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A little bit of backstory:
In early 2009 I got my first car, a spotless 2000 Chrysler 300m that had previously been a company car for the company my dad works for. First thing I did was get it repainted, and freshly detailed. I loved that car, it was all black with a black leather interior. Being young and stupid, I ended up crashing it in October 2009 and me and my dad rebuilt the front end of the car and I had it repainted, again.

Well, couple years later the engine blew, not for a lack of maintenance, the car was always maintained and was never beat on too hard. A friend of mine hooked me up with a replacement 3.5L motor and a mechanic friend of his to do the swap. Well, something went wrong and the mechanic and I had a dispute over more and more stuff needing to be replaced, and things like the timing cover getting damaged while in his care (some how the lobe for the AC bolt got snapped off) and the car was never finished. He pushed it out in the street, threatened to set it on fire if I didn't come get it and that was the end of that. I brought the car home, finished putting it back together myself with the help of my dad and a couple friends, only to find out that he threw bolts down the intake, ruining the motor.

And so it sat, while looking for a suitable replacement motor that never came, and while being moved from place to place, from my parents house to my cousins garage to my friends back yard, the car deteriorated and eventually became too much to fix.

So fast forward another couple years, to this April. A buddy of mine does car auctions for a local junkyard, and he calls me up telling me he found a 300m coming through the auction and it has keys, and runs. So I tell him to snap it up for me.

Well, as it so turns out, it was a 2002 Concorde limited, with the 3.5L v6 and about 159k miles on it. So for a few hundred I figured

It ended up being a total mess, full of old food and personal belongings. At some point, the windows had all been smashed out (it was evident by the tiny little broken glass beads EVERYWHERE in the car)... several details later and I'm still finding glass! As a result of the broken windows, there was about an inch of water in the rear floor pan and trunk.

Attached to this post are photos of the car the day I brought it home, before any cleanup had started.

To be continued...
 

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Cleaning up the horrible "touch up" work that the previous owner had done, fixing a bunch of little **** wrong with it (seriously, how DOES one break the steering wheel radio control button?), first oil change and repairing the climate control unit (display wasnt working because a resistor fell off)
 

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Nice work!
Thanks!

I'll skip some of the more boring stuff, in favor of not having 1000 posts that detail what should have been routine maintenance

Fixed a pretty major dent on the rear passenger quarter

3/4 rims were damaged so I replaced those with a set of 300m rims off of Facebook marketplace

Maintenance:
  • Replaced the brake pads at all 4 wheels
  • Drivers wheel speed sensor
  • Replaced tie rod ends and sleeves
  • got new tires

Repairs:
  • Replaced the broken flip out cup holder
  • got "new used" floormats
  • Installed proper heated, folding mirrors (it had basic non folding intrepid mirrors that were neither plugged in nor would they plug in when I got it) [Not pictured]
  • Had 2 exhaust leaks welded, removed the secondary muffler and replaced with a piece of pipe (as it was about to fall off) [not pictured]

Mods:
  • Relocated the battery to the trunk
  • Installed an aftermarket radio
  • Installed LED interior lighting (really takes years off the look of the interior)
  • Installed new rear speakers
 

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Nice! Glad to see another LH come back to life...
 

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Nice! Glad to see another LH come back to life...
Thank you! Its too late to save my 300m but its not too late for this Concorde! Since the car was in such shitty shape when I got it, I figure this is my chance to build the custom LH car that I couldnt when I was younger!

(PSST @Daytrepper the photos in your sig thread are down!)

Anyways, heres an update of what I did on the car last weekend while I wait for my front struts to be delivered...

As I believe I said at the beginning of this thread, before I got this car, it had the windows blown out of it by someone with a base ball bat. As a result, it had water in it for who knows how long. After the car was brought to the salvage lot, before it was auctioned off, it sat with the windows open, again, accumulating water in the floor pans for who knows how long.

Before a key was made, the car was moved with a front end loader, puncturing the rusted out rear floor pans. I knew one side of the floor had a small hole but I had no idea how bad it was until I pulled the carpet up and started poking at it.........

Keep in mind, this has been a michigan car since the day it was bought so it had 17 years of Michigan Metal Fatigue before filling up with water and being abused by a front end loader..

SO I took and lifted the carpet, started poking until I got all the loose rust away. I then used a brush attachment and a wire wheel to remove the paint and rust around the repair site, and then I used white vinegar to treat the rust before washing the area with purple power and letting it dry really well.

I then cut fiberglass cloth bigger than the hole, dabbed on fiberglass resin, and applied the cloth, dabbing on more resin. I had cut squares of fiberglass mat and applied those while the fiberglass resin was still tacky, dabbing more resin to soak the mat until it was a nice uniform color. I then let it dry while I repeated this process on the passenger side.

Once the fiberglass was dry, I applied roof and gutter tape over the repaired areas and placed the carpet back.

On the underside of the car, I cleaned away the rust and applied roof and gutter tape over the holes. Not my ideal fix, but it'll keep the water out until one day soon when I can get the car on a hoist and fiberglass the holes on the underside of the car, or (ideally) i'll weld in a replacement pan completely, assuming I can get a clean patch from the junk yard and borrow a welder from work.

Also, at the junk yard this weekend I got a RB1 radio and a DVD/CD changer/aux in and harness from a 2007 Chrysler Town &Country and I got with the transmission pan I needed (mines dented) from a 300m. I planned on using the DVD changer for aux in, but it ended up not fitting properly, so I bought an aux interface from amazon to plug into the CD changer port. I'll be selling the DVD/CD changer if anyone is interested.
 

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You need a chrome shifter!

Nice job bringing this one back to life. She looks real good.
 

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Small update while I wait on bearings for my new struts (not using the strut cartridges pictured, mind you!)


Disassembled the factory strut, wire wheeled and painted the springs

Built my custom accessory panel (I'll post a separate thread as a how-to later)
 

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Nice find. A lot of work for sure but well worth it. Glad you saved one from the wrecker!
 
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