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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 12, 9:59 AM Thread Starter
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The first is a blue true SS convertible (see photo 1). The other is a Tan true SS hardtop (see photo 2). The insurance adjuster is coming this Friday. I hope I get full insurance value. If so, I will be looking to replace with one '65 SS L-79. Any help or advice is apreciated. I hope this is the right place for the thread. If not, the moderator can change it.





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Re: Both '65 Malibu's total loss in flood

Sorry to hear that.

What type of damage?

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Sorry to hear that.

What type of damage?
I agree...is it just water damage, or physical damage (i.e. tree came uprooted and fell on the garage as well doing damage to the cars?)

If it is "just" water damage the key is actually flooding with clean water, now if tap water isn't available or they have sat too long, then you have more damage to deal with ahead. but typically the key to "save" a car in a flood is tear out the interior soft parts as that is obviously toast, drain the oil, replace, depending on the water line, drain or disconnect the fuel delivery system. pull the plugs and crank the engine after trying to dry out the electrical system just enough to get juice to the starter to spit out the water from the cylinders. Wash everything down to get the chemicals and contaminents from the flood waters. Then go from there to access if it is truly a total loss.

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People say that they are only material possessions and can be replaced. The former is true and the latter is iffy. The last I heard they haven't made any new 1965 Chevelles in many decades. It is very sad to hear about the losses suffered by all of you along the New Jersey coast and New York City / long Island. My wife has an uncle near Annapolis with a big boat in his slip. I wonder if he still has a boat or slip?

From what I understand the water surge would have been salt water... Here in the rust belt we have been dealing with automotive cancer due to salt forever. Frank, I truly hope you can get this settled with insurance to your satisfaction. I am sorry for your loss and to the Chevelle community . It would be great if the cars could be saved or at the very least could yield some good usable parts so that others can go on. Now start looking for an L-79!

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Hi Frank,
I am very sorry to hear that your Chevelles sustained damage from Sandy.
Good Luck in your search for a 65 L79 Malibu SS.

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Very sorry to hear this bad news. The planet has been doing very strange things. I have a friend in Groton N.J. that I have yet to be able to contact. He is in the final stages of a frame off on a black 65 L79. I have to assume he is still without power. I hope he didn't lose everything in the storm. You must be a smart man and had flood insurance.
Hope all goes as best as it can.
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Good luck, keep us informed. If nothing but water dmage, maybe insurance will pay for complete restoration of your cars

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Bad news, but maybe they will sell them back to you for cheap after the payout?

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You know that they dont just smash flood damaged cars. They will most likely end up on the west coast and sold like most of the flood damaged cars. Really need to do some inspection work to make sure you dont get stuck with one of these flood damaged cars.
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Sad to hear about your troubles.
Just curious as to why you wouldn't want them restored?
I hate to think that these cars are considered as disposable.

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DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I sure hate to here these stories!

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curious just how bad a single flood could do to these old cars. Its not like there are computors or any real electrical to worry about. I would think a good powerwash, maybe a new harness, a tranny rebuild if its a automatic. regrease the thing and new oil and gear oil. a rebuild kit for the seats, door panels, and carpet. jim

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Re: Both '65 Malibu's total loss in flood

Wishing you GOOD LUCK with the insurance co.
Also hoping you did NOT have to much damage to your home and other possessions.
I would be saddened for a long time if our 65s were lost... flood, fire or other means. Each Chevelle has its own personality as we all know.
And the early Chevelles are in a class of their own!


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Any pics of the damage?
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Wow!!! Sorry to hear the bad news!!!
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