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Old April 22nd, 2016, 04:35 PM
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How to rebuild a totaled 110

I am in the planning phase of restoring my 110 after a drunk driver rear ended it while parked on the street going 60mph (pictures attached).
I'm looking for any useful advice from anyone attempting similar reconstruction. Any advice on parts sourcing, upgrades, pitfalls, time frame... Any advice really would be helpful.
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 04:37 PM
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Looks to me like buy another truck and part out the wreck.
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 04:42 PM
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....start over.... wow
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 04:46 PM
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Damn.. Sorry for the loss. Definitely part out whats salvageable and get another... ::big sigh::
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 04:50 PM
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Glad you weren't hurt. Hopefully the driver got his bell rung. But I'm sure he walked out like he hit a pothole like they usually do. I'd say start looking for a new rig.
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 05:14 PM
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The frame on your truck is most definitely wasted.
I'd also bet that most every body panel is jacked to some degree...
Start over.



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Old April 22nd, 2016, 05:27 PM
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That was my first inclination, it would no doubt be easier. I think it will be a fun project tbough. Anyone done a restoration of this scale?
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 05:29 PM
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 05:47 PM
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The vultures are circling already.

Given the extent of damage and assuming no qualified experienced Rover mechanics (you excepted) I would ship it down to one of the good West Coast guys. Plemty well respected guys here on the forum.

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Easy $25-$30k if done professionally.
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 05:53 PM
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I would double that estimate of dome in a professional shop. Much cheaper to buy another truck.
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 05:56 PM
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 07:18 PM
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I am glad you are ok.

Take the money and buy another truck. The best decision you will make.
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 08:12 PM
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Yeah... I think I'd rather fight my insurance company for full price payout than go through the process of a rebuild.

Glad you weren't hurt... ...drunk drivers... sheesh...
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Shane post the video. That's as cool as a singing cat!
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 01:18 AM
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Disclaimer: the video you're about to watch is of a pristine 87 lhd 110 with 60k original miles, being demolished by a drunk who, I'm sure has no clue as to what he destroyed. In many ways it's like watching someone burn a Picasso. Watch at your discretion.
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 01:46 AM
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Wow....

But really, I'm not sure what makes me more angry, the drunk, or the vertical video of a grainy video on a tilted computer screen.
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 02:07 AM
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Looks like the front half of the truck is ok from the pic. Bulkhead forward and if, big if, the drivetrain is ok, it should not be an insurmountable rebuild.

It might be a nice donor for a nice right hand drive truck with a bad drivetrain too. Have two, make one good one.
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Old April 23rd, 2016, 08:06 AM
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I am in the planning phase of restoring my 110 after a drunk driver rear ended it while parked on the street going 60mph (pictures attached). I'm looking for any useful advice from anyone attempting similar reconstruction. Any advice on parts sourcing, upgrades, pitfalls, time frame... Any advice really would be helpful.
Shame my man. Much easier to start over, it will still be a project.
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