SOP is similar at the junkyards around here. Only once was I able to find a complete set of tools from an E23, in pretty good condition as well; at the time I had my E28 535i. Car was fresh in the yard, and I was the first to pick at it (gauging by completeness of the car) so naturally I grabbed them. IIRC I only paid $10 for them.Piecing together a complete tool kit for my E36 M3 resulted in about $75 spent on eBay. I gave up after 3 or 4 trips to a couple different junk yards and finding completely EMPTY tool kits. Must be standard operating procedure to gut them, along with jacks, spare tires, batteries, fluids, etc.
Thanks.Sorry to hear that. Glad everyone is OK.
Time to find an E30 shell?
Def sucks, but for a psuedo track rat, Id take the insurance payout, buy it back, pull it a bit with some chains and 2x4's against a tree or post, replace the bumper and call it a win. Its not like the car was pristine to begin with. Its already a rebuilt title, so you literally have NOTHING to lose by doing that, and could probably profit off the whole transaction if you decide too.Thanks.
I'm on the fence about what to do next. I don't know about an E30, because finding a good shell is very rare around these parts, and the E30 tax is real no matter where you go nowadays. An E36 shell is more likely, given the parts I can swap over and the availability/cost compared to another E30, especially if I find something like an E36 318i.
More likely than not, at the risk of getting ahead of myself at this point, I will buy the car back and part it out - there's significant value in the mechanical parts, wheels/tires/brakes and such. But I'm unsure what to do beyond that. Part of me kind of wants to take the next year and hit the reset button, focus on the Mk2 - which is now getting the VR6 I've had sitting around for 3 years - and re-visit this scenario in a year.
It sounds kinda sh*tty, but the timing is convenient because we're car sitting a Mini Clubman for my cousin for a year and we were bursting at the seams with vehicles. Ironically, I sold my beater Outback earlier this week, so this marks the second "loss" in the fleet in almost as many days. But we still have the Mazda3 and Frontier, so between those 2 vehicles and the Mini, my wife and I both still have a way to get to work. I'll most likely be driving the Mazda most of the time, which I don't prefer, but it could be worse.
It's not a bad idea. The catch is that I can't register/insure the car to shake it down. Getting the car reg'd with a salvage title will entail an inspection that quite frankly, the car will never pass without some serious professional help.Def sucks, but for a psuedo track rat, Id take the insurance payout, buy it back, pull it a bit with some chains and 2x4's against a tree or post, replace the bumper and call it a win. Its not like the car was pristine to begin with. Its already a rebuilt title, so you literally have NOTHING to lose by doing that, and could probably profit off the whole transaction if you decide too.