[DMCForum] Re: ebay car in AR. - some thoughts on the car
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[DMCForum] Re: ebay car in AR. - some thoughts on the car



Ah, I dunno about that Ryan.  I've had my car for nearly 3 years now
and I still share in a lot of the excitement that others have when
first seeing it.  I suppose a lot of the "magic" of the car has worn
off though, mainly because I've had the thing disassembled so much.  

My biggest fear with the car is that it will become more and more of a
museum piece and less of a driveable car.  Other classic cars of an
older (but much less rare) vintage have the benefit of having
reproduction body panels, interior pieces, and so forth. 

It appears with our car that many of these pieces are being re-made,
but many aren't, and so to me it makes driving the car more of a
challenge to avoid accidentally damaging anything that might either be
difficult to find, or prohibitively expensive to replace.  

Just yesterday I read on the DMCHelp forum that Stephen Wynne was
suggesting to someone that if they had a dent in any of the long flat
sections of the stainless body (versus the curved sections), they're
almost always economically better off replacing the panel. 

2005-07-07 16:21:59.0
Stephen Wynne: A lot of times it will depend where the dent is on the car.
2005-07-07 16:23:15.0
Stephen Wynne: Generally, dents in the long flat areas (hoods, door
tops, t-panels, flat areas of the fenders and quarters.
2005-07-07 16:23:42.0
Stephen Wynne: are the ones where even if you can fix them, you're
usually money ahead in the end to replace.

That statement scares the hell out of me.  Here I was, confidently
assuming that if someone dinged my door in a parking lot, I could
count on a vendor to be able to fix it.  Now it appears that if that
ding occurred on 80% of the surface of the door (which is flat), the
cheapest repair will be $1000.  How does that make all of you feel
about driving your car?  It makes me feel like the body may as well be
made of thin glass.  

Matt
#1604







 
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