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> RIP VIN 4762902521, 1976 Sunflower 2.0.. Barn Fire
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post May 24 2017, 04:39 PM
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Brian - your post and your experience will help a lot of members. Thank you for being so honest about your experience.

I am considering placing my car on non-op for a year, and this is a good reminder to INSURE THE NON-OP VEHICLE..... especially since the prices have been rising.

Good luck to you...... I am in Santa Rosa.

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post May 24 2017, 08:44 PM
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OUCH!
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post May 24 2017, 10:43 PM
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Man that blow's,..I hope it works out quickly for you,..!!
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post May 25 2017, 06:39 AM
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Sorry to see this. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)

I'm paranoid of fire (IMG:style_emoticons/default/unsure.gif) , why my shop is steel sided both inside and out, direct vent gas heat (no open flame) over kill on all my circuits (20amp outlets), separate fuel shed, fully insured, etc.
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post May 25 2017, 08:08 AM
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Insurance! When I placed m 73 on non-op I kept the insurance in force. Hagerty rep pointed out I was only saving about $130 a year. Luckily I didn't need it but had I not.......it would have bit me in the arse. PS, use wooden beams next time. Insurance is less $$$. Found that out when I rented a warehouse in Austin years ago. I was told that wood actually holds up longer than steel in a fire. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif)
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post May 25 2017, 08:21 AM
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Sorry for you loss, and all the hassle involved in getting back to normal.

Everybody hates to pay for insurance until something like this happens then, you are patting yourself on the back that you have it. Bummer about the 914. There's still a chance to jump back in though, before prices really get out of hand.

Good luck. Time will heal all.

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post May 25 2017, 09:35 AM
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Man o man, you have my condolences Brian. That's tough to look at, I can only imagine how difficult this must be. Cliche' I know, but at least no one died or got physically hurt. Not to diminish the emotional trauma in anyway, which will take some time to get over. So sorry.
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post May 25 2017, 09:44 AM
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Custom boat building! How cool is that?

I used to build kayaks up in the PNW. I'm thinking seriously about building a couple extra using my existing kayak as a shape.

Just all those other darn projects!

Bury the ashes, dump the junk, collect your check and get on with it. No life and no song can be left unfinished.
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post May 25 2017, 09:56 AM
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The BEST people I've EVER known via the web have been right here... I gotta say (starting back with Rennlist, then 914club-morphing-to-world).

Of all the other forums I've puttered around with for so many years: (Woodenboat.com, practicalmachinist.com, yesterdaystractors.com, forums.corral.net/forums, boatdesign.net)

You guys speak the truth. Kindness abounds, the generosity I've seen so many times in helping each other is un-rivaled.

I guess I really first noticed it when all the scandal-stuff died down and a soldier needed help getting his car moved, and tons of people pitched in and payed for his 914 to go cross country. You guys have soul.

For that reason ALONE.. I'm (Eventually) gonna go find me another flexi flyer so I can keep participating!

Thanks for the boost guys!
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post Dec 2 2019, 03:46 PM
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Hello All,
Well it's been some time since I had a 914. That's all been sorted.. in review.. this happened in May 2017....

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A big mess.. all tools, cars, materials, etc down the drain.. had to clean it all up myself as we were under insured....

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The fire insurance WAS enough to buy materials and self-build.. so that was my only choice...

Legacy Post and Beam in Nebraska designed and built the "Kit".

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post Dec 2 2019, 03:53 PM
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Old foundation was potentially fire damaged, and not up to current seismic requirements (S.F. Bay Area).. so had to have Structural Engineer design and stamp foundation..

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New footings and Piers here after I pulled the forms (poured by pros). Ties into old one, so really is a "Double" foundation.. very strong..

Then the big rig show up and it's game time to unload..


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post Dec 2 2019, 03:54 PM
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Precut.. but assembly needed...
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post Dec 2 2019, 03:56 PM
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Wow, glad to see stuff coming back together. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

How big is the new barn? Based on my post and beam barn it looks 40' square-ish? Very pretty design!

Did insurance do anything to make you whole regarding the machinery?
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post Dec 2 2019, 03:59 PM
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Bolt parts together...

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Rent Telehandler and set them up.. then install literally tons of lumber to tie them all together (all of last Spring and Summer.. mainly with my sons and neighbor).

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post Dec 2 2019, 04:01 PM
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and.. here we are on Thanksgiving..

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Already getting ahead of myself nosing around at 914's again... naughty naughty...
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post Dec 2 2019, 04:17 PM
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Hi Brian,

Welcome back! Good to see that you got the fire damage worked out.

Fire is a bitch. My plastic business burned up in 1978 took down the full building. I came back better than ever but lost a lot of memories I had in storage and a Alfa Romeo Duetto with a fresh race engine. I got my first 914 just after that


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post Dec 2 2019, 05:17 PM
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QUOTE(jd74914 @ Dec 2 2019, 01:56 PM) *

Wow, glad to see stuff coming back together. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

How big is the new barn? Based on my post and beam barn it looks 40' square-ish? Very pretty design!

Did insurance do anything to make you whole regarding the machinery?



about 44' square including overhangs.

What seems to be the 'Standard' is that you end up getting about 22% of the "new" purchase price on average. For "new" items (like building materials I had stored there) I got 100% of replacement value.
For used items, you have to catalog them, rate their condition, then research the "new" replacement value. They cut you a check averaging about 20% of new.

IF you go out and buy that replacement item, and mail the receipt back to the insurer, they state that they will pay you the difference to "make you whole". The process of cataloging "everything" is so draining.. there's new way I want to reopen that wound for a couple dozen tools...

I've been buying new what i need to build the barn (with a few good finds on Craigs for pennies on dollar). What pisses me off ALL the American brands are Chinese made now.. so my "replacement" isn't....

Milwaukee Hole Shooter
Milwaukee Drill Bits
Skill Drill
Skill Saw
Craftsman.. you CAN'T find anything BUT Chinese... the retail pricing is similar to what I paid new.. but the Quality....

I have found that BOSCH is generally European, or non-China-Asian made.. this has become my "go to" brand for things I have to buy new.. otherwise I scrub Craigs for old American or Japanese made.. but I'll NEVER amass the tools I had before...

It's funny, today, my wife just sent me an ad for old house windows in beautiful shape. I asked her "What project do you have in mind?".. she said.. "Oh, none, I just remembered you like to make things out of old stuff"...

After thanking her I ended with "that was old Junk Collecting Brian"... "New rising-from-the-ashes-Brian" will ONLY buy or acquire things that:
1) I'm going to use immediately
2) Only as much of a material as I need for the job
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post Dec 2 2019, 05:18 PM
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QUOTE(burton73 @ Dec 2 2019, 02:17 PM) *

Hi Brian,

Welcome back! Good to see that you got the fire damage worked out.

Fire is a bitch. My plastic business burned up in 1978 took down the full building. I came back better than ever but lost a lot of memories I had in storage and a Alfa Romeo Duetto with a fresh race engine. I got my first 914 just after that


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It CERTAINLY helps you clarify your priorities...


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post Dec 2 2019, 06:12 PM
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Wow- that is a great looking "barn" you will have there. Glad to see it coming together after the fire. Wishing you the best. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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post Dec 2 2019, 10:43 PM
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Wishing you good fortune with the new build. I know this is not the same, but we had a theft just after moving into my new house. Insurance co replaced everything... that I could remember, but several years later I found myself looking for that one specific tool... only find that I had forgotten I had it before the theft and never replaced it... Happened several times... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/headbang.gif)
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