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    I didn't realize that was original paint, that's amazing!
    Sounds like Geico is giving you the bird instead of the Gecho! Cheap MF'S. Like Basketcase said and you already know, "Keep after them"! That is such a sweet truck too. As I think back years ago, I had to get 3 estimates for the insurance company before the final settlement check was cut. I think that doing something like that could help bolster your damage claim! Good Luck!
     
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    • paul massaro

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      i won't let up . i'm writing a letter of payment demand to the gal that hit me as well . i'm also letting the insurance co know i'm seeking payment from her if they don't come through with the balance of the repair costs . if geico comes through with the balance of the repairs , should i forgive the loss in value claim against them ? not sure if i should , after all my pickup has been wrecked and repaired , well soon . would it make a difference to any of us . if you were looking at a truck , would it make a difference to you price was ? or would you keep looking for one never wrecked ?
       
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        Paul, I just tweaked my response above. You make some good points. I don't know what else to say except hang tuff!
         
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          yes , it was all oem finish on it in n out , that was one of the buying factors on this pickup . back when i purchased it . it was completely stock down to the hub caps n 16'' rims with rock hard bias ply tires .
           
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            To be honest, if I was looking for an old classic like that, I'd be thrilled to find one at all that was as nice as yours.
            So the fact that it had been hit wouldn't influence me at all as long as it was repaired and solid! However I know that matching paint to something original is virtually impossible! They'd have to paint the whole truck, and there goes the originality factor!
             
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            • kiwigtx

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              Keep at those Insurance guys Paul...don't give them an inch. :)
               
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              • paul massaro

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                well i'd like to give them 9 inches in the rear . but i'll settle for cash , thats right my truck will never be what it was . someone should pay for that . and for my repair , i've been a bodyman for 46 years . my dad owned a body shop and tot me the ins n outs of it . wouldn't buy any body parts for the repairs until i straightened them first . was great training for my resto's i do for folks here . so it will be a solid repair , even thinking about fixing that fender and cab parts without replacing them . but thats alot of time . i'll get her done . but i'll have to drag another pickup out first . it will be apart for awhile to get it right .
                 
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                • LocuMob

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                  Hope it all goes well for.you Paul, I know you loved Orangey like a child. I'd go after the gals insurance also, and if they pay out as well, so be it.
                   
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                    I dicked around with my truck yesterday killing time before work, and while checking the power loss for my radio (loose plug) I managed to get my power outlet working again! Hadn't worked in many years, and I only pressed the side if the wiring connector, slapped it back together and for shits and giggles, I plugged in my charger. I got a blue light and now I can change my phone etc while I'm inside work. The other cigarette lighter still works, but only when the key is on. Nice to have power when the truck is off.

                    And that's all I've done for my truck this year, other than getting a wiper for the driver's side. Yep, one wiper, the other ones fine!
                     
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                      Yes got to have the hot all the time ports. Have 2 in the 82 and added one to the 93. Will start carring the table to work now that the temperature is down. It stays plugged in all the time.
                       
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                      • paul massaro

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                        the gals insurance co is trying to total orangy on the damages caused by their own insured . trying to give me @4k for it and i keep the salvage . so i'm sent her a letter demanding that either her or her insurance co needs to pay for the repairs in total or it will go to court for the balance . also call the insurance board regarding their ways of handling this . they sent me a check and a letter saying it was just a partial loss payment and they were doing a value evaluation , then a couple days later their done and my truck is a total loss and thats it for the payments , first letter was dated 9/17 and the second letter is dated 9/17 . thats one quick evalution . so i've sent in my findings . to them and their insured . this is just the way it goes i guess . oh ya my values are way higher than theirs , lol . just had to look on the internet for ads . wasn't so ruff n tuff . why couldn't they do the same thing . they made their estimate of damages and put it online , didn't even print one and give it to me . told me i could print one from their site on line . what can of crap is that ! she hit me , and was found 100 per cent at fault . and i have to jump through the hoops , it no wounder insurance co's are the richest co's in the world .
                         
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                          time to find another insurance company. When I went for estimates on my '81, the shops acted like I was bothering them by stopping. Mine was a simple unbolt, re bolt new parts, spray paint. One guy told me that the insurance would total it for the cost of the front bumper.
                           
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                            yes , there is something wrong with their thoughts on older vehicles . and most shops do cater to new stuff for the ease of get repair parts . not much china crap made for them beasts . and i'm glad of that . thinking i've found must of the parts locally . now my shop is mainly older rust outs and resto's . i don't do new stuff at all . and i'll be fixing up on old orangy . after all its just metal , and it was bent into that shape n welded all together before , lol .
                             
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                              Insurance has got to be one of the biggest used parts scams around. Make darn sure they do not turn orangie in as salvage. Make them fix it with no buy back. Then find a policy with replacement value when repairs have been made.
                               
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                                I had that BS "we haven't decided yet" story before, with a letter dated before with their conclusion, that their driver didn't do anything wrong. Dumb gal drove around me and clipped the from bumper on a full size Jimmy, pulling it away from the truck. Not seeing one photo, they said I hit her, because it was my front bumper. I just about jumped through the phone wanting to strangle whoever it was on the other line. It's the biggest scam out there, give them your money, by law no less, and hope they think your vehicle is valued at 1/1000th of what it really is. I pay the bare minimum the law requires. Til I have a museum piece, that is. Anything worth something will get an agreed value policy.
                                 
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                                • multimopes

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                                  I have an agreed value policy with Hagerty for my 73 RR. Comes with unlimited mileage and is not expensive.
                                  Might be worth checking out once the situation is finally resolved.
                                   
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                                  most of those ins co's want them stored in a garage . mine just sits in my driveway . but i've been thinking , our vinatage vehicles are cared for and babied way more then just drivers . even if there being driven daily . so we are the careful drivers , maybe we the car owners should start our own insurance co . the gov has guide lines for standards . but we can be in on whats covered in value , at a true value . apples to apples , or in my case oranges to oranges .
                                   
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                                    Biggest problem is accessed valve is not always repaired cost or replacement value.
                                    One claim on some ones Hemi Cuda could be a costly one.
                                     
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                                      I'm still here...just been busy repairing and rebuilding a fence in my backyard. :)
                                       
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                                        Because pictures are a requirement....

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                                        Highlighted in Yellow is the area taken care of today, and in Red are the runners and retaining posts I sunk in.....

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                                        The massive corner post was sunk in a few months ago by me....been raining ever since then when I got a chance to wok n the fence. Finally had a break in the weather and dug out all the rubble in the corner...pulled out 6 huge concrete retainer blocks plus a bunch of really badly tangled roots from a tree that once adorned the corner...in all directions.
                                        Took me about 6 hours yesterday to prep for the concrete in the two retainer post holes. Mixing the concrete was the easy part. :eek: Another 4 solid hours toady and it's looking pretty damn good to me. :)
                                         
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