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Cheaper to Keep ‘Er?

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Oldbeamboy, May 4, 2018.

  1. Oldbeamboy

    Oldbeamboy Donation Time

    Bought a ‘64 Alpine last fall.
    Bought with all intentions of fixing what was a Driver but not exactly a daily driver to be more useful as time went on.

    Just this week, my car met with a new fate. It suffered a collision while reposing in my garage.

    Wonder what to do now.
    Try to repair (ruptured fuel tank, crushed rear right fin and tail light,
    badly crumpled bumper, other body dents in the front fenders after being slammed into a bank of stored odds n ends in the garage, unknown effects on the mechanics)?
    Live in Topeka, Kansas.
    Paid $3800 to purchase.
    Or take an insurance settlement to total the car?

    Any thoughts?
  2. Ken Ellis

    Ken Ellis Donation Time

    Bummer. In your own garage.
    Getting fins to look nice again can be tough, although starting with a donor panel gives you a head start.
    How fresh was the drivetrain? Any special parts, like OD trans, upgraded engine, new interior, hardtop?
    That can inform your next steps.

    Maybe that's take the buyout, then buy the wreck and use the bits to populate a carefully-selected low-rust shell. If you can find one.

    A junkyard in Tulsa was threatening a few Alpines with the crusher two weeks ago. Who knows what survived, but may be worth a look as a panel donor.

    40 years ago, my first Alpine got crunched pretty good in my own driveway. My Mom backed our full-size van into it. Oops.
  3. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    Really need to see photos of damage. Was the car straight and rust free before? Is the new damage mostly superficial external bodywork?
  4. Oldbeamboy

    Oldbeamboy Donation Time

    E5235EAD-2523-43C1-BFF8-9043C4CA76FC.jpeg Poor thing.
  5. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    Id say parts car now. Get insurance money and buy the salvage car back then find a decent straight car and use old as donor or part it out.

    Sorry to see the accident :-(
  6. volvoguys

    volvoguys Diamond Level Sponsor

    I've seen damage like that before, just not as severe. A guy contacted me to get replacement panels because a buddy backed his pickup into his SV while the tailgate was down. Took out both fins and the boot lid.
    Curious crunch. I don't suppose it was the rollback in the pic that hit your car, was it?
  7. Alpine66

    Alpine66 Donation Time

    Ugh, that's painful to see. If the insurance Co will total and let you buy back for a good price that's the way to go. Sell the usable parts rather than having it all crushed.
  8. Oldbeamboy

    Oldbeamboy Donation Time

    Not my spouse. A neighbor using my driveway to change directions was the unfortunate player in this event. Luckily, no ostensible injuries. Thanks for your suggestions.
  9. Oldbeamboy

    Oldbeamboy Donation Time

    Appreciate your suggestions. We’ll hope to ‘roll with it.’
    Alpine66 likes this.
  10. Oldbeamboy

    Oldbeamboy Donation Time

    Thanks for your guidance.
  11. 65beam

    65beam Donation Time

    Sue your neighbor for repair cost and use their stupidity as a reason.

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