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Bullitt 929 has made it back from the grave but as I had feared it looks as though it had been buried a while. Kind of a "Night of the Living Dead" scenario. The best way I can describe it is if you have ever seen one of those shows where they describe the making of a feature length animated films... You have seen the finished product but then they show you the concept sketches all rough edged in pencil and you wow at the refinement since then. That's kinda how my car is....from a distance it looks fine but under close inspection it fails miserably. There are many fit and finish issues, the trunk and hood don't quite line up, the side mirrors aren't level, the rocker panels are misaligned and the car just looks rough all the way around. On top of that the cruise control and the wipers don't work and it needs alignment BADLY!!! I just don't know what to do from this point. I don't want a Cobra and I certainly don't want another Chevy product and I DEFINATELY don't want to give this car up but it is just "crooked" all over. Barely noticeable to the casual observer but because I know it is there and I drive it every day I KNOW the difference. Any suggestions on what to do here? If I were to get another one of the special models (e.g. Mach 1 or Boss 302) it would have a LARGE shoe to fill in the Bullitt.....I LOVE this car but just can't see any way of making it ALL right again???

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<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Lok N Lod on 2001-10-02 23:53 ]</font>
 

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Man Lok that is tough. You could go back and tell them the problems that heed fixed but then the car is gone again. I wouldn't know what to do if 745 had to go through that. I'd just hope it would burn up or something so I wouldn't have to get it back and it not be right. It comes down to what you can/want to do. Hard to give up oon such a fine car!
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Defiently a problem for a Bullitt connoisseur. We had a business next to a body shop in NJ and people used to flat bed their Ferraris and Mercedes from several states away to these two brothers. Some of the stuff they worked on for almost a year but when it was done it was not just fixed it was as good as or better than factory. They were like artists.
Course the problem now is you have paid for the work and most places do not care to inherit someone elses problems.

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If worst came to worst I'd take it to another shop and have them take a lok at it and see how much more money it would take to fix it. Of bring your concerns back to teh place that did the work and ask that all the problems be fixed. It's kind of a mixed situation.. On one hand it's great to have it back.. adn then on the other if it isn't done right you're going to notice it every day.
Good luck and keep us posted.

BTW.. did you get before and after pics so we can all see the reserruction?
 

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Well I am gonna go to a couple body shops up here and see what they have to say....but pretty much everything he did has to be re-done or straightened out. I can't imagine it will be cheap. I think while I am at the dealership tomorrow I might have to get them to X plan price a 2002 black on black leather with a mach 1000 stereo. Hate to leave the elites but I am still leaving my options open. Got to check all the angles. I will get before and after pics up soon!!
 

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If it was done that poorly, can you sue them, or stop payment on your check? Why pay for osmething that was not done well?

If I were in the situation, I think I would hold out for a Terminator.

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Sorry to hear about your heartache.

I would sell it privately and buy another one before they are all gone. There are dealerships that still have stock.
 

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Well my take would be this. You've gone this far and spent this much money already on a car you know for a fact you love. Would a GT really stir you the same way or would you always be saying.. "Yeah but my Bullitt could do.." Or "My Bullit was much more..."
That alone is worth the price. Find out what it would cost to fix the car right. To have all the little mistakes cleaned up and compare that to the cost of a new GT that you would also have to re-mod to get it up to your performance demands. Remember the Six million dollar man? You can rebuild him, he'll be better, stronger, faster! And most importantly.. you'll never have to sit back in the drivers seat of a new GT and wonder.. "What if I'd only kept it.."

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I sortof know how you feel.399 was in the shop for 14 of the first 21 days that I owned it.I didn't take posession of it until I was satisfied.It was hard to let them keep it long enough that the plates came in and the temp tags took off.Hang in there.I dont regret it.
 

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Lok, I thought the body shop owner was a friend of the family? Friends like that you don't need. I would take it back with the understanding that they will fix it right within X days. While they are fixing it locate another Bullitt. Unload your Bullitt as soon as you get it back. You may have to go out of State to find another Bullitt but that's no big deal. I don't think you are going to be happy with a GT. Several 2001 GT owners have traded for Bullitts. That says something. Keep us posted.

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Well I was in at the dealership getting aligned today when I found out that the control arm and the spindle on the front left are both still bent so the alignment is still about 3.5 degrees off. On top of that I had the pleasure of hearing from the mechanic that in his honest opinion the car would never be right and no amount of money or work would change it. So I have settled on this fact.....I don't have the time or the money right now to run out and search for a new Bullitt. Everything is happening at once. I just bought a house and I move into it on the 16th of Oct. On top of that I am not sure I want the same car....don't get me wrong it is a beautiful piece of machinery but it almost holds a responsibility to me to remain true to a certain heritage which limits what I can do. Not that I want to rice out a mustang or anything I just don't want to think to myself every time I consider a change is it in the spirit of the 68 or will it effect collectability. Tomorrow I am making a call down to Anderson Ford in Clinton IL and seeing if they have a Black on Black leather GT 5 speed. If they do I am gonna take the Bullitt down there to get the spindle and control arm fixed free of charge and then take it directly to Anderson to trade it off and take the GT......This absolutely BREAKS MY HEART....but without the time or resources cause of other more important things I would rather have a perfect GT than a problem Bullitt or no Mustang at all. Maybe in a couple years I can pick up a Boss 302 or a Terminator....who knows....I am still kickin all the ideas around. I just can't continue to pour money into this just because I love it....got a family to support and a house to maintain....yadda yadda yadda Better luck next time I guess :sad:

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My heart goes out to you Lok. I don't know about down there but in Canada we are given the oppotunity to purchase "replacement value" insurance for about 18 bucks extra. I always get it with a new vehicle. It is good for the first three years. If the car sustains more than $5000.00 in damage.
 

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If I remember correctly, isn't Anderson Ford the dealership turning out Drag Pak Cobra's? If so, you may want to ask them what it would cost to put your Bullitt right. If it can be done. then you should weigh out what the cost difference would be between the New GT or fixing your car. I know it's a hard choice but explore every avenue and don't make anything based on impulse or because you're feeling let down or at the end of your rope.
In any case Good Luck with whichever decision you make and remember that you'll always be welcome here. :smile:
 

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Yes Anderson is the people with the drag pak cobra's....and the reason I am going there is they are almost guranteed to have what I want. OF COURSE I am gonna ask if they have a Bullitt first but if they don't I am going with the normal GT....and then let the modding begin in the spring.
 

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Sorry to hear what happened. I do know how you feel. Any car that I've owned that was in an accident was usually gone within a few months it bother me knowing that work was done to it. I hope your able to find a Cobra, or possibly hold off and get a Mach 1.
 

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Well I called down to Anderson and I found out they have 2 Bullitts (1 black 1 blue) there and they would x plan for me. They did ask why I was trading a Bullitt for a Bullitt. Not wanting to divulge any info on the wreck I just told them the paint looked dull and I couldn't get anyone to do anything about it. I was unhappy with the quality of my car and was willing to take a loss on a new one just to not have to fight to make this one right. I was told that they wouldn't accept this as a trade unless the paint was fixed. I guess I am gonna see if I can get it buffed up to reasonable specs and get it down there.
 

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Sorry to hear about the problems. I've also traded a vehicle shortly after repairs, and it even looked and drove fine, it just wasn't the same in my mind.

Careful on your trade idea, if they check the VIN, they may find the insurance claim.
 

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I never reported my damages to my insurance company so no problem there...all they will be able to find out is that an accident happened but not the extent or cost of my damages, I covered it out of pocket.
 

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Hope all turns out well for you.
 
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