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Wedge List / Flood damage update
« Last post by "" on August 05, 2018, 09:57:34 PM »
Made slight progress. B Unfortunately the TR was not the only damage, also my Mini and workshop. I was able to move the car to higher ground and wash it down and get the engine compartment cleaned. The trunk is dry and the passenger compartment is drying. I pulled the plugs today, had water in 1 and 4. Put Marvel Mystery oil in the cylinders. Will turn over after charging the battery. B Spent the rest of the day getting lawn mowers, which were also submerged, running. As for potential expense, I have a new carpet set and a parts car plus. The water did not go above the bottom of the dash so hopefully a lot of wiring problems won't happen. We're on the other side of the city from the nukes so not worried about radioactive runoff. Thanks for all the advice, greatly appreciated.

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Wedge List / Re: flood damage
« Last post by Triplesn8s on August 04, 2018, 10:58:03 PM »
I didn't want to be the only naysayer but since peter took the lead...

If you cant get the insurance company to total it and cut you a check, part it

out. Quickly.  Major mehanicals can be salvaged if done quickly.  Upholstery

/trim a total loss. Electrical a crapshoot fepending on what it is.  Removable

sheetmetal should be ok as a new owner has time to obsessively clean the nooks

and crannies.  Glass is fine.


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Wedge List / Re: Flood Damage
« Last post by William Smith on August 04, 2018, 02:35:47 PM »
That really sucks, Gary. I second all that has been said so far. Get all the water out and get everything dry including ALL electricals before, trying to run it.
BTW, there may be another very serious concern about flooding in Lynchburg, VA. When IB  worked for Babcock & Wilcox 40+ years ago, we had a plutonium plant in Lynchburg. Not sure if it's still there. Plutonium is very deadly stuff in very small quantities & it starts out as a powder-like substance. If any of it gets loose
Wedge List / flood damage
« Last post by "peternuss" on August 04, 2018, 11:08:52 AM »
I use to repair a lot of flood damage cars when I was young.  People would

steal them and drive them into lakes or claim that's what happened for

insurance payoffs.  The shop I worked in bought them real cheap and sold them

at auction real fast.  I would not recommend trying to repair this car unless

you hope to pass it off fast.  Flood damage cars have all sorts of issues

excluding mechanical/electrical.  There's all kinds of bacteria from flood

water. If it came from combination storm/sewage drains you got e-coli,

chemicals, drugs,...b&b& well, lots of stuff you don't know about.  Before

you have a car you can drive everything will need to be dried, cleaned,

disinfected, replaced, etc.  By the time you are done you will have a restored

car at two, three or four times the price you can buy a replacement restored

car for today.  And more than likely it will still stink after siting closed

up for a week or more.  You can never get all the silt, etc. out of cracks and

seams.  It's a crazy labor intensive repair to do right.  Maybe for something

worth big bucks or rare it might be worth it, but, I still would not take it

on and keep it.

I'm sure plenty will disagree and say it's no big deal, but, that's not my

experience.  Good luck with your project.



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Wedge List / Re: Flood Damage
« Last post by DAVID MASSEY on August 04, 2018, 09:26:24 AM »
I spent a day in Paris, Texas and never did see the Eiffel Tower.  Could there be another city with the same name elsewhere?


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Wedge List / flood damaged TR7s and TR8s
« Last post by tencate on August 04, 2018, 09:17:03 AM »

I did a little searching online and came up with the above link which seemed a

pretty good summary of other things I found so thought I'd share. I do know

that during the Austin Memorial day floods a long while back, everyone pretty

much wrote off their cars, including some very very nice cars. Best of luck in

your endeavor!

Clay's TR8 was originally a flooded car, the previous owner had tried to

resurrect it and failed. Clay got it for a song, and after maybe 2 or 3 years

of working at it, finally got it running. I drove it to a South Central

Regional one year in fact. But it was never right and in the end, he gutted

the car, got a new engine and drivetrain (Woody I think) and had the body

stripped and repainted.

Good luck with your attempts to resurrect yours; please keep us all posted and

I hope to read a success story!



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Wedge List / Re: Flood Damage
« Last post by "Matt" on August 03, 2018, 09:32:07 PM »
Correction - I guess he is talking about VA instead of TN I hope the dam holds

and the rain stops...
Wedge List / Re: Flood Damage
« Last post by "Matt" on August 03, 2018, 09:02:01 PM »
Primarily "Jack Daniels"!
Wedge List / Re: Flood Damage
« Last post by Randy Tess on August 03, 2018, 08:22:59 PM »
If not already mentioned, be careful about something called hydrolock.

If some water entered a cylinder it could do lots of bad things under


On another car forum a guy broke the crankshaft on a flooded Ferrari.

Pull the plugs and crank the engine a few times just to make sure the

cylinders are free of any water.

The electrical connections will begin to corrode. Invest in a few bottles of

De-Oxit. Spray and brush.

Good luck!


Wedge List / Re: Flood Damage
« Last post by Major Tom on August 03, 2018, 08:20:49 PM »
change the fluids in the tranny and diff. don't drive till changed,

and when they are changed drive for at least 100 miles and get the

moving parts warm, like the CV joints, suspension, brakes, drive U

joints and so on.

there are many places where water doesn't belong like electric, front

wheel bearings, gas tank, steering pinion, tires etc, remove the

battery, spare tire and fan it out good, and a running engine isn't

all your worries.

Good luck - there is a reason it is called Lynchburg?  and a better

reason to live in a place called Lynchburg? Please share.

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