Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday Twister: Hurricane

You'd have to be living under a rock to not know about the recent hurricanes that have devastated parts of Texas and Florida, and the flooding has been particularly hard on homes, businesses and cars. You might be able to replace the drywall in your home before the studs become covered in black mold, but according to Forbes the flooding from Irma and Harvey destroyed over a million cars & trucks.  What does that mean?  It means that junk yards are going to be bursting with molding cars -- and locals in Texas will note that the Texas Motor Speedway is being used to store the overflow of cars looking for someone who will part them out or ship them to Yemen with sketchy title status.




So, go ahead -- step up and grab that Aston or RR that you figure you can clean and drive for the next few years or perhaps use the engine for your next dune buggy. Just be sure to pay attention the grease pencil marked "water line".

Copart auction link for flood damaged cars in Texas


Seriously, how much less reliable could a Triumph Spitfire be that has had flood water half-way up the door?

For today's Thursday Twister, I'd like to ask -- what do you see that you'd like to own?  Comments below.

20 comments:

  1. this here's a case where i think i might want a Beetle - weren't they supposedly waterproofish? - my best friend in high school had one and we did drive it through more than one small creek on that basis

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  2. Dang...

    [image src="https://cs.copart.com/v1/AUTH_svc.pdoc00001/PIX88/abcb96d7-6c39-499d-bec8-b7a43c809448.JPG" width="400px"/]

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  3. I would say this
    Rolls-Royce Phantom
    But the water line mark is even more shocking than that Camaro above

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  4. Buy this 10 year old Range Rover that probably was already broken before being completely flooded for just $10k! What a deal!

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  5. I'd completely gut the interior on this and make an awesome track day weapon.

    [image src="https://cs.copart.com/v1/AUTH_svc.pdoc00001/PIX88/c75376a3-d696-490e-a5a5-673ef8de461d.JPG" width="400px"/]

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  6. Also, LOL look at the water line on this one! I'm pretty sure I myself have driven an Outback deeper than that!

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  7. not a gambling man but...

    https://cs.copart.com/v1/AUTH_svc.pdoc00001/PIX88/7269a9d7-cfca-48d7-95b6-1dd6a7b29cd9.JPG

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  8. A buddy in Texas, talking with people on the ground by the collection site said "if the carpets got wet, they're totalling them".
    I noticed on nice '67 Mustang Convertible on the copart site, old school car, wet line below the dash. Factory A/C car...Mustang parts super plentiful..bidding is still pretty aggressive given how easy it will be to fix. Title branding is the big issue.

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    1. Hunsbloger you are thinking in the right direction. Old cars = less electronics plus all of the aftermarket restoration parts. Man that site has many tempting cars.

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    2. Yeah...I like this idea. Take a look at this '67 Corvette. https://www.copart.com/lot/40821047 How bad would it be to just replace the carpets and drive?

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  9. Like counting the growth rings on a tree...

    [image src="https://cs.copart.com/v1/AUTH_svc.pdoc00001/PIX88/b40b061c-d01f-43c3-b923-a998c68291a0.JPG" width="400px"/]

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  10. fleetwood t broughamSeptember 22, 2017 at 7:53 AM

    Interesting issue on this Rapide. Looks like the water got under the clear bra. Never seen that before.

    [image src="https://cs.copart.com/v1/AUTH_svc.pdoc00001/PIX17/ac5ad314-d88d-4668-9588-ec87dfc30c46.JPG"/]

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  11. I repairs a '93 911 cabriolet with the water line just below the dash. I replaced everything electronic under the water line and rebuilt the engine and transmission and haven't had a water related issue for 10 years.

    I hope they remove the battery cable because the residual current through the wet wires leaves you with corroded connections and a lot more problems than you need.

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    1. Thanks for that reminder... I have never considered that!!

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    1. Man, this one flooded so hard the motor swapped ends

      [imgage src="https://cs.copart.com/v1/AUTH_svc.pdoc00001/PIX91/72dcafee-a877-43c6-8a50-12a27236ed53.JPG" width ="400px"/]

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      [image src="https://cs.copart.com/v1/AUTH_svc.pdoc00001/PIX91/72dcafee-a877-43c6-8a50-12a27236ed53.JPG" width ="400px"/]

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    3. Can't find the water line on this one....

      [image src="https://cs.copart.com/v1/AUTH_svc.pdoc00001/PIX80/7573f463-0baf-451f-8498-a077987150d7.JPG" width="400px"/]

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    4. Hahaha I thought the same thing when I saw that Porsche on the Copart site! And yeah do you think that boat was on the trailer and attached to a flooded car, or put on trailer and moved there after storm? I'm thinking the prior.

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