Welcome to our forum. A Message To Our New and Prospective Members . Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

Check out the 2021 Fiddlerman “White Christmas” Group Project.

Please consider registering
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope


Forum Options

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Mechanical Speculation Awaiting the Storm
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 

September 2, 2019 - 1:33 pm
Member Since: December 23, 2017
Forum Posts: 1650
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I have never actually attempted this, so use at own risk.  

I have often wondered what I would do if I were the owner of a new car dealership and a hurricane was on the approach.  It is not in me to make no attempt at salvage and completely rely on an insurance settlement.  Assumed inventory of 300 vehicles at an average value of $25,000 each.

My plan would be mount a 500 gallon polyethylene container ($150 at Tractor Supply or equal) on a flat bed wrecker (assume to be available to business) and pipe in a gasoline powered trash pump ($200 at Harbor Freight or equal).  Fill container with water from building stand pipe or hydrant.

Steel 55 gallon barrels stand approximately 34 inches tall and are easy to move when empty.  They would be able to support a lot of weight when filled with water.  I would position cars so that wind would face front, and use a pay loader with forks to position tires on barrels.  For further economy, it might be possible to use only three barrels (2 to support tires in engine area and 1 under differential) if 2 each wood framing members were cantilevered from the entered barrel and tied together with metal strapping.  The space between the wood members would cradle the tires.

An operator for the pay loader would be needed.  Mechanics would position and fill the drums and sales staff would shuttle the vehicles into position.  

Assuming a material cost of $170 and a labour cost of $100 per vehicle, the project cost would be $81,000 for the 300 vehicles.  This represents about 1% of the inventory value of $7,500,000.  The water in the drums would be available for emergency use once the flood water lowered.

I would be interest to learn if any one can come up with a cheaper method.  Would an insurance company pay for this accommodation, or does the owner pay this expense out of pocket?

Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal. —Earl Nightingale.

Honorary advisor

September 2, 2019 - 1:46 pm
Member Since: March 25, 2018
Forum Posts: 456
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I don't know about cheaper, but I have always liked the Subaru off-road displays...subaru_forester.jpgImage Enlarger

sp_PlupAttachments Attachments

- Pete -

September 2, 2019 - 1:58 pm
Member Since: December 26, 2018
Forum Posts: 3637
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

We love our Subabru Legacy. Have had them since 1999. Great Winter weather driving car. Neighbors switched from Honda to Subaru after they kept seeing us just pull out our driveway, most of the time. 

The Bumblebee Flies!

September 2, 2019 - 2:04 pm
Member Since: December 26, 2018
Forum Posts: 3637
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

@Irv By the time you got all of that set, the hurricane would be in the next state!

We do not buy Florida cars. No offense to anyone from Florida, it is the hurricanes they may have been in. There is a place on the way to a city a little ways away, sells Florida cars, only. Seems to get new stock a few months after a storm. Maybe he gets them at a discount from the Florida dealers? Or maybe it is just coincidence? 

Probably the same for northern state cars. I bet southern states stay clear of northern state cars due to salted roads in the Winter?

The Bumblebee Flies!


September 3, 2019 - 11:24 am
Member Since: September 9, 2016
Forum Posts: 440
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I guess if I were a car lot owner I would worry a little, try not to think about it. Do what I could without doing too much. Roll over in bed, fall asleep. Deal with it the next day. My strategy is very uncomplicated. 

It's similar to when they call for 3ft. of snow over night. I wait and see. Sometimes it's only 6" of snow. It usually isn't as bad as our weather people here make it sound. This is generally the case across the board.

Used cars from up here aren't usually in bad shape with all of the plastic and anti-corrosion treatment they use now underneath cars. The salt isn't on the roads all the time. Most of our drive through car washes have undercarriage sprayers. The bodies will probably outlast the engines.

Cars that were flooded above the floorboards though. I try to stay away from those.

Fort Lauderdale
September 8, 2019 - 12:24 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 15833

Interesting idea Irv.

I too have crazy ideas about how to protect myself and things for a storm. I just design them in my head and then I forget about it. LOL

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 696
Currently Online: Jim Dunleavy
Guest(s) 69
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
Today MikeV
Upcoming Kevin M., NewFiddlerGirl, Soldier, srogers, sampow, oldtimebanjo, bus4us5
Top Posters:
ELCBK: 3551
Mad_Wed: 2849
Barry: 2680
Fiddlestix: 2647
Oliver: 2439
DanielB: 2379
ABitRusty: 2066
damfino: 1992
Kevin M.: 1972
cdennyb: 1815
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 3
Members: 30221
Moderators: 0
Admins: 7
Forum Stats:
Groups: 16
Forums: 79
Topics: 9473
Posts: 118631
Newest Members:
Administrators: Fiddlerman: 15833, KindaScratchy: 1757, coolpinkone: 4180, BillyG: 3741, MrsFiddlerman: 2, Jimmie Bjorling: 0, Mouse: 3637