Would you purchase a truck that was flooded by Hurricane Sandy?

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by AllSeasons, May 8, 2013.

  1. AllSeasons

    AllSeasons Bobtail Member

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    There's an truck auction in Newark, NJ for 100+ newer model (2011, 2012, 2013) Freightliner Cascadia day cabs next week. There's a truck that only had 6,000 miles on it!!! They trucks were near the piers in NJ and hit hard after Hurricane Sandy.

    What do you think? Would you purchase a flooded truck? I've been trying to figure out how high the water was where they were parked but haven't had any luck. I know most people wouldn't go that route because of the black hole the truck can easily become. We had our trucks flooded by Hurricane Sandy but luckily no water got into the cab or the fuel tank.
     
  2. Heavyd

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  3. CbarM

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    If it was cheap enough I would definately buy it. It would only be good for parts though as pretty well every insurance company will say HELL NO to insuring it...
     
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  4. AllSeasons

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    I was thinking just for parts too. I doubt there's anything wrong with the tires!
     
  5. 59BROCKWAY

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    Depending where they were parked , I know Jersey city was under water in some areas as much as 10 feet. Port Security if your familiar with it needed to be rebuilt entirely due to water damage and most trucks that were parked in those areas needed everything changed out . Remember its not just regular water , its salt water and who knows what other bacteria. Thats what you must think about. Now if its just for parts , then thats another story! ;-)
     
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    eh i wouldnt the most that might be salvageable would be the motor maybe some body parts. But thats salt water and i would imagine that stuff probably coroded everything. but good luck if you do.
     
  7. CbarM

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    LOL...so how would the motor be any good submerged in salt water?? The body, steer axle, diff housi gs, frame parts, 5th wheel, and wheels n tires will all be ok. If the motor is ok submerged in saltwater like mentioned above then the tranny n diffs will be fine too...hahahaha
     
  8. jerry123

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    There are Vents to reduce heat: differential, tranny, motor. Water: any cracks or openings and it seeps in & Electrical components and salt water do not mix.

    Sooo, what should one do:

    1), the big metal parts need to be broken down and cleaned with parts cleaner.

    2), What about that contamination of salt compounds [now] trapped inside the wheel bearings...that's gotta add resistance...im curious if a brainiac has calculated what this simple additive will do to a truck's fuel MPG.

    3), Electrical components need to be removed=replaced with new.

    4), The ground wire(s) i.e. salted, im sure this will cause sporadic problems with all things electric.

    Focus on the basics, and yes...this could be a good buy.
     
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  9. cetanediesel

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    First, cheap only. The engine would be fine if its your truck and you dont mind chasing a few things. The salt water it was submerged in is no where as bad as years of salt from the roads up here. Drain, run drain again till you are satisfied the engine, trans, axles are cleaned up. If they were not ran into the flood waters then it was just sitting in water. The other problem is it got super cold right after the storm. It was like 10° the next week after. The problem would be bursting from where the water was built up inside a housing. But again, cheap.
     
  10. AllSeasons

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    I was thinking for parts but my husband knows a good mechanic who can re-build engine so he's thinking it can try to put it on road. I think it'll all come down to price. We're going to head over there next and I'll bring back some pictures!
     
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