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09-07-02, 06:41 AM   #1  
smoke damage

Just had a garage fire and my car 2001 mustang Gt was in it.
The car is all black inc. interior.
It didnt actually get hit by fire but was in the heat of things.
If this car cleans up outside after testing paint for durability can the inside be cleaned to previous condition?
This car was excellent with no dirt and new car smell still.
I guess I just want to make sure.
It might look clean but on a rainy day down the road I dont want the smell to return after signing the insurance check.
Or should I replace the interior or have it totaled?
I do have full coverage

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09-07-02, 06:51 AM   #2  
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Err, if you can get a new one, get it. Smoke damage, depending on how extensive can be wicked. Dust and soot gets into things and can cause electrical gremlins later on.

In a house, you can use Kilz primer sealer to seal in smoke damage (my neighbor had a dryer fire and this is what we did afterward).

A car is not so easy . My vote's for getting a new one.

 
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09-07-02, 08:39 PM   #3  
The (PATS) theft indicator is suppose to flash at shut down untill restart but stays lit all the time.
Now after backing out of garage wouldnt start half hour or so later, just turned over.
Inside glove box and other crevises have soot.
Weatherstrip has a strange feel,kinda tacky.
This totally is a bummer.
All Billet aluminum has drippings of blue/green.
Just goes to show, if you have rags with stain/varnish dont just wad up and put in garbage.
This was all I had in a metal garbage can in a garage and it ignited itself.

 
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09-08-02, 08:59 AM   #4  
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go for total loss

You will never get the smell of smoke out of the vehicle completely and who knows what damage heat from the fire caused. Your comment regarding malfunctioning PATS is a harbringer of of future electrical problems.

Bummer, but if insurance will replace, go for it.

 
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09-08-02, 10:50 AM   #5  
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Word of caution:

NEVER store flammable trash in the garage! I always keep my cans neatly outside the house. I'd rather burn the can or have the fire go outside than in the garage!

Besides if the can stinks, let it be outside. Then you can Pine Sol it to make it minty fresh . That's what I do.

I also only use plastic cans. Metal cans went out in the 1970's. Lol.

 
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09-09-02, 07:21 PM   #6  
Ok you clowns, Im getting enough of this at work.
Including my Dallas Cowboys really on fire too.
Today I talked to the Ford Dealership and they said they talked to a contractor that said they need to pull the dash and put the car in some sort of chamber.
They said the paint was ok
One minute I think it will be fine and the next I dont think so.
I quess I just want the car back too much.
Insurance will cover it but maybe I can somehow keep from signing off for awhile till I can see if anything acts up.
My truck is going through the same process except for nose work.
Looks like it had a stroke on the left side.
I suppose some of the trim might look good for awhile untill snow or rain and oxidation will return.
Well I will keep you posted on the outcome.
Time to burn some lawn refuse in my new rubbermaid can.

 
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09-19-02, 06:14 AM   #7  
Well I decided to total it.
I had ins.people, restorers,body shops and fire damage people look at this and all say the same, might look good for awhile but will never get out the smell.
On top of replaceing interior-all wiring everywhere and all rubber items.
So I explored all options to at least I know for sure.
Found a steal on another one for less, and more options.
Now just need to make sure I keep it a little longer.

 
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09-19-02, 09:53 AM   #8  
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Sounds like a good deal to me.

 
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