[DML] Re: Opinions on this car?
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[DML] Re: Opinions on this car?

Back in 1987-88 I bought a Salvage titled Delorean,which STILL had 
the damage on it that caused it to have a Salvage title.So I knew 
what I was getting myself into( it had drivers side damage,which 
included,front frame damage,fiberglass damage,suspension damage)
BUT I had the parts to repair(sold my showcar Delorean/and at the 
same time picked up a fire Delorean) so I had Instant parts to repair 
the Salvage titled Delorean,which by the way was/is a 1983,the donor 
car was a 1982,anyway I spent the summer of 1988,getting the car in 
order,I started with the Fiberglass repair(I did the fiberglass 
repair)I had to cut out the 
drivers side front and replace with a replacement section that I had 
from a previous parts Delorean,I had the frame professionally 
repaired,but I did the front suspension replacement,then I used the 
Front fasica,light bar setup,drivers fender hood,wheel/tire and door 
and Quarter panel from the fire car,the door was one of the easiest 
part to install as all that was needed to do was remove the T-panel 
to unplug the door harness and remove the four main bolts that hold 
the door to the hindges quick and easy,did about a dozen doors this 
way over the  years,with no problem.Anyway after finishing the 
Delorean now I had to put it thru Connecticut Salvage 
Inspection,which in Connecticut,you are NOT allowed any form of 
plates to drive it to MVD for inspection,so I trailed it down to 
MVD,then drove it to the inspection lane,the Delorean looked SO good 
that they thought I brought it there for a out of state inspection, 
so they were suprised that I was putting it thru Salvage 
inspection,anyways they put it on their lift,checked for frame 
damage/structral damage finding none,then they did a basic overall 
vehicle inspection,and PASSED with flying colors,total time appox.20 
minutes.Then I was able to get a regular registeration.The title I 
recieved just had the word rebuilt stamped on the Title,and that was 
about it.When I sold the car I informed the new owner that I had 
rebuilt the car and that it had a salvage title when I bought 
it.Anyway I lost track of that Delorean untill I spotted it for sale 
on the DMCNEWS webside deloreans for sale section,which then I 
inquired about the car poising as a buyer,and he informed me that it 
HAD A CLEAN/Clear Title!!(it was now titled in New York State) But I 
knew better!! After he stated it had a clean title I informed him I 
was a previous owner and was the one that saved it from becoming a 
parts car,and that it had a salvage title,at one point,EVEN CARFAX 
showed it as a CLEAN title,(what he was baseing it on)anyway the car 
disappeared from DMCnews site,then appeared on EBAY again STATED with 
a clean title(someone in New York state "cleaned" the title)anyway it 
sold to someone in the UK (England),which I promptly informed them of 
the cars past history,then that person sold it to the present owner
(in the U.K.)any I promptly told him about the cars past,and sent him 
Video tape of the work,as I was repairing it,and even the orignal 
picture of how it looked before I repaired it,and copies of the 
orignal salvage title and paperwork.This is how it should be,Honest 
and upfront about your Deloreans,(that is how I sell all my vehicles 
anyway)But the biggest prize for me is that this car is STILL,around 
TODAY, and being enjoyed by people 17 years after I repaired it from 
it's doomed fate of what it would have become had I not repaired it. 
So my point here,just because it has a salvage title does NOT mean 
the fate is sealed for that perticular Delorean.

former vin

By the way the vin on that car was/is 16686  

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Brent W. Lundgren" <brentlun@xxxx> 
> Does anyone have any opinion of "reconstructed" titles?
> I purchased my "D" from an owner in Maryland who had purchased it 
from an
> owner in Pennsylvania.  When I re-registered the car in 
Pennsylvania, the
> title came back as "reconstructed".  Sometime in it's past it had 
been hit
> in the right front.  Since I have owned it, I have gotten a clean 
bill of
> health from Rob Grady.
> Brent Lundgren
> VIN #17006 (SS Louvers)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <mike.griese@xxxx>
> To: <dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Friday, January 14, 2005 10:07 AM
> Subject: Re: [DML] Re: Opinions on this car?
> >
> >
> > Salvage titles may not be a death sentence, however they do limit
> > the value of the car to collectors.  A good rule of thumb is that
> > a salvage title will knock 1/3 off of the value of the car even if
> > it is otherwise perfect.
> >
> > --
> > Mike
> >
> >

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