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Old 03-06-2014, 05:02 PM   #81
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I'm planning on getting the car towed within the next couple days.

Curly, I'm going to PM you.
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no excuse not to clean!
You saw the motor I stuck in the SAAB, right? I can justify not cleaning because I live on a gravel road. Anything clean is dirty in the 1.25 miles I travel to the nearest paved road.

My BMW hasn't been washed in months and shy of wiping a rag over the oil filler cap after a change I never touch anything under the hood. It's pointless.
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Well, inside the trunk, near as I can tell, looks totally normal. I just am hesitant to spend money on this chassis because when I'm finished I'll still have a repaired, salvage-title car.

At this point my only concern is buying it back. It looks like I'll have no trouble selling my Maxima so I think I'll be good to go. Hardtop will be listed also.
Actually, it would be a repaired normal title car, just like any other car that's been in an accident. What I've been suggesting is to ask the insurance company to FIX the car rather than TOTAL it. Then it's just like every other car that's had an accident, and the work is done by a pro body shop. There is NO WAY it would cost $10k to fix that car at any body shop.

Again, were they open to the idea of fixing it, or did they insist it was totaled?
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:35 PM   #84
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What happened to the bumper? Damage? Repairable?
Front bumper is pretty scraped up on the underside (I don't care). One of the lower mounts broke off but I think it can be fixed pretty easily. It's in my other car.

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Actually, it would be a repaired normal title car, just like any other car that's been in an accident. What I've been suggesting is to ask the insurance company to FIX the car rather than TOTAL it. Then it's just like every other car that's had an accident, and the work is done by a pro body shop. There is NO WAY it would cost $10k to fix that car at any body shop.

Again, were they open to the idea of fixing it, or did they insist it was totaled?
He looked at it and said "totaled."

Once again though... I'd have a car with an accident on the record that I still owe $12k on PLUS my deductible. This way I'll end up owning the car outright and can build from that. hell, I can sell parts to gather up the money to buy another shell lol! I could sell this trans and diff and buy another miata that's got a 6-speed and 3.9 Torsen in it. Done and done.

Anyway, it just wouldn't make sense to let them try to fix it. the damage is bad. They won't be able to make it whole without a whole lot of cost.
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I want to floss my teeth in your PPF. LOL. Make it happen!!!
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Again, were they open to the idea of fixing it, or did they insist it was totaled?
Have you ever seen the structure that sits behind the quarterpanel in one of these cars? That's $7-8k in damage, easily. On a $10k, car, that's totaled.
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It looks like we are out of the woods, folks.

My dad was able to sell my trials motorcycle, so a check is on the way to me for that, and I sold my beater maxima for $2k. So suddenly I've been able to drum up $3300 which will take care of the majority of the costs. From here it's easy, and I can still pay my wife's tuition this semester.

I don't even have to sell my hardtop! Still have to deliver the Maxima tonight but the guy seems really solid and there are three other people in line ready to go, so I'm not too worried. Guess I sold it too cheap!
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Have you ever seen the structure that sits behind the quarterpanel in one of these cars? That's $7-8k in damage, easily. On a $10k, car, that's totaled.
I looked up the cost of buying all the factory panels that may need to be repaired. It is not as much as you think. I know there is a lot of labor involved.

If Ed can manage to do much of the disassembly and reassembly, the repair will be reduced substantially.

I hate to see a car like that go to the crusher when someone with some ambition could keep it going. One day, we are going to wish a lot of these cars were fixed instead of parted and destroyed. That car is not that bad.
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Jesus christ the stars are aligning fast for you Ed. Looks like you were meant to be in a Miata!

Wish everything worked as fast after my crash.
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We have huge damage to the right rear quarter panel. We have significant damage to the right front fender. There is some damage on the door (one ding, really, could be skipped), and some damage to the right side rocker which could also be left if necessary.

That's already a lot of work.

Three of the four corners have significant enough suspension damage that the wheels aren't sitting properly. I have no idea what all is bent/broken/fubared. That's a headache waiting to happen.

Instead, I could buy something like this and have clean, classy, straight and true.

2000 Mazda Miata Special Edition

I could complete what Fowler started
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Hot damn that is a clean car for $6.5k.

And you will look FABULOUS in burgundy.
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Merlot with the chèvre interior.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:30 PM   #93
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BAM. Andrew at TSE sent me the invoice for the work done on my MSM. an insane $16k plus. Forwarded to insurance company

I see that car and I think this car:

Five Star build thread

mucho bueno.

Although I really want an NB2. We will see what pops up. I'd rather not fly out of state again!
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That is actually completely normal.
This is EXACTLY me with anything and everything mechanical i've ever built..

buell, has tons of engine noise.. because well it's a buell. I was waiting for it to blow up the first year i had it, now i know the noises and i'm actually super confident in it.

Subaru.. keep having a sinking feeling the headgasket is going to fail. it's 1,500 miles on it now, and not a DROP of oil or coolant missing, but when its cold outside and it burns the condensation out of the exhaust i get that feeling.

Miata.. don't even get me started :P
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Maxima sold, went smoothly. I went ahead and paid down my loan, so at this point, even if they won't offer me more money for the car, I'll still be getting more from the insurance than the remaining balance of the loan. Makes everything simpler when they payout.

Just waiting to hear back on their review of the email/invoice I sent them
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I see that car and I think this car:

Five Star build thread

mucho bueno.
What fastback is on that Merlot? I didn't see it in the thread, I'm guessing its the autokonexexionon? I'm unaware of another one on the market.

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Although I really want an NB2. We will see what pops up. I'd rather not fly out of state again!
I'll be in Yuma on the 17th

Good luck with the quote revision!!
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Yup, autokonexion. I don't think I'd ever do that, but I do think it looks awesome. I'm realizing I'm a soft top kind of guy. I love how nice the car drives with the hardtop but I want to be able to drop the top. PRHT would be perfect, too bad NC's are kinda lame
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Mostly an update to say there aren't any updates. Haven't heard back from the insurance yet.

On another note, in my looking around for possible swap candidates, I found what would be the PERFECT one. Too bad I am not ready to buy yet (wife is on board with Plan A but needs to finish step one before step two begins). A clean-looking 2004 Ti MSM with 90k miles for $7k. It's in Texas, or else I'd be saying to hell with step one being over with, let's make this happen.

I'm feeling pretty strongly about an NB2. I spent some time looking at 10AEs and 2000SEs but I just really prefer the looks of the NB2. The 2000SE is cool but a little too much, and the 10AE is just too 90's. If I can score a Ti MSM for $7k in clean shape I'll do that in a second over a $6k 10ae or 2000 SE.

Too bad I don't like red. Plenty of awesome buys on red MSMs.
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Too bad I don't like red. Plenty of awesome buys on red MSMs.
The red on an MSM just isn't Classic Red like on my NA, it's Velocity Red! Or just plastidip or wrap it if it's a screaming deal that justifies it. I'm pretty amazed at how well some DIY wrap jobs look.
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I think they're great looking cars but I don't want a red one. I don't know what it is exactly... Too loud? I just prefer the gray I guess.

I'm waiting for what I want -- not gonna jump the gun! I must be strong...
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