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Old 10-22-2015, 06:18 PM   #1
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Trying to fix a wrecked car

Im looking at this mach 1 for 4k and i have already test drove it and the motor and trans ran perfectly. But the exterior on the other hand wasnt, the front fenders dont align up correctly and the front support bar bent whatever it was attached to. Question is, is it a easy cheep fix?
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Old 10-22-2015, 06:35 PM   #2
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Is there any damage in the strut tower area?
If you've never done body work before you might want to leave it to a professional.


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No.

Unless you are experienced at body/paint work, and have a shop full of tools, you will be much better off finding a car that is in decent condition. IMO.
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Im not doing the repairs myself, im just wondering if its an easy fix for one of them, i got about 3.5k to fix this car and paint is going to cost 1.5k
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I dont believe that the strut tower was damaged
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That front looks tweaked to me. I'd bet it needs a frame pull. Not cheap. That's usually 200 just to put it on then 100-180 an hour. Could take one hour, could take 4. I would pay an actual shop to look at it before you buy.
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In the process of repairing one like that. Can't beat a good tree and a come-a-long for a frame machine.
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How did it drive?
Did it go straight down the road?
Did the steering wheel pull to the right or left?
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Yeah im bringing my paint guy with me on saturday and having him inspect it more
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In the process of repairing one like that. Can't beat a good tree and a come-a-long for a frame machine.

I've done this. It gets you in the ball park but believe me when I say it won't get you back to square 90% of the time. Generally there is downward pulling required and in targeted areas. Most of the time when I've seen the chain and tree method done, more things are damaged because of how it's connected and with what it's connected. For a mach1 id want to make it right
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Well even if the body is screwed i could just buy it as a donor car since the car only has 89k on it
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if it were me, id find a pristine body with no engine or blown engine. use this car as a donor. that way you can avoid painting. maybe even break even. im sure you can run across someone else who repainted a car with an engine near death, and now has to part with it for cheap.
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Buy it and the cleanest V6 you can and do a swap. Or just save yourself the trouble and buy something that runs now.


I'd take your overall what looks like $8-$9k budget and try to find one that is clean or a very clean low mileage 2V or maybe see if a S197 3V is in that price range. You never know.


I know I sound like a Hypocrite because I bought something that had a blown motor lol.
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yea, except you got a good lookin steeda mustang and snagged a good engine for 500 bucks delivered and did the work yourself.

this kind of work is never really worth it if you have to hire someone to do the work. otherwise it just runs up the cost a lot, like you said, to the point of "Might as well by something with low miles and runs good and is clean and avoid the headache"
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Well... mine still is not done lmao. Will be done for the spring which was my realistic goal anyway. Its all apart, I've just been lazy about updating the build thread because I keep forgetting to take pics.


But paying a shop to do something like this? Just buy a Coyote and do the basic bolt on/tune thing. Will spend the same money and be way faster.
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Well... mine still is not done lmao.
are we ever truly "Done?" lol
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Front frame rails are pushed over to the right


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yea, except you got a good lookin steeda mustang and snagged a good engine for 500 bucks delivered and did the work yourself.

this kind of work is never really worth it if you have to hire someone to do the work. otherwise it just runs up the cost a lot, like you said, to the point of "Might as well by something with low miles and runs good and is clean and avoid the headache"
I agree.
It is easier to find good deals on parts than it is to find good deals on labor.
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Well... mine still is not done lmao. Will be done for the spring which was my realistic goal anyway. Its all apart, I've just been lazy about updating the build thread because I keep forgetting to take pics.
If we don't see any perceivable movement on this project by springtime, me and some of the other guys are going to call up those hacks at the "Garage Squad" and send them over to your place to throw your junk back together!
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Well even if the body is screwed i could just buy it as a donor car since the car only has 89k on it
Aside from the front end damage, is the rest of the car in good condition?
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Aside from the front end damage, is the rest of the car in good condition?
Rear was hit but suprisingly doesnt have any damage underneath, the interior is in amazing condition and the car ran very well
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Yeah thats what i was trying to figure out, how hard is that to fix?
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I don't think it's worth 4K in that condition I would keep looking there are a lot of Mach 1's out there plus it looks like someone did a Dukes of Hazard stunt with that car


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Yeah thats what i was trying to figure out, how hard is that to fix?

Not worth it
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