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flood damage
« 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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Re: flood damage
« Reply #1 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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