So first, many thanks for everyone the past couple weeks dealing with my fairly random questions at times. I've finally purchased and received delivery of my "new" (to me) QX60.
The vehicle currently has 58,460 miles on it -- and it'll likely stay in that area for some time. Why? I purchased it at salvage auction for $8,550. The vehicle is fully-loaded with every conceivable option (including 4WD) except the trailer hitch, and I'll be retrofitting one on there in the coming months.
As stated previously, I have a growing family, but in typical millennial fashion I am horribly scared of collateralized debt tied to a depreciating asset. I wanted something newer, with fewer miles than our current 2011 BMW 320d, but here in Germany a seven-seater that has the room the QX60 has will set you back around $65k used. I almost bought a couple months ago a 2017 QX60 at salvage auction which had problems in Harvey (Clear Lake Infiniti in Houston) with 217 miles on it, but sales price was $20k and I just didn't want to part with that much cash.
If any of you guys are curious as to how salvage auctions work, I've gotten really versed in the process and how the auctions operate -- feel free to ask any questions should you guys desire. There are some AMAZING QX60s, which, if mechanically inclined are easy fixes going for the cheap constantly.
My specimen came from Herb Chambers Infiniti in Boston and lived the first four years of life in the Boston-metro area. Then, in March of this year there was a massive snow storm and a Nor'easter and in one of these two events - a fairly substantial pine branch fell just to the drivers side of the center light switch and overhead console directly between the roof line and windshield, causing the front sunroof to shatter and collapse.
I had the car delivered to my father's house and I'll be flying over to the US in September to do most of the rebuild work on it. In the meantime, my father is doing some fairly substantial work to it as well. I'm wanting to keep you guys looped in, as these forums are great sources of knowledge and I want to contribute my part.
Anyways to the photos:
I'm mentally compartmentalizing this repair into three "boxes" -- exterior, interior and miscellaneous.
Some of the parts I'll be using for this will be from donor vehicles, while others will be new. It will depend on price, ability to acquire used vs new and part location.
Exterior is obvious what got trashed, but apart from cosmetic damage to the driver's side A-pillar the car's frame did its job and the area outboard of the roof rails didn't move side to side at all; the doors open and close as if nothing happened.
As a caveat -- neither my dad nor I have ever done body work before and we honestly have no idea what we are doing. However, YouTube is the best educator these days and through channels such as SamCrac, B is for Build and others I feel this is very doable. I also got my hands on the entire 3,000 some-odd pages of the 14 QX's FSM, so we have factory instructions to work off of as well.
After doing a little bit of research -- I came to the conclusion it would be financially advantageous to purchase the roof panel, sun roof and roof support used. Because paintwork is always a bear and you will never replicate the quality of a factory paint job in a shop, I found a donor vehicle out of Illinois with the same color code as my QX. I purchased the entire "top clip" of the vehicle where the junkyard turns the donor QX60 into a permanent-convertible. Pictures:
It'll get shipped out in the next few days.
Parts I am still missing to complete this "box":
Headliner - 73910-3JU3A
Exterior Top Windshield Moulding - 727523JA0A
Right Windshield Fastener Moulding - 727263JA0A (maybe)
Right Windshield Moulding - 727623JA0A (maybe)
Windshield and Rain Sensor - (Safelite)
Rain Sensor Cover - 26497-3JA0A
Lane Keep Assist Camera - 284G23JA0B (maybe)
Lane Keep Assist Camera Cover - part number unknown
Rearview mirror cover - 96329-5Z200
Sun visor holder clips (2x) - 96409-3JS0A
It seems the rearview mirror survived intact as did overhead dome light, but from salvage vehicles they are very inexpensive. If I have to end up replacing them -- its not the end of the world.
When the tree/branch fell on the vehicle, part of it went right through the front sunroof and punctured the interior sunroof cover, turning into a funnel more or less, dumping not only rain/snow melt between the drivers seat and the steering wheel into the floor, but debris as well, leaves, sticks, pollen, and millions (it seems) of tine pieces of glass, some large enough to pick up with your hands, others so small you can only recognize them as glass when they sparkle in the sunshine.
Both my dad and I have "experience" doing car interior work, so this part of the job concerns me not.
Needless to say the interior car is dirty and wet. We'll be replacing the carpet with new (part number 74902-3JA1B) and deep cleaning the rest, sans headline which will obviously be replaced -- hopefully with a used part as the headliner by itself is over $1,000. However, getting headliners from salvage yards is though -- first those where the side curtain airbag deployed are destroyed, single-use items, then you've got windows and doors that get removed, sunroofs that get removed, etc., etc., and the headliner gets exposed to the elements for months at a time, so finding a sealed car without side-impact airbag deployment is materially more difficult than anticipated.
This section will include trailer-hitch retrofit, converting the car to EU-spec, pads and rotor replacement, tires replacement, and misc. other stuff needed to get this car ready to go to Germany.
More to come later