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Well, the daughter ran her ‘95 LS off the road messing with something in her cup holder and clipped a guy wire on a power pole. I’d never have imagined a guy wire causing so much damage, but at least she wasn’t hurt.

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Basically, the damage includes these parts:
  • Hood
  • RH Fender
  • Core Support
  • Grille
  • Bumper
  • RH Bumper Cap
  • RH Headlight
  • RH Inner Fender
  • LH Mirror
  • Battery
  • Battery Tray
  • Coolant Reservoir
  • AC Evaporator Housing
  • Radiator
  • Upper Fan Shroud
  • Serpentine Belt
The frame horn is not bent. I was able to save the new AC Condenser. I bought a used Hood, RH Fender, and Core Support with plans to repair it but after finding the other damage, I’m either going to sell it as is or part it out.

I know I’ll never recoup what I have in it. I’ll keep the C3 Vette wheels and put the stock alloys back on it.

These parts on the truck are new:
  • AC Compressor
  • AC Condenser
  • Accumulator
  • Front Brakes
  • Front Rotors
  • Front Wheel Bearings and Seals
  • Tires
  • Fuel Tank Module with Pump
  • T5 Tranny was replaced with a used 97K mile unit
  • Clutch and Fly Wheel
  • Clutch Hydraulics
  • Oil Pan Gasket
  • Rear Main Seal
  • Water Pump
  • Upper and Lower Radiator Hoses
  • Plugs, Wires, and Cap
  • Headliner
  • RH Mirror
I can go ahead with the repair, but I’ll have to buy more parts and do the repair, and I’m still going to have a repaired, wrecked, truck with a red hood and RH fender with the clear peeling off that nobody will want to pay anything for.

I’m thinking I’ll be better off to part it out. What do y’all think?

Thanks.
 

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Have a good title? I'd buy that thing.
 

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This was one of the joys of being an auto body tech. Sometime we wouldn’t find damage till we were taking it apart. Sometimes it would even total the rig. I had a brand new at the time Dodge Neon, hit in the nose, and it didn’t look too bad... till I seen the engine block broken where the engine mount was jammed into it. Yup it became a total. Sometimes I just had to fix what I had with new parts or by working the damage out. After all that was my job. Thankfully on these trucks, most everything you will run into will be easily removed and replaced. If I had the coin, I would also buy this from ya... then finish fixing it... lol.
 

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If i were in this situation, i would fix it. All the parts are bolt on, fairly easy to replace, and easy to find in yards like pick n pull. They are having good sales now that they are open again, trying to get people in the door. Anything a/c or belt wise go new, since you have to replace the fan shroud maybe consider an electric fan swap? It wouldnt be too much more.
 

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Yes, pristine title. I’m just really tired of working on it. Tired of going to junk yards, tired of looking for parts on craiglist, etc. here’s where I’m at with it.

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This was one of the joys of being an auto body tech. Sometime we wouldn’t find damage till we were taking it apart. Sometimes it would even total the rig. I had a brand new at the time Dodge Neon, hit in the nose, and it didn’t look too bad... till I seen the engine block broken where the engine mount was jammed into it. Yup it became a total. Sometimes I just had to fix what I had with new parts or by working the damage out. After all that was my job. Thankfully on these trucks, most everything you will run into will be easily removed and replaced. If I had the coin, I would also buy this from ya... then finish fixing it... lol.
I love Neon's good cars despite all of the uneducated hate people give towards them. Just don't crash in one lol.
 

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I love Neon's good cars despite all of the uneducated hate people give towards them. Just don't crash in one lol.
I wouldn't want to be in a major accident with an S10 either.... I think I'd rather take the Neon if I had to be in an accident lol.
 

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Gotta love teens. Seems I spent 10 years fixing damage or replacing engines until they both got their degrees.
Neither has had a scratch since they became responsible for the cost of repairs.
The one that became an ER nurse will have enough overtime money in the bank to buy a new Cayenne Turbo by the time this pandemic is over.
 
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Would be cheaper to fix it then it is to buy her a new vehicle. Like the previous person said leave it multi colored and she can save up to paint, I had basically the same thing happen to me in high school with my first gen. Parents made me pay to fix it. Made me pay attention to the road more knowing if something went wrong it was on me to pay for it.
 

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Good running engine, straight frame and the rest of the body parts and interior in good shape?
If so, that's a no-brainer. If not, it's decision time.
 

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I have fixed worse...
If it's all bolt together, as was said in previous posts - it looks like you have about 10 hours work. Maybe 12...
Since you have a fair amount of change into this rig, and it runs well... and it looks like it was pretty choice before carnage..

If you are tired of it all, then that is a factor, but you're most of the way there.

Your daughter wants to have a vehicle again, yes?
Time for her to step up and take responsibility.
Just an opinion.
 

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Fix it and give it back to her, if she wants it all one color, let her pay for that
That was the plan, but plans change.

She’s a great girl, works hard, and has been a great driver except for this. She’s buying my boss’s mother’s 2006 Honda Accord that only has 18,480 miles on it, so the S10 is now up to me. I don’t need it, so it needs to go. I just have to decide whether to go ahead with the repair, sell as is, or part it out. I’ve already told her she’s on the hook for the majority of my losses on the S10.

Thanks for all the advice.
 

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Well if she’s buying another car and covering your losses for the one she wrecked, sounds pretty responsible. Sell it, clearly u don’t want it or need it. It will sell faster if u fix it but realistically if u not hurting for cash just post it as is and get it out your yard.

I wouldn’t part it, too much effort and takes forever. Sell complete
 

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I wouldn't want to be in a major accident with an S10 either.... I think I'd rather take the Neon if I had to be in an accident lol.
Fair point but in my state most people drive trucks and SUV's I feel the chances of survival would be higher in a S10 vs another truck vs a Neon and a truck.

I owned a Neon though I actually although maintained it in terms of oil changes and a transmission filter/fluid change I beat the **** out of it that thing just wouldn't die, it was 70,000 miles past due on a timing belt as well.

My biggest issue with the Neons is the **** motor mounts also known as torque struts on them, you actually have to adjust top one correctly or it will shake those were a horrible design and they fail often although very easy to replace.

A lot of people hate on Neons and often claim the transmissions are junk, my particular Neon has a 41TE transmission and it was holding strong. The issue is people service the transmissions at quick lubes and the end up putting generic ATF in it and the thing about these transmissions if you put anything other then ATF +4 say goodbye. Another common issue is the solenoid pack located on top of the transmission under the battery tray these often fail causing the transmissions to act weird in various ways like it is a failed transmission and shops they will just write it off as a bad transmission and in the end perfectly good cars get junked when all it needed was a $140 part and 15-20 minutes of work.

Anyways enough of me rambling on with a different topic lol.
 

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As for the truck in question in this thread to me it looks like you already got fairly far in fixing it up. I don't think the truck deserves to be parted out, fix it up and sell it.
 

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Well, sold as is. Thanks, fellows.
If I lived within reach, I would make you an offer... but I'm in the upper left hand corner of the country... Good luck!
 
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