Re: [DML] Re: #4004 on ebay
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Re: [DML] Re: #4004 on ebay

Flood damaged cars are almost impossible to fix properly without
a lot of time and effort.  Water finds it's way into everything, including
vacuum devices, electrical components, even things that you normally
consider to be "sealed".  The whole car should be disassembled and
cleaned. Anything that is fabric should be replaced.  All electrical 
connections should be cleaned, including the vinyl overwrapping.
Any motors will probably need to be replaced, and anything that
has a bearing or lubricated joint needs to be disassembled, cleaned
and relubricated.  

You need to be very careful recomissioning.  It should not be 
started without at least changing all of the fluids and removing 
the spark plugs.  If a cylinder still has water in it, it will 
hydrolock, bending the connecting rod and damaging
the piston, head gasket, and potentially the liner.  Gear oil
(or ATF) should be changed as well - it's not a completely 
sealed system as there are breathers/dipsticks to allow for
pressure changes as the unit heats up.  

There is a reason insurance companies automatically write
off any flood damaged car.  

-------------- Original message from "blackaddertoo" <blackaddertoo@xxxxxxxxxxx>: -------------- 

> hi 
> i also saw these two on ebay. 
> just a couple of things, originally the doors did not hold up (can 
> see the pole!). 
> if a car was excellent before the flood, why didn't the owner change 
> the struts for a few dollars. 
> on the latest advert, you can see some banjo bolts on the engine, so 
> clearly its been worked on-not just flushed!!. 
> for flood damage, why would you flush the transmission?? isn't it a 
> sealed unit, otherwise oil would leak under pressure?. 
> surely engine would need to be pulled-perhaps the current owner 
> thought clean the plugs etc and would start!!!. 
> is not winding car mileages back/misrepresentation illegal in the US? 
> as in the UK.....but not prosecuted very often. 
> Regards 
> Steve 

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