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Old 12-02-2009, 08:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I would grab everything you can get, and sell it on ebay and make some cash.

Lights, doors, any good exterior parts, suspension, tranny, engine.
If it was me I would buy the whole darn thing and drag it to my garage and disasemble it completely.

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:59 PM   #12 (permalink)
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PM me, please. I need the radiator! (If it's still ok, of course.) I could also use the front cross-member (the green part that the radiator/hood latch assembly mounts to) if it's straight. In the picture it looks sort of bent, but can't tell for sure.

Would also take the right taillight assembly, the rear spoiler, and the front bumper bar (the square aluminium one under the plastic cover) if they're reasonably priced. Maybe some other stuff too.
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:09 PM   #13 (permalink)
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PM me, please. I need the radiator! (If it's still ok, of course.) I could also use the front cross-member (the green part that the radiator/hood latch assembly mounts to) if it's straight. In the picture it looks sort of bent, but can't tell for sure.

Would also take the right taillight assembly, the rear spoiler, and the front bumper bar (the square aluminium one under the plastic cover) if they're reasonably priced. Maybe some other stuff too.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:08 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Bet the glass was good when it came in. Scrap yard guys have a thing against unbroken glass-
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Oh, those pictures hurt me.

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Old 12-03-2009, 09:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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@Madison: That was my first impression, too. Especially with the driveshaft through the rear glass. Some truck lover clearly had no respect for this "high-bird", as he would call it.

@OldMech: Yeah, maybe I should buy the whole thing, considering the cost of Insight parts. I would love to have supsension parts and engine sensors on the shelf, to sell or use myself. Too bad I don't have a garage.

@LeCouch: They let me go in the yard unsupervised. I actually spent two hours pulling parts, mostly the battery.

@Ryland: I'll pull the drums if I can, and then I'll see if anyone wants to buy them.

@Wonderboy: No, almost the parts I bought are going on my Insight. If you're serious about buying a salvage Insight, buy two. First buy one that was hit in the rear, and then buy a low-mileage frontal one to rebuild. Combine, then part out what's left. Should be doable on a $3k net budget, $4k cash outlay, and a lot of patience waiting for the right car to come along. Or get one with a dead battery, and I'll set you up with a refurbished battery.

I really can't tell how the car ended up in the yard. The body is in such good shape, it's just begging someone to come along and breathe life back in to it. Which I suppose I'm doing, sort of.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:32 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Looks like theft or vandalism.

I have a big garage. It's a shame it so far from here.


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Old 12-03-2009, 10:06 PM   #18 (permalink)
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If you plan on going back, see how much they're willing to sell the whole thing for.. it does look like its in great shape (although apparently most of the parts seen in the photos have been taken by you), and I'd be willing to make the trek up there with a trailer. Another question I'd have would be how easy it is (if its at all possible if that car spent the last part of its life in NY state) to get that VIN back on the road. That is a huge deterrent in this frickin' state, and I think if you find something like this in NY state, you should do exactly what you did: pick every single thing from it you can.

Too bad you don't have a garage ::shrug::

Does that guy from Fredonia have a garage to store your crap in? I forgot his forum name but he posts pretty regularly and I think he has a Scion. I'm sure there are other trustworthy Buffalo-area members that would be willing to help you out here.......
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If I was closer, had more money, etc... I'd be on it like... like... rednecks laughing at broken glass!
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Wonderboy, this one is not a good candidate for a rebuild. It needs a body, glazing, an engine, a dashboard, a dry interior... it would have been good for a super-lightweight EV project, except I pulled all the body panels off.

I'll ask how much he wants for the whole thing, but I'd sooner pick the carcass clean where it lies and leave a frame sitting on the ground, than haul the whole thing back to my garagelessness where I would do essentially the same thing.

The sad thing is, there is a garage in my backyard, but the downstairs tennants are paying too much for it, and they can have it.

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