salvage vehicle for 1/2 blue book.
Actually, the insurance paid us $3,500, but retained $500 scrap value and left the car with us. We advertized it for $750, and ended up selling it for $600 and a tuberculean goat with a dry cough and propensity to have multiple goatlets.
We bought a male, bred the goat, had three kids on first birthing, sold the kids for $150 each, and sold the known multiple mating pair back to the guy who sold us the male for $750!
All in all, I was very happy with that salvage sale car, and what I got out of it!
I suggest you stop looking in Rochester, start looking in LA, Inland Empire, Orange County, and Phoenix Craigslist...make up a list of prospects and take a Southwest flight out with a pocketful of cash and drive one back. It's been my suggestion for a long time, and many who have done it will never buy overpriced east coast resaled shyt again!