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Old 11-12-2017, 04:21 PM   #1
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Default The 98 SW2 is Totaled

A week a go I was waiting to make a left turn and I get smashed into. The 98 SW2 that I rebuilt the engine in is totaled, the frame is bent, the passenger rear window is shattered, and the trunk area is push up by the impact. The insurance adjuster is stopping by on Tuesday afternoon.

As of now I'm seeing a chiropractor for the whiplash and insurance is taking care of it. The rental I have is a Hyundai Elantra, and while it drives nice, the ergonomics are not well thought out since I have to reach forward to the console to adjust heat and fan speed.
That said, I've already acquired a 97 SC2 that will serve for the time being, which I'll put in a separate thread since it needs a little work.

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Old 11-12-2017, 04:33 PM   #2
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Buy the wreck from the ins co and save that engine and trans. Many good parts for a DIY salvage event.

Being hit is never much fun and the beating you take from the accident can last a long time.

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Old 11-12-2017, 05:01 PM   #3
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I'm planning on doing a buyback from the insco. It's not worth it to me to let them have the car, not only to save the engine and trans, but also the subframe that's been POR-15'd, dogbones with prothane inserts, AMR radiator, and snow tires.

It had it's problems, but it drove great.

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Old 11-12-2017, 05:35 PM   #4
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Default Re: The 98 SW2 is Totaled

I would take off every remaining decent piece of plastic, and completely gut the whole car down to the frame. Hang the plastics and interior parts up somewhere, and save it for future projects. Whatever isnt broken is worth keeping IMO. If any of ours got totaled thats what we would do.

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Old 11-12-2017, 09:18 PM   #5
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No way would I let that out of my sight before it looked like the Thanksgiving turkey on Sunday afternoon.

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Old 11-12-2017, 10:39 PM   #6
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I already have a wall full of parts in the downstairs of the house. The 95 SC2 is not yet back together, and there are parts in the downstairs, parts in my bedroom, and the storeroom, in addition to the garage.

I need to save the rear wiper motor and washer nozzle, but I don't have room for many more body parts.

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Old 11-12-2017, 10:42 PM   #7
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I bet there are other inhabitants of the area that would be more than willing to take them off your hands.

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Old 11-12-2017, 10:47 PM   #8
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Probably, and I'm hoping so.

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Old 11-13-2017, 11:42 AM   #9
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I hate other drivers, glad you are OK, though.

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I thought about doing that when my 99 SL2 was wrecked and totaled last fall. But I knew given the age these cars are approaching and being in the rust belt I would most likely never own another one especially now that my big fine body has gotten even bigger and finer along with stiffer from age. It's very hard to twist myself into and out of one of the little plastic fantastics. Though I still love them. But now having lived for quite a while driving mid sized SUVs (first Saturn Vue, Infiniti QX4 and now the Toyota Highlander) they are just ultimately far more comfy and easier on me plus quite a bit more useful. Though I still have very fond memories of that little 99 dragging me in to O'Hare Airport every day (65 miles each way) and through all hours of night in all kinds of the nastiest weather the midwest can throw at you. Same goes for when I was working out of MSP Airport and week in and week out that little guy took me back and forth. It died while in use by youngest daughter getting rear ended by Jeep Grand Cherokee. If I lived somewhere rust was not an issue I would have definitely bought the car back and salvaged it.

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