Should You Buy A Flood Damaged Car?

Flood Damaged Camaro

1970 Chevrolet Camaro 0000124870L505458 for sale. Primary damage: Flood,

With all the recent climate issues across the US the subject of flood damaged cars has again come to the fore.

These cars will of course include a good percentage of classic cars damaged in this way.

Are these cars a good buy?

The Hemmings Classic Car Radio Podcast Episode 154 has a good discussion regarding the pros and cons of a purchase

Another good point of reference is the article that can be found here on How Stuff Works

Conversely if you want to avoid a car damaged in this way take a read of the article How to avoid a ‘Hurricane Car’ also on How Stuff Works

My thoughts on it are if you are very brave and can get a fresh water car that’s no newer than the early seventies at a good price then have at it!

Anything newer will be most likely be plagued by all manner of electrical issues amongst other things.

If however you are willing to accept the challenge you can get a bargain such as the Camaro pictured above which is up for auction here at Hemmings

 

Hemmings Find of the Day – Jack Hagemann Jr 1925 Ford Roadster – Daniel Strohl

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1925 Ford roadster

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1925 Ford roadster

Raw aluminum Hagemann-built 1925 Ford boattail roadster for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:

On sale here for just $127500!

“Raw and Beautiful, truly a functional work of art and superior craftsmanship! This all aluminum bodied Boat-Tail Speedster Roadster was professionally hand built and currently owned by Jack Hagemann Jr, who is well known for his legendary metal fabrication skills & hand formed components that can be found on countless award winning show & race cars. Jack is a true master of the Hot Rod Industry and 1991 Grand National Roadster Show “GNRS” Hall of Fame Inductee. Own and drive a piece of history, 1 of 1 from the pavement up and the perfect addition to any collection, no disappointments…

Equipment

Body/Exterior: One-off hand formed design, 0.063″ 3003 H14 aluminum alloy, track T style nose & grill assembly, tight fit rolled edge fenders, one piece hood & removable vented hood-sides, side interior air vents, custom curved windshield, one piece removable rear boat-tail section, roll over rear safety hoop & nerf bar, formed headlamp buckets, recessed LED rear lighting & 3rd brake lamps, track style rolled underbelly w/airflow venting and PS Engineering alloy wheels w/Trigon pin-drive hubs…

 

Chassis/Suspension/Braking: Hand fabricated Hagemann chassis/frame/suspension (58.5″ front-track, 57″ rear-track & 102.5″ wheelbase) 1.5″ 0.126 mild steel tube w/torsional cross-member structure components, hand built chromoly A arms & suspension components, MPD parallel front torsion bars, Woodward NASCAR rack & pinion steering, QA1 front forward center shocks, rear triangulated four bar suspension & MPD cross-torsion bars, QA1 rear shocks and Attebury 4 wheel Disc brakes…

 

Engine/Power-Train: Ford Racing GT-40 302 cubic inch 320HP crate engine, aluminum cylinder heads, aluminum Edelbrock intake manifold & 4bbl carburetor, MSD Pro Distributor & ignition, hand fabricated ceramic coated headers & side exhaust, Griffin aluminum radiator w/electric cooling fan, Tremec 5 speed transmission, performance clutch assembly & Tilton hydraulic master cylinder and narrowed Ford 8″ rear differential (3:55 ratio)…

 

Interior & Related: Hand crafted aluminum alloy interior & bucket racing seats, Sid Chavers tan leather seat upholstery w/perforated center sections & wool carpet, aircraft style dash assembly w/push button start, Ford Racing instrumentation, one-off steering column, interior side & floor passenger airflow, racing lap seat belts and custom behind seat storage/access…”

 

Hemmings Find of the Day - 1925 Ford roadster

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1925 Ford roadster

Hemmings Find of the Day - 1925 Ford roadster

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1925 Ford roadster

Hemmings Find of the Day - 1925 Ford roadster

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1925 Ford roadster

Rob Ida’s Tucker Torpedo to debut at AACA Museum’s “Night at the Museum” – Hemmings Kurt Ernst

Rob Ida

Rob Ida’s Tucker Torpedo body. The wooden buck was based upon a 3D scan of the original scale model.

 Images courtesy Rob Ida unless otherwise noted.

Before there was a Tucker 48, there was a Tucker Torpedo. The boldly styled coupe, shaped by designer George Lawson, never progressed beyond a quarter-scale model, but that hasn’t stopped Rob Ida, his father Bob, and Sean Tucker, great-grandson of Preston Tucker, from building a full-size version. Read Kurt Ernst’s article here

 

Rob Ida’s Tucker Torpedo body.

Rob Ida’s Tucker Torpedo body

Tucker Torpedo

Tucker Torpedo

Hemmings Great Race 2017

This years Hemmings Great Race route this year was between Jacksonville Fl and Traverse City MI you can find a map Here


Race highlights can be found on the links below

Full race report

The 2017 Great Race

The 2017 Great Race

 

 

Did Henry Design the Model T as a Multi Fuel Vehicle? – Hemming’s Daniel Strohl

Interesting article from Daniel Strohl at Hemming’s.

Fact Check: Henry Ford didn’t design the Model T as a multi-fuel vehicle

Fact Check: Henry Ford didn’t design the Model T as a multi-fuel vehicle

Was the Model T designed to run on Multi Fuels?

Read on here

 

Two weeks’ punishment: Hudson-Terraplane’s Ruggedness Run – Daniel Strohl, Hemmings

Great Hudson story from Daniel featured in Hemmings some years ago.

Two weeks’ punishment: Hudson-Terraplane’s Ruggedness Run

Two weeks’ punishment: Hudson-Terraplane’s Ruggedness Run

The story highlights the trouble that manufacturers took to demonstrate the toughness and reliability of the their product to the general public.

This is how Hudson did it in 1934!

Read on

Inspired by a ’36 Packard, the Mulholland Speedster is America’s Most Beautiful Roadster for 2017 – Kurt Ernst, Hemmings

This years AMBR is the beautiful Mullholland Speedster

The Mullholland Speedster

AMBR 2017

Read Kurt Ernst’s article and see more photos here

 

Reborn Checker production expected to begin in 2018 – Daniel Strohl, Hemmings

The legendary Checker Motor Cars are set to go back into production in 2018, Checker produced vehicles between 1922 and 1982.

Checker Cab

Checker Cab

 

The range will consist of a pickup

Checker Pickup

Checker Pickup

and a 12 passenger six door sedan

Checker Six door sedan

Checker Six door sedan

You can read more at Hemmings

 

Reminiscing – Model A Fun – Hemmings

Model A Fun

Model A Fun

Really nice article from Richard Lentinello at Hemmings (“Reminiscing” story, edited by Richard Lentinello, comes to us from Hemmings Classic Car reader Dave Crocker of Mashpee, Massachusetts) Read on here