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68DSU
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Re: wildfire burned roadsters

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Back to the car, I guess it would depend, of course, on how bad the damage was. Intense heat can melt or warp some metals but if it was a quick burn it may have left quite a bit. Best case might be replacing the interior, the cables and lines, and all the rubber. A lot of work but not impossible. The engine is designed to handle a bit of heat. My personal advice would be to put that decision off for a bit, recover your life as much as you can, and see how you feel then. My thoughts are with you.

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I picked up a 69 2000 that survived the Camp fire. It was covered with a plastic tarp that melted across some of the panels. The plastic peels right off. The paint is blistered in several areas and the laminate on the windshield bubbled up and the glass cracked. Also, some of the weatherstripping melted. Aside from that, there is no appreciable damage and the car runs. Some of the wires in the engine bay do look a bit baked and hardened, but maybe that is because they are 50 years old. I'm not sure. I was really surprised how the car tolerated the fire/heat. Note, the car was not in a garage. It was outside in the grass and avoided the intense structure fire.
Fingers crossed you have something salvageable.
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I hate to hear that anybody has to go through the devastation you have seen. Good luck with going forward with your rebuild and healing. You will get a lot of good sincere help from the forum.
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Nice to read everyone's responses. I'm including a photo so all can see; please let me know of any questions I can answer. Thanks!
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Here is a photo I finally resized to download
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Tragic circumstances, but to be blunt, most roadsters in the northeastern states look far worse, because of decades of road salt exposure. These look from 40 feet to be salvageable, albeit with complete rebuilds.
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Sad to hear, even worse to see.
Good luck whatever you decide to do.
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