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Old 12-11-2009, 01:13 PM
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Default To try to fix or to buy a new car?

Got an update on my truck for anybody who read my last post.

Frame is definitely bent. In addition to a bit of a buckle in the front left, my frame is bent into a diamond. Pretty badly. Frame has to be entirely pulled and mounted to a machine (at least two hours labor.) Minimum of ten hours to try to straighten it out with no guarantees of success. I'm looking at $2200 for the frame alone, not including the broken clock spring, shorts to the dash lights, airbags, bumper, or rear windshield. I wouldn't be able to fix ANY cosmetic damage...that part alone is between 6 and 8 grand, just for the cosmetic stuff, and I definitely can't afford that. Altogether I'm looking at at least $3000, give or take, with no guarantees that the frame can be fixed for certain. Bed is damaged irreversibly...it's not entirely unsafe, but the bolt on one side would have to be loosened so that the bed is closer to the cab on one side than the other. Tano cover has to be removed because if I hit a hard bump, the metal tabs that come up near the cab would smash the rear windshield again.

Truck has a $2000 trade in value according to blue book.

Do I fix it, or do I buy a car for now until I can finance a cleaner truck next year? What do I do??? I love my truck to death...it's supposed to be my project truck and I just put $1000 dollars into the tires a few months ago...worth fixing, or not? Help!
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:18 PM
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if it was me I'd park it some were for parts later and get something cheap and safe to drive for now and keep my eyes open for a truck later.
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Old 12-11-2009, 01:32 PM
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if it was me I'd park it some were for parts later and get something cheap and safe to drive for now and keep my eyes open for a truck later.
x2. Sounds like the truck is to far gone to be financially worth it. If you had a million dollars I'd say go for it. But I doubt any of us on this forum have the money to fix all the things that are wrong with your truck if we had the same problems with ours.
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:17 PM
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x2. Sounds like the truck is to far gone to be financially worth it. If you had a million dollars I'd say go for it. But I doubt any of us on this forum have the money to fix all the things that are wrong with your truck if we had the same problems with ours.
same here part out the truck and save up for what you want its a lost that some of us have to deal with i had to do some what of the same thing
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:23 PM
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i would hate to do it but i would keep what was worth keeping, like the new wheels and tires you said you just got, and part out the rest, buy yourself something cheap and safe to drive for now and start saving for a new truck
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:58 PM
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do you have any pics of the damage is the cab ok you can get a frame from u pull and pay fo $110.00 its a lot of work but it can be done if you love the truck that mutch if you need any help finding parts cheep let me know
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:24 PM
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do you have any pics of the damage is the cab ok you can get a frame from u pull and pay fo $110.00 its a lot of work but it can be done if you love the truck that mutch if you need any help finding parts cheep let me know
Looks to me , if you love it that much, it's still your project. Wesvo is in your area and apparently has the hook up for parts. Definately keep your tires though. As to the rest, ya gotta ask yourself- "self, how much do I want THIS truck?"
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