Experience with a burned car?

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by Nailhead Ronnie, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Well-Known Member

    Has anybody fully restored a burned car? What are your thoughts on getting a car that was in a car fire or forest fire? Metal warpage? I Got A Car that I'm looking at that had a engine fire and the interior is burnt up too, and around where I live I passed by this lot but all the cars have been in a forest fire they all look all orange now I know guys have restored them before I just want to know your thoughts on them

    I know...
    Hot deal.
    Smoking price.
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  2. buick64203

    buick64203 Buick Hunter Staff Member

    They're all junk. You would need to replace everything but the VIN. The only car that would be a potential candidate would be a 1 of 1 Hemi Cuda convertible. Aside from that, its a lost cause.
  3. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    Well, "patina" is really "in" now, so...
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  4. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

  5. John Codman

    John Codman Platinum Level Contributor

  6. gsfred

    gsfred Founders Club Member

    Yeh, you would need to jack up the Vin, roll out the old shell, and roll in a new one, then lower the Vin back down. Not gonna happen.
  7. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    I've been burned on plenty of cars before
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  8. ilikebmx999

    ilikebmx999 Well-Known Member

  9. OHC JOE


    What did you see I believe that it's the cars along the 138 area
  10. Nailhead Ronnie

    Nailhead Ronnie Well-Known Member

    Yeah those, wow we been on the same road. They cought my eye yesterday.
  11. OHC JOE


    I've been all over this state bud truckin since 95
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  12. DeeVeeEight

    DeeVeeEight Well-Known Member

    I had a 71 super beetle that had an engine fire and had the back window taken out by the firemen with an axe. I restored the car and the interior and drove it for a year then sold it. Never was a problem and was a fun project too.
  13. DBS

    DBS Well-Known Member

    Depends on how bad the fire was. Forrest/brush fire or one totally engulfed (Car-b-Q) in flames, def. not.

    @TimR on here did a '72 GS convertible that had an interior fire. Came out beautiful. Definitely some extra work. Entire resto is documented on line. Msg. me and I can send a link.
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  14. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    Yep on the BBR.

    If it looks like it made re-entry into the earth's atmosphere, it's toast.

    Extreme fire damage/heat will "burn off" a lot of the carbon, the molded lines and forming is relaxed and if you can get the metal straight, you will almost always have paint letting go.
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  15. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    Years ago we had a neighbor who’s car was struck by lightning. It scorched to roof and blew some fuses, but mechanically it was fine (as good as a Vega could be anyway) but paint would never stick to the roof afterward.
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  16. 70staged

    70staged Well-Known Member

    I worked on a fire damaged truck before. The truck was being pulled behind a camper and the camper caught on fire. Truck was bought at auction and the guy who bought it dropped it off to get the front clip redone. It needed a new hood/ bumper/ grill/ and a new wire harness. Changing out the wire harness and everything else, I smelled like smoke for the next few days working on that thing.
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