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

After a car's been flooded, mileage on the odometer is the least of 
your worries and should have no impact on the value of the car. 

Anyone buying a flood car to rebuild it has never considered what it 
means. About the only remaining value on a car like this is probably 
the stainless and the frame itself (unless already rusted). (Yeah, 
the fiberglass is good but doesn't have any value). A few days 
underwater won't hurt the "hard parts" but like Mike said, anything 
that moves or is electrical right down to the little vacuum canisters 
on the heater is junk. Being submerged several feet is much different 
from being sprayed with rain water. There isn't much that's truly 
sealed against being under water, so everything is full of wet sand. 
Ball joints, CV joints, relays, radio -  everything. Some of it will 
fail right away, some not for months. But it's all bad. 

At least this guy's saying it's a flood car, it's pretty obvious that 
he's out to make a few bucks (what's wrong with that?) and he did go 
to the effort of buying it, dragging it back home, and pulling parts 
that he could use off the car.  Actually he'd probably make more 
money and catch less criticism if he just parted it out. In that case 
the parts buyers would have no idea it was a flood car either. Would 
that be better or worse? My guess is that's what will happen with the 
next owner, and no one will know. 

The only way to restore a car like this is to find a donor car that 
was in the right kind of accident (rollovers are good!) to donate all 
the soft parts/mechanical parts. And then don't count your time. When 
you're all done you'll have a $16,000 car with a "flood salvage" 
title or a "totaled" title depending on which one you use the VIN 

Dave Swingle

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Qume Fox" <qumefox@xxxx> wrote:
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "f14dflyer" <f14dflyer@xxxx> wrote:
> >
> > List,
> > 
> > this car was purchased by a guy who is on the DeLorean forum at 
> entermyworld.com. He 
> > intended to fix it up, but decided he'd bit off more than he 
could chew 
> > > -Dave J
> I don't have a problem with what he did, only the fact that his 
auction is 
> extremely misleading and the mileage changing. I mean if he put in 
> auction something like "the car had 12000 miles on it when I bought 
> but after swapping some parts the current odometer installed reads 
> 5900"  then that would be a hell of alot better, 

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